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Passing the torch

The next generation takes over.
People who added this item 3248 Average listal rating (2448 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Writers for TV shows should take lessons from this show. It's really hard to end a sci-fi show that builds up so much mythology but Buffy did it well.

As we had been told repeatedly, a slayer doesn't retire, a slayer always dies in action. The plot device that allowed Buffy to live even as she relinquishes her responsibilities as a slayer is so clever that I didn't see it coming. Great writing.

Rating: 10/10
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People who added this item 507 Average listal rating (339 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.8
The West Wing (1999)
We see a new Democrat being elected President to take over from the incumbent that we've followed for seven years. In fact, the last two seasons focus as much on the campaign for the next president as we do in the White House itself.

Rating: 8/10
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People who added this item 4967 Average listal rating (3677 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Lost (2004)
The most anticipated season finale in TV history, in all probability. I just don't know what to make of the end, or the whole of the final season, to be honest. Bizarrely, there was a torch passing of a sort in the finale, so it ends up in this section.

Rating: 6/10
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New Beginnings

As one chapter ends for the characters, a new one begins.
People who added this item 456 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Boston Legal (2004)
The finale is totally in keeping with the lunacy that defines this show. In my opinion, Alans Shore and Denny Crane are the best on-screen duo ever seen on television. It was fitting that they finally take part in a platonic marriage in the finale, which sets up another outrageous court case to end things.

Rating: 10/10
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People who added this item 788 Average listal rating (582 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The two-part season finale was absolutely stunning. Kevin and Winnie leave things off perfectly and move on as their childhoods end. The older Kevin as the narrator, reveals how the fates of each of the major characters turned out.

Rating: 10/10
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People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Sports Night (1998)
The show's finale is actually a culmination of a storyline that occupied that few episodes of the second and final season. The tv network that airs Sports Night was to be sold and the show was under threat. That mirrored the real-life circumstances of the show as it was about to be cancelled as well. The show was characterized by great writing by Aaron Sorkin throughout, and the finale is no exception.

Rating: 9/10
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People who added this item 2299 Average listal rating (1747 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
While I'm not a huge fan of the final season itself, the season finale has some really, really great moments. The Carrie/Mr Big storyline gets it's inevitable conclusion and the other three have great things to look forward to as well. I especially loved how Miranda's story thread turned out, it showed a real growth of her character from the first season.

Rating: 9/10
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People who added this item 1479 Average listal rating (1195 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 8
Frasier (1993)
The Niles-Daphne storyline was resolved a few seasons before we hit the finale, but there's Frasier's future to resolve in the final season. The writers do a pretty good job and keep up the quality of writing till the very end.

Rating: 8/10
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People who added this item 733 Average listal rating (453 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dollhouse (2009)
While Joss Whedon managed to give the show a decent send-off, the show did feel rather truncated. The finale was still satisfying, but it would have been even more satisfying if we had got there in the 4th or 5th season, having experienced the journey along the way.

Rating: 8/10
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
For such a great series, the ending was pretty limp. The finale actually came in a 'reunion' special, more than a decade after the show started. It does give the story a fitting end, but it's a dull end, not mind-blowing.

Rating: 7/10
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People who added this item 943 Average listal rating (605 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
Entourage (2004)
The ending was a bit bizarre, especially for Vince. Flying off to Paris to marry Sophia after one date? And she agreed too? Felt totally off to me.

The rest fits nice and neat. Sloan is pregnant with Eric's child, which was the most interesting storyline. Turtle makes millions off the tequila company and Drama has a career renaissance. Ari get's back with his wife and quits his job as agent (not to mention the scene after the credits, nice little twist).


All in all, mostly satisfying, but nothing that triggered a surge of emotion afterwards. It just .... ended, like every other season almost. One reason for the lack of finality could be the upcoming movie plans. I hope they make a movie, these characters are worth some more time on-screen.

Rating: 7/10
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Closure

Things end, as they inevitably do.
People who added this item 1761 Average listal rating (1138 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.7
In my opinion, this is quite possibly the best series finale ever. By the end of the episode, I was totally shaken. Stunning stuff.

Every episode of Six Feet Under started with a death, this one started with a birth - of Brenda's baby. It ended with the deaths (in the future) of all the major characters.

Rating: 10/10
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Final Cut (1995)
The end of Francis Urquhart is quite fitting as he gets everything that's been coming to him since the original 'House of Cards'. His own wife plots his assassination when his past misdeeds catch up with him.

Rating: 9/10
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People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Cranford (2007)
Rating: 8/10
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People who added this item 1286 Average listal rating (871 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.5
The end actually comes in the Christmas special that follows the end of the second series. The show was always funny and the special is too but it doesn't have the slight edge to the humour that the two series had. We see a resolution to almost every character's storyline. David does get fired and becomes a motivational speaker, Tim and Dawn do get together and everyone else is more or less settled.

Rating: 7/10
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People who added this item 5508 Average listal rating (4213 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.9
Friends (1994)
The last three seasons of Friends rank amongst the worst TV in history. They totally %!@#%@#$ destroyed the show I had loved for years. The end was totally %^#$@#$%^ predictable and I couldn't be bothered to give a ##@#^&^%.

Rating: 5/10
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WTF?

Title says it all.
People who added this item 439 Average listal rating (269 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Life on Mars (2006)
Did Sam Tyler imagine the whole thing in his coma or did he go to some magical place? No answers were forthcoming.

Rating: 8/10
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People who added this item 795 Average listal rating (514 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
The L Word (2004)
Ended on a cliff-hanger with the murder of Jenny Schecter and the whole gang being called by the police for questioning. We never find out who kills her, making this a bizarre way to end six seasons of the show.

Rating: 6/10
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Some shows end with style and class, others crash and burn and some just fade away. Here's a sampler.

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