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Va Lefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 10:05 PM
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Poll question: Best Ending for a TV Series?
I think it was the great Gene Siskel that said his defination of a great movie was a simple question. What happened next? I think that is a great test to apply to TV shows. Which show did you feel that way about? Many shows didn't have a finale, of those that did, what was your fav?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 10:06 PM
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1. Friends
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Lindsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 10:08 PM
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2. I've never seen a more creative, innovative, and incredible
series ending than Six Feet Under. It was absolute perfection.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 09:50 AM
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44. I agree...I laughed, I cried...
I loved the fast-forward approach, and
felt that the characters were handled
with respect, love and humor.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 10:09 PM
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3. I kinda want to slay the dragon...
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 10:33 PM
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4. Newhart was spectacular, but I have to go with The Fugitive.
OK, I'm old. But it changed TV history. Shows never wrapped up before the one-armed man was caught. The nation was transfixed, and TV would never be the same.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 10:34 PM
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5. What about the ending to Newhart?
Edited on Mon Nov-23-09 10:36 PM by Drunken Irishman
I thought that was pretty good.

And I'm not talking about The Bob Newhart Show, but the later Newhart which tipped its hat to TBNS with its ending incorporating Suzanne Pleshette and suggesting all of Newhart was a dream of Robert Hartley.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:16 PM
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8. That ending was brilliant.



Even though the idea wasn't original it was still pretty freakin' cool.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:38 PM
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15. Yeah. I think it was just so unexpected.
When you realize it's Suzanne Pleshette in the bed next to him...you're like HOLY SHIT.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 10:36 PM
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6. Most Fucked Up Ending has got to go to The Prisoner
But I can't stand the show itself, so I'm reluctant to vote for it.

Gosh.
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phasma ex machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:20 PM
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10. Seinfeld's "spiteful, unforgiving moralist" finale ranks down there too. nt
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:42 PM
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18. I love how there is an ongoing gag in this season's Curb Your Enthusiasm about that bad ending.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:48 AM
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32. "We screwed up one finale, we can't screw up another..."
(Jerry on Curb)

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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:11 PM
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7. Other - The Shield
Granted, there was not much in the way of wondering what happened next but that was part of the great appeal of it to me. Pretty much every loose thread was sewn up in a satisfying way.
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:18 PM
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9. The only ending I saw on that list is Angel.
I like how at the end the whole Apocalypse was brought on. I'm dying to know what happened next! But I don't think we ever will. x( :(
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:40 PM
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17. Read the comic book Angel: After The Fall. n/t
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:20 PM
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11. I Married Dora.
From 1987. About a single dad with 2 kids, who marries his maid, an illegal alien, to prevent her deportation. Show got poor ratings and only lasted 13 episodes.
Last episode had him at the end of the show at an airport leaving his wife/maid and kids behind to fly overseas for a contract job. He suddenly comes back to the airport lounge and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvVR99yafr8
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:26 PM
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13. Wild!
I never even heard of that show. That's a cool way to take the bull by the horns, though.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:25 PM
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12. That's a tricky question, because when I like the show, I can't stand that it ends
Even if the ending is brilliant, like The Newhart one was. I never want to see my favorite series end.

So I'm left with shows I don't care about and then the sooner they end the better.

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brettdale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:33 PM
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14. MASH
Mash has to be the best ending ever.

GOODBYE
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:38 PM
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16. Six Feet Under.
The Shield also had a great ending.
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mentalsolstice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:45 PM
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19. Sopranos!
Edited on Mon Nov-23-09 11:47 PM by mentalsolstice
eta: otherwise I'd go with Newhart. I wish I could have an epic dream like that.
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fNord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:49 PM
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20. LEXX
The earth was destroyed (we knew it would happen, but not like that) Kai came back to life, and then died, and even the lexx died.

A total end.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:53 PM
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21. that was a weird ass show
I couldnt stop watching it was so weird.
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fNord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:10 AM
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22. you know?
but tell me...

wasn't the ending just perfect?
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:51 AM
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23. Its been years I cant remember it very well
I remember I loved that song that Kai would sing. I loved the theme song to. I need to find this show online.
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:53 AM
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24. We used to get totally baked and watch Farscape and then Lexx.
Goddamn Lexx was fucking weird.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:55 AM
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25. Lexx was fucking weird man
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EndersDame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 05:16 AM
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38. Lexx was crazy weird but in a cool way
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:59 AM
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28. Same here!
Massive bong rips to Farscape meant we were always in for a crazy ride. :smoke: We'd even unplug the phones so as not to be interrupted. Lexx was really weird, but Farscape is what really sent our minds flying. Like Season 4, episode 11 - "Unrealized Realities" when John goes down the wormhole without his ship and runs into Einstein for the first time. Man, what an awesome show.

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fNord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:30 AM
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30. Fuck you both
"farscape" was a complete rip-off of LEXX. A dopey guy, a Hard core alien woman who kicks ass, and a living, talking ship?

can we please steel anything else from the German/Canadians to keep our bullshit network alive..... and fuck you too "SYFY" whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.

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EndersDame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 05:19 AM
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39. Farscape was alot different than Lexx
I dont know how much you watched of it but more characters were added and it was a totally different dynamic plus the Jim Henson company was involved and they added a certain element of quality to it as well.
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:10 PM
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52. Farscape was so superior to Lexx in every way that it is to laugh at the foul mouthed fool who
thinks otherwise. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Seriously though, Farscape had better writers, better acting, and an all around better storyling. Lexx. Pfft. That's pretty far down on my sci-fi-that-is-awesome list. Farscape forever!!!!

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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:18 AM
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29. Oh man, I've been trying for weeks to remember the name of that show!
Thanks! And yes, it had a weird ending, but the entire series was weird.
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:56 AM
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26. ANGEL - yes Newhart was good, but Angel was just - WOW
it had it all - love, death, betrayal, or and and giant fucking dragon! The way it was left with them fighting the good fight against insurmountable odds summed up the show in such a powerful way. ANGEL - 5x22: "Not Fade Away". Best Series Finale ever!
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:56 AM
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27. I would like to add Forever Knight and Babylon 5 to this list.
You're Welcome!
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fNord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 04:28 AM
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37. yes Forever Knight had an awesome ending.....
Thank you
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 10:22 AM
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47. Was Forever Knight the Canadian vampire cop?
'Cause that one was good.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 02:18 PM
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57. I wish the ending to Season 4 had been the series finale as originally planned
That episode is one of the finest that show ever put out.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:31 AM
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31. Of those listed, Angel.
That was badass. Reminiscent of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.
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RFKHumphreyObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 03:09 AM
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33. I would say "The West Wing"
But I think they botched that one up big-time by showing the scene with the opening of Bartlet's presidential library which also revealed the fate of the various characters early on in the series. It would have made much more sense as the final scene of the very last episode with Santos opening the presidential library and Bartlet giving a brief and powerful epitaph about his administration.

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6000eliot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 03:44 AM
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34. How can you top St Elsewhere?
It turned out that the entire series was imagined by an autistic child!
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AngryOldDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:32 PM
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49. And to my mind...
...that was one of the biggest "fuck yous" to its loyal fans, myself included. That was one of the shittiest series finales ever, but in retrospect, the way that series was going toward the end, it really wasn't all that surprising.

It did some creative things in its day (the dreams episode in comes to mind), but it was really grasping there at the end. I think the producers just didn't know how to end it.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 03:50 AM
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35. Moral Orel
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 04:21 AM
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36. I actually wasn't crazy about the Six Feet Under ending. It was my least favorite episode.
I just recently watched all 5 seasons consecutively in a few weeks' time. I absolutely loved the entire show, but I thought the last part of the last episode was too much.

Mostly, I was really annoyed that Claire ended up marrying Ted the republican.

The entire series established that everyone is going to die. We know all those characters would die someday. So why spell it out for the viewers?
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:37 PM
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51. I'd like to think Claire had some influence over Ted the Republican
and they didn't marry until she was like 40 or something.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 06:13 AM
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40. Star Trek: The Next Generation. n/t
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 07:45 AM
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41. Alan and Denny being married by Scalia on 'Boston Legal'.
The Chinese buyout of the firm was an uncomfortable reminder of things to come. (?)
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 08:40 AM
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42. Seinfeld....all the past characters got their payback
The low talker, the soup nazi, Jackie Chiles, the bubble boy, on and on and on
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 09:26 AM
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43. Did you mean to say "Newhart" instead of "The Bob Newhart Show?"
:)
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 10:00 AM
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46. +1
I didn't want to be the first to split that hair.
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SeekerBlue Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 09:54 AM
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45. I like that all these are from the 1970s and 1980s
Ha.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 10:25 AM
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48. Sopranos- Never saw a show piss off more people
:evilgrin:
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:33 PM
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50. For me it will always be "Sex and the City" - Carrie & Mr. Big finally got back together
That Russian was no good for her. Charlotte got her baby, Samatha said "I love you" and Miranda made peace with living in Brooklyn
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:15 PM
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53. Is that 'The Bob Newhart Show' or 'Newhart'?
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Va Lefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 05:02 PM
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59. Should be Newhart; my bad
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JonLP24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:17 PM
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54. I'll say
The Wire.

It was mostly sad. Even more sad because it was accurate to true life.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:56 PM
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55. Yes and it passed the Ebert test
We do want to know what happened next.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 02:17 PM
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56. I liked the ending to Battlestar Gallactica myself
Spoilers, highlight to see.

I especially like how they became our ancestors, instead of actually make present-day humans on Earth the "13th tribe." Plus, any series where a Hendrix song features prominently in the plot is awesome by definition.
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yawnmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 04:43 PM
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58. I really liked the first finale for Magnum...
The finale of the added season, not so much.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 05:12 PM
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60. MASH, Babylon 5, Twin Peaks.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 05:12 PM
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61. MASH, Babylon 5, Twin Peaks.
Edited on Tue Nov-24-09 05:14 PM by Fire Walk With Me
So nice I had to say it twice.
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