Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


What are your picks for worst series finale?

What are your picks for worst series finale? Check out the latest Ask the Critic question and post your own

Posted on

David Duchovny
David Duchovny: Fox

What are your picks for worst series finale?

I thought the X-Files series finale was a big letdown. What are your picks for worst finale? — Sarah M.
The X-Files‘ ending was a murky mess, although considering that show’s intricate mythology, few resolutions would have felt satisfying (even the talked-about second film couldn’t have answered all our lingering questions). Seinfeld‘s clumsy send-off, which used a silly court case to trot out just about every bit character who ever scored a laugh line, landed with a thud. Where you stand on St. Elsewhere‘s end depends on how you feel about big twists: I loved Newhart‘s it-was-all-a-dream finale because stodgy old Bob sold it with a beaut of a reaction, but I’m less inclined to buy an autistic child imagining, say, prison rape while gazing at a snow globe. Finally, some ends you dislike purely because of where they leave the characters. I seethed to find all four Sex and the City ladies neatly paired off (particularly independent Samantha with her bland blond) because it violated the show’s men-ain’t-everything spirit; and I’ll never forgive Oz for leaving Tobias Beecher stuck in jail. Never.

(Got a TV-related question for Gillian? Post it here.)