With the series finale of Mad Men and David Letterman leaving late night, I’ve decided it’s time to share just how crazy and ridiculous I am when it comes to change. I’m not one of those people that need closure, especially with tv shows. I’m not someone who needs to know how it all ends, you know why? Because I don’t want it to end. Even if I don’t watch the show after the second season, it’s still a comfort for me to know it exists on the airwaves and someone is still watching. I’m crazy. I know. In some cases, I watch a show religiously and when I know the end is nearing, I quit cold turkey. The thought of an official end to characters and stories I’ve grown to know and love is all too much for me. My palms are actually sweating right now typing this.
Anyways, here are a few examples of series finales that hit me particularly hard. Enjoy!
So, I lead with Friends for good reason. It’s really the only show on the list that I literally grew up with. Talk about a show that knew how to end a season with a cliff hanger! Maybe that’s the problem, I got used to knowing I would have the answers to Ross and Rachel drama in 3-4 months. I know, nut bag.
People are still going nutty over the “fade to black” final scene of The Sopranos. There are all sorts of theories. What exactly did the abrupt black screen mean? Who walked into the restaurant? What was the significance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” playing on the juke box? Honestly? Who cares. The series is over and therefore so are the lives of these fictional characters. Truth.
I binged watched Breaking Bad on Netflix months after the series finale aired. I feel like this helped with my fear of closure, because I already knew it was coming. I also already knew pretty much everything that was going to happen thanks to spoiler alerts via Facebook and social media. That being said, it took me about three days to watch entire series and three months to muster the confidence to watch finale.
I cried myself to sleep after this one. I’m not kidding. I remember thinking “What is Charlotte doing?!” Mind you, this was before I knew there would be two motion picture movies. That would have helped to know. Also, was anyone else disappointed the Big’s name was John? Booooring.
This was a serious test for me. I watched Kenny Powers from the start. I loved him. I loved April. Thankfully they ended up together. These two crazy kids. The show was kind of out there, especially Kenny. The final episode was no different (Lindsay Lohan was Kenny and April’s daughter) but I will forever miss Kenny F*ckin’ Powers and as an adult, felt I handled the finale quite well.
I mentally shut out this series long before the actual finale of The Office. For me, the finale was when Michael left. Which, to no ones surprise, I also couldn’t bear to watch. Friends told me the show was still funny even without him but I wouldn’t listen. I mourned the fictional loss of Michael Scott. Thank god for reruns, but not the ones without Michael. Duh.
So obviously some of these shows are still there for me late at night on TBS. That definitely softens the blow. In the cases of Friends and Sex and the City though, I always check the guide first to see what season and/or episode is airing. If it’s Carrie in Paris or Monica and Chandler moving to the suburbs, forget it. I’ll watch the local news instead. I can’t deal with it. I honestly don’t know what I will do with myself when current favorites like The Walking Dead, Girls or god forbid Law & Order: SVU say goodbye. Good thing I have my therapist on speed dial!
Until next time!