Which TV series do you think ended well

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Dexter will get another 10 episode season on Showtime about a year from now.

I don't see the point, but producers will do their best to revive old movies/TV shows, and usually not for the better. So many of the original cast was killed off on that show that they'd be almost starting over again.
 
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The greatest series ever made,Dads Army.
They ended as the cast were not long for this world,the youngest member at 19 when starting is now 74.
 

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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.
 
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Breaking Bad was the first one that came to mind. When he said 'I did it for me' that was probably the most powerful line I can remember watching in a TV show.

I also like the Sopranos ending.

I remember thinking the Friends ending was decent, with the empty apartment and keys on the counter. Managed to be satisfying in a nostalgic but definitive sort of way. Haven't seen that in years and years though.

Struggling to find any others that stand out to me.
 

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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.
 
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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.
Yes, how did I forget Band of Brothers. Amazing show with a perfect ending.
 
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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.
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.)

Chuck Lorre had some cancelled series earlier in his career, so when he later had successful ones like Two and Half Men and the Big Bang Theory, he had trouble letting them go. (Two and a Half Men especially had a built-in natural expiration date, specifically Jake's maturation process. Lorre needed to let it go, and I'm surprised Charlie Sheen stuck around as long as he did before quitting to do Anger Management, a good series itself until he fired Selma Blair.)
 
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Deadwood was fucked over in its original run and the series ended in a really rushed and unsatisfying fashion.

And then nearly 15 years later, out of nowhere the Deadwood movie came out and was a very satisfying end to the story.

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I thought the last season of Angel was a nice finish considering it was axed unexpectedly, much better than the final season of Buffy which should of ended when Buffy died in season 5. They were able to wrap up a lot of the story lines in one season and while it did feel a little rushed the quality of the show didn't suffer in fact I think it was one of the strongest seasons if not the best season.

The return of Spike was giving Angel a much needed character to play off of, the Fred/Illyria story line was heart wrenching and we were treated to some the the best episodes of the entire series with Timebomb,

They wrapped up the Shanshu prophecy, they gave Cordelia's character a fitting end after basically dying in the last season, they made sense of the whole Angel and Connor situation and the end with them all in the alleyway at the end with an open ending not knowing if they survived or not seemed fitting. Plus the final episode was just so satisfying when their plan finally came to fruition, especially when Illyria punched that demons head off.