And I leave you with what may be one of my favorite final series moments ever. Yeah, yeah, we all know “M*A*S*H’s” farewell, and the famous “Newhart” finale, not to mention classics like “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Cheers” and plenty more.
But one of my favorites remains the sudden ending of ABC’s 1987 sitcom “I Married Dora,” starring Elizabeth Pena, Daniel Hugh Kelly and a young Juliette Lewis.
You may remember the show’s premise: Kelly is a single dad who marries his nanny/housekeeper, played by Pena, to keep her in the country. In the finale, he’s set to fly off on an extended two-year job in Bahrain. The family’s gathered in the airport to see him off, when suddenly he reappears.
Pena asks him if the flight’s been canceled. Kelly’s character responds: “No, but the series is.”
The camera then pulls back to reveal the soundstage. They cast waves… and fade to black.