10 Saddest TV Series Finales, According to Reddit
When the series finale of Riverdale airing in 2023, fans expect an episode filled with as many surprises and thrilling moments as the rest of the series. There will most likely be some sad scenes as that tends to be the nature of later episodes. While some series finales are happy and show the main characters at peace and looking towards a hopeful future, even these can tug at the heartstrings and stir up a whole host of emotions.
From latest episodes of sitcoms that see a group of friends scatter to dramas that end on a high note, Redditors reflect on the series finales that had an emotional impact on them.
The Office (“Finale” S9 E24&25)
Fans knew that the latest episode of Office would be full of sentimental moments and nostalgia, and Redditor ieatllamas posted that “Office the final takes me every time. The main characters reunite for Angela Martin and Dwight Schrute’s wedding. It gives viewers the chance to catch up with everyone and say goodbye.
Office The series finale has plenty of Easter eggs and has a satisfying storyline with Jim and Pam Halpert’s love story continuing the way fans have always wanted. It’s also nice to see Michael Scott talk about his love for his children, because it shows another side of him.
Dexter (“Remember the Monsters?” S8 E12)
It was clear that the last episode of Dexter would be shocking and hard to forget, and that’s exactly what happened. Dexter Morgan’s sister, Debra, is on life support in a hospital, and Dexter abducts her, dumps her body in the ocean, and escapes. Redditor treemmett said the episode was “Toying with our feelings and our logic”.
Dexter wants everyone to think he’s dead and for viewers to learn he lives in Oregon and is impersonating someone else. Seeing Dexter with a beard and looking sad and lonely is an unforgettable image. Not everyone loves this finale, and at least the fans got the reboot Dexter: new blood and could see this complicated character again.
Chuck (“Chuck vs. Goodbye” S5 E13)
The action-packed television series Mandrel is often considered an underrated series and it’s not a particularly sad series, as Chuck Bartowski is a smart and fast spy who has a real knack for the job. Redditor Chr1sH111 noted that the final episode was emotional and wrote, “I don’t cry often, but I know I did during this finale.”
Seeing Chuck and Sarah Walker together is wonderful, as they share a romantic kiss in the final moments of the show. What makes him so sad is that Sarah hasn’t had her memory in a while and it’s unclear when she’ll get it back. Chuck believes in her and loves her so much that he pledged to stay with her and figure it out.
How I Met Your Mother (“Last Forever” S9 E23&24)
While the series finale of how I Met Your Mother is upsetting for some fans, and not everyone agrees that The Mother/Tracy McConnell’s death is the right way to go, it can still be considered a heartbreaking episode. Redditor jchef1 wrote: “Just the stream of emotions running through me knowing 9 years of getting to know, feeling and experiencing 5 great characters as if they were your best friends…”
Some fans think HIMYM has a bad final season in general, but Ted Mosby finishes telling his story to his children, he explains what happens to Tracy, and he and Robin Scherbatsky reunite after a long period of separation. It’s hard not to shed tears watching Ted lose Tracy and realize how much he still loves Robin.
Friends (“The Last” S10 E17&18)
The two-part Friends The series finale is another sad, if bittersweet group of episodes, mostly thanks to the question of whether Rachel Green and Ross Geller will ever reunite for good. It’s everything fans wanted, along with sweet scenes of the main characters spending time together. Redditor Democraticbunny said ‘Did she get off the plane?? Did she get off the plane??? “I got off the plane. ” Tears. Everytime.”
Knowing that the characters won’t hang around every day like they used to do is really hard to think about. It’s always sad when a series finale shows that nothing will ever be the same for a group of friends who meant so much to each other. But fans know these pals will always be there for each other.
The OC (The End Is Not Near, It’s Here S4 E16)
The last episode of CO is satisfying and sweet. There are exciting new beginnings and paths for all the main characters. Kirsten and Sandy Cohen have another baby, and Seth Cohen and Summer Roberts are getting married, which seems inevitable and perfect. The finale ends with Ryan Atwood working at Chino and seeing a kid who seems to be in trouble. Qonic Redditor wrote “CO really had a great ending, especially with Ryan reaching out to what a kid he was.”
Ryan wants to pay it forward and help someone like Sandy has always been there for him. Sandy changed Ryan’s life and helped him find confidence and a future, and Ryan knows he has the same compassion in him to do the same for someone else. It’s hard to think of a more perfect and sad but happy ending.
Futurama (“Meanwhile” S7 E26)
“Waiting” is a Futurama episode that feels timeless, as the main characters go through a huge emotional journey. Verulix Writer wrote that the final “made me cry openly. Maybe I’m just being too sentimental, but after watching Fry and Leela live such a great life and grow old together, that last line really touches my heart.”
Futurama ends with Fry and Leela now in their old age, and they realize they can be young again and live another time. They say they will “do the trick again”. It’s hard not to feel the emotional impact of this decision as they reflect on everything they’ve been through together and how they don’t want to say goodbye.
Band of Brothers (“Dots” S1 E10)
For Redditor TheWorldPopulationthe “last five minutes of Band of brothersare truly sad, and the fan added that they were “heartbreaking every time.” A wartime TV drama will always affect viewers because there are so many issues and feelings in every episode.
In “Dots”, the war is over but the soldiers wonder what will happen to them. A points system meant that some would return home but other soldiers could be taken to fight elsewhere. The soldiers of Easy Company then reunite to play baseball, which is a moving way to end the series, and the real members of Easy Company are shown onscreen.
Freaks And Geeks (“Discos And Dragons” S1 E18)
For Redditor andersmathe end of freaks and geeks is definitely sad. The fan wrote, “It gets to me every time Lindsay gets on the bus and Ripple from the Grateful Dead starts playing.” freaks and geeks has great characters, relatable plots, and an overall sense of teenage angst that’s fun to revisit. It also has a series finale which is sad and also makes fans wish for more episodes, but there is only one 18-episode season.
Lindsey Weir is supposed to be in a summer program at the University of Michigan, but she’s scared and feels like she’s expected to be perfect. A kind-hearted teacher suggests she listen to the Grateful Dead and she decides to rebel and she and Kim Kelly go to several gigs with two peers who also like the band. It’s a bittersweet ending that proves that Lindsey is growing up and won’t always do what her parents have to, but it’s a good and healthy part of her development.
Sons Of Anarchy (“Daddy’s Goods” S7 E13)
After watching Jax Teller for 7 seasons of Sons of anarchy, fans felt it would make sense for Jax to die, as his story couldn’t seem to end any other way. Redditor guardian2xxx wrote that it was a sad finale: “By the time you realize what’s to come. It’s announced, but still…”
Jax takes a ride on the bike that belonged to his father and as 20 police officers follow him, he heads for the Papa’s Good truck that Milo is driving. It’s a touching ending, and before he dies, Jax wants to make up for the terrible things he’s done in the past.
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