Skip to comments.Top 10 Disappointing TV Show Finales
Posted on 05/21/2014 2:19:07 PM PDT by EveningStar
Warning: Spoiler Alert!
We faithfully watched the shows, but were bitterly let down by their finales. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 disappointing TV show finales.
(Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com ...
Most AWESOMEST finale: BREAKING BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Guess I got ... what I deSERVED~!” dum dum....
duh duh duh dad da da da da dummmmmmm
They wound down the show backward to the first episode.
It was basically a comic take on Finnegan's Wake.
My two suggestions would be:
The Prisoner (that was just mean. If it weren’t the 60s, McGoohan would have hanged.)
The Fugitive (as if Gerard would give Kimball 24 hours to find the one-armed man).
Mary Tyler Moore. They’re all fired. Now what?
Gilligan’s Island (not counting the later movies). That’s it? They’re stuck?!
Barney gets a sex change, marries Ted and then it turns out their children are the product of some creepy cloning technology.
Kind of disturbing, but it makes sense based on the characters.
The WatchMojo.com team are obviously a bunch of youngsters. In these lists, they rarely show anything before 1990.
The only ones I saw were Seinfeld and St. Elsewhere (I liked Quantum Leap but never saw the end). Seinfeld’s ending was a disappointment and the end of St. Elsewhere was weird. I still remember it after all these years without having to watch the clip, so that must say something.
Never watched one episode of any of them. I wasn’t in to network programming back then, and I don’t do situation comedies either.
I love the endings for Lost and Sopranos, it’s good to not have everything tied in a bow and handed to you, do a little thinking, figure stuff out. BSG was odd, but so was the show.
The best ever was the Newhart one where he woke up in bed in his previous series as if it was all a bad dream.
Best ever was Black Adder Goes Forth.
Of course before 1990 you didn’t have much in the way of serialized TV, it was episodic. And the end of an episodic show is different, there’s no hanging plot threads to tie down, those are pretty much just taking a bow, usually to a greatly reduced audience.
I’ve come to accept the Sopranos ending. St. Elsewhere was a great show and the finale was a total betrayal of the viewers.
Funny you mention The Prisoner. As a matter of fact Patrick McGoohan had angry fans storm his house after it was over. I’ve watched it a dozen times and still can’t figure out what the heck happened. I didn’t even notice any kind of symbolism they were trying to sneak in. I wonder if they’ll ever reboot it...
This might get me flamed but I thought the Battlestar Galactica reboot was awesome, even the ending.
I confess, I am a huge fan of “Mad Men” but I am dreading thinking about how they are going to end it. I hope it won’t be ambiguous like the Sopranos.
At least they had a finale. I still fume about no real ending for shows like Deadwood and Jericho.
AMC did a “re imagination” of The Prisoner a few years ago, and it has a nice neat explanation. It also sucks, and the explanation is insultingly stupid.
In the short term fans of The Prisoner hated the ending, but eventually most loved it, and it achieved exactly what McGoohan wanted. People had to think. He said later that he loved the effect it had, throughout the rest of his life people would approach him with their explanation. He said he always told them they were right, because the important part was they thought about it and came up with an answer, and whether or not it was the same answer he had when he wrote it didn’t matter.
Or you can pick up the McGoohan authorized graphic novel, which provides an OK explanation. They consulted with him, told him what they thought, he said they were right.
The ending of the Star Trek series “Enterprise” was really weird
The last season of Roseanne occurred only because the network offered an obscene amount of money. So, the writers intentionally "jumped the shark", only to bring it back to reality at the end.
Similarly, I was disappointed in the last season of Babylon 5. Since the series wasn't renewed by the time they wrapped season 4, the writers created an awesome season finale that was expected to be a series finale. Season 5 was a letdown after that.
Revolution was just cancelled a few weeks ago, after production has finished for this season. So, tonight's episode is the series finale, although it was supposed to be just a season finale (and cliffhanger). I expect it to be disappointment, too.
Quantum Leap was an amazing show.The ending was very sad and made me angry.
The Wonder Years ending was good as well.
this “sex” with neat-o special effect BSG was written based on the concept of “what would offend people the most”. (per writer’s admission)
The best thing Larson could do is scrap and reboot back to something that was closer to the original.
Wasn’t “The Prisioner” rebooted in 2006? I believe it starred Jim Cavizel. It was a miniseries on AMC.
I loved the BSG reboot myself ... it’s kind-of tough to watch a second time though. Many of the episodes were filler episodes.
I hated the Quantum Leap ending, but that was due to the show being canceled. The series finale was supposed to be the 5th season cliffhanger. It was rather emotional the way they ended it, but I would have preferred to see the good doctor make it back home :-). I *really* wish they’d make a movie or something to finish that show off right.
Please refresh our memory of the ending of Quantum Leap.
Nevermind, I do have internet. :)
it would be really radical to have that series end with a (GASP!!!) “and they lived happily ever after.”
It was actually the idea of Bob Newhart's (real life) wife, during season 2, when having dinner with Susanne Pleshette. They never thought it would be possible.
When Pleshette got the call from the show's producers years later, she immediately figured out why, even before they explained it.
Only a handful of people knew about the final scene. They didn't even tell the rest of the cast until they were about to shoot the scene. There were planted rumors that Bob would instead be talking to God (in the form of George Burns).
In theory that’s what they’re doing, as a movie (or hopefully series), but they keep rewriting the script.
Huh? The final episode was where they were sent to prison. It was terribly disappointing.
I wonder if after last week’s episode, if Don and Peggy will eventually wind up together.
About halfway through the series, when it was obvious that Barney was getting married (but not to who), I half-expected that story arc to end with him getting married to another guy.
I predicted that after episode 3.
The Seinfeld finale was the first one I saw. I didn’t get it. I watched a few episodes of battlestar galactica. I have seen none of the other shows. I think I am better for it
Are you kidding me, Quantum Leap had one of the greatest endings, it was noble what Sam did for Al.
But it’s almost too obvious now, and that usually means, if I know Weiner, that it won’t happen.
I heard Twin Peaks ending was bad.
Without question Newhart’s ending to the Bob Newhart Show in bed in the exact room, with Suzanne Pleshette, was the best ending imaginable.
You just couldn’t see it coming.
The reason Don jumps from bed to bed is because he has never respected any woman.
In Peggy, he is finally going to be with a woman that he respects.
yep.. I thought the Newhart show ending was brilliant... as was the Sopranos, which I had a love/hate thing about... but that ending... not fade to black but quick change to black, as if either Tony had been done in, or the entire family...
I agree with #4 (Battlestar Galactica - remake) and #3(Dexter).
BSG had the people walking off in several different directions in tall grass.
Dexter basically gives his kid to a female serial killer who absconds to South America and he ends up in some northwestern area cutting down trees.
Over the years, many programs had weak or silly conclusions.
One of the best ever was the finale to the comedy series Newhart. I didn’t watch that series, except for the finale, but I did watch Bob’s previous series, The Bob Newhart Show. Thus, I though the Newart finale was one of the best ever.
Strangely, the finale was revised on the DVD sets. Apparently, there were legal questions that could not be resolved.
I’ve always thought that the Sopranos’ ending was meant to leave the door open for a movie or a new series with at least some of the characters — maybe AJ becoming the head of the family (although AJ was portrayed in the original series as violent, but as dumb as a doorknob).
It took a few days, but I ended up being really happy with the Sopranos ending. It’s the way I wanted it, all in my head.
Dropped out of that show once it became a hit. Then I saw Barney lisping it up at the thanksgiving day parade with his boyfriend. Couldn’t see him as a womanizer.
And really it’s pretty clear what happened. Especially if you see any of the interview Chase has given since then. He all but admits it when he talks about what he wasn’t willing to show.
He can never go home,,,,it sucked.I bawled like a baby.
I thought it was an excellent ending...
There could have been several very different endings that would have left an opening for spin offs..
This ending nailed that it was a done deal...
I was actually surprised they actually landed on the real earth...
The only thing that sort of disturbed me was the female "Starbuck" character who died, came back, just appears in a new ship and in the end just disappears into thin air ...
What was she...Cylon, hybrid, ghost, angel...?
That question never gets answered...
The concept of finales never appealed to me. When a series ended, I guess I just liked to think individual stories and adventures kept continuing on, unseen. Like Captain Kirk and the Enterprise just kept on exploring new worlds, and Marshall Dillon kept on hunting down villainous owlhoots, and sitcoms characters just kept getting into their usual scrapes.
Perhaps a premise like “The Fugitive” necessitated a wrap-up, but otherwise, I’d easily do without them. Maybe it also has to do with how there’s such a sense of self-consciousness that comes with a conclusion, which I find a turn-off. Whether it’s used as some emotional venting, or some perceived desire to make a “statement,” or the notion that a series is like some kind of novel that requires a big, fancy climax, I’m highly inclined to find the results too preciously annoying.
“Most AWESOMEST finale: BREAKING BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I agree——the final three episodes were incredible.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.