Ken Levine spoke about the debate over the end of the series on his blog earlier this week, and he revealed his thoughts about the decision to not have Sam and Diane, who were played by Shelley Long and Ted Danson, walk off into the sunset together. He said the following:
“The final episode was conceived and written by Glen & Les Charles. I remember discussions in the room about how to resolve the Sam & Diane relationship and if memory serves, there was never any intention of getting them together at the end. And I must say, I agreed with that decision then and still do. Sam & Diane were so different. Their relationship (for comic and dramatic purposes) was fraught with conflict. Most of our time was spent devising new, funny, and fresh complications for them. Projecting forward, I believe they would driven each other insane had they gone off hand-in-hand – each with the best intentions, but ending with restraining orders.”
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