okay i know nobody watches prime time network tv anymore, but i am a sucker for semi-schmaltzy sitcoms with love stories and great soundtrack choices. because i’m a comedy nerd, i feel like there’s pressure to only like comedies that have no real feelings because feelings are gross and girly. (besides the simpsons. for some reason, comedy nerds are allowed to like the simpsons even though it has way more heart to it than the average comedy nerd show. maybe it’s because it’s animated. or maybe b/c it’s amazing.)
anyway, season finale time is the ultimate in amping up the schmaltz. WEDDINGS. FIRST KISSES. BREAKUPS. MOVING TO A DIFFERENT CITY. PREGNANCY. all major life events are saved up for may so writers can pull at your little heartstrings like whoa. and boy, did they pull at mine. i felt like this was a particularly good round of finales. because i cry at EVERYTHING, i ranked them on a scale of 1-5 tissues - even though i don’t use tissues. i cry straight onto my face LIKE A BOSS.
spoiler alert - if you haven’t watched the finales of the office, new girl, himym, and mindy project but plan to, read no further… i may update with parks & rec and happy endings, but these are the ones i just watched.
new girl: so good. now if only they could figure out what to do with winston. he’s suffering from major kuthrapali syndrome where they pair off the other characters and then are like “uh maybe we’ll have him fuck around with a badger?” (racist police observation - IS IT JUST A COINCIDENCE THAT THEY GIVE WHITE PEOPLE LOVE INTERESTS AND ARE LIKE WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS MINORITY? maybe we can find them another minority? uggggghhh) of course nick would want to “call it.” i was worried they’d end things on a cliff hanger, so i was glad that jess hung out and the storyline was resolved. cliffhangers are so 1990s must see tv. also i was not a fan of that taylor swift cameo. i’m so over taylor swift. we get it, you have no emotional depth.
final song:The Vaccines, “I Always Knew”
tissue count: 3/5
the office: okay so maybe it didn’t take a lot of risks as far as series finales go, but i thought they handled the last 4-5 episodes brilliantly. every character got what they wanted and what they deserved. i love that by the end of the series, we’re rooting for angela & dwight. but erin meeting her parents, pam’s grand gesture, all jim’s gutenprankens were stellar. and HOW PERFECT was steve carell’s cameo. i wish i didn’t read blogs all day, every day so i didn’t have to be like “oh he is in the finale, now he isn’t, now he is but he’s not speaking.” sometimes not knowing shit is better than knowing shit.
final song: Creed Bratton, “All the Faces” - an original song from the office’s best weirdo!
tissue count: 5/5
the mindy project: TMP has been finding its footing throughout the season. my biggest problem with it is that it’s supporting characters just don’t shine the way they need to for this show to work. i like how this show plays with romantic comedy tropes, so mindy having to be the boy by both yelling up to the window and giving herself a boy haircut was a cute little switcharoo. chris messina is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors and the acting in that final scene was really great.
final song: M83, “Midnight City” - an oldie but a goodie
tissue count - 1/5
how i met your mother: i know a lot of people have given up on this show, but i still watch every ep. maybe it’s just how they play around with writing and episode format in interesting ways. or maybe i will just watch anything with jason segel and alyson hannigan through to the end. there was a little bit too much LIFE CHANGING INFORMATION in this ep but i’m excited to see how next season turns out. and of all the final finale montages set to music, i thought this one was the best.
final song: The Shins, “Simple Song”
tissue count - 2/5