Spoiler alert…for shows that have been off the air for anywhere between 5 to 34 years.
Seriously. There’s got to be a statute of limitations on spoilers.
10. Six Feet Under
My favorite finale of all time. It was only appropriate that a show that explored the realities of death should conclude with the multiple flash forward deaths of all of its beloved characters. Incredibly depressing yet perfectly fitting.
9. Little House on the Prairie
Rather than allow their little town to fall into the clutches of a greedy railroad tycoon, the residents of Walnut Grove decide to blow up every building in town.
8. Stargate: Universe
The crew of the Destiny enters stasis so that the ship can channel all of its energy to completing a 3-year journey to the next galaxy. As the various sections of the ship go dark (bookending the show’s opening images), we find our lovable hero Eli, alone on the observation deck. Then, the ship jumps to FTL, leaving us (the viewers) behind.
[We were actually expecting to come back for a final third season – but, obviously, that didn’t happen. Still, if you’re curious about how things may have turned out: https://josephmallozzi.com/2011/05/12/may-12-2011-stargate-universe-beyond-season-2-what-might-have-been/]
7. Twin Peaks
Agent Cooper, battles his nemesis Windom Earl in the otherworldly realm of The Black Lodge – and loses his soul. But there’s hope for our affable hero – 25 years later – as Showtime has announced production on a follow-up to the cult series, set to premiere in 2016.
6. Blake’s 7
Everybody dies. Hope you heeded that spoiler warning above.
5. The Sopranos
Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” plays through the show’s final scene as the Soprano family convenes in a diner and…we cut to black. Was Tony killed? Probably? Will we ever know for sure? Probably not.
In the show’s final season, Roseanne and her family win the lottery and hilarity (?) ensues. Until the final episode in which we discover that the show was actually a story written by Roseanne Conner based on her life. The family never won the library and, oh yeah, husband Dan is dead. Thanks for watching our comedy!
3. Quantum Leap
After five seasons of leaping through time to help others, Dr. Sam Beckett is finally given the opportunity to return home. He decides to do just that, after making one final leap – so save his buddy Al’s marriage. He succeeds and…according to the final card, never returns home. Boo!
Our wise-cracking alien prepares to finally head home to Melmac – only to get captured by the military. They’re probably still experimenting on him.
Hapless dinosaur dad Earl unwittingly helps usher in an ice age that will wipe out his family, his community, and all of his fellow dinosaurs.