Best/worst TV/film endings.

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by FAST6191, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United States
    First there is obviously a big potential for spoilers here so be careful and those who reply try and be nice for those that come afterwards, my personal replies will be spoiler encased and should not spoil too much of anything.
    Also the endings need not reflect on the quality of the show in general, two of my favourite pieces of entertainment on any medium are here under worst.

    Here is my effort, no order intended and far from a complete list.
    Regenesis. Canadian show, dare I say police procedural, about a group of scientists who help prevent science gone wrong.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Avatar the Last Airbender. US cartoon with very obvious anime/eastern mythos influences about a boy who is unfrozen following a war where the "world" is conquered.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Dead like me, dark comedy about a group of grim reapers (they appear in human form).
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Sons of Anarchy, show about a group of bikers and their activities (illegal and otherwise). Owes more than a passing nod to the Hell's Angels (some of the lines in the series read like a direct quote from some of Otto Friedli's writings and interestingly I quite like it (patch wearing clubs are generally not something I go a bundle on). It is not finished yet but mentioned only as to my mind the first series finished leaving me wanting more, not through gimmick or some sense of "loyalty" (trying to think of better word, something along the lines of "I might as well stick this out") but through shear curiosity. It is very rare such a thing happens for me.

    The wire, on the face of it The Wire is s police show but if you watch it from the start it becomes a show with the police as main characters but lots more in between. Quite possibly my favourite show ever, my main gripe is it has raised the bar a bit high for my liking.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    NCIS Another police show, the series has not ended but the people responsible get a two fingers up from me for the cliffhangers they always end each series with. While they are not quite as quickly undone as some other shows they are usually undone to some extent in the following series.

    Burn notice Also still going on but it is a show about a spy forced into a retirement of sorts under false accusations and his subsequent investigation into said accusations and how he funds such things. See gripes about NCIS above although rather nicely this last series lacked it (aside from the mid series break).

    Stargate (either version) Both are shows about a covert US air force group/similar exploring other planets. The last few series were odd if only because nobody knew when it was going to finish, for me this made it suffer as did the increasingly silly science backing it. Ultimately a few films have been made though.

    The Shield. Another of my favourite shows and it is similar in concept to the wire although this time focusing on a corrupt (but nicely so) cop and his team in LA. Nicely some of the plotlines were tied up/revisited earlier rather than in the final glut many other shows get.
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  2. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Anti Switch Owners

    Former Staff
    Apr 18, 2008
    DS Scene
    Worst ending to any tv series ever was the way Sopranos ended.

    End of discussion.

  3. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Well, you can add Lost to it already, there is no way they can make a sufficient and good ending for me. [​IMG]
  4. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    May 14, 2006
    United States
    Heres an anime one... d.gray-man
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  5. PuyoDead

    PuyoDead Hey! Hey! Oh!

    May 5, 2003
    United States
    Cincinnati, OH
    Don't forget Seinfeld. Obviously goes into the worst ending category.
  6. Luigi F Mario

    Luigi F Mario Banned

    Mar 26, 2009
    United States
    firefly, the movie sucked compared to what the second season could've been

    -Luigi F Mario
  7. Szyslak

    Szyslak Nudibranch Lover

    Oct 31, 2006
    United States
    Totally agree with you about The Wire. It was one of the best shows on TV, and got cut far too short. The ending just seemed very compressed to me.

    Ditto for Deadwood.

    And I'm probably dating and emasculating myself here, but I really hated the way they ended The Wonder Years. The whole last season sucked, actually.

    @Puyo, I wasn't completely dissatisfied with the ending to Seinfeld at the time, but watching it these days, it really doesn't hold up well to the rest of the show. Pretty disappointing in retrospect.

    Film endings I'll have to think about. All I can think of from the top of my head is Eyes Wide Shut. Maybe throw AI in that category too.
  8. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    Two of my favourite shows are about to end soon: Desperate housewives and Prison break.
    I'm hoping they'll be on the side of "best endings" rather than "worst"... [​IMG]
  9. kobykaan

    kobykaan GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 27, 2007
    The Knowing .... worst film this year I've seen so far and so glad I didn't pay to go see it too!

    Crappy film Crappy ending ...

    spoiler warning ahead ...

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    edit re: LOST into the 5th season and 4 years in real time and still WTF ?! no ideas whats going on still nothing explained properly they are STILL making it up as they go along... flash backs flash forwards what the hell are they doing its just stupid now!!!

    they have 2 more seasons after this apparently ending in 2010?! no ideas how the hell they can stretch this any more and they clearly haven't thought this through at all ... they still haven't really explained anything from season 1 and we are now on 5!??!!
  10. Lockon Stratos

    Lockon Stratos GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 1, 2008
    Sylvarant - Tales of Symphonia
    Gundam SEED/ Destiny and Gundam 00 I miss it too much
  11. Jackreyes

    Jackreyes Newbie

    I thought Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip ended pretty badly.
    But then, it was getting canceled so they just had to tie up any storylines quickly.

    Also the West Wing, but I just didn't want it to end...
    I probably would have liked it to finish 8 years on from the start,
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  12. Joey Ravn

    Joey Ravn F*** you, Nintendo!

    Aug 29, 2007
    That's interesting. I love Prison Break, but, at the same time, I'm glad it's finally ending. The show went downhill after the second season. The third one was a joke, a remake of the first one but with more Latinos and less Americans, less boulder-grey and more sand-brown, and completely deprived of the emotional charge that made the first season so good. "Hey, I'll brake this guy I barely know just because. Heck, I did the same thing with my older brother some months ago."
    The fourth season is rather meh, but at least it's better than the third one. One thing that buggers me A LOT is the way they deal with time lapses and character development. Take Michael, for example. He is seeing getting worse from his brain tumor for some episodes, then miraculously recovers from surgery in a matter of minutes. Things seem too rushed now, when they took two seasons to flesh every individual story out as much as they could... Bah, I hope it ends for good now that it's still edible.

    PS: The Sopranos ending was great. I can't say it was a masterpiece because there have been many other open-ended fictional works, but still it was great.
  13. Toni Plutonij

    Toni Plutonij *has TrolleyDave & tiny p1ngy on moderating shelf!

    Former Staff
    Dec 22, 2007
    Depths of Nuclear powerplant
    I like both shows, but to be honest, I don't see how Prison Brake could end in a good way, I loved the first season, and every other episode after that went downhill..

    One of the best endings ever, would be Descent! Amazing horror movie, and very close to it would be Myst, I loved that movie, but ending is really that great that it made the whole movie a whole lot better!
  14. Advi

    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 26, 2009
    United States
    Star Wars 3 was the worst.

  15. Szyslak

    Szyslak Nudibranch Lover

    Oct 31, 2006
    United States
    I don't know how I could forget about the worst movie ending of all time: Lord of the Rings - Return of the King.

    Instead of Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippen going back to the shire and kicking ass to regain control of it, we had to sit through some homoerotic tear filled circle-jerk on the dock boarding the ship. Pure crap. It's like Jackson just ran out of money and screen time and decided a mush-fest would be good enough. Still pissed about that.
  16. Defiance

    Defiance oh my god.. it's full of trading cards...

    Oct 7, 2007
    United States
    I loved the Fullmetal Alchemist ending, along with the Death Note one... Oh, I can't decide which one I like more!
  17. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

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    Jun 24, 2008
    United States
    The Dead Like Me movie absolutely SUCKED.
    Horrible way to end such a fantastic show.

    Serenity wasn't quite so bad an ending to Firefly....but it still disappointed me to an extent.
  18. Shakraka

    Shakraka GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 17, 2007
    United States
    I'll just do a few to save myself some time.
    5 Centimeters per Second
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Xam'd: Lost Memories
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    Maybe I'll put more in later, but just to make sure, I'll list the series I thought had bad endings so I won't forget.
    Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
  19. Sterling

    Sterling GBAtemp's Silver Hero

    Jan 22, 2009
    United States
    hmm I thought the knowing had a really spooky acurate (from a religious standpoint) ending.

    For me the worst ending was Pirates of the Caribean 2, pissed me off so much with a crapload of WTF!?!

    Also best cartoon would definately be Avatar the Last Airbender from the first post!

    Lost is Damn good too, i'll have to agree the ending won't be good enough for me either [​IMG]

    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King had the *least* greatest possible ending, It could have been way better [​IMG]

    I also actually like most of the pokemon movies and they all have decent endings (I hate the show FYI)

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets, very good ending with just enough suspense to hold you so you know there is going to be another movie!
  20. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

    Jul 13, 2006
    United States
    Bad - LOST has to have a bad ending as you can't satisfy the viewers with an ending that is as epic as the past seasons.

    Bad - Starwars 3 was fail ending. Just wasn't what I expected through out the whole movie.

    Good - Avatar did pretty good. I am pleased that they gave it an ending instead of 5000 spin off's. Possible spin off for Zuko's madre?

    Bad - Fable 1, gay

    Bad - Pokemon all of them are the same and lame

    Good - Mass Effect!!! fap fap fap

    Bad - Crysis. leaves it open to spin off's (which I hate) though, I never tried Warhead.

    Good - Solitare on PC because nothing is as satisfying as dancing cards! [​IMG]