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The Series Finale and the Difficulty of Satisfying Fans

The late and great James Gandolfini in the final episode of HBO’s The Sopranos

Why are series finales so hard to do in the right way? It seems like a weird question. A show can run at a near perfect level of quality for several years; but then it can piss fans off beyond belief with their final episodes. Why does that happen? This entire post is happening because of a series of conversations I have had with several people over the last few weeks. I’ve asked them what some of their favorite finales were and why they liked or hated specific ones. Shows like The Sopranos can leave fans with a bitter taste in their mouths after the final few minutes and Dexter can make the entire series feel like a waste of time to other fans. It is actually quite funny in a way. These shows become landmarks for what the quality of television should be. Yet they still manage to make fans angry.
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Community Season Five Finale “Basic Sandwich’ — TV EPISODE REVIEW

Yvette Nicole Brown, Jonathan Banks, and John Oliver in Community

Community has always been a show that isn’t afraid to make fun of itself or even make jokes about the network it unfortunately gets aired on. And Dan Harmon has never been the kind of guy to hold back. If he wants to say something, he says it. Harmon and company definitely make some statements in this episode. But at least it was done in an extremely funny and tasteful manner. “Basic Sandwich” is the season five finale, and immediately follows the events of  “Basic Story.” Continue reading

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How I Met Your Mother Series Finale “Last Forever” — TV EPISODE REVIEW

Would’ve been perfect had it ended there…

How I Met Your Mother is a milestone show when it comes to sitcoms. It was one of those shows that really brought a new take on sitcoms. There have been serious aspects and some very funny aspects. But the way they have told their story was fresh and new compared to any sitcom out there. They told the stories how we tell stories in every day life. We flash back and sometimes those stories get interrupted by other stories. And they didn’t always work, but when they did work; they REALLY worked. But did the series finale live up to the rest of the series? “Last Forever” was really two episodes (or one hour long episode) and they had a lot of material to throw in here.

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How I Met Your Mother Final Season — Has It Overstayed It’s Welcome?

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Let me just start out by saying that I am a huge How I Met Your Mother fan. I have watched it since it first aired and I haven’t missed an episode. It is a brilliant comedy on the CBS network. When this show first started out, everyone wondered how a story about a man meeting his future wife could run past one season. And then we kind of got a feel for the structure of the show. It worked on a high scale, mostly due to the chemistry of all five main characters. But now it is in it’s final season; season nine. And I know so many fans that already jumped off the viewing party because of its length. Is this the main problem with How I Met Your Mother? Has it just been around too long? Continue reading

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