Viau’s View/Scott Viau

With all the hubbub going around about the “How I Met Your Mother” finale, I thought it might be the right time to write about some of the finales that have affected me over the years. Regardless of my love for all things pop culture, I am not really that big into TV, but my God do I love a good series finale.

My first encounter with a highly anticipated finale would be “Seinfeld.” I even recorded it with one of my parents’ VCR. Despite all the hate that it received at the time, and there was a lot, I think time has been kind to the “Seinfeld” finale. It really is a perfect way to end the show. Four people who couldn’t have cared less about others are thrown in jail because they couldn’t be bothered to help out a person in need. They got exactly what they had coming.

While I had only seen a few episodes of “Six Feet Under,” I watched the last six minutes of the final episode, which showed how all the characters died. I remember sitting on my bed crying for characters I barely knew. It was a very beautiful sequence. I can only imagine the power it would have had had I watched the entire series.

Back in the late ’90s/early 2000s, there was a TV show on Comedy Central called “Strangers with Candy.” I can’t even begin to describe the pure amount of joy and laughter that hilarious, ridiculous, irreverent and absurd show brought to me. The entire series ranks high on my list of favorite TV programs. The show, which deals with Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old ex-con, bisexual woman who goes back to high school after getting clean and leaving the streets, wrapped things up pretty well. The entire series only lasted about 30 episodes, so when I think about it I’m a little surprised it even got a finale. In the final episode, Jerri, after destroying the school with the help of a few faculty members, ends up going back to the streets to live a life of crime, drug addiction and prostitution. While this may not sound like a great comedy, I assure you it is.

I?also loved “Lost,”?and while the finale did leave me feeling a little unsatisfied, it certainly wasn’t as bad as some people thought. But the best finale I’ve seen recently would be “Breaking Bad.” It completed the evolution of a character so masterfully that it will be hard to top.