The Finale Countdown Part 2

from Nick Suss

March 27, 2014, 11:41 a.m.

In eager anticipation of this week’s upcoming finale of the great sitcom How I Met Your Mother, we at StoriesHouse (READ: Nick) decided that it would be fitting to honor some of the other great sitcom finales of history. This is the second of the seven-part countdown for the site. Don’t forget to air your grievances or compliment us in the comments. Probably grievances.

Welcome back to the Finale Countdown here at StoriesHouse.com as we await the finale of How I Met Your Mother this coming Monday. Today’s inclusion on the countdown is one that you are probably sick of me telling you about. So I’ll keep this post brief.

No. 6: Finale – The Office

Alright. Yes. I’ve already written over 3000 words about the Office finale for StoriesHouse. If you want to read my other recaps, you can get them here and here. Since I’ve already written so much on this topic, I’m going to keep this brief.

Here’s the thing about the Office finale. I could go on and on about how good this episode was, because it was that good. But I’ve done that already. So I’m going to talk about another experience I had recently with this episode. Over the last week, I found a video on the YouTube of the final table read of the Office. (You can find that here) It is weird to watch an episode that you know so well be read to you instead of performed for you. But if you look at the reactions of the cast members as they read their final lines, you can tell that the show meant something to them too. This wasn’t just their jobs. This was their passions for nearly a decade of their lives. So watching that was pretty cool.

But on the finale countdown front, this one will always hold a special place in my heart. This was the first great sitcom finale that I actually watched. Let me rephrase that into something that makes a coherent sense. This was the first finale that I watched when I was supposed to. I didn’t binge-watch the show and rush to the finale. I didn’t happen across the finale on a rerun somewhere before having finished the show. I waited. And I watched. I laughed and I cried with the characters because they were legitimately members of my family I was welcoming into my home once a week.

As much as I want to go more into the finale, I know that you guys don’t have the longest attention spans and I’ll just end up repeating what I’ve already written. So I’ll leave you with this. I don’t care how modern this finale was. I don’t care just how biased I am coming off ranking this finale so high. Frankly, I don’t care if How I Met Your Mother is even this good of a finale. I’m glad that I got to watch along with my friends and fellow viewers to see what would happen to these characters. It was a great, great finale.

But I can think of four better.


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