What Are Your Favorite/Least Favorite Series Finales?

Game of Thrones ends its eight-season run tonight, and if recent online chatter is to be believed, a lot of fans are unhappy with the direction the show has taken as it neared its conclusion. That’s the problem with pop culture juggernauts — there’s simply no way to bring the story to a close in a manner that pleases everyone. (Just ask anyone involved with Lost). Further complicating matters with this specific show is that it is based on George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire novels that haven’t been concluded yet — meaning that the TV wrap up of life in the Seven Kingdoms will differ from what is eventually put into print.

A great series finale is one that pleases its audience by delivering its characters and storylines to a memorable finish. (See Cheers, M*A*S*H*, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Six Feet Under for examples of shows that ended perfectly).

For this week’s Open Thread, we want to know what your favorite series finale is. And in the interest of fairless, we’d also like you to name shows that you think couldn’t stick the landing. Regardless of how shows may wrap up, it’s important to remember how much entertainment they brought us while on the air…and that trumps any disappointing finale.

  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    I liked the way they finally solved the riddle of who and why in the murder of Adrian Monk’s wife on the TV series “Monk”. The twist ending of “Newhart” was great, too. I was disappointed with the finale of “Seinfeld”.

  • Butch Knouse

    Star Trek Next Generation was my favorite.

  • Tom K.

    Really enjoyed the Seinfeld Two-Part finale where almost everyone they had “wronged” during the whole series, showed up at trial to testify to the “gang’s” complete selfishness and lack of human compassion.

  • rgordon7

    “Newhart” – especially the last scene – when Bob wakes up in the bedroom set of his earlier sitcom, “The Bob Newhart Show”, next to his wife, Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) from the former sitcom, and in his inimitable Bob Newhart delivery, stutteringly tells her, “Honey, honey, wake up, you won’t believe the dream I just had…”

    • momcat1948

      This was truly a classic great

    • Jimster

      My favorite, too. I also enjoyed the ending of MASH.

  • Raymond J Porth

    Newhart

  • John

    The Prisoner episode “Fall Out” was…well, something that had to grow on me over a very, very long time since its Stateside premiere broadcast. Can’t rightly say it was a favorite or least favorite, but sure could say it lingered, and bear in mind way back when I couldn’t readily record or play back. Audio, maybe, but even that was beyond my means. But…now I know who Number One is…I think…

  • richardpeck

    Least favorite, though it inspired the Newhart: several seasons of Dallas turning out to be Bobby’s dream. Favorite: Mary Tyler Moore looking back at the newsroom as she turns off the lights

  • richardpeck

    Bobby’s dream was really a season finale, but it effectively killed the series

  • momcat1948

    While I did not enjoy that Bones was ending, the last show was really a nice way to go out and did justice to fans