Insticator's 8 Greatest Season Finales
Finale season is upon us and what better way to celebrate a good season, or even series, end than with a look back at some of our favorite season endings of all time!
1. The Office 9x24/25 - Finale
In this two-part series finale, we got a wonderful chance to say goodbye to all of our favorite Dunder Mifflin employees. The TV show that they had spent the entirety of the series filming was released and we caught up with where their lives were at after the show had aired, culminating in Dwight and Angela’s wedding nuptials (featuring a wonderful surprise appearance from Michael Scott) and one last goodbye to the office as they all parted ways and moved on with their lives. It was a perfect ending befitting a perfect TV show. So many warm and fuzzy feelings that still haven’t gone away.
2. Friends 10x17/18 - The Last One
Another perfect series finale that gave closure to fans and lots of warm fuzzies all around. Ross and Rachel got together once and for all (she got off the plane!!!), Monica and Chandler prepared to move out of their apartment and into the suburbs, and everyone moved on with their lives, turning in their keys and departing for one final coffee at the Central Perk.
3. Orange is the New Black 01x13 - Can’t Fix Crazy
What. An. Ending. I must have watched this finale 5+ times now and it still doesn’t get old. I don’t want to give too many specifics away since a lot of people are still catching up on it prior to season 2’s arrival this June, but THAT’S how you end a season. I don’t think a single person who saw that episode won’t be tuning-in in a few weeks to find out what really happened in those final moments.
4. House 04x16 - Wilson’s Heart
This is the episode where Amber (aka Cutthroat Bitch aka Wilson’s girlfriend) dies after a bus crash that left Dr. House in a coma and damaged all of her internal organs leaving the team able to do nothing but say their goodbyes. Although a lot of people weren’t big fans of her character, I don’t know a single person who didn’t bawl like a baby as Wilson held her in his arms for the final time..
5. Doctor Who 04x13 - Journey’s End
Speaking of heartbreaking moments on television, Journey’s End may or may not have wrecked me for days. I originally wanted to choose “Doomsday” as my favorite Doctor Who finale (because who didn’t die a little bit inside when Rose and Ten got separated) but this episode ultimately won because it brought back the emotions of “Doomsday” but also brought us closure with Ten and Rose. It then broke our hearts again just minutes later when the Doctor decided it was necessary to say goodbye to Donna and erase him from her memory completely. So. Many Emotions. I’m still getting over it.
6. The Simpsons 06x25 - Who Shot Mr. Burns pt. 1
Arguably the best two Simpsons episodes of all time (there was so much gold in those first few years that I’m sure it can be refuted), part 1 of this 2 part episode left us hanging with this flawless whodunnit episode. After Springfield Elementary strikes oil and Burns pisses off just about every person in Springfield in his attempt to monopolize the oil, he ends up shot, leaving literally everyone as a possible suspect.
7. Breaking Bad 04x13 - Face Off
Oh. My. Gosh. What a fantastic season finale. Hector died. Gus died. Walter won. (“I won.” were his exact words.) That shot of Gustavo walking out of the nursing home, half of his face missing after the blast, and adjusts his tie before calmly falling down and dying has become one of the most iconic images in recent TV history.
8. The West Wing 01x22 - What Kind of Day Has it Been
When you have a TV drama that revolves around the president and the people who revolve around him, an episode involving an assassination attempt was inevitable, but nobody expected it to happen as early as season 1. The fact that they left us hanging until the beginning of season 2 is what makes this such a strong finale.
So those are some of our favorite season finales. What are some of yours?
In which I gush about my favorite TV season finales of all time.
Insticator’s 8 Favorite TV Moms
Mother’s Day is this weekend and we thought we’d take a break from scrambling to put together a last minute gift for Mom by celebrating some of our favorite TV mothers, for better or worse.
1. Lucille Bluth "I don’t care for Gob."
The mean-hearted matriarch of the Bluth family is the epitome of a horrible mother, but we love her all the more for it.
2. Betty Francis "It was a perfect day and he ruined it."
This ex-Draper’s misguided motherhood is a constant source of amusement as she manages to out-child her own children more times than not.
3. Cersei Lannister "if it weren’t for my children, I would have thrown myself from the highest tower in the Red Keep. They’re the reason I’m alive. "
Motherhood might be the only positive quality of Cersei Lannister, if all of her kids weren’t inbred products of her and her brother Jaime, that is.
4. Claire Dunphy "Yeah, well my kids are middle management material, at best."
An often misguided but well-meaning mother of 3 (more like 4 if you count her husband Phil,) Claire manages to keep the entire Dunphy house from total destruction on a weekly basis.
5. Lorelai Gilmore "My life stinks. Hey, let’s look into each other’s eyes and say “I wish I were you” at exactly the same time — maybe we’ll pull a “Freaky Friday.”
What teenager didn’t want a mom like Lorelai growing up? The coolest of the cool moms, Lorelai found the perfect balance of being a parent and a friend.
6. Kitty Forman "Well you know I love my family, it’s just sometimes I want to get in the car and run ‘em all over!"
Arguably the funniest character on That 70’s Show, Kitty’s antics and one-liners earned her a special place in our hearts forever.
7. Constance Langdon "One of the many comforts of having children is knowing one’s youth has not fled but merely been passed down to a new generation. They say when a parent dies, a child feels his own mortality. But when a child dies, it’s immortality that a parent loses."
She may have been a horrible person and a horrible mother, but deep (deep, deep, deep) down, she loved her children, even if she resented them to death (literally.)
8. Maxine Fortenberry "Thank you for splitting up Hoyt and that red-haired slut. I’m gonna bake you a pie!"
God-fearing and overbearing mother to grown-ass man Hoyt Fortenberry, Maxine would do anything in her power to keep her baby safe from all of the evil of Bon Temps, especially if it involves pie.
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Insticator’s 8 Summer TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Watch
Get your predictions ready! New summer shows are here!
The second season of OITNB drops June 6th at midnight on Netflix
2. True Blood
True Blood’s seventh and final season airs June 22nd at 9pm on HBO
Penny Dreadful actually premiered on May 11th but it still counts as a summer show! Catch up on the first few episodes on Showtime.com and tune in Sundays at 10 on Showtime for new episodes!
MoS takes Penny Dreadful’s spot at 10pm on July 13th on Showtime.
Season five of Rizzoli & Isles premiers on June 17th at 9pm on TNT.
Hemlock Grove’s second season premiers on July 11th at midnight on Netflix.
The second season of Under The Dome premiers on June 30th at 10pm on CBS.
PLL is back for a fifth season airs June 10th at 8pm on ABC Family.
What shows are you most excited for?
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“Are you ready? Cause I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something” Freddie Rumsen starts, staring straight into your soul as he delivers the pitch of a lifetime - his or anyone else’s lifetime, for that matter - and knocks it out of the park. Sounds completely implausible, right? Well that’s exactly how season 7 of Mad Men opened up. Temporarily back at SC&P as a freelancer, Freddie blows Peggy’s socks off with his pitch; a feat that she, despite her efforts, isn’t able to replicate to her new boss Lou. He claims he’s “allergic to her charm” or something equally as barf-worthy. Also, in a trend that would only ever happen in the fantasy world that is SC&P, it seems as though yet another secretary, Dawn this time, has made her way up to the ad team, sitting in on the big pitch meeting for Accutron, the watch brand that Freddie pitched to us just 10 minutes before.
D’aww, my very first Mad Men episode recap :’)
Love is far from in the air this Valentine’s Day at Sterling Cooper and Associates. Don spends the day drinking and watching the Little Rascals alone in his apartment (well, not completely alone thanks to his new cockroach roomate), Ginsberg and Stan rib Peggy in the elevator on the way to work for being drastically single, and Roger, much to his amusement, gets called an ethnic slur that I learned from my grandfather.
Can you tell that I really really love Mad Men?
When we last left Don, he was still using Dawn as his personal secretary, barely sustaining the illusion that he’s still a part of SC&P despite the fact that the majority of his day is spent in pajamas. This episode opens on more of the same, only now Dawn has a new role at SC&P that comes with a lot more responsibility than running Don’s errands. Looks like everyone’s got a little bit of adjusting to do.
Even more of my words!
Man versus machine, man versus himself, man versus a hippie commune. We saw it all in last night’s episode of Mad Men. A show that never fails to deliver on an exploration of human emotion as well as a hyper-accurate portrayal of the rapidly changing times, last night’s episode seemed to dive in head-first.
More words on Mad Men!
"What if there was a place you could go where there was no TV, and you could break bread, and anyone who you were sitting with was family?"
If I had to sum up last night’s episode in two words it would be “aww, yay!” Although there were some bittersweet moments, last night’s episode was more or less one big ol’ hug-fest.
More Mad Men words I wrote.
"I have to talk to people who just touched the face of God about hamburgers." The mid-season finale served as a satisfying farewell to the golden era, to relationships, and even to a few loved ones, but I don’t know if any send-off, no matter how grandiose, can keep me satisfied until mid-2015. I’M NOT READY TO LET GO!!
Writing weekly Mad Men recaps gave me lifeblood. I’ll probably still write them here once the second half of the season picks up again.