Everyone can name a television show they loved that ended too soon or did not get an ending at all. Spending months with Post-Series Depression or PSD; thinking of what could have been. I can name shows from 15 years ago that did not know it was the final season. Shows that ended on a cliffhanger. So many shows never get a second chance to give the audience what they want. It made me think of shows that did. Here are three TV revivals that gave us endings we deserved:
1. The Girls Are Back
Anyone that knows me is aware of my love for Lorelei and Rory Gilmore. So you can imagine my excitement when Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was announced in 2016. Bringing our favorite coffee lovers back to the silver screen, the limited series found a way to make up for what the final season lacked. When creator and showrunner, Amy Sherman-Palladino left the show after season six, the show was never the same. It is no secret that the creator had a plan for the end of Gilmore Girls and even knew what the final four words of the series would be. The seventh season was not the same as the six seasons before and it was clear who was missing. No one knows the Gilmores better than Amy Sherman-Palladino. While we are left with a major cliffhanger in the Netflix original, I’m so glad I don’t have to wonder what the last four words are anymore. It would be great to know if Rory will name the baby Lorelai, if it’s a girl. However, I am content knowing this is how Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted the stories to end.
Side Note: If you find yourself missing the fast talking ladies of Connecticut like I do, check out Amy Sherman-Palladino’s current show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It has some of the same feels with a few familiar faces.
2. Fugitives Can Have Happy Endings
Prison Break ended in 2009 with the death of its main character, Michael Scofield. Many fans including me were shocked. I am not the type to think every finale has to be happy, but the story should have had a better outcome. In 2017, creator Paul Scheuring got a second chance. While some might say the fifth season revival did nothing to help the story, I beg to differ. Every revival has its flaws but I wanted more for Michael Scofield and I was happy that we had the chance to see what that could be. Scofield risked his life to save his brother’s in season one. Prison Break: Resurrection gave Lincoln the opportunity to repay him. This revival allows us to catch up with the characters we loved and ones we loved to hate. We see our favorite fugitives in the Middle East facing the most difficult escape of their lives with the Mastermind behind bars this time. In the end, Michael and Lincoln are both alive. Sara and Michael get their happy ending. As a disappointed fan in the final seasons of Prison Break, I was happy to see a proper ending for our characters, even if some of it felt far-fetched.
3. We Finally Know Who Killed Jenny
The L Word: Generation Q brought our favorite lesbians back to television screens last year. When the original show premiered in 2004, it was the first of its kind. The lesbian community finally had a group of women they could relate to. Characters that were more than a sidekick or friend that gets murdered to move the plot forward. There were many mistakes made throughout the series, including Dana’s death and the entire final season, which featured a Whodunit storyline that never revealed the killer. However, it will always be credited for its groundbreaking content. Generation Q seeks to make up for some of those mistakes and fill the gap they left in 2009. By continuing some of our favorite characters’ stories from the original series, this revival seems familiar but modern. The new characters are relatable; you cannot help but root for them. Since the show has been renewed for a second season, I’d like to see more of our favorites return. Perhaps we’ll see Carmen again. Sarah Shahi if you’re listening: we’re waiting.
There you have it, some of the revivals that improved on the original finales. Not all finales are great and it is amazing when the creators get it right the second time around. Have you watched any of these revivals? Which shows would you add? Let me know in the comments!