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3 TV Series Finales That Left Fans Fuming

3 TV Series Finales That Left Fans Fuming

Disappointment. Sheer and utter disappointment. Nothing is worse than your favorite TV series coming to an end in the worst way possible. Here at Odometer, we are ready to relive those unfortunate and infamous TV series finales and remain completely shocked, frustrated, and disappointed the second time around.

Here are our top 3 TV series finales that left fans fuming.

1. ‘St. Elsewhere’ Finale, ‘The Last One’ 

After a six-year run, the classic TV medical drama St. Elsewhere’s series finale left fans in utter disbelief. The series came to an end after it was revealed that it was all daydreamed by a little boy named Tommy Westphall. The youngster had a snow globe with a hospital building inside of it. 

Chad Allen, who played Westphall on the classic TV show, spoke to EW in 2012 about his initial reaction to the final episode’s script. “I remember the script arrived, I read it, got to the end, and I was stumped,” Allen admitted. He then said that he asked his mother to explain what it all meant. “My mom read it, and she looked at me sort of puzzled too and said, ‘I think it means it’s all in your head?’ I said, ‘That’s what I thought it think it means!’”

However, Allen thought the show’s ending was really cool and he loved it. “From the mind of a young person whose fantasies were coming to life before him, it was neat. I remember reading about it in the paper that there was controversy over it.”

2. ‘Seinfeld’ Series Finale, ‘The Finale’ 

Who can’t forget the disappointing end to a classic cult TV series! Seinfeld hit the spotlight in the worst way possible after the series came end. Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer all end up in prison and… that was it. No resolution at all. 

According to The Guardian, Jerry Seinfeld expressed regret following the classic tv show’s finale. “I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it,” he admitted. “There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.” 

Seinfeld co-creator Larry David also said he knew that some people hated the finale. “I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head, whereas if they just tune in during the week to a normal show, they’re surprised by what’s going on. They haven’t written it beforehand, they don’t know what the show is.”

3. ‘The X-Files’ Finale, ‘The Truth’

Like the other classic TV cult endings, The X-Files also had an original series finale that was utterly disappointing. The Truth left fans wondering if it was the end of the series or not. However, it turned out to be the official ending of the original series. Thankfully, the series came back in 2016 with original castmates David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. 

Anderson spoke about returning for the tv series’ revival and how she originally said no to reprising her famous sci-fi role. “Well, at first I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way in hell I want to do this again’, but everyone kept telling me it would be fun and after a while I just said, ‘Oh, what the heck! Let’s do it!”