The final episode of Monk was seen by approximately 9.4 million total viewers, nearly a third in the all-important 18-49 adult demographic. Obviously, a lot of people cared about how Adrian Monk would say goodbye.
The ratings were not only impressive, there were legendary. The largest number of viewers and demo of any drama series ever on cable. It surpassed TNT's The Closer.
(S08E16) The pressure of writing the last episode must be tremendous. Especially for a long-running show like Monk. The writers have to tie up loose ends, satisfy viewers' desire for the characters, and leave fans with a sense of closure. Closure, in fact, is the word Dr. Bell used with Adrian. Monk was looking for it and so were we.
But the ending is tough. There have been some shows that have stumbled badly at the end. Seinfeld, for instance, was a real stinker. But the memory of Newhart, which harkened back to The Bob Newhart Show may be the best-ever. Now, in the broader scheme of things, Seinfeld was a much better series than Newhart; in every way but the ending. Which brings us back to Monk. How did the writers navigate the Monk finale? Follow me after the jump and I'll tell you all about it.
The Beginning of the End
The 'Jon and Kate Plus 8' series finale opens with a shot of an error-riddled sign that Jon's legal team posted outside the entrance of their home: "Notice: No film crew or production staff from TLC is permitted on this property under penelty [sic] of trespass. Johnathon Gosselin [sic]"
The spelling errors are something you might expect from one of The Gosselin's 9-year-old twins, Cara and Mady, but by now we know it's the work of Jon Gosselin, putting an end to the TLC show that put him on the map. The Gosselins' struggles to raise their brood of twins and sextuplets, and their reaction to the dissolution of their marriage, has been a dramatic ride that the world has followed both on- and off-camera, but now the saga of Jon and Kate Gosselin is finally coming to a close ... in this particular incarnation, anyway.
Narrowing down the classic moments from 72 years of 'Guiding Light' to a top 10 list was a herculean task. Some of the leading contenders we considered included Bert blasting Ed, Roger chasing Rita in the Hall of Mirrors, Nola's movie fantasies, the India/Alexandra confrontations, the Springfield blackout, Ross' election night and, well, you get the idea ...
Read on as we count down our Top Ten list to see if the ones that made the final cut are among the 'Light' scenes that you'll remember best. -- By Michael Maloney
Soap fans will bid adieu to Reva -- and the rest of the show's characters -- on Friday, Sept. 18 when the CBS soap opera airs its final episode. AOL TV recently caught up with the fan favorite to get her thoughts on starting a new chapter in her life, her four Golden Girls and what she hopes viewers will remember about the beloved series. -- By Michael Maloney
That's like Lost-level secrecy. Nip/Tuck has had its shockers through the years, and since the creators knew this ending was coming, they've certainly had time to prepare. Supposedly Rivers won't be the only star making an appearance. "Star-studded" is the word I've seen being thrown about.
In the Twitter era, where else would we get the news that Comedy Central has canceled the long-running Reno 911 after six seasons. Lt. Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) tweeted that "Reno 911 was canceled at 1:30 pm today," and even more tragically that he "won't be wearing the shorts again." Never say never, Lennon, there's always conventions.
That means, though, that the July 8th episode was the series finale. By any standards, 88 episodes is a good run for a series, but it's always a little disappointing when a long-running show like Reno 911 gets canceled between seasons. It means that the creators will never get a chance to write an "ending" for their series.
I'm glad the Devil actually has a weakness with regards to his vanity. When a character is all-powerful, they get boring rather quickly. Thankfully, Ray Wise has the talent to keep the character interesting despite his handicap of near-omnipotence. When you consider that, you have to wonder how Sam could have possibly thought he had an advantage during the first game of quarters.
The character of Mary Pat (whom I found amusing, but only because she reminded me of some people I know) was gone pretty quickly. At first I thought Steve was back because they couldn't get Tony for the finale until the broken hand occurred. Obviously, the creators planned a bigger role for Sam as a pawn of the war between Heaven and Hell. It's a pity that unless the show miraculously gets picked up, it will never get resolved.
The entire situation with Nina was a cute homage to the Exorcist movies. At least Ben is happy at the end of the series.
(S08E18) Since I have no idea whether this is truly the end for Scrubs or not, I hedged my bets on the season vs. series finale label. I will say this, though: If this is indeed the end for the folks at Sacred Heart, they couldn't have gone out any better than they did tonight.
Tonight's finale hit on all the same themes that have carried the show for eight years: people grow and change, but life at the hospital just keeps going. Someone leaves, someone dies, someone makes a life-changing decision, and life keeps going. "It's just a day," as Cox almost-convincingly said during one of J.D.'s attempts at getting an emotional goodbye from his mentor. He's right. And as Sacred Heart didn't make such a big deal out of J.D.'s departure, neither did the show. He didn't even turn to look back at the ICU as he turned the lights off. Well, he did, but I'll talk about that after the jump...
After 15 seasons, 'ER' calls a code blue for the last time in its series finale tonight (Thu., April 2, 9PM ET on NBC).
Over its run, the show racked up 123 Emmy nominations (the most in TV history), engaged millions of viewers and made stars (ever heard of a guy named George Clooney?). Doctors and patients came and went, lives were saved and lost and hearts healed and broken.
As County General closes its doors for good, here's a look back at our favorite 'ER' episodes and memorable moments.
After 15 years, the lights will be turned off at County General.
The groundbreaking, seminal series 'ER' comes to an end April 2, and before saying goodbye, fans sounded off about the show's memorable doctors and moments.
The critically-acclaimed series 'Battlestar Galactica' draws to a close tonight, when fans go on one last fantastic, fraught journey with Admiral William Adama (Edward James Olmos) and President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) and their frenemies, the Cylons.
Before the series finale airs, here's a look back at our favorite episodes from the show's six-year run.
The Wraith attack Earth, a major character may or may not bite it, and it's frakkin' awesome.
Well, it's pretty good for something reportedly produced in a rush. According to Gateworld, the producers of Stargate Atlantis learned about the show's cancellation during the shooting of "Identity," the third-to-last episode of the current season. They were forced to scrap ideas for a sixth season and make this Friday's season ender, "Enemy at the Gate," the series finale.
Clips and moderate spoilers after the jump.
Last week another terrific cable drama, The Shield, took its final bow in a series finale that still has fans talking. The talk is mostly about the last three minutes, which featured Vic Mackey's silent contemplation of the life he now leads after losing his friends, family and, some say, his freedom. Right before the screen went dark we saw Vic stride out of the cubicle that is now his home -- unsure of what his fate would be from now on.
Some fans of the series were unhappy with this ending, saying that there was no closure to the life that Vic had led over the last seven seasons. Some hearken the ending to the now-famous series finale of The Sopranos, which featured several seconds of nothingness before the credits rolled. This concept of not giving finality to a series finale is a new one for viewers to grasp onto. But, when you look at it further, it makes complete sense. Why should the lives of our favorite characters come to a complete ending when our own lives don't?
TV Squad Hot Topics
Most Popular Articles
From Our Partners
- 'Constantine' Recap: John and Papa Midnite Join Forces
- 'America's Next Top Model' Recap: Which Guy's Got Moves Like Elvis?
- 'The Amazing Race' Recap: Which Team is Targeted By the Other Racers?
- Best ?Bones? Quotes from 'The Puzzler in the Pit'
- 'The Vampire Diaries': 17 Shocking Moments from 'Fade Into You'
- More From BuddyTV
- ABC Cancels John Stamos-Led Members Only Drama Before Premiere
- Scoop: Craig Robinson's NBC Comedy Adds Greek Grad Spencer Grammer and A to Z's Lenora Crichlow
- Quotes of the Week From HTGAWM, Marry Me, Family Guy and More
- Jane the Virgin Preview: Michael's Heartache, Petra the Kidnapper & More
- Cameron Diaz Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches
- More From TVLine
- Katy Perry Starts a Feud with Australian Paparazzi on Twitter
- 'SNL' Makes Cameron Diaz a 'Back Home Baller' and Brings Back 'Schoolhouse Rock'
- 5 Seconds of Summer Announces New Live Album
- Nene Leakes Uses Cinderella Costume to Spoof Kim Kardashian
- This 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Friends' Mashup Will Make Your Day
- More From ET