May. 24th, 2010

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I seem to be in the minority amongst my friends as I both liked and felt (mostly) satisfied by the LOST finale.  This got me wondering what other TV series finales people have liked.  To qualify, the item to be discussed has to be the final episode from a series that ended knowingly - as opposed to a *season* finale for a show that got canceled. 

Some genre possibilities include the final episodes of: BSG, any of the Trek shows, Stargate SG1 or Atlantis, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Alias, X-Files, Quantum Leap, Life on Mars, Xena, Babylon 5, and The Prisoner.  Some famous (both good and bad) non-genre finales include: M*A*S*H, the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Seinfeld, Cheers, Newhart, St. Elsewhere, Sex and the City, Friends, Mad About You, Moonlighting, The Wonder Years, and The Fugitve.

Looking at these, I see:
a couple of endings that I hated (BSG, B5, X-Files, Seinfeld),
some I didn't like but respected (Sopranos, Prisoner, Six Feet Under)
a couple that I thought were just ok, (Buffy, Angel, Trek, Alias)
and some that I liked (MASH, Quantum Leap, Dollhouse)
I get a sense that what I'm looking for in a finale is a bit different than some of my friends.

I suspect there's something inherent in the medium that makes it hard to satisfactorily end stories that are designed to pull us in in a serialized manner.  Movies, mini-series, and books (to some degree) don't share this problem.  So, how about it?  Which finales have you loved or hated and why.

TWO NOTES: 1) no spoilers about the Lost finale here please as I'd like to have this conversation open to folks I know who are still planning to watch it. 2) If you came over here from Facebook and don't have an LJ account, make sure to add your name to any replies you make - otherwise you just show up as "anonymous"


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