March 4th, 2007
I've seen the final six minutes of Six Feet Under before, but I came across the clip again at the weekend and I thought I should post the link here. It's still just about as graceful a wrap-up for a show as you could hope for.
Too many shows' endings are spoiled by the vagaries of TV scheduling. Babylon 5 should have had the perfect chance to give the story a proper ending, what with the story arc having been planned to run for five seasons from the start, but the writer thought the show was going to have to stop a season early and had to rush to fit various plot points into the fourth season, leaving the unexpected fifth season to idle through a whole bunch of spare plots on the way to a finale we'd already seen.
NYPD Blue's finale was emotionally satisfying, but I didn't believe for a second that Sipowicz would end up running the squad, or that he would wish to do so. (Come to that, the notion that he would go for a promotion to sergeant that would take him away from being a detective was pretty implausible.)
The fifth season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have made for a fine end to that show, but they carried on on a different network for two seasons. Whilst the season 7 finale was satisfying in its own way it didn't quite match up to Buffy's swan dive off Glory's tower to save the world and find rest at last.
What multi-season shows do you think came to the most satisfying end?