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NewhartComing up with a good series finale is a very tricky thing. There’s a lot of pressure for the writers to find a unique idea that will, in some way, cap off the series. Of course, no matter how good it is, one way or the other, they’re not likely to please everyone. Popular themes for finales have included moving out, job changes, graduations, births, deaths, and the return of a significant character from the past. And then, there’s the “big dream” explanation.

Just a handful of TV series have attempted to go out this way. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. What’s the difference between a finale that’s dreamy and one that’s simply a nightmare?

It ultimately comes down to what’s right for the particular show. Does the dream scenario fit in with the rest of the series? Or, does it seem like it was just tacked on to the end because the writers couldn’t think of anything better? The good ones are surprising but satisfying. The bad ones feel like a bad case of bait and switch that make you question why you watched the series to begin with.

Here are five examples of shows that were all a dream, from best to worst. Take a look and give us your opinion below.

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Posthumous Honors: Cancelled TV Shows Nominated for 2009 Emmy Awards

Posthumous Honors: Cancelled TV Shows Nominated for 2009 Emmy Awards

July 21, 2009
It happens every year. Shows that have ended or (more likely) have been cancelled are nominated for the industry's highest honor, the Emmy Award. Interestingly, many of them are nominated for the show's last episode. Though the cast and crews of these shows may attend the award ceremony on September 12th, they sadly won't be working with each other the next morning. Here are the lucky and yet not-so-lucky nominees... According to Jim, Battlestar Galactica, Boston Legal, ER, Everybody Hates Chris, Life on Mars, MADtv, The Mole, My Name Is Earl, Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who?, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
TV Show Obituaries: 84 Series from the 2008 – 2009 Season that are Cancelled or Ending

TV Show Obituaries: 84 Series from the 2008 – 2009 Season that are Cancelled or Ending

May 27, 2009
Those not returning for the 2009-10 TV season include 4Real, According To Jim, America's Toughest Jobs, American Gladiators, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Battlestar Galactica, Boston Legal, Celebrity Circus, Celebrity Exposé, Celebrity Family Feud, Charlie Jade, Chocolate News, Cristina's Court, Crusoe, Cupid, D.L. Hughley Breaks The News, Deal Or No Deal, Dirty Sexy Money, Do Not Disturb, Don't Forget The Lyrics!, Easy Money, Eleventh Hour, Eli Stone, ER, Everybody Hates Chris, Fear Itself, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Frank TV, Harper's Island, Hole In The Wall, Homeland Security USA, Howie Do It, In Harm's Way, In The Motherhood, Kath & Kim (US), King Of The Hill, Knight Rider (2008), Kyle XY, Last Comic Standing, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Life, Life On Mars (US), Lipstick Jungle, MADtv, Momma's Boys, Most Outrageous Moments, My Own Worst Enemy, Nashville Star, Opportunity Knocks, Osbournes: Reloaded, Prison Break, Privileged, Pushing Daisies, Reaper, Samantha Who?, Sit Down, Shut Up, Stargate Atlantis, Stylista, Superstars Of Dance, Swingtown, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Baby Borrowers, The Chopping Block, The Emperor's New School, The Ex List, The Game, The L Word, The Middleman, The Morning Show With Mike And Juliet, The Shield, The Starter Wife, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Unit, The Unusuals, Total Request Live, Trust Me, Valentine, Without A Trace, and Worst Week.. Sadly, there may be more. Here are the details: 4Real (CW) Part of the failed partnership between Media Rights Capital and CW, this reality series follows celebrities as they travel around the world and meet inspiring community leaders. Eight episodes were produced but only seven aired. TV show dates: October 5 -- November 23, 2008. According to Jim (ABC) This old-style sitcom about a headstrong contractor and his beautiful wife was successful in its early seasons but, by season five, the ratings really started to decline. Still, the network kept renewing it and the sitcom managed to survive for eight seasons. TV show dates: October 3, 2001 -- May 5, 2009.
<em>Life on Mars:</em> Was There a Mistake in the Last Episode?

Life on Mars: Was There a Mistake in the Last Episode?

April 9, 2009
Last week, we said goodbye to ABC's Life on Mars after a too-short run of 17 episodes. Love or hate the ending, most people are happy that the show's executive producers -- Josh Appelbaum, Scott Rosenberg, and André Nemec -- had a chance to wrap things up before the TV show ended. As those who tuned in found out, Sam (Jason O'Mara) was not actually a cop from 2008 as we'd been led to believe. He was actually an astronaut from the year 2035 who had been placed in a state of deep sleep for a long trip to Mars. In his dream state, he was supposed to be living out a fantasy about living as a 2008 detective. His spaceship was hit some turbulence which caused the program to malfunction, sending his fantasy persona back to 1973. Elements of his 2035 life and versions of his fellow space travelers (Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Jonathan Murphy, and Harvey Keitel) were present in this new dream and kept our favorite "spaceman" off balance and confused. At one point during the series, Sam learns (via one of his strange flashes) that Obama had been elected President. At the time, viewers simply assumed that this referred to Barack Obama being elected last November.
<em>Life on Mars:</em> Series Finale Shocker — A Great Ending or a Terrible Finish?

Life on Mars: Series Finale Shocker — A Great Ending or a Terrible Finish?

April 1, 2009
ABC’s Life on Mars didn’t catch on with enough viewers and was unfortunately cancelled after one brief season. Sadly, tonight we had to say goodnight Read more . . .
<em>Life on Mars:</em> Now That It’s Cancelled, Will Viewers and Sam Be Left Hanging?

Life on Mars: Now That It’s Cancelled, Will Viewers and Sam Be Left Hanging?

March 19, 2009
To no great surprise, fans of ABC’s Life on Mars are quite upset that the network has decided to kill the series after only 17 Read more . . .
<em>Life on Mars:</em> ABC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

Life on Mars: ABC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

March 3, 2009
To no great surprise, ABC has opted not to order a second season of their Wednesday night drama, Life on Mars. The show was Read more . . .
Life on Mars (US)

Life on Mars (US)

An NYPD detective (Jason O'Mara) is hit by a car and wakes up in 1973. Will the TV show last long enough for viewers to find out what's going on?
<em>Life on Mars:</em> Can <em>Lost</em> Help Save the ABC TV Show from Cancellation?

Life on Mars: Can Lost Help Save the ABC TV Show from Cancellation?

January 21, 2009
Based on a UK show of the same name, Life on Mars was one of ABC's most anticipated new TV series of Fall 2008. It got off to a great start in the ratings but how do things stand now? Will Lost help or hurt? Life on Mars follows the life of modern-day NYPD detective Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) after he's been hit by a car. Things are very different than what he remembers and he finally realizes he's somehow been transported to 1973. He starts to help the officers solve a murder that has strange similarities to a case that he was investigating in 2008. Is he sick, mad, or a time traveler? Other castmembers include Jonathan Murphy, Dominick Mancino, Tom Stratford, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Harvey Keitel, Chris Miskiewicz, John Cenatiempo, and Lisa Bonet. The series debuted on October 9th on ABC. Up against CBS' Eleventh Hour, Mars easily won its timeslot with 11.33 million viewers and a 3.8/10 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. ABC had a hit! Briefly.
<em>Life on Mars:</em> Petition to Continue the ABC TV Show

Life on Mars: Petition to Continue the ABC TV Show

One of the most anticipated new series of the 2008-09 season, Life on Mars got off to a solid start. Some called it the best Read more . . .

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