I love watching television shows, only when I believe they are really good. I canâ€™t watch shows which are mediocre for mediocreâ€™s sake (Iâ€™m talking to you â€œAccording to Jimâ€). So when a TV series hypes up its grand finale and it fails like Sarah Palin doing a geography test, it can sully the showâ€™s whole legacy. Here are a few shows that were incredible until that final episode.
This is perhaps the cream of the crop when it comes down to â€œBest Sitcom Ever.â€ But people will always remember that the show ended on what can only be considered a complete failure. Granted, a huge ending would never have fit into the programâ€™s general philosophy of being about nothing.
Yet, it ended with the gang getting arrested for violating a general decency code. It sort of defeats these charactersâ€™ roles because they are self-involved ego maniacs.
I can forgive this atrocity with the fact that â€œSeinfeldâ€ got a real ending to make up for this one since the showâ€™s co-creator, Larry David, gave it a proper ending on his HBO series â€œCurb Your Enthusiasm.â€
This HBO series based around the life of a New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano was one of the best-written TV series, in my opinion. For 6 1/2 seasons, we watch Soprano go from a generally likable Mafioso to ultimately the psychotic murderer he truly is.
So, when the hype up for the finale in 2006 was arriving, I purposely got premium cable to catch it.
That was one of the worst decisions I ever made.
It wasnâ€™t worth the money for all the speculation of whether Tony Soprano dies or gets arrested. Because we will never know. It ends with a close up of Tonyâ€™s fat face while Journeyâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t Stop Believingâ€ is blasting and â€” the screen goes black.
At first I thought my cable went out. Nope. Thatâ€™s how they ended an incredible series, by basically telling the viewers the writers couldnâ€™t figure a proper ending. Or, in my cynical view, more likely for a potential movie once they realize they need the money.
This is one of my favorite shows ever. A combination of science fiction, philosophy, religion, morality and a giant pillar of smoke that kills people canâ€™t go wrong.
Except at the very end, that is.
The final season (which Iâ€™m rewatching after work on DVD) was fine. A couple of episodes were among the best and some were â€” eh. But when that two-hour finale aired, I was psyched. Watching the final battle between the two forces of this mysterious island go toe-to-toe was great.
Then the final scene happened.
The so-called flash sideways (no room here for explanation) turns out to be purgatory and the people from the island move on into a bright light. It was a cheap and predictable ending for a show that was not generally neither of those things.
What made me angrier is the DVD comes with a 15- minute extra that takes place after the finale that explained more about the show than two hours of cheap gibberish called â€œThe End.â€
I could go on, but these were the main ones that bothered me most.