Finale Fever: Top 10 Season Finales We Wish Were Series Finales, Part 2 - Featured

Scrubs

We have followed the adventures of JD and his fellow interns-turned-residents at Sacred Heart Hospital for 8 years. We've laughed, we've cried...and now we're done. At least we thought we were done. The show aired a perfect series finale last week - giving JD and the gang the poignant sendoff they deserved - only to ultimately decide to bring back the show next Fall (after having already rescued the show once following NBC's unceremonious dumping of it last Spring) with a mish-mash of old and new characters. ABC, it was time to Scrub out.


One Tree Hill

Here's another show that fans have followed through ups and downs for years. To be quite honest, Tree Hill survived longer than I ever imagined it would - and while I frequently criticized it - I have generally enjoyed it (or I wouldn't have kept on watching). But, as we all know, both Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton were unable to work out contacts with The CW and will not be returning next season. While they were by no means my favorite characters...One Tree Hill without Lucas and Peyton is kind of like Half Tree Hill. What's more, spoiler alert, beyond Peyton not dying (and birthing a healthy baby), Nathan's basketball dreams were finally realized and Brooke seemingly finally found love in last night's season finale. It would have been a perfect way to say goodbye.


Desperate Housewives

I'm pretty sure there's a finite number of problems that our favorite ladies of Wisteria Lane can convincingly experience in a lifetime, and we passed that mark sometime ago. I initially praised the series for skipping ahead 5 years at the end of last season, as it breathed new life into the show. However, as this season played out, everything returned to the status quo, which suggests to me that the writers are desperate for new ideas. If the best they can do is give Lynette more children, break up/bring together Susan/Mike again, give Gaby another obnoxious houseguest and Bree another failed marriage...I just think it's time to say goodbye.


24

I will be the first to admit that Jack Bauer is one of the all time best, most badass characters to ever grace our TV screens. The first few (heck, the first 5) seasons of 24 were exhilerating television that was a thrill to watch. But, Jack can only save the country so many times before things get a little repetitive. Why won't Jack's employer ever just trust him? How many moles can they manage to hire? Much like Kiefer Sutherland's hairline, you can't argue that the show has deteriorated in quality over the last 2 seasons. You can't keep the thrill ride going forever, and it's time for Jack to retire.


Grey's Anatomy

When a show's season ends with multiple major characters' lives hanging in the balance and you find yourself not particularly caring about their fates...that's a problem. Grey's Anatomy has always been more about Meredith Grey and the lives of her friends than anatomy itself. Much like Desperate Housewives, I just think there's a personal-drama-quota, and Meredith Grey (and all of her friends) have surpassed it. Will they/won't they is only entertaining for so long before it morphs into...like the poster here says..."frustration". Furthermore, with all of the offscreen drama that we've witnessed re: Grey's, it seems that the actors (or many of them) are as sick of the show as we are.


Which shows that have finished their seasons do you wish were over for good?

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May 19, 2009 10:24PM EDT

I have to say that i agree about Desperate Housewives and 24. They have both gotten very repetitive and most of the character stories have gone from fun drama and conflict to over-the-top-ridiculous-i-cant believe-this-is-happening-to-this-person-again type of conflict and i would be happy to see them both end...after they reveal the cliffhangers ofcourse!! hehe...BUT....GREY'S?????? WHAT?? U not caring whether George and Izzie survive is ur problem, not grey's!! The show and the finale have been awesome. Granted there have been moments where everyone was thinking 'seriously?? writers...thats the best u could come up with, seriously??' but grey's is a show that always bounces back...i think i would have died if this had been the series finale. I think the show is still one of the best and can still get better if they keep adding more new and interesting characters. As long as Meredith, Christina, Bailey, Derek and Mark are around, the show cant be dull. You suck for wishing that grey's was ending!! I hope it keeps going strong for many seasons yet!!One Tree Hill definitely isnt the show it started out being...and as disappointed as i am to know that lucas is leaving...(dont really care about peyton...i actually kinda wish she died..) i think it will eventually be a good thing if they get some interesting enough characters to take their place...and have a really good reason for them not returning the next season. The finale actually felt like a series finale...it was sooo lovey-dovey and no cliffhangers etc...I would be ok with the show ending..but i'd still miss Brooke, Julian, Nathan and Haley...I would like to see them go on...

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May 20, 2009 2:13AM EDT

I agree about OTH just because two of my favorite characters are leaving:(

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May 20, 2009 5:27AM EDT

i agree about grey's but i think i only don't really care about whether or not they die because i knew katherine and t.r. wanted out. i think im more sick of the off-screen drama than i am of the show itself.

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May 20, 2009 5:52AM EDT

I really liked season 7 of 24. I hasn't got any worse. But, like House, I wouldn't mind if they ended it all properly on the next season.

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May 20, 2009 8:12AM EDT

i agree with everything you said except Greys. You must be joking they have got loads more they can do with that program. one tree hill should of defo ended this season.

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May 20, 2009 8:37AM EDT

i agree except for greys too. The season finale could have been better, but probably we all know too much of the off-screen drama for being surprised by what happened. (it kind of sucks)But i think the show has a lot to offer, i wanna know how the chief will improve the learning program, what Bailey is gonna do and i think the Hunt Christina drama has a lot to offer....
Probably mer and co. have reached the personal drama quota... but there are still the interns (lexie and co.) who seems to be really wild

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May 20, 2009 9:37AM EDT

I totally agree for One Tree Hill. 'Cause even though I don't really want the show to end just yet, the finale felt like the perfect way to end it. And although Lucas and Peyton are far from being my favorite characters, I will say that the show won't be the same without them.

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May 20, 2009 1:41PM EDT

I completely agree with one tree hill and scrubs.The most annoying thing is that I know I'll continue to watch the next mockery of a season for both of them, just to see how it goes, and that will forever taint my memory of two brilliant shows.
Goddamn networks milking the cows for all they're worth.

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May 20, 2009 1:46PM EDT

@gracieq915 - Yes this is exactly how I feel too!To clarify everyone's complaints about my inclusion of Grey's...I do agree that this specific finale episode would not be satisfying as the actual series finale (unlike Scrubs and One Tree Hill), but...I maintain that I have lost interest in the show, hence why I do just want it to end. I think mostly it bothers me when contract disputes (which are widely known about with Heigl and TR Knight) dictate plotlines...hence this season finale; we won't know until the Fall - but at least one of them is probably leaving. I also hate it when plots of shows that pretend to have some basis in reality sway towards putting every single one of their main characters in mortal peril. It just doesn't happen and honestly for me is cheap drama.

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May 20, 2009 2:50PM EDT

I cannot believe Scrubs is coming back, this is just dumb. Talk about putting your horse to sleep and then vigorously flogging the crap out it :D
I actually wished Heroes would get cancelled mid-season 3, just so I could stop obsessively watching it, but I really think it picked up again for the latter half of the season, though I think most would agree it will never reach the heights of it's former glory in season 1.
The other shows, I don't watch regulary, so can't really comment. But a few of them are real muck that I wouldn't dream of watching anyway, so yeah, they should have been cancelled long ago :) (I'm sorry I don't really mean it Desperate Houswives! Lets never fight again.)
Good article RachaelL

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May 20, 2009 3:20PM EDT

I agree that Scrubs and One Tree Hill should come to an end. Carrying on without most of the main characters seems beyond stupid and desperate to me.Speaking of desperate, I don't think it's time for Desperate Housewives to come to an end. We never saw Lynette pregnant before, so it's not like they're repeating anything here. Yes, it did have a particularly week season, but I think that the writers are going to do their best to make it better. I don't really think they should have done the time jump in the first place.

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May 20, 2009 8:54PM EDT

ugly betty lost its appeal straight after season 1, even then the season finalies have never been 'cliffhangers' so to speak....still a fan of grey's (however Heigl is so painfully annoying, in real life and the show). OTH lost it after season 1 (who knows why it has lasted this long, the OC was better anyway)....i think the only reason half of these shows are still around, is simply b/c there are no new shows out there, so networks have to milk them for all their worth, and i would rather still watch these 'past-their-time' shows than watch more reality shows flooding the television

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May 21, 2009 9:56AM EDT

I agree completely with all - although One Tree Hill should have ended at season 4, which gave it the best possible send off. Grey's Anatomy has just become so repetitive with the whining of its characters that the show itself must be axed.
My only problem with these four, is that you disclude Smallville - which should of ended at season 5. I mean, this seasons finale was its worst, and if it had to it could have at least ended with last season (season 7), seeing as we lost two of the main characters, Lex being the one who almost carried half the show. And I can't state this any better, but I want to slap Clark upside the head! He's getting so annoying, most of the characters are, and the only one I liked was killed off and no longer being called the "real" Jimmy! Geez I'm getting irked with that show!

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May 21, 2009 3:08PM EDT

As much as I LOVE Scrubs, I have to admit it was time for it to be done. I'm glad ABC picked it up after NBC dropped it in order to give it a proper ending. And the S8 finale couldn't have been any more perfect to close out the series with JD's "walk" down memory lane and glimpses into a very probable future. Now with much of the original cast more than likely not returning and moving the setting out of Sacred Heart (?!?!), I'm worried the image and concept of the show will be ruined. The best way to go in a situation like this would be to create a spin-off rather than a continuation of the series.

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May 21, 2009 7:29PM EDT

That should have been the Scrubs and OTH finale
The storylines of Desperate Housewives are definitely getting old. Lynette and Tom getting having twins (despite having many other children) while Tom goes through another midlife crisis. -_- Gaby has returned to her old self. I did like the Dave/Edie/McClutksy(sp?)/Susan/Mike/MJ storyline. It feels like its on its last leg, but not quite dead yet.
And I must agree the with whoever mentioned Smallville. Chloe is my favorite character on TV and as much as I want to see her in another season of Smallville, I must admit it does seem like the show should have ended at this season or before.
Although, I do like Grey's still. It has wavered a bit this season especially with the Denny hallucination lasting as long as it did, but I love the Cristina/Owen and the Callie/Arizona plots.

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May 22, 2009 12:05PM EDT

i deffo hope they end 24 SSOOOONNIm sick of itIts dragging.However i dont agree with the inclusion of one tree hill. i think it will be quite interesting to see what the brilliant writers can pull out the bag next season.
ONE TREE HILL (ALWAYS AND FOREVER) :)

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May 23, 2009 3:21PM EDT

scrubs is coming back? i was so sad when i saw the finale i thought it was over. hurray for me!! :D

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May 25, 2009 4:16AM EDT

That is surprising that Scrubs is returning after they kept repeating and stating that this was the series finale. I watched the finale and it was nice, though it will be interesting it returning especially since he transferred hospitals.
One Tree Hill...I seriously thought that killing Peyton would have been a great exit for both Peyton and Lucas from the series, but she lived? How are they going to explain what happened to them? They are both characters that remain true to their roots and love family. The only thing I have is Lucas wanted to be closer to his mom to raise Sawyer with Peyton? Kind of sounds lame when Peyton's in the picture, but hopefully it's not too horrid with it picking back up for the new season. Unless they make appearances, kind of like Karen? *shrugs*

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May 25, 2009 9:26AM EDT

With the way OTH ended this season, without cliffhangers, and with all characters happy, I wouldn't be surprised if they did something similar to the season 4/5 thing, jumping ahead a bit or changing something big - maybe related to how Lucas and Peyton actually end up leaving - and look back on it. I just wonder what drama they can come up with now, with everyone so happy.
As for Greys, I still think there's loads to explore, at least for one more season.

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