Some TV series wrap up with the perfect ending. You may be sad to see the characters go, but their arcs are over, and you can imagine them continuing their lives somewhere else. But then there are the real clunkers, the ones that can taint the entire series. Here are four of them. Warning: contains major spoilers.
“How I Met Your Mother”
For nine years, we watched the gang frequent MacLaren’s, watched their ups and downs, and most importantly, watched Ted’s quest for the love of his life, the mother of his children. Or so we thought. Nope, it turns out, as Cosmo said, a better title would have been “How I Settled for Your Mother,” because the whole series was really about Robin. If only we weren’t OD’d on Trobin fatigue by the end. Oh, and yeah, the mother was dead, so there’s that.
That a show with such powerful promise and writing could end with its main character, in essence, slinking off into the woods, is one of the great disappointments in television. It didn’t help that the limp end to “Dexter” ran alongside the gripping, brilliant, and perfect run-up to “Breaking Bad’s” finale. Dexter fell from “must see” to “wait, what happened to him again?” That definitely is no way to end a series.
Most said “Roseanne” jumped the shark when the family won the lottery, but I kind of enjoyed the dreamy element of the Conners with money. Until it turned out it was all an escapist fantasy because patriarch Dan Conner died of a heart attack. Hmm. There seems to be a theme here, show runners. The death surprise twist is not the good kind of surprise, especially when considering the contender below.
As bad as the ultimate ending of “HIMYM” was — and trust me, it was bad — “Lost” still holds the all-time title for the worst and least satisfying series finale in television history, as far as I’m concerned. I mean, they were dead, except they weren’t always dead, but they did die, but then they were together again after they died, and the island is purgatory except that it isn’t. Basically, the show tried so hard to pretend that initial fan theories were wrong that it ended in nothing more than a gooey glob of confusion. Lost, indeed.