DYR looks back at other memorable series closers over the years. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) https:\/\/youtu.be\/-Zfti7b31rs Many television writers, including Marta Kauffman, creator of Friends, consider \u201cThe Last Show\u201d the \u201cgold standard\u201d of series finales. It had humor\u2014particularly when the show\u2019s fictional station manager elects to retain the dim-witted Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) and fire the remaining staff\u2014and heart, as departed cast members Rhoda (Valerie Harper) and Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) returned for a final goodbye. We could almost feel the warmth of the memorable group hug through our television sets. M*A*S*H (1972-1983) https:\/\/youtu.be\/FM42Sp1Pqlo \u201cGoodbye, Farewell and Amen\u201d doubled as a two-and-a-half-hour television movie and the 256th and final episode of M*A*S*H, and to this day remains the highest-rated series finale of all time. We saw the Korean War end as Hawkeye and the gang of the 4077th flew off into the sunset with the simple word, \u201cGoodbye,\u201d spelled out on a launch pad. Newhart (1982-1990) https:\/\/youtu.be\/g0StDroRiCs \u201cThe Final Newhart\u201d episode revealed that it was all a dream for Vermont innkeeper Dick London (Bob Newhart) when he woke up in Chicago as Dr. Robert Hartley, the therapist he portrayed from 1972 to 1978 on The Bob Newhart Show. In bed next to him was his wife in the first series, Emily (Suzanne Pleshette). Sadly, this meant that the three Daryl brothers never existed. Cheers (1982-1993) https:\/\/youtu.be\/lQpL5ZLQHyw \u201cOne for the Road\u201d left nothing unresolved for the gang at everyone\u2019s favorite Boston bar. Rebecca got a ring, Woody became a city councilman, Cliff earned a promotion, and Norm finally re-entered the work force. As for Sam and Diane, the couple realized they weren\u2019t meant to be, and Sam learned he couldn\u2019t be unfaithful to his one true love, Cheers. Seinfeld (1989-1998) https:\/\/youtu.be\/AQ-L96PF_io Seinfeld is one of the few shows on this list that never actually jumped the shark, gaining steam and viewers right up until its final season. Nevertheless, there were those who didn\u2019t care for the plot of the farewell episodes, split into two parts that were aptly titled \u201cThe Finale,\u201d but we loved all of the cameos and Jerry\u2019s prison routine. Besides, what else did you expect from a show about nothing? NYPD Blue (1993-2005) https:\/\/youtu.be\/ME9B5hmiesw For any true fan, the understated last scene of this series was about much more than Sipowicz going though paperwork and arrest reports in his office. Some might say that the final moments of \u201cMoving Day,\u201d in which he\u2019s seen shuffling through the debris on his desk, is a testament to his longevity and the pain and suffering he endured during his last 12 years on the job. Friends (1994-2004) https:\/\/youtu.be\/Niu9Zmrx0p8 Okay, so we all knew Ross and Rachel would somehow find their way back to each other. But few expected the suspense to build the way it did over the course of this two-part finale, titled \u201cThe Last One,\u201d when Ross confesses his love for Rachel just as she\u2019s boarding a plane. The Sopranos (1999-2007) https:\/\/youtu.be\/NUT07eZoXPw Talk about open-ended. \u201cMade in America\u201d was one of the most anticipated and talked-about series finales in history. From the palpable silence of the last few scenes to Meadow Soprano\u2019s perfunctory parallel parking, each second felt like a lifetime, especially when audiences expected the mob boss to get whacked. The final scene cuts to black near the end of Journey\u2019s \u201cDon\u2019t Stop Believin\u2019,\u201d precisely after the phrase, "Don't stop." Six Feet Under (2001-2005) https:\/\/youtu.be\/frWH6ZCJtyM A montage of the Fishers\u2019 entire lifetime is underscored by Sia\u2019s eerie ballad \u201cBreathe Me,\u201d as seen during Claire\u2019s solemn drive in the final scene of \u201cEveryone\u2019s Waiting.\u201d Instead of the usual flashbacks, we\u2019re left with flashforwards to milestones in the characters\u2019 subsequent lives. The Wire (2002-2008) https:\/\/youtu.be\/TraSFcARVwM One thing we loved about the end of this gripping urban drama was the fact that no questions were left unanswered. From Carcetti winning the governor\u2019s chair to McNulty\u2019s early retirement and return to Baltimore to Dukie\u2019s descent into drug abuse, \u201c\u201430\u2014\u201d was as much of an emotional ride as the rest of the series.