Discuss: Infuriating "Series Finales" - Featured

With this past Monday's Kyle XY series finale (which we all could clearly see was meant to be a season ending cliffhanger and anything but a series finale), my mind started thinking about other shows that have ended with the same fate - a giant cliffhanger due to a lack of opportunity to resolve things.

Some endings that have stung most for me besides Kyle XY:

Las Vegas - In the final episode of NBC's 5 season running guilty pleasure, we are left unsure whether new boss Cooper is dead or alive, and whether or not Danny (Josh Duhamel) and Delinda's baby survives.

Popular - This offbeat WB series from Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy concluded with series star Brooke (Leslie Bibb) being intentionally run over by a car, courtesy of her former best friend Nicole.

Now and Again - In this underrated one-season gem all the way back from the year 2000, we were left with a huge cliffhanger: the EggMan escaped from prison and Michael Wiseman (Eric Close, in a pre-Without a Trace role) returned to his family under strict orders not to, at which point scary men with guns were sent after them...

John Doe - I forgot about this series (starring a pre-Prison Break Dominic Purcell) which was just mentioned in a Kyle XY thread. Doe, which starred Purcell as a man much like Kyle, who awoke naked and imbued with endless knowledge, concluded on a massive cliffhanger. John Doe (Purcell) finally learned the identity of the season's big bad and head of the evil Phoenix Organization - his best friend Digger!

So...which cliffhanging series ending has left you the most infuriated?



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Mar 18, 2009 6:27PM EDT

Angel cliffhanger was one of the worst (even with the After the fall comic books) and so was the 4400, as both shows ended just when they were poised to develop on a really good concept in their next season. But alas that season never came and we the fans weep and thus is the fate of kyle xy. Is there any hope of this brilliant show being picked up by another network like the CW which I believe would be a much better fit for the series?

Default avatar cat
Mar 18, 2009 7:23PM EDT

Joss knew at least 3 months before the finale of Angel aired that they wouldn't be back. I think, for the most part, it was intentional. I love the series finale of Angel, even though it is kind of a cliffhanger. It's beautiful. Touching. Heartbreaking. Angel at its finest. I think it kind of works with that kind of show. You just figure that the good guys will ultimately win; that's how it always happens. The only real cliffhanger is that Angel, Illyria, Spike, and Gunn are left fighting a horde of demons. We know they can do that. :-)
I still haven't read the comics yet! I need to get on that.

Default avatar cat
Mar 18, 2009 7:26PM EDT

If I recall correctly didn't Buffy get cancelled by one network and then picked up by a different one. I think that the last episode for the first network was the season where Dawn was "the key" and Buffy jumped from the tower. The first episode from the second network was when they brought Buffy back to life.

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Mar 18, 2009 8:02PM EDT

I definitely have a few...
1) My So-Called Life: I have the one and only season of this awesome show and every time I get near the end I cringe at the thought of watching the very last episode in which Angela realizes that Brian Crakow is in love with her and that she could possibly have some feelings for him as well. Unfortunately, Jordan Catalano interrupts their moment and the series ends with Angela and Jordan driving off, leaving poor Brian behind. It was so clearly not supposed to be an ending
2) American Dreams: How on earth could this show slip through the cracks. It had elements that could appeal to a wide variety of people young or old, male or female...It pisses me off that on it's 4th season NBC didn't have the decency to make a decision to end the show before it was too late. The show ended with Meg leaving her family behind and getting on the back of Chris's motorcycle. Frustrating!
3) Dark Angel: Yes the first season was awesome and the second one blowed but come on! Is Logan ever going to be able to touch Max again??
4) Freaks and Geeks: This is by far my favorite show ever and will never get over the fact that it is gone. Yes, the show knew it was ending so the creators did their best to end it gracefully but the characters take some really big steps in the last episode and it leaves you wanting to see how these choices are going to affect their lives. Nick makes some big changes so will Lindsay finally want to be with him? Will Daniel making friends with the geeks help him live up to his potential? So many more questions that will never be answered.

Default avatar cat
Mar 18, 2009 9:38PM EDT

Hands down, Veronica Mars. There was just nothing conclusive about. Did the Keith become Sherrif? What was going to happen with her an Logan? For me it was just so blah. Sure Veronica solves the last mystery (thanks goodness, I would have been straight pissed if they left that unsolved) but it was just so season finale. I would have loved to have seen VMars more vulnerable (by way of her relationships) in a following season. Oh well, heres to hoping the movie works out.

Mar 18, 2009 10:42PM EDT

Hey Bubbles, have you heard... they are making a Veronica Mars movie!I can't wait!!! I have heard it is supposed to pick up after the end of the show, but not directly. I heard rumors that they are going to fill in what happened during that time. But who knows!!!
I would have to agree with Vandredparty, Angel was by far the WORST series finale as far as cliffhangers go. I had gone through all of the episodes and then watched the last one, and I was dumb struck! I couldn't believe that was it. Of course I read the comic books afterwards, because I just HAD TO KNOW! And, honestly I wasn't that surprised. I do have to say the Angel comic books were better than the Buffy ones, but that's another debate for another time!

Default avatar cat
Mar 19, 2009 2:28AM EDT

jericho: a series finale where we are poised for a giant war and then get nothing.
firefly:No ending at all....

Mar 19, 2009 3:36AM EDT

Dead Zone, Jericho, (and although I have not seen it yet) Pushing Daisies - because it has been said that there are no resolutions.

Default avatar cat
Mar 19, 2009 3:45AM EDT

Yes, a great season finale but most definitely an unsatisfying series finale. That is why there is a campaign to save "Kyle XY". The fans are trying to get another network to pick up the show. We can do this by writing letters to ABC Studios and other networks. We must tell them why Kyle would do well on their network. The addresses are all on savekylexy.com. Check it out and write a letter today! Save the tub! The show can't end like this!

Default avatar cat
Mar 19, 2009 6:47AM EDT

A big let down! This show was not supposed to end now. ABC Family killed it because it doesn't fit the new direction they're taking. Something's really wrong with the network's Executives, instead of looking for diversity in their programming, they choose to keep 3 shows that are basically the same, and get rid of Kyle XY, the show that made the network. We can't let the show go without a fight, the cancelation has nothing to do with the ratings, otherwise they would have changed the time slot and promoted the show, which we all know they didn't. If you want the show to come back, go to campaign-kyle-xy.forumotion.com/forum.htm or savekylexy.com for all the info on the campaign to Save the tub!

Default avatar cat
Mar 19, 2009 8:03AM EDT

The worst for me was October Road. They had a perfect set up for a great season and they didn't keep it. and now we are left with new options for who Sam's father could be and no idea who it really is. Not to mention that there are some actors in there that I just loved. I was sad to hear it wasn't coming back.

Default avatar cat
Jul 14, 2009 10:16PM EDT

I just watched the last episode of Las Vegas on TNT on 7-14-09 and Cooper showed up after James Blunt sang and said "Am I Late?" Then Delinda started bleeding and we don't know what happened to her and Danny's baby.Another frustrating series finale was the recent My Name is Earl. We were left not knowing who was the real father of Joy's first son.

Jan 19, 2010 1:29PM EST

I forgot about October road..that was an awesome show but one here that i did not see was Moonlight..now that left in a cliffhanger also..that show would have been a big hit..i think better than vampire diaries

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Feb 13, 2010 9:31PM EST

i was reading these and was actually staring to get upset that no one was saying moonlight (thank you for that kayshort.). now that was one painful cliffhanger, especially since they actually showed promos at the end of the season for new episodes that never aired and have apparently disappeared altogether as they were never realeased on dvd or anything like that. all of a sudden, here's this cure for vampirism, but now we never get to figure out if it becomes available to everyone or not? not to mention that it was the first decent vampire show since angel, and the only good one i've seen since. major disappointment there.

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