Executing a proper series finale is an art. While “happily ever after” might not be required, viewers want to know what happens to their favorite characters.The Secret Life of the American Teenager fans were enraged when the show came to a screeching halt without answering any of their lingering questions. Instead of tying up loose ends, the writers created even more questions that left fans scratching their heads and demanding a re-shoot. Between this show and some other choice ending stinkers, writers should now know what not to do when playing the swan song for their shows. Here are some of the more memorable show-ending flubs from recent memory.
LOST. If you really want to get show viewers upset, end the series finale with a big, fat “Gotcha!” That’s precisely how LOST writers managed to tie up their loose ends. Viewers sat through seasons of the Smoke Monster, the Others and the confusing powers of Desmond, only to find out that the castaways had actually been dead and in some type of purgatory, at least after season six. The plot line was then flashbacks and issues left from their lives that had gone unresolved. Um, what?
Sex and the City. I know, I know — we all really wanted Carrie and Big to end up all along. But in the end, the series finale felt pretty lazy, almost a little too neat and happy to be real. Mr. Big saves Carrie in Paris? Charlotte gets the perfect family she always wanted? Miranda learns that she can work and have it all with her family? Really? The only interesting curve ball was ending the series with Samantha having an actual boyfriend. While two movies have helped us see where the ladies are now, they’ve become a caricature of what was once the most cutting-edge show on TV.
The Sopranos. Here’s where things get touchy. Some viewers thought the finale for The Sopranos was the best, while others were left begging for answers. Tony was scheduled to be whacked, and there was an opening for Boss of NYC, but the series ended with the Soprano family hanging out at a diner, listening to Don’t Stop Believin’. There were plenty of loose strings, and it seems like writers meant for that to happen, forcing us to draw our own conclusions after the screen went black.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Let’s cut to the chase: Secret Life wasn’t exactly known for it’s witty and intelligent repartee. But even so, viewers were still invested in the lives of their favorite characters, particularly Amy and Ricky. It’s understandable that fans were upset when there seemed to be a happy ending for no one. Instead of facing her problems, Amy simply jumps town, leaving Ricky and her son John far behind. Writers tried to create a touching moment when Ricky reads a book to John, ending in “…and she lived happily ever after.” But there was no closure, and we still don’t know what happened to Jack and Grace or Ethan and Kathy.
Firefly. One of TV’s most doomed-from-the-start shows, the cast only filmed 13 episodes, and only 11 were actually shown on FOX. The kicker? It’s gained tons of popularity since going off the air — that is, everything but the finale. You see, the writers didn’t know that the show would be canceled so quickly, so they did nothing to end the show on the right note. The 11th episode was just another installment, and the show was cut, leaving the die-hard fans wondering what was going on. The last two episodes were later released, but there was no proper sendoff for Captain Mal.
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