8 Unforgettable TV Series Finales That Still Make Us Weep
If you hadn't shed a tear when "Friends" ended, you have no soul.
1. "Friends" (1994-2004)
"We were on a break!" Well, the break finally came for our six favorite New Yorkers in 2004, after a decade of laughter, tears, and Central Perk. The last episode, "The Last One," had Ross chasing after Rachel, Monica and Chandler becoming parents (twice in one day!), and Joey... well, being Joey. Seeing the empty apartment and everyone dropping their keys on the counter was like saying goodbye to old friends, no pun intended. The lump in our throats? Bigger than Janice's personality.
2. "The Office" (2005-2013)
Ah, Scranton. The Electric City. Home to paper, beet farms, and a weirdly loveable group of office workers. "Finale" was an emotional smorgasbord, with Jim and Pam leaving for Austin, Dwight and Angela's wedding, and Michael Scott's surprise return. His "that's what she said" moment brought us full circle, and we were left a sobbing mess on our beet-stained couch. So, remember to always keep your tissues next to your Dundie Awards.
3. "MAS*H" (1972-1983)
Long before "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad," there was "MAS*H." This war-comedy series turned the horrors of the Korean War into a deeply human and frequently hilarious experience. However, the final episode, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen," reminded us of the heartbreaking reality of war. The tear-jerking moment? Hawkeye 's realization about the "chicken" on the bus. More devastating than a 5 o'clock Charlie bomb drop.
4. "Six Feet Under" (2001-2005)
"Six Feet Under" wasn't just a show about a family running a funeral home. It was a deep dive into the human experience and our relationships with life, love, and death. The series finale, "Everyone's Waiting," delivered one of the most powerful and poignant endings in TV history, with a flash-forward showing how each character dies. If that doesn't make you weep into your metaphorical embalming fluid, I don't know what will.
5. "Breaking Bad" (2008-2013)
Few shows have matched the heart-thumping intensity and emotional complexity of "Breaking Bad." Over five seasons, we watched Walter White's transformation from a mild-mannered chemistry teacher into the ruthless, meth-producing alter ego, Heisenberg. The finale, aptly named "Felina," is a tragic culmination of Walter's journey, confronting us with the dire consequences of his choices.
From Walter's final interaction with Skyler, where he admits he did everything for himself, to his last moments with Jesse, there's an air of melancholic closure. And let's not forget that final shot of Walter in the lab, collapsing as Badfinger's "Baby Blue" plays in the background. It's not just the meth lab that's in shards – so are our hearts.
6. "Game of Thrones" (2011-2019)
Despite the controversies surrounding its final season, the emotional impact of "Game of Thrones" can't be understated. The final episode, "The Iron Throne," showcased the devastating aftermath of Daenerys' fall into madness and the choices the characters make to ensure a future for the Seven Kingdoms.
The heartrending scene where Jon Snow is forced to kill Daenerys, his lover and queen, to prevent further destruction is shattering. Seeing the Iron Throne, the symbol of power that caused so much bloodshed, melt under Drogon's fire is like witnessing the end of an era. And let's not forget the Stark children going their separate ways, embracing their destinies. Tyrion's line, "And who has a better story than Bran the Broken?" might have sparked debate, but there's no contesting that our tear ducts were broken that day.
7. "Futurama " (1999-2013)
A comedy animation show that can make you laugh one moment and break your heart the next, "Futurama" proved its emotional depth. The series finale, "Meanwhile," gives us an almost poetic ending. Fry decides to propose to Leela, using a device that lets him rewind time by 10 seconds.
The whole episode is an emotional rollercoaster, reaching its peak when Fry jumps off a building, thinking Leela rejected him, only to realize she'd said yes. Stuck in a time loop, we see them live out their lives together, growing old in a frozen world. When offered the chance to go back and live their lives over again, they agree without hesitation. Few series finales have captured such a beautiful depiction of committed love, leaving us not just weeping, but utterly moved.
8. "The Good Place" (2016-2020)
A philosophical comedy about the afterlife might not sound like a recipe for tear-inducing moments, but "The Good Place" defies expectations. The series finale, "Whenever You're Ready," presents each character's decision to end their journey in the afterlife, effectively choosing to cease to exist.
We witness the heartfelt goodbyes, with Chidi's departure being particularly gut-wrenching. His final line to Eleanor, "I owe it to you to let you go," hits like a philosophical truck. When Eleanor finally walks through the door, transforming into particles that spark good deeds in the living world, we're left clutching our tissues and considering our moral philosophy.