Just like I don't want to read a book that's missing the last hundred pages...
April 21, 2012 12:10 PM Subscribe
Recommend me TV shows which were consistently good throughout their run and had a proper, satisfying ending.
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I haven't really watched any broadcast or cable television since the early 90s (and not a lot before that). A few years ago, my wife and I started watching (on DVD/Netflix/whatever) the critically acclaimed shows that I had missed.
One thing that we had noticed about watching shows like this, where we might go through ten episodes a week and an entire four-year series in a couple of months, is that it becomes really noticeable and frustrating when a show drops the ball in narrative or production quality (because of a change in writers or whatever reason). It's also such a recipe for heartbreak watching a great show that turns out to have been unceremoniously cancelled with no chance for resolution.
We're looking for more shows that maintained a consistently high quality throughout their run and had a finale that completes the story arc of the entire show in a satisfying way. I know that every show has bad episodes and that some seasons will be better than others, and that's fine. But we're specifically NOT interested in shows where you might say something like: "The first two seasons are amazing and then it sort of goes to hell, but the original writers come back to wrap it up in season seven and it gets awesome again."
Any genre is fine, but we're not really looking for shows that don't really have any narrative development from episode to episode. So dramatic comedies are great, but sitcoms probably not so much.
And to be absolutely clear, please do not recommend any shows that are currently airing, nor any shows that were unceremoniously cancelled, no matter how good they are or were.
Shows that we've already watched and enjoyed include:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Battlestar Galactica (though it's certainly arguable whether that ending was satisfying, at least it was a real ending)
Firefly (sort of qualifies, if you consider Serenity, but definitely a border case)
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