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#1 of 79 OFFLINE   Ken Chan

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Posted February 23 2004 - 10:23 AM

With Sex and The City last night (I don't get HBO anymore; I've only seen the first few seasons) and the apparently lukewarm response it has gotten, I got to thinking about the finales for shows, which ones worked and which ones didn't. So considering shows that either finished on purpose or knew they were probably not coming back:

Worked
Newhart
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Felicity
Roswell (mostly worked)
Sports Night (sorta)

Did not work
Seinfeld
The X-Files

I must be forgetting a bunch. There are also a few shows that ended in unresolved:

Cliffhangers
Soap
Now & Again

#2 of 79 OFFLINE   Mikel_Cooperman

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Posted February 23 2004 - 10:39 AM

Sex and the city got a lukewarm review? The posts Ive read on here are quite positive as are the opinions of people I have talked to today.

#3 of 79 OFFLINE   Scott_F_S

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Posted February 23 2004 - 12:04 PM

Possibly THE best series finale ever: St. Elsewhere.

Also, when you say Newhart, do you mean his Saturday night show or his later Monday night show. Don't remember the finale to the earlier, Saturday night show, but the finale to the Monday night show was very good with a funny little twist.

#4 of 79 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted February 23 2004 - 12:26 PM

st elsewere is my favorite.

one ended with the young girl star of the show returning to her childhood home as an adult,and remembering her childhood.

wish i remembered what show that was.

wonder years ended on a bit of a sad way for me.

with him and his best friend playing basketball in the driveway, and a voice over teliing us what happened to them when they grew up.
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#5 of 79 OFFLINE   CaptDS9E

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Posted February 23 2004 - 12:28 PM

Cliffhangers/Unresolved shows which pissed me off

Farscape-Thanks god they are making a miniseries to end it
Nowhere man
John Doe
Earth 2
Space Above and Beyond
Firefly


Just to name a few

#6 of 79 OFFLINE   Holadem

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Posted February 23 2004 - 01:13 PM

I never followed Felicity, but I knew the premise of the show and had stumbled upon a few eps here and there. But the finale may have been the strangest of any show I had ever seen.

Series that seemed fairly grounded in reality, like My So Called Life, Dawson Creek, or Everwood style (not that I ever followed those shows either) ended with the weirdest, most unexpected twist ever for a story of that type: Time Travel!

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#7 of 79 OFFLINE   Mike Graham

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Posted February 23 2004 - 01:54 PM

The reoccurring plotline of series finales having the main characters put on trial seems to strongly reinforce what the series was all about. TNG, X-Files, Seinfeld all had their main theme questioned at the end, with mixed results...

#8 of 79 OFFLINE   Rob P S

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Posted February 23 2004 - 02:05 PM

Mary Tyler Moore and Barney Miller were two of the best finales.

#9 of 79 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted February 23 2004 - 02:30 PM

holadem, i didnt follow your post.
are you saying all those shows ended with i time travel ep?

as i didnt see any of those shows could you give a short synopsis of how they eneded?
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#10 of 79 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted February 23 2004 - 02:33 PM

M.A.S.H.
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#11 of 79 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted February 23 2004 - 02:33 PM

The series finale to Roseanne was just on last week, I remembered what a shock it was when it originally aired (and somewhat sad)...

-Dan really died when he had his heart attack
-Jackie (Roseannes sister) was really gay
-Mark actually married Darlene
-David actually married Becky
-They never won the lottery (like they did for the last season)

But my ALL TIME favorite final series finalle was Cheers - good stuff! I liked how they didn't really end it, it lead you to believe that things went on just like they always had. I also liked how they ended with Sam Malone walking down the hallway away from the bar and into the pool room as the last visual (as opposed to the start of the very first episode where he walked down the halway from the pool room into the bar)

#12 of 79 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted February 23 2004 - 02:45 PM

"Dawson's Creek" ended by fast-forwarding to something like 10 years into the future, and showing us how all the characters ended up.

Jack and Pacey's brother Doug are in a relationship, Jack teaches at the old high school. Jen dies, but Jack and Doug take care of her child. Dawson doesn't end up with Joey, no, it's Pacey that ends up with Joey. Dawson does gain fame by being the creative force behind a teen show that mimics his own life.


"Everwood" is still on the air. Never did watch "My So Called Life".
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#13 of 79 OFFLINE   Don Black

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Posted February 23 2004 - 03:08 PM

I didn't really think that the ST:TNG finale worked. I thought they could have done so much more with Q.

#14 of 79 OFFLINE   DavidAC

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Posted February 23 2004 - 03:23 PM

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The series finale to Roseanne was just on last week, I remembered what a shock it was when it originally aired (and somewhat sad)...


I thought the series finale for Roseanne was a piece of crap, I pretend it doesn't exisist.

#15 of 79 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted February 23 2004 - 03:35 PM

ok so those shows didnt time travel ala back to the future but did fast forward to the future of the characters.
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#16 of 79 OFFLINE   Ray Gutnick

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Posted February 23 2004 - 04:40 PM

Didn't work for me:
Twin Peaks
Xena
Kung Fu

Mediocre:
Buffy
Babylon5


Rob: How did Mary Tyler Moore and Barney Miller end?

#17 of 79 OFFLINE   Don Black

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Posted February 23 2004 - 04:44 PM

In MTM, all of the newsroom (except for Ted) got fired and they kind of did a comedic group hug thing to the tune of "It's a long way to Tipperary" (excuse the spelling). Pretty good ending...

#18 of 79 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted February 23 2004 - 06:03 PM

I liked the MTM final episode, and the M*A*S*H finale when I finally saw it (I was like 2 when it originally aired) and Cheers had a good finale also.

I didn't care for the Rosann final episode, the Home Improvement final, or the Married with Children final.

#19 of 79 OFFLINE   Frank Anderson

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Posted February 24 2004 - 12:35 AM

Looks like Joey and I watch the same shows
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Farscape-Thanks god they are making a miniseries to end it
Nowhere man
John Doe
Earth 2
Space Above and Beyond
Firefly
Farscape is off my list only because they are making the miniseries. But I was particulary pissed when Space Above and Beyond and Earth 2 were cancelled.

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#20 of 79 OFFLINE   Rob P S

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Posted February 24 2004 - 01:17 AM

Barney Miller - the precinct house was declared a historical landmark and everybody was reassigned. In the last scene, Capt. Miller walked around the empty room and remembered all of the past detectives like Fish, Yemana, and Chano, then turned out the lights for the last time and left. Perfect.





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