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Ten Years And Two Cents – Top 10 Favorite Finales

On March 1, 2007, TwoCentsTV started as the result of a night-school project of our Founder – KP. Now, in 2017, TwoCentsTV marks our Ten Year Anniversary of focusing on all things Television!

To celebrate, the Senior Editorial staff compiled a series of TEN “Top 10” lists showcasing our favorites things about Television in the ten years since TwoCentsTV began. We will unveil a new list every week for ten weeks, starting March 1st.

We started by celebrating “One-Season Wonders” and last week, we ranked our favorite “Underrated Shows.” This week we are focusing on our favorite “Series Finales” of the past decade. These shows’ finales all had something special about them that stuck with us even after they’ve ended.

Parks & Rec (NBC)
February 24, 2015

The entire final season showed fans where our favorites were in the future (2017), providing fun and sweet moments every episode. The final episode gave fans a chance to say goodbye to our favorite Pawneeans and a few more laughs, tears, and glimpses at the fantastic (and at times hilarious) futures each character had.

 

Parenthood (NBC)
January 29, 2015

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It’s rare to get a series finale that wraps up the characters and story lines nicely and in many ways Parenthood did that. It gave us Sarah and Hank’s wedding, Zeek and Camille’s decision making helping Amber their third act, Julia and Joel adopting a baby, and Crosby venturing solo in the music business. We even jumped to the future to see the milestone moments for each family. But it was the closing moments when the family was playing baseball and having fun reminded us what the show was about: family.

 

White Collar (USA)
December 18, 2014

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White Collar had many an episode that created so many twists and turns and left viewers in awe of the crazy story line they just told. The series finale was no different. The smooth charm and creativity of Neal Caffrey was in full force. While many things were wrapped up, we were still left with an air of mystery. And that’s just the way we liked it.

 

Psych (USA)
March 26, 2014

Though the series finale signaled the end of Shawn and Gus working for the Santa Barbara PD, the finale gave us Shawn and Gus reuniting in San Francisco, Shawn proposing to Jules (and Jules agreeing to “marry the crap out of” him), and of course a new crime to investigate!

 

Breaking Bad (AMC)
September 29, 2013

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It’s not often you get a finale that wraps up the series in a nice package and feel fulfilled as a viewer as well. The Breaking Bad finale did just that by providing one final and crazy ride for Walter White that he likely deserved. There were no loose ends in the end with Walt getting his final revenge and being able to provide for his family, finally fulfilling his wish all along. It was all a satisfying ending, even for Jesse.

 

The Office (NBC)
May 16, 2013

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We’ve penned many thoughts on the finale of this show – the show that made TwoCentsTV have a place in the TV online world. It felt like we were all there in those circle of “friends” in the office as Creed sang a sweet song and we all looked around at these faces we have known and loved for many many years. Oh yeah, surprise cameo by Michael Scott made us have all the feels… that’s what she said.

 

Friday Night Lights (NBC/DirectTV)
February 9, 2011

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Most finales that tie up all the story lines for the characters feel a little forced – FNL delivered the goods, though. We saw Matt and Julie, we saw the “Superteam” begin, we saw Riggins start his future and we saw Coach chasing Mrs. Coach for the first time. We still miss this show, everyday. Texas Forever!

Lost (ABC)
May 23, 2010

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Lost took us on one emotional, intense and sometimes crazy journey and when the finale came along, everyone had an opinion. Many believed that all the questions weren’t answered, while others believed the closure with the characters was good enough. Whatever your opinions are, most will agree that the moment all the characters “remembered” what happened to them, made them relive the series all over again in those character’s shoes and it was an emotional roller coaster that they will never forget. 

 

ER (NBC)
April 2, 2009

After 15 years, we had to say goodbye to ER and the final episode brought in aspects of the series that made it a favorite of many. From Carter’s involvement to bringing in Mark’s daughter, Rachel, as the next generation Dr. Greene, it was a solid two hours.

 

The Sopranos (HBO)
June 10, 2007

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It’s one of the most talked about TV Finales of all time, and it happened in the first year of our site. You know the story. The family in the diner. Meadow is late. The bell by the door rings and Tony looks up…. then the screen goes black. We all reached for our remotes to see why our TV just turned off – it didn’t – was David Chace with his last chance to mess with us. One of the best shows in the history of television ended in mystery!

 

How about you? Share your TwoCents about our list and what other Series Finales of the past ten years would have made your list.

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