There has been a lot of great television recently and sometimes when a show ends, it sticks with you for days. Here are some of the best series finales that have come out in recent years. How many of these made you wish they never ended?
10) The Office
For nine seasons, people loved to follow the group at Dunder Mifflin and their day-to-day life and laughed along with them. One year after the long recording documentary aired, the film crew came back to get more footage for the DVD bonus footage. Dwight and Angela were preparing for their upcoming wedding, everyone who left town (Darryl, Stanley, Andy) all came back to town for the wedding and a documentary panel and Jim and Pam were taking the next step in their life for their own happiness. The episode ended with all the greatest traits of each character and the return of Steve Carell as Michael Scott, making it a full circle happy ending.
Parenthood was one of those shows that was incredibly well written but never got the ratings love it deserved. The final episode showed Sarah getting married, Amber adjusting to being a new mother, Adam becomes headmaster of Chambers Academy, Crosby re-opening the Luncheonette and Joel and Julia adopting Victor’s sister. However, it wasn’t all happy endings as we watched the sad passing of Zeke and his ashes being spread on a baseball field. Bittersweet but showed that the family could survive without their patriarch.
How do you end a show about a bunch of friends who met in their early 20’s but grew up? The show ended in a natural way; Monica and Chandler bought a house and moved out of the city with their brand new surprise twins in tow, Joey and Chandler broke apart their beloved foosball table to save the new chick and duck, Ross and Rachel finally get back together for good and Phoebe, newly married but never changing stayed in New York. Our fun loving friends were older and wiser now and ready to move on to the next portion of their lives.
For eight seasons, we watched Jack Bauer fight the clock again and again. The final episode showed Jack once again defeating a terrorist group and returning to his apartment with Renee, but unfortunately being followed by a Russian assassin which resulted in Renee’s death. Jack vows revenge even with the possible result of a world war, Jack kills several more before having to say a quick goodbye to his long friend Chloe through a drone camera before disappearing from sight as he was being hunted by U.S. and Russian forces.
6) Sons of Anarchy
We all knew going into the last season that Sons of Anarchy would not end well, this show was not known for their happy endings. The finale went above and beyond. Jax spent a majority of the last season getting revenge for his wife Tara’s brutal murder. When he discovered the truth, that his mother Gemma was responsible and her lie to cover it up led to the unrecoverable path of death the club laid out in her wake, Jax had no choice but to kill her also. The final moments of the show have him cleaning up loose ends and making sure his club was taken care of. Then, in SOA fashion, took one final bike ride to a “Come Join the Murder” musical montage while committing suicide by riding his bike into a semi. A brutal but poetic end for one of TV’s best dramas.
5) Boardwalk Empire
The story of Nucky Thompson was the core of this show, but the Darmondy family was a huge supporting character. Nucky was responsible for a large portion of that families issues. Seeing flashbacks to Nucky’s past throughout the season helped fully shape this character who could never really find his footing in the mobster world. Seeing Nucky gunned down in revenge by none other than Tommy Darmody, the child who paid the biggest price in Nucky’s rise to power made the final moments of the show truly satisfying for those watching from the beginning.
4) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy Summers was never a normal teenage girl. She spent seven years fighting to keep the world from being taken over by evil and in the last season, The First Evil. In a plan that involved the entire Scooby gang and all the slayers in training, Buffy was able to defeat The First by having Willow activate all the Slayers in the world. After saying goodbye to Spike by professing her love, she escapes town with the survivors quickly as Sunnydale collapses back into the Hellmouth. The final line, “What are we going to do now?” to which Buffy smiled as it was no longer only up to her.
Scrubs was one of those shows that gained a cult following as one of the funnest to come out by expertly mixing comedy and drama. In the last episode, J.D. gets ready for his last day at work by getting his goodbye with Turk complete with “full-turbo spinning eagle”. Getting underwhelming goodbyes from Dr. Cox and the Janitor, J.D. becomes upset that nobody else seems to care that he’s leaving Sacred Heart. Yet some kind words from Dr. Kelso and Carla remind him of why he loved his job. After he tricked Dr. Cox into confessing his true feelings, J.D. finally felt ready to complete his final walk through the hospital and as he does, many visions of his years at the hospital come flooding to him. He sees all of his friends, family and co-workers and realizes that maybe, just once, his fantasies could come true.
2) Parks and Recreation
They really knocked it out of the park here. The show went into the future and showed how the characters will end up years down the road. Donna and Tom were successful, April and Andy had a kid, Jerry was mayor till the day he died (seriously), Ron got to spend his time outdoors running a state park and Leslie and Ben ended up both being in the running for a seat at the Oval Office. A bold choice, but it completely worked. The finale was a perfect way to end the show and made you happy at the way it ended but sad that you wouldn’t see your favorite Pawnee government folks anymore.
1) Six Feet Under
Still considered one of the best finales of all time, the show that covered death ended by showing the remainder of life and eventual deaths of all the members of the Fisher clan. Although Nate died before the last episode he, like his father before him, made appearances to the family when they needed to see them. Set over the haunting track of “Breathe Me” by Sia, it was a truly perfect ending to a one of a kind show. This episode recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of airing and the reminder of how much the show is missed carries on.