What TV show finale delivered the goods?

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#1  Edited By uninspiredcup
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TV shows are somewhat notorious for having weak finales. In some cases rushed due to cancellation, others symptomatic long past it's prime. Games Of Thrones, Lost and a bunch of other shows pop up. Some like the Sopranos divisive.

Two come to mind that had great finales, TNG's "All Good Things", which is the best finale I've ever seen pretty much and Boardwalk Empire's "Eldorado", where a long running past/present plotline comes full circle rewarding viewers for sticking with it.

Any others come to mind?

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The Office

Lost

Growing pains

Dougie houser

Family ties

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#3  Edited By SOedipus
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Breaking Bad and The Wire.

Edit: Six Feet Under had a good finale too. What I like about those shows is that they wrapped things up in a way that was believable as it was consistent with the characters and writing of the shows. They weren't all happy endings, and even some douchebags ended up benefiting at the end.

Then you have shows like Game of Thrones and Dexter that started off awesome but it was clear that the writers got lazy and it clearly showed.

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battlestar galactica 2004 had a very solid ending as far as i can remember. the second half of it was a bit meh but overall i think it gave the series a good send off.

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Breaking Bad

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#6 uninspiredcup
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The Office (the UK version) had a fantastic ending.

Then Ricky Gervais shat on it.

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I was very pleased with Man Seeking Woman's ending. The whole series was great imo, and given that the show had plans for a fourth season and was cancelled, I think they did a fantastic job of wrapping up the story they had been telling for three years.

I still wonder how a fourth season would have gone. They said they wanted to try something pretty different with it.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender is utterly fantastic.

I went through the series over the last couple weeks and it's just as good as I remember it, even all these years later. Now I've started The Legend of Korra for the first time (I didn't realize it's almost 8 years old already) and it's very good as well (the animation is stunning).

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Deep Space 9 has an ok ending, not as good as TNG's by a long shot, it's worst part being a badly done CGI JRPG boss fight in a cave, but mostly everything else is good.

In particular how they handle the Cardassians where they effectively get put into the role of the Bajorans they oppressed and Odo (through virtue of having a connection with solids) saving the phobic Changlings. ending the Dominion War in tracks rather than grinding down, coming full circle and returning to the great link.

It's also nice to have an open-ended ending, where everything isn't wrapped up in a nice bow and it feels like the mechanics of the world will continue after it leaves the screen.

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Breaking Bad’s finale was very well done.

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Twin Peaks (season 3).

The finale consisted of 2 episodes. The first episode tied up the main story plot that was left 25 years ago beautifully. And then the second episode pulled open a new can of worms in the biggest WTF way possible. David Lynch is a brilliant troll haha.

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@Nuck81 said:

Lost

Breaking Bad was a solid end. The issue I have with a lot of shows is timing. Either they end too soon or too late because season over season the show has little control over when it'll end.

Recently, The Good Place chose to go out on a high note and end after its fourth season. The final episode was solid as hell.

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Breaking Bad was good. The Office was okay.

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Probably going to be the minority here, but thought (with some minor changes) Breaking Bad should have ended on Granite State.

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@uninspiredcup said:

Probably going to be the minority here, but thought (with some minor changes) Breaking Bad should have ended on Granite State.

That's not that unpopular an opinion. This is the subject of many an internet video.

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@LJS9502_basic: I think The Office (US version) should have ended with the episode where Michael leaves the company. That show ran too long and took a nosedive when they shifted the focus to Andy.

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@hallenbeck77 said:

@LJS9502_basic: I think The Office (US version) should have ended with the episode where Michael leaves the company. That show ran too long and took a nosedive when they shifted the focus to Andy.

Oh definitely I agree with that. But at least the finale tied up everyone's story.

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I liked game of thrones ending. If the hacks handled the rest of the season better (not rush) it would have made more sense.

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#19  Edited By Gamerno6666
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I was really satisfied with with mr robot’s ending. Goodbye friend.

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The Wire

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The Shield probably had the most satisfying and appropriate ending of a show I can think of

last year's Chernobyl as well, though its a mini series so not sure if it counts

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Breaking Bad.

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The Good Place nailed its finale, everything tied up and properly ended.

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@hallenbeck77 said:

@LJS9502_basic: I think The Office (US version) should have ended with the episode where Michael leaves the company. That show ran too long and took a nosedive when they shifted the focus to Andy.

Yes it should have but the finale worked well. The Office WAS Michael and to a lesser extent Dwight while everyone else was support. This was evident in the final few seasons how the show was trying to bring in all sorts of big names in the hopes of replacing Scott.

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@foxhound_fox said:

Avatar: The Last Airbender is utterly fantastic.

I went through the series over the last couple weeks and it's just as good as I remember it, even all these years later. Now I've started The Legend of Korra for the first time (I didn't realize it's almost 8 years old already) and it's very good as well (the animation is stunning).

Yeah, I loved it!

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Preacher

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Newhart

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The first show that comes to mind is White Collar. Honestly, that show never got old for me, and the end put Neil exactly where he belonged.

Full Metal Alchemist was also pretty damn amazing. It's rare that a show like that answers every last question you wanted to know, and even question you didn't know you wanted, like where the energy for alchemy comes from, in such a satisfying way, and involving almost every major character you meet along the way in some substantial way.

Futurama really went above in beyond in giving us a hell of a last episode (and season) that gave both a feeling of satisfaction without making it feeling like the end either.

Parks and Rec had an ending that left you feeling satisfied and happy for each character.

Veep had a damn near perfect ending as well. The events in the finale were pretty damn terrible, just like the characters you were watching all along.

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@DigitalNoodle said:

Cheers

Oh yea, Fraser had a classy ending.

Overall, solid show from start to end.