After investing so much time and energy into watching an entire run of a TV show, its finale can be heart-breaking, life-changing, fury-inducing, or all of the above. This week, we’ve decided to make a (non-comprehensive) list of shows we’ve watched all the way through and snippets of our reactions to their finales.
Justice League Unlimited: EPIC!!
How I Met Your Mother: Odd choice for an ending, but tolerable.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: EPIC!!
Leverage: A little rushed, but still stole my heart.
Kim Possible: Booyah!
Family Matters: Urkel in space, what!?
Friends: Freakin Finally! a.k.a Ross and Rachel, for reals tho’
Danny Phantom: Sweet, but surprisingly underwhelming.
Psych: The feels in the last 15 minutes, tho’ (Plus Monk reference!)
Batman The Brave and the Bold: tongue-in-cheek campiness but still genuinely heartfelt.
Codename Kids Next Door: all the childhood feels.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)/Turtles Forever: Cowabunga!
The Proud Family: Unexpected
Spiderman The Animated Series: That’s where it ends!?
Teacher’s Pet: Underrated fun.
Green Lantern The Animated Series: Aya, NO!!
Young Justice: So, why was this cancelled again?
Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: No, seriously. Why was this cancelled!?
Dan Vs.: Wait, it’s over?
Phineas and Ferb: underwhelming, but not bad.
Legend of Korra: Epic battles, and great character development.
Spectacular Spiderman: poor Spidey.
Camp Lazo: ok, I really did not see that coming.
Star Wars Clone Wars (2008): Amazing. Unique. Deep.
Back at the Barnyard: …huh.
Beware the Batman: better than expected.
Courage the Cowardly Dog: unexpected feels.
Sym-Bionic Titan: well, it got more of an ending than Samurai Jack did.
Ed, Edd n Eddy: D’awww
Cowboy Bebop: Loved it, but I wish there was an epilogue.
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: That final smile still gives me chills. Epic.
Angel, the Series: Devastating, but weirdly hopeful.
Firefly: “Objects in Space” is a perfect episode, but not meant to be a finale. We can talk about Serenity elsewhere….
Wonderfalls: A fittingly surreal ending for one of the greatest and weirdest little shows ever.
Pushing Daisies: Disappointing, but that isn’t really the show’s fault.
Veronica Mars: This finale was dark and fractured and felt incomplete, and I really liked it.
Mad Men: I wept. Super satisfying.
How I Met Your Mother: I disliked this finale so strongly, it tainted the entire show retroactively.
Avatar: the Last Airbender: So great. So so great.
Party Down: Pulls together threads from the series that you didn’t even know were there and spins them into a compelling, emotionally affecting, character driven finale that elevates the entire series. Cannot say enough good things. This is how you do a finale.
Leverage: Yesssss. That is all.
United States of Tara: Good, but it felt like we were bailing in the middle of the story.
Dollhouse: Mmm, it’s been a while, but I loved this finale. Some awesome character moments.
Cowboy Bebop: Dang, so solid. Heartbreaking, lovely, dreamlike, just everything I loved about this series distilled into this episode.
Parks & Recreation: The great thing about this show was the characters, and this finale was a fitting sendoff
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Not actually sure if this is the series finale, but everything about it is perfect.
Video Game High School: Excellent, just like the series.
Better Off Ted: I don’t remember this finale very well, but go watch this show ‘cause it’s awesome.