The series finale of The Office was last week and it was so well done and excellent that it got me thinking about the other series finales that I have loved. With the exception of The Simpsons, all shows must one day come to an end. Here are shows who’s endings were memorable and fantastic. The 20 Greatest series finales of all time:
#20 – Lost (2004-2010)
Full disclosure here. I only watched the first episode of Lost and I was done. I never watched another. I only put it on this list because I know so many other people loved this show and would the would lose their minds (Scooby Doo anyone?) if I didn’t have it on here and since I’m nothing if not a man of the people, here it is at #20.
#19 – Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
I was off and on with this show. The book is one of my all-time favorite sports books and the adaptation of the show was excellent. There were times during the 5 season run of the show where the high school drama was a bit much but when it came to the finale, I was there and the show went out as well as it had come in.
#18 – Frasier (1993-2004)
Dr. Frasier Crane first appeared on TV in 1984 on Cheers. He was supposed to be a short-lived character who would soon be gone after being dumped by Diane Chambers. The character was well-liked enough by NBC executives (this was back when NBC wasn’t run by morons) that he was given an extended run on Cheers which eventually lead to the spinoff of Frasier. The finale of Frasier tied up the loose ends of a character that had been on TV for over 20 years.
#17 – Friends (1994-2004)
Another show that had it’s ups and downs with me. For so many years, it was the best show on TV. It’s the perfect example of what you can do with an ensemble cast with good writing. There were times when they got too schticky and too caught up in making the characters act over the top like their characters (we get it, Phoebe is an idiot), but in the end, it was a great show that ended well.
#16 – The Cosby Show (1984-1992)
In the 30 years since The Cosby Show, it is not uncommon to see black people on TV playing characters other than pimps and drug dealers. Prior to The Cosby Show though, that wasn’t the case. Ground breaking for showing a successful black family with two parents who were professionals, The Cosby Show was for a time the #1 rated show on TV (again, back when NBC wasn’t run by morons).