Finale Fever: SideReel's Top 10 Favorite Series Finales, Part 1 - Featured

Friends - 10.20, The Last One (2)

After 10 seasons of living, loving, losing and laughing with this gang, Friends came to a sad but perfect end. We got Ross's dramatic race to the airport, leaving him (and us) brokenhearted as he went home without Rachel, then finally the perfect reunion we'd dreamed of! Not everything can last forever, so while Rachel and Ross got together, Chandler and Monica went through with their move and Joey was heading for LA, but we were left knowing everyone was happy and would still see each other plenty in their fictional post-show lives.

Arrested Development 3.13, Development Arrested

After numerous hilarious and sadly unsuccessful blatant pleas to 'Save the Bluths,' Arrested gave in to its under-appreciated canceled fate. As usual, the finale featured all the Bluths spiraling out of control, but to truly epic series finale proportions! We got the mysteries of Maeby AND Lindsay's true identities solved, George Sr. out of prison, and a party squabble that ended with all the Bluths (and non-Bluths) getting a banana stand justice smackdown, a police boat chase, a final batch of huge mistakes, and maybe a (now confirmed!) movie.

Battlestar Galactica - 4.20, Daybreak (2)

This show's finale was not loved by all, but overall, I think the series was wrapped up well after all the drama, fighting, and death. It didn't bring a cheesy happy ending or a tragic one, but it brought enough of the characters a future on Earth, plus finally brought peace to them all. There was far too much religious influence, and my biggest disappointment was the lameness of the Starbuck conclusion, but I think all the characters minus Starbuck wrapped up just right from the sad but sweet ending for the President and Adama, and everyone else left getting to finally live happily... with the threat of repeating it all over again generations later...

Gilmore Girls - 7.22, Bon Voyage

I had expected this series finale to be a big cliffhanger since the cancellation wasn't for certain when the episode was filmed, but luckily it was expected enough that they did a wonderful job of giving us a satisfying ending. We were left with Luke and Lorelai finally happily together, Rory graduated with an excellent job lined up, and Rory not with a guy but with the possibility of love to come. Ah, just right!

Dawson's Creek - 6.24, ...Must Come to an End

No true fan can discuss this finale for too long without a few tears, but that is exactly why this was one of the greatest season finales. Not only was it perfectly tear-jerking (okay, they played us a little hard with the Jen dying storyline), but as we jumped into the future with the creek kids of Capeside, we saw everything was just right with Dawson reaching his dream of making a show, Joey a writer living happily with Pacey, and they all came together to see Jen in her final days. It was sad, but a perfect way to say goodbye to the characters, and to see that long-awaited love triangle conclusion that left everyone happy - isn't WB just the best?


Default avatar cat
May 23, 2009 5:04PM EDT

I felt as though the finale of Friends let Joey and Phoebe down big time! They barely had anything to was unfair to them but otherwise...Ross and Rachel finaling getting together...AHHHH... <3
Gilmore girls...Could have been another season :P but still...the ending was better than I thought it would be...Rory going off to make her mark and Luke and Lorelai finally together...made the unbearable season 7 worth watching till the end I guess.
Dawson's creek...How can joey not end up with Dawson? It's HIS creek!!!!!!! But I still cried like a baby...

Default avatar cat
May 25, 2009 6:55PM EDT

How can you claim BattleStar Galatica Final was great. It had to be one of the lamest endings for a show that at one time was the best Drama on TV. Session 2 is the best session of Sci-fi on TV ever or at lest top 3. MASH was one of the best final episodes I think and I was not even really a fan of the show. So maybe you will have that in part two.
Anyone who claims the Final of Battlestar is a top 10 TV series final episode has no taste, and is ignorant to what good storytelling is in the first place.

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May 26, 2009 4:43PM EDT

well then call me ignorant to what good storytelling is, but I liked BSG's finale. Except for the dancing robots with the Jimmy Hendrix.. I think Bob Dylan's original version should have been the song we heard playing.and I liked what happened to Starbuck too. It worked for me. What with her being dead, but still having a fate. A "Doesn't matter how you get there, as long as you get there" sort of thing.

May 26, 2009 11:05PM EDT

i totally think the west wing should be included in part two, with everyone in a new job, toby gets a pardon, cj gets her dream job, josh and donna finally getting together, santos is president (which btw i so think the real 2008 pesidential election followed the west wing to a t...) even sam comes back as joshes deputy and president bartlet getting the napkin with 'bartlet for america' on it from malory/leo the aptly named Tomorrow is one of the best series finals ever...
also Buffy is a must, as she finally gets to be just like everyone else... coz somone eles can be the slayer now... and she dosent die... again...
sex and the city is also a great one because big and carrie finally end up with eachother and we finally find out his name!

Default avatar cat
May 28, 2009 4:26AM EDT

glad to see friends and gilmore girls, there were some pretty emotional moments there ;)
also, sex and the city definitely deserves a place up there and i would also say prisonbreak now (considering the 4x21,22 episode to be the series finale and not the "final break").
good job so far :P

Default avatar cat
Jun 10, 2009 3:45PM EDT

Nice!I agree with the ones that are up hereBut what is taking so long?Im waiting for part 2!

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 2:28PM EDT

So... what happened to Part 2?

Jun 30, 2009 4:47PM EDT

Part 2 may have gotten deleted accidentally or something of that sort - we'll check into it! Thanks.

Default avatar cat
Sep 11, 2009 12:13AM EDT

is part 2 ever gonna come?

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