Memorable Finales: The Office Sets A Final Date
Last week saw the end of NBC’s hit series 30 Rock but fans of The Office were left hanging as we waited to find out when it would all end for the crew at Dunder Mifflin.
Coinciding with their 200th episode, this nine-year-old series will end with an hour-long series finale and showrunner Greg Daniels and the cast are giving up ZERO details as to what will happen BUT it will not be a typical series goodbye, as that’ll be ongoing throughout episodes leading up to the May 16th date.
Daniels said that ”If you look at how many characters there are here, and you think that it’ll be our 200th half hour when we do the finale, I don’t think we’re planning on packing everything into the last episode; I would encourage people, if you are waiting for the end of The Office to re-tune in, I would start doing it right away.”
For those of you hopeful for the return of Michael Scott before the finale, that’s probably not gonna happen, Daniels says that’s probably not gonna happen, either.
“Steve is very much of the opinion that the “Goodbye Michael’ episode and the story arc that we did leading up to it was his goodbye to the fans and to the show and that the stuff we’re doing this season is the goodbye that the rest of the show gets to have. So at the moment we don’t have any plans for him to come back.”
As someone who will gladly invest time in well-written ANYthing, I got to thinking about other show finales that people still talk about years after the show’s dead and gone. Most finales are wrapped up nicely (M*A*S*H, Cheers) while others (Friends, Seinfeld) left a “really?” taste in some mouths.
And while I REALLY wanted to give you all the full episodes I sadly couldn’t in some cases (some, like M*A*S*H are clips but the BEST clips), but I’m sure you can find them on Amazon, iTunes, etc.
The Office U.K. - Christmas Special (December 27 , 2003)
M*A*S*H – Goodbye, Farewell and Amen (February 28, 1983)
(Fun fact: 106 MILLION people tuned in to say goodbye to the show’s 11-year run as well as to the gang at the 4077th, myself and my family included. I still get teary eyed at seeing Hawkeye and B.J.’s bromance end).
Extras – Christmas Special (December 27, 2007)
Andy has gone from extra to star to washed up to Celebrity Big Brother U.K., wondering what the hell happened to his life. NOTE: it’s a mirrored video, so ignore the backwards font.
Cheers – One For The Road (May 20, 1993)
See ya, Norm and Cliffy!
ER - And In The End (March 12, 2009)
The Cosby Show – And So We Commence (April 30, 1992)
Theo graduates from college and after 8 seasons, Cliff FINALLY fixes the doorbell
Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Chosen (May 20, 2003)
Buffy thrashes much ass (including one belonging to Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion) one last time.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show – The Last Show (March 19, 1977)
If you don’t get teary eyed when Lou hugs Mary for the last time and tells everyone “I treasure you people”, you have no soul.
Newhart - The Last Newhart (May 21, 1990)
Bye, Bob (and Larry, Darryl and your other brother Darryl)! Also one of the most clever ending reference to another show EVER.
30 Rock – Hogcock!/Last Lunch (January 31, 2013)
So long, Lemon
And there you have it! Another finale that I wanted to show but couldn’t find a full episode or suitable clip was from hospital drama St. Elsewhere but basically the show’s six year run was all a dream inside Dr Westphall’s autistic son’s (played by Chad Allen) head whilst playing with a snow globe – including the fact that Westphall isn’t even a doctor AT ALL, but rather a blue collar construction worker. The “snow globe” ending was also lovingly replicated by NewsRadio for their third season episode “Daydream” and, of course, 30 Rock‘s series finale.
Well, there you have it! Some of my favorite moments in time…I found myself on tearing up with every video I put up here (as some I haven’t seen in ten years or more) and I hope you have fun re-living these moments, too!
The Office one-hour series finale/200th episode airs Thursday, May 16th at 9pm…I know I’ma cry a lot so I’ll be stocking up on tissue that week.