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We hate to see our favorite shows come to an end, and while we understand that actors want to move on or the programs have run out of steam, it's still difficult for us. Fortunately, some writers make it a bit easier for us when they offer closure or a hint of the fantasy world goes on. That's what happened with these fantastic series. They all gave us a chance to say goodbye in the best way possible.
One of my favorites series that didn't get that much air time, Bitten, a drama about the only female werewolf and her pack, left the air on April 15, 2016, but it bowed out by giving viewers a sense of hope. With Elena as the Alpha releasing all the members of the pack, she gave them the opportunity to live free lives. Though some of the cast didn't get their happily ever after (Jeremy), others walked into a future they could actually look forward to. And though I'm still a little bitter at the early cancellation of this wonderful series, at least I was happy that the writers ended Bitten on a positive note.
After fifteen season, ER ended its run on April 2, 2009. It had been a series filled with love, danger, death, life, hope, and despair, and in the end, it wrapped showing viewers that life at County General would go on. Because ER had been a show that offered the graphic reality of life, not every character got their happy ending, but the resolution of the series still proved satisfying. The doors on the hospital we loved would remain open, and the ambulances were still rolling in as the cameras panned out. What better way to end a series than to simply say life goes on?
No, we didn't get to see Superman take to the skies before Smallville rolled the credits on the final episode on May 13, 2011, and that disappointed a lot of fans. But Smallville took us in the right direction. Clark Kent had fully accepted his destiny as the Man of Steel. He and Lois Lane were on their way to the altar again, and the Daily Planet continued with Perry White at the helm. All was right in Metropolis...unless you count Lex Luthor as President-elect, but we'll forgive the show the final quirk. Otherwise, Smallville satisfied on all levels.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Though it ended on May 20, 2003, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's final episode will never be forgotten. Bringing all of the vampire slayers together, Buffy faced a battle that wasn't a guaranteed win. There were plenty of losses, and in the end, Buffy and the Scooby Gang stood watching as the Sunnydale they knew and loved burned. But everyone also realized that Buffy was no longer on her own in the need to vanquish vampires. Though Giles said there was still a lot of work to be done, Buffy smiled, knowing her life had really just begun.
I don't think there has ever been a better series finale for me than Charmed when it ended on May 21, 2006. Though originally intended to end in Season 7, the show was renewed for another final season which gave viewers the opportunity to see the better of the two finales. In this one, there was no hiding. Everyone got their happily ever after, and as an aging Piper and Leo climb the stairs together, the cameras scroll by the pictures of the generations of Halliwells and ends with a granddaughter closing the door with her finger much like Prue did in the ending scene of the very first episode. We hated to see it end, but it gave us a glimpse of the future for our beloved Charmed ones even though we're desperately hoping for a Charmed reboot.