The other day, I watched two-part finale to season eight of Scrubs, cleverly entitled “My Finale, Part 1 and 2”. I assumed–and the episodes did nothing to dissuade me–that these were also the series finale. The final show was packed with the usual goodbyes and sentimentality that you expect from such last episodes. You can watch the last few minutes on YouTube.
As it turns out, there will apparently be another season of the quirky medical show. Wikipedia offers this explanation:
On June 19, 2009, it was announced that the reformatted ninth season of Scrubs would “shift from the hospital to the classroom and make med-school professors of John C. McGinleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dr. Cox and Donald FaisonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Turk.” According to Lawrence, the ninth season will “be a lot like Paper Chase as a comedy,” with Cox’s and Turk’s students occasionally rotating through the halls of Sacred Heart and encountering former series regulars.
The other leads, Zack Braff and Sarah Chalke, have apparently signed on for guest appearances in six episodes each.
Regardless, Scrubs got me thinking about other final episodes that I remember. There actually aren’t that many:
- I remember the final episode of M*A*S*H as a particular sobfest. “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”, as it happens, is still the most watched American television broadcast in history.
- Cheers had a really classy ending, with Sam adjusting a photo of Geronimo near the piano, which has been on the set since Coach’s (Nicholas Colasanto) death.
- I only vaguely recall the final episode of Buffy, which, in truth, felt a little rushed and (typically, I’d say) quite unsentimental.
- In talking about TV finales with others, I remembered that the cast of Family Ties took a curtain call at the end of their final episode, which was a nice touch.
Like everything else on the planet (and beyond), there’s a website dedicated to TV finales.
What are your favourite (or least favourite) last episodes?