10 Controversial TV Series Finales
Lots of bad, weird or just incomplete endings to TV series:
Unsub -- great show, predated CSI, Criminal Minds, etc.
Stingray -- great show, left hanging.
Wiseguy -- great great show, fell to pieces after Ken Wohl dropped out and they killed him between seasons!
VR-5 -- best sf show on network tv ever. Really. SPOILER: They dropped the star into a VR-8 induced coma in the last episode and they never got her back. Bummer drag. And she was a babe too.
The StarLost -- Harlan Ellison's baby, desecrated by idiots. Ended way too soon, HE's agony went on way too long. And it starred Keir Dullea too.
Coronet Blue -- going way back for this one but it was so ahead of its time that the network had no clue what to do with it. We never find out what the title means.
Kidnapped -- Some tv exec is going to hell for the premature death of this show. Get it on DVD and watch the best written opening episode of a TV suspense series ever.
Rubicon -- clearly this show was too intelligent for the network execs. The writers took the last year's plot points that were to finish off the series and pasted them hurriedly onto the last three episodes so there was some kind of closure for the show's fans. Too little, too late.
And I could go on for pages more.
I'd also like to add the endings to both the US and UK versions of Life on Mars (though the UK one was more satisfying) but then they completely messed it up with the "true" ending with it's sequel series, Ashes to Ashes.
I don't know what episode of quantum leap they're talking about. The ending I saw was with Sam ending up in a diner with God and being told he had to keep going. I didn't see him figure out he was controlling everything, the experience turned religious and "Job" like.
St. Elsewhere? Seriously? That's generally considered the greatest ending to a series in TV history, with the possible exception of Newhart. And the Dallas/Bobby Ewing device is considered a low point by most critics and fans, thrown in as an acknowledgement that the previous season was generally awful and attempting to reboot the show.
Missing the point of the ending to The Prisoner - the entire series actually takes place in the title character's mind as he's driving to tender his resignation, imagining what might come next. Leo McKern actually gives it away in the voice-over to the opening of the last two episodes: in reply to McGoohan's question "who is Number One?", he subtly changes his inflection to say, not "you are Number Six" but "*you* are, Number Six".
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It wasn't that the Seinfeld finale went nowhere or left you hanging, it just sucked and wasn't funny like every episode before it.
Recently released James Garner series "Nichols" had an awesome finale; review today at 'Nichols' CS; Perfect Bridge Between 'Maverick' and 'Rockford' for Garner; http://classictvdvdreviews.blogspot.com/2013/10/nichols-perfect-bridge-from-maverick-to.html
@JoeBlows It's the same episode. The guy in the bar (coincidentally named Al) said he wasn't god. He was also the one who told Sam he'd been doing his own leaping all along. That's how Sam knew how to leap to Beth and tell her Al was a POW.
@JoeCogan I'm with you. Also a great finale was Six Feet Under.
could not agree more