In this season of finales--especially as we bid farewell to classics "The West Wing" and "Will and Grace"--it's fun to reminisce about television seasons past. Which season finales were the best ever? The Phoenix, a Boston newspaper, made this list of the 10 greatest cliffhangers, tales of attempted murder and the dreams of winning obscene amounts of money.
The top 10 best TV season finales ever are:
10. "Survivor": The End of the First Survivor, 2000.
Remember, it was the first reality show and that ending really was a smash hit.
9. "Newhart": The Last Newhart, 1990.
The "it was all a dream" ending was clever and unexpected with Bob Newhart reprising his role from a previous sitcom. He woke up and realized his time in Vermont with all those goofy characters was just a dream.
8. "Friends": The One with Ross's Wedding, 1998.
Remember when Ross said the wrong name at the altar? Oops.
7. "Cheers": I Do, and Adieu, 1987.
This was the end of Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) as she leaves Sam at the altar to go off and write a book.
6. "Seinfeld": The Pilot, 1993.
Jerry and George's show is finally taped and aired on NBC, but then George gets into it with the on-air talent and Elaine blows the whole thing by breaking up with her boyfriend, who is an NBC suit.
5. "The Simpsons": Who Shot Mr. Burns?, 1995.
It was Maggie.
4. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": The Gift, 2001.
Buffy jumps into the portal to Hell to save her sister--but kills herself.
3. "24": 11 p.m. to 12 a.m., 2002.
It took a lot of guts to kill the wife of the lead character, but that's just what happened at the end of the first season.
2. "Twin Peaks": Episode 29, 1991.
What was the fate popular special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan)? It's still debated today. In this show he is heading out to the Black Lodge to try to rescue his girlfriend who was kidnapped.
And the No. 1 season finale, the one every TV show needs to try to beat is:
1. "Dallas": A House Divided, 1980.
Who shot J.R.? It was Sue Ellen's sister.