Finishing Strong: 9 Perfect TV Series
The end of LOST is fast approaching (sob!) and while it has been consistently one of the best, most thought-provoking, most emotional shows on television for the past six seasons, there still lies the possibility that if the show screws the pooch over the final few episodes and delivers unsatisfying answers and storylines, it could end up ruining the legacy of the show...forever.
There are very few shows whose runs have been perfect (or nearly perfect). The Sopranos was a great show, but it dragged a bit during the final few seasons (plus it ended so ambiguously that it ruined the show for some people -- not me). Six Feet Under ended with a terrific season finale, but the season or so leading up to that finale were a little better than tedious. Alias and Felicity both started out with the potential for perfection, but the quality of the shows suffered when a certain creator/producer moved on to work on other projects (a-hem, JJ Abrams, a-hem).
I've compiled a list of TV series that I feel are beyond reproach. Some of these shows remained at the top of their creative game because they were cancelled before they were given the opportunity to fail. Some of them were allowed to end (arguably) gracefully on their own terms. Some of them faded away quietly, but with dignity. All of them are worth checking out this summer while you're trying to avoid Jersey Shore and that other Hugh Hefner girlfriend show.
There are some shows on TV today that still have the potential to be perfect. Some of them are in their first season (Treme, mostly because David Simon can do no wrong). Some of them are still strong after several years (How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Big Love if it can wrap up the overstuffed storylines of the third season in a satisfying way during season number four). Let's hope they all know when to say when and leave us still wanting more.
Which shows did I miss? Which TV shows do you think are "perfect?"