Having a favorite TV show is a lot like having a long-distance romance. Whenever you get together, it’s nothing but fun and passion because you know you have to make every minute count. At some point, though, you know that you’ll have to spend some time apart because that’s part of the deal, so you make those final moments count. In romance, you’ll get a fleeting goodbye embrace before temporarily parting ways. Your favorite show, however, tends to bid farewell in a more spectacular fashion that can include everything from a hail of gunfire to shocking hook-ups to crazy plot twists. So, while you’re waiting for that call from that special someone, here’s look at five of the best finales for this past TV season.
This finale is to other sit-com season-enders what filet mignon is to a box of Steak-umms. It comes from the same world, but it’s really in a totally different league. Quirky ‘Community’ is always doing things differently but this two-parter, which centers around a paintball tournament gone horribly wrong, plays more like a mini-spaghetti Western than a television show. None of it makes sense, but with moments like ‘Lost’s Josh Holloway popping up as a Clint Eastwood-style gunman, it doesn’t matter.
Part 1 – A Fistful of Paintballs:
Part 2 – For A Few Paintballs More:
No show does finales bigger or more controversial than this series about demon-hunting brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles). Last year, they finished off with a literal fight between heaven and hell. This season eventually became all about their friend Castiel’s (Misha Collins) war with his fellow angels, and as many fans hated as loved the resolution to that battle. Which means the show is doing something right.
Some finales are game changers. This one changed the entire sport. ‘Castle’ may have begun as a light-hearted ‘Murder, He Wrote’ cop show, but with this finale, it’ll be hard to go back to that spirit. As Det. Beckett (Stana Katic) closes in on the people who may have murdered her mother years ago, bullets start flying, bodies and secrets start dropping and author/love interest Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) has to finally put up or shut up with his true feelings.
You know that feeling you get when you stand up too quickly and, just for a few seconds, the world seems all out of balance? Multiply that feeling by an hour and you get the season finale for this sci fi series. With all the switching between alternate universes, as well as the past and future, it may be hard to keep track of what’s going as Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) sacrifices himself to save the world. Still, especially when it gets to the ultimate “What the…?” moment in the final few seconds, there was no wilder (and more entertaining) finale this year.
The Good Wife
When it comes to time-honored TV cliches, the “Will They Or Won’t They?” plot device has to rank right up there with the Wacky Neighbor and Dopey Dad. We’ve seen it all before (yes, that means you Dave and Maddy, Sam and Diane, and so on…). However, we’ve never seen it the way this show does it. For two seasons now, put-upon Alisha Florek (Julianna Margulies) has been betrayed by just about everybody but friend and fellow lawyer Will Gardner (Josh Charles). And the way she handles her interest in him in this finale is anything but a cliché. It’s very real, and very touching.