There are so many shows on television these days and the majority of them are complete garbage. Even when a show is good the producers usually end up rushing the later seasons as a result of greed and wanting to make as many profits as they can as quickly as they can or they just stop trying towards the end of a show and write the easiest ending they can think of. A perfect example of this is Dexter which was a series on Showtime about a Forensics expert that was also a serial killer. The ending made what was an amazing show into a totally pointless series of events but sometimes they do TV justice and end a show the right way. So let’s look at this glass as half full and talk about some shows that ended in ways that left viewers happy and satisfied. I’ll try not to spoil too much for the people that haven’t seen these shows.
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy was about a family at the head of a motorcycle club and all the drama revolving around it. The series was created by Kurt Sutter and aired from 2008-2014 totaling 92 episodes over 7 seasons. It starred Ron Pearlman as the head of the motorcycle club, Katey Sagal as his wife Gemma and Charlie Hunnam as his stepson Jax. It garnered a huge following throughout its run and ended in a manner that not only wrapped up all the storylines in a nice neat little package but left room for spinoffs and prequel series if they ever wanted. Currently the spinoff series The Mayans is having a decent run on FX.
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Revolving around the life of a high school chemistry teacher turned Crystal meth dealer named Walter White(Bryan Cranston) and his ex student/partner Jessie(Aaron Paul) the show is in my humble opinion one of the best shows ever made for television.With 5 seasons and 62 episodes it takes you on a harrowing, chaotic and life changing journey with characters you can’t help but root for even when they’re doing the worst of things. The show ends in a bittersweet manner but also in a way that left fans feeling that’s the only way it ever could have ended. There is currently a spinoff film on the way called El Camino and the prequel series Better Call Saul has done exceptionally as well.
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The Sopranos premiered in 1990 on HBO and ran for 86 episodes over 6 seasons and was about the Mafia and their families and how mafia life interfered with them living normal lives. It starred the late great James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco. I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me on this one as there are plenty of people that didn’t love the ending but I love the unique way it ended and the fact no other TV show had ever done it in the past, it left things off where the viewer gets to make up their own mind about how it ends. There is actually a prequel series in the works right now which will star James Gandolfini’s son as a young Tony Soprano.
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Six Feet Under
Yet another show that HBO did right Six Feet Under premiered in 2001 and ran for 63 episodes over 5 seasons. It focuses on a family that runs a funeral home but is really all about death and the many different ways it can affect people. The show ended in a manner that paid perfect homage to what the show was really about and left fans with no unanswered questions. It starred Michael C. Hall and Rachel Griffiths and it won 9 Emmy awards.
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Starring Jerry Seinfeld and running for 9 seasons Seinfeld is one of the longest running and best known comedy shows to ever air on television and also has one of the most memorable endings in TV history and this one I think is safe to spoil at this point. The show ends with the whole cast in a jail cell together doing their usual banter about life’s little mysteries and the comedy in everyday things. Jerry Seinfeld now has a show on Netflix Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee which is certainly worth a watch.
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