With a lot of long running shows coming to an end this year (Alias, Will & Grace, That 70's Show, Malcolm in the Middle, The West Wing etc), it brought back memories for me of other finales. What do you think where the best or worst show finale ever? I'll list a few of mine's:
M*A*S*H finale- To this day, it's the highest rated television show ever in the U.S (and I believe the only non-Superbowl entry in the top 10), which is a testament to how much the show was loved. I thought the finale of M*A*S*H was absolutely perfect. The good-bye's were handled just right. The individual story lines were shocking (Father Mulcahy goes possibly deaf! Klinger decides to stay in Korea!), poignant (Hawkeye finally DOES lose it) and so joyous (B.J gets to finally see his daughter, Potter will retire and spend the rest of his life with his loyal wife). The last shot of Hawkeye reading "goodbye" from B.J still chokes me up every time I see it. And I chose to believe that monstrosity of a spin-off called "After M*A*S*H never existed!!
Cheers finale - Another great one. Sam returns to his one true love: Cheers. I liked how the finale didn't have a "life altering" story line, for the most part. Meaning no character died or went away, except Frasier. Life at Cheers continued at the end. One can still imagine Norm sitting at that stool, Woody serving drinks, and Sam hitting on a pretty girl. Perfect.
Seinfeld - For a show that great, the finale was HORRIBLE. They all get arrested and put on trials for their past sins? Basically just an excuse to parade/relive the show's great moments? And in the end they goto prison??? Vomit. What a let down for an all-time great show.