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- Oct 31, 2014
Dexter will get another 10 episode season on Showtime about a year from now.
Yes, how did I forget Band of Brothers. Amazing show with a perfect ending.Penny Dreadful had a great ending. I think because it wasn't expected from a fan point of view so it was at its peak and gave the characters ultimate respect and powerful endings.
An obvious one was Band of Brothers. The show is an ATG and likely never be topped or even repeated for that type of military style program. The very final episode with the actual guys talking about their experience was unbelievably touching after seeing the events dramatised so perfectly. Pretty much all of those guys are now passed.
Spartacus had a great ending. Like others have said it is rare we get to see endings to shows these days so this one having one already written out by history meant we knew where it was going, it just mattered how long it took them to get there and to see if they could keep us interested long enough. They managed it superbly, with the introduction of a great villain to the piece in Crassus and using a prequel series to build up Gannicus and other show regulars. Obviously a very pulpy show, but it ended far better than many superior shows.
Well, that how the website and term "Jumped the Shark" entered into the popular lexicon, as series continued running long past their "sell by" expiration dates. Previously, a goal of five years would often be targeted. For the original Star Trek series, Shatner's opening hook announced "Its five year mission..." but it barely lasted three years and was almost canned in its second season. (Interestingly, Fonzie's actual jumping of the shark was for the fifth season premiere of Happy Days, yet the series lasted seven more years. The creators of the "Jumped the Shark" website designated Happy Days actor Ted McGinley the "patron saint" of their concept for some reason, but McGinley himself was on Happy Days for five seasons, The Love Boat for five seasons [two of those seasons simultaneously with Happy Days], Married: With Children for nine seasons, and Hope & Faith for the entire three year run. I was a fan of that website, and I agree with McGinley's confusion in being labeled like that. His presence on a cast wasn't a series killer.)Long running shows rarely end well these days. With American TV stuff it's to milk each show for as much as its worth and simply manage its decline, which infuriates me. Lost and The Walking Dead are two I got into, TWD I just stopped watching.
That said, I think good endings are rare anyway. In stand alone films, perhaps. But in TV or film series, when the situation builds up and things get worse and worse for the protagonists it's often unrealistic for one climactic moment to suddenly end whatever conflict is happening. In reality situations improve gradually with small victories, hard work, good strategy etc.