TV series are gaining more popularity by the day. While most have won us over win super cute plots and relatable characters, others have been downright disappointing often leading to their cancellation. But even more disappointing are series that got us hooked with unusual schemes but end up flopping its finale. Developing plots have not been so easy for movie writers especially for series. With the need to continually create new characters, it takes intelligence to keep the whole script in check without loopholes. Although most have been able to keep the original script while exploring new characters, some have gone on to lose it at the very end. Here are ten series that couldn't have had more disappointing finales
The TV series which started in 2001 was based on DC superhero, Superman. The movie ran for eleven long seasons - the most extended American TV series as at the time of its closure in 2011. The series followed the life of Superman as well as his life as Clark Kent. It generally received positive reviews and garnered a wide audience with an average of 4.3 million tuning in to watch the series weekly. While the writers were able to bring the series to a close successfully, it received positive reviews for its endings, but fans had a lot to complain about. The decision to show Superman using CGI instead of his real self notably received a lot of backlash from fans.
The TV series is one of the most extensive sci-fi TV series. The X-Files premiered in 1993 and lasted for 11 seasons spawning across 218 episodes before its finale in 2002. The movie which was aired on Fox generally received positive reviews until it's conclusions. The season's finale tried to wrap up all loopholes and unanswered questions but ended up disappointing fans with its bad speeches and lack of drive to do so. The finale only provided some wild script with half of the main cast winding up dead. It wasn't fans were expecting and wasn't met with much enthusiasm either.
The popular 1990s American sitcom ran for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998. The series was a massive success during its run leading the Nielsen ratings during its second and sixth season and also ranked among the top two from 1994 until it was the conclusion in 1998. While the TV series is regarded as the greatest sitcom ever made, its finale wasn't met with much admiration. The iconic NBC sitcom had its plot around four friends in Manhattan detailing the minutiae of everyday life. The widely followed comic had an unhappy ending as the four friends were jailed in Massachusetts for laughing at a fat man who was being carjacked.
The American sci-fi TV series was aired on NBC for five seasons, from 1989 to 1993 spawning across 97 episodes. The show was centered around a physicist who breaks space-time and time travels to correct historical mistakes. The series successfully combined humor, romance, drama, and science fiction earning it the 19th spot on TV Guide’s “Top Cult Shows Ever.” Despite its legendary status since its closure in 1993, the movie had a poorly received conclusion. In defense of the writers, the last episode of season 5 wasn't planned to be the series' ending, but the writer had to add bits to it to give the series closure hurriedly. The ending was so rushed that the main cast’s name wasn't spelled correctly during its subtitles.
Two And A Half Men
Two and a half men was an American sitcom that aired for 262 episodes across 12 seasons before it concluded in 2015. The CBS sitcom had its plot around a man who upon his divorce moved with his son into a brother's house complicating his brother's life. The show was highly successful earning $3.24 million in 2012 making it the fourth highest earning TV series that year. But the show had what is widely described as a whack ending. After changing two main characters towards the conclusion of the show, many anticipated the return of principal cast, Charlie Harper (played by Charlie Sheen) and the writers made a scene of almost returning the character before killing him off in a bizarre way.
The American TV drama concluded three decades ago after airing for 137 episodes in 6 seasons since it premiered in 1982. The series which aired on NBC had its plot in a Boston hospital with its principal casts serving as mentors to the interns at the hospital. Although the show never ranked higher than 49 in the annual Nielsen rankings, it won 13 Emmy Awards during its run and was dubbed the drama of the 1980s. The medical drama had all its fans hooked, but a final twist in the series finale was deemed a massive letdown by most people. The whole series had been made up in the mind of an autistic child. Weird.
American teen drama, Gossip Girl, which ran from 2007 to 2012 was aired on The CW and spawned across 121 episodes. The show received a lot of positive reviews at the beginning and was the most anticipated new show between 2007 and 2008. Towards the conclusion, the show began to accept more criticism for its deviation from the novel from which it was adopted. While we got to see the happy ending of Chuck and Blair getting married, the revelation of the identity of the Gossip Girl was a huge spoiler. Not only was the mystery a significant point of the show, but the identity also didn't make sense as the idea of Dan being the Gossip Girl didn't fit into many of the series plots. It was so bright that the writers never had a concrete plan to reveal Dan as the Gossip Girl
Popular American comedy-drama, Gilmore girls, made its premiere in 2000 and ran for seven seasons before it concluded in 2007. The 153 episode show which initially aired on WB before moving to CW for its final season had its major themes centered around relationships, education and social class divides. Although the show didn't draw in massive ratings, it was successful. The show had quite an abysmal ending with no clarity on the relationship between the major characters. Most significant was announcing Rory's pregnancy and decision to cover Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
HBO comedy-drama series, Girls, premiered in 2012 and concluded in 2017 after 62 episodes in 6 seasons. The series follows the life of four women in New York. Despite receiving lots of criticism over its nudity, sexual assault and lack of racial representation the series won several accolades during its run. Although the scripts were focused on the four New Yorkers, the season finale seemed to lose focus and concentrated on just one of them alone.
Lost was a famous American drama TV series that aired from the mid-2000s till 2010. The ABC series had 121 episodes over six seasons. The movie plot which follows the survivors of a plane crash in a mysterious island was known for its flashback and flashforward technique to develop each of its characters. Lost was very successful during its run, garnering a huge audience and winning numerous awards making up for its prohibitive cost of production. Despite being ranked as one of the most excellent TV series of all time, the series was married a little with polar reviews from critics. While some deemed it the best episode in the season finale, the idea of reading the plot's flash-sideways took away the mystery of the island - something that didn't sit well with most critics. The finale also left many unanswered questions and with no hint for a sequel leaves more questions than answers.