Having some favorite TV shows to look forward to every week is comforting, like when your mom used to make hot dog octopi for dinner. It becomes such a part of your routine that a season or series finale can really bring you down. It’s nothing earth shattering — we’re not dealing with missiles here — but it is kind of a bummer.
Some recent season/series finales that have made me and others on the Online Content team all frowny-face include Burn Notice, Psych, and of course Battlestar Galactica.
So how do you fill the void? You could learn a new trade, get out there and meet new people, take classes to expand your mind, or volunteer at a local charity. Or you could be like me — avoid any sort of engaging, socially responsible activities, and just find a new TV series to rent on DVD.
Here are some series that are perfect for putting the Seven Stages of Finale Grief behind you (please note that I habitually deal in superlatives, but these really are some of the best shows out there):
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
This is the funniest show on TV right now. Ironically, it’s also the one that I miss the most after the finale each year. Sort of like Seinfeld, but the characters have less redeeming qualities.
Best show ever!
Just started this, but it’s a good one. Follow the exploits of 60s ad guys as they booze, womanize, and create the modern ad industry. Since my background is in advertising, I especially like it.
This is the funniest show ever to grace the small screen. For serious.
The West Wing
Speaking of The West Wing, it’s fantastic.
Super smart funniness from Tina Fey.
No explanation necessary.
Hope that helps soothe your television-troubled souls.