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Old 08-25-14, 07:14 PM
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Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Let's define long running shows as 5 or more seasons and of course show has to have finished

I can't think of many where the last season was the best season

Buffy - No
Dexter - Hell No !
Sopranos - No
True Blood - No
Alias - No
Lost - No
X Files - No
Stargate SG 1/atlantis etc - No
Smallville - no

even when you look at long running sitcoms

Friends - No
Sex and the City - No
90210, Melrose place and BH90210 - NO
Family ties, family matters, growing pains, step by step etc - No
How i met your mother - No
Baywatch - No
Married with Children - No
Charmed - No


I was thinking possibly Oz, really hard to find a show where the last season was clearly the best one. I'm also thinking possibly Charles in Charge because the last season, season 5 is when Nicole Eggert was closest to being legal
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Breaking Bad... The Wire?
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Breaking Bad is close for sure, still season 4 could be considered the best. I haven't seen the Wire.
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

I would vote for the last season of:

Quantum Leap (and one of the best finales ever)
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Farscape, maybe? (Though it only ran for four seasons.)

Star Trek DS9, possibly? Been ages since I watched it, so everything is sort of mixed up in my memory.
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Yep i would second Friday Night Lights. the show was very consistent and just improved just a little bit every season
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Yep i would second Friday Night Lights. the show was very consistent and just improved just a little bit every season
Are we excising season 2 from our collective memories or something?
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Taxi's fifth and final season might not have been the funniest, but between the Latka/Simka marital strife, Louie's ending of one relationship and start of another and "Jim's Inheritance", it was the most poignant and thoughtful season. I consider it the best one.
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It's never happened in the history of television. What happens most of the time is the creative staff behind the scenes scramble for jobs on other shows knowing it's getting canceled, since they want more security. Producers tend to cut that budget and you have a lot of inexperienced people working on a series in its last season. Notable exceptions to this can occur if a show gets canceled unexpectedly like House, which had a decent season despite the loss of Cutty.
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The Shield perhaps...been a while but it ended so perfectly

I think comedies are harder to come by in this category. They overstay their welcome often.
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Star Trek DS9, possibly? Been ages since I watched it, so everything is sort of mixed up in my memory.
Nah...season 6 was much better than 7. It did peak late.
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Six Feet Under
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Sorry. Great final episode. Great near-final episode shocker. But most of that season dragged and James Cromwell - an actor I usually really like - was not well used and killed every scene with Ruth he was in. I liked seasons 2 and 3 a lot more overall.
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Fringe!

That last season was the best I've seen of anything from network TV.
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Most seem to disagree on that one.
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Although not the best season of the show, there's classic Seinfeld in Season 9 (yada yada yada, Festivus).

Breaking Bad may get my vote.
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The last season of Breaking Bad was easily the most fast paced and outright entertaining, it just lacked the depth of some earlier seasons.
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

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Breaking Bad... The Wire?
I'd say the last season of The Wire was the weakest. McNulty's plan was just ridiculous.
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

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The Shield perhaps...been a while but it ended so perfectly
That is definitely the only one mentioned I would consider.
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
I would vote for the last season of:

Quantum Leap (and one of the best finales ever)
Nah, the fifth season relied on too many gimmick episodes... Lee Harvey Oswald x 2, Elvis, Dr Ruth, a Civil War leap, plus roughly 5 or so Evil Leaper episodes... it was just overkill for a single season. Also while the epilogue with Al was 'effing brilliant, most of the finale was so-so since it was never intended to be the series finale.
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Huge fan of Walker Texas Ranger. Series Finale and Final season was perfect. Walker's earlier seasons, especially the ones produced by Cannon and Sony weren't that great. Standard crime procedural. Once Norris and his brother Aaron took over the show and the rights moved to CBS, the show got better IMO.


I try to pretend this 2005 Reunion movie never existed. It really screwed up what was otherwise a perfect end to the show. The movie wasn't bad, but it ended on a cliffhanger that never got resolved.


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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Smallville. I gave up on it early on but i would watch random eps. When they started having more DC heroes towards the end to me it improved a lot.
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Smallville. I gave up on it early on but i would watch random eps. When they started having more DC heroes towards the end to me it improved a lot.
Seasons 9 and 10 of Smallville were probably the strongest run of episodes of the entire run. Erica Durance and Welling really gelled together and became very believable as Lois and Clark. There were alot of really great episodes in season 10. Some of the more hardcore Superman fans were just pissed that in the final season we never actually saw Welling in the Superman suit and in the series finale it was a CG version of him from a really far distance.
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Re: Long Running Shows where the Last Season was the Best Season ?

Season 9 of Dynasty.

(It wasn't my favorite show, but I watched it with my then-gf).

The writing on Dynasty seemed to go downhill as the years went on, especially after season 2 or 3.

Season 9 seemed to have somewhat better writing than the previous seasons, but was probably "too little too late" to save the show by then. IIRC, some guy that cut his teeth on Dallas was brought in for season 9 of Dynasty. (Don't remember the name offhand).

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