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Which TV Show Went Downhill...But Then Ended on a High Note?

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There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a once-decent TV show slide downhill into mediocrity or worse. But sometimes, there’s one last flash of brilliance. Sometimes, a show pulls off a series finale that actually puts an exclamation point at the end of its sentence. Which show pulled out of a slump for its final episode?


Please include a picture, clip, promo, or other piece of artwork for your chosen TV show. And please mention why it had gone downhill, and why the final episode was such a welcome return to form. Thanks!

Top image: Star Trek: The Next Generation, “All Good Things.” Nothing about the lackluster final couple seasons of TNG had led us to expect something so wonderful as this time-travel puzzle, in which Picard’s younger and older selves must team up to save the universe.


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It’s been a long time but when did the last few seasons of TNG start to be considered lackluster? This sounds like rank revisionism to me.