One of my family’s favorite shows will go off the air tonight. “Everybody Loves Raymond” has been appointment television in the Tucker home for the past 6 years. Tonight’s episode will be preceded by a one-hour farewell show with highlights and interviews. The final episode itself will be, according to the writers, just another day in the life of the Barone family.
Kudos. Writers often feel the need to bring some type of closure to a long-running sitcom by breaking up the family and sending people in separate ways.
When I think of series finales, I think of the good ones and the bad ones. Which shows go off the air in style and which have fallen flat.
The final shows of “Seinfeld” and “Friends” come to mind as examples of lousy endings. “Farewell, Goodbye and Amen” from “MASH” was perhaps the greatest final episode, “The Wonder Years” was another good one, along with “Newhart” as viewers learned the entire series was just a dream.
“Cheers” (1993) was another good example of a show going off the air in style. The final scene was of a mysterious man coming to the door and Sam saying “We’re closed”.
Others were not notable. Anyone remember the final episode of “The Cosby Show”?
Later today: My golf date with Ray Romano and Kevin James.