When people throw around words like ‘worst’ and ‘best,’ I get really nervous. They impose a certain degree of ego into the equation that makes me want to disregard their argument totally.
To say a show was the best show ever or a series finale was the best finale ever is kind of ‘out there’ and filled with self-important undertones. Unless I say it, then it is clearly the truth. Haha.
So I was reading this article, which I reference for you below, about the Best Season Finales Ever. The fact that there was an ‘s’ on finales put me at ease, because clearly the author accounts for there being several worthy candidates.
And when you consider that every series comes to an end, there are oh so many to evaluate. Usually, (notice how I didn’t say “always” or “never” as those words scare me, too) when a series comes to its end, it has long since jumped the shark and I have stopped watching. But I do recall one series, NBC’s “Seinfeld,” that I was still watching and I thought the finale was terrible… But, no disrespect to the series as a whole. The timeless “show about nothing,” may have been one of the best shows ever (notice I said “one” of the best).
Given my propensity to give up on shows long before they expire, I am in no place to judge what are the best and worst finales of all time. The author mentions several series with noteworthy finales, including:
· The Sopranos (HBO)
· Friday Night Lights (DirecTV, NBC)
· Friends (NBC)
· The Shield (FX)
· Battlestar Galactica (SyFy)
· Terriers (FX)
· The Wire (HBO)
· Arrested Development (Fox)
· Angel (The WB)
· Star Trek Deep Space Nine (CBS Television Dist., First-run Syndication)
· Newhart (CBS)
· Six Feet Under (HBO)
· The Cosby Show (NBC)
· M*A*S*H (CBS)
Clearly, finales with any business being mentioned in this article should have had some sort of significant impact. People should be talking. Remember when “Sopranos” ended and all people could talk about was that black screen? Impactful… love it or hate it…
Remember how “Newhart” ended? He was in bed with his wife from his previous sitcom. The entire series was all just a dream… Classic.
Not to get “all literary” on you, but good shows that come to their conclusion should not go gently into that good night. They should rage on with water cooler talk that lasts at least a few days. People should be angry or sad or shocked or SOMETHING.
Which brings me back to being really mad about the “Seinfeld” finale. I guess it was good that I thought it was bad? I suppose. I think I will watch it again and see how I feel today. And that, dear readers, is how you know a series and its finale has had an impact. (In my humble opinion.)
Until Next Time…