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13 Final Lines Of TV Shows That Will Make You Tear Up

BRB, crying over a finale I watched years ago.

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1. The Office (2005–2013)

NBC

The Quote:

Pam: "There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kind of the point?"

Why It's Perfect:

These words, spoken by Pam Beasley, perfectly sum up the series. A paper company should be the most boring place in the world, and when you look at the outside of Dunder Mifflin, it really does look like a dull, lifeless office building. But over the course of nine seasons, we saw how much beauty there can be in a place like that, thanks to the people who work there.

2. Futurama (1999–2013)

Comedy Central

The Quote:

Fry: "What do you say? Want to go around again?"

Leela: "I do."

Why It's Perfect:

The finale of Futurama saw Fry and Leela as the only moving, talking people left on Earth after time had completely stopped. As a result, they spent the rest of their lives together, growing old as the rest of the world stood still.

Finally, once they had reached old age, Farnsworth found them and offered them a portal back to the beginning, to essentially start their lives together over again...but they would forget everything that had happened.

The idea that Fry and Leela would be able to fall in love all over again is wonderful, and Comedy Central immediately followed the series finale with the pilot episode, basically showing us that Fry and Leela had indeed looped back to the day they met. Chills.

3. Cheers (1982–1993)

NBC

The Quote:

Sam: "I'm sorry, we're closed."

Why It's Perfect:

Sure, it's a little on the nose, but what better line could you have to end one of the greatest workplace sitcoms of all time? Sam's final walk through the bar, even though it was silent except for this line, spoke volumes as to the emotional weight of this finale and how much Cheers meant to the cast and crew, and to fans.

4. Seinfeld (1989–1997)

NBC

The Quote:

Jerry: "The second button is the key button. It literally makes or breaks the shirt. Look at it, it's too high, it's in no-man's-land."

George: "Haven't we had this conversation before?"

Jerry: "You think?"

George: "I think we have."

Jerry: "Yeah, maybe we have."

Why It's Perfect:

Seinfeld was "a show about nothing," so it's only fitting that the final lines of the show should be about something trivial. That's compounded by the fact that Jerry and George were actually repeating this already trivial conversation, and that it would take place in jail after the absurd events that preceded it...just as the Seinfeld gang always found themselves in the strangest situations from the most mundane beginnings.

5. Friends (1994–2004)

NBC

The Quote:

Rachel: "OK, should we get some coffee?"

Chandler: "Sure. Where?"

Why It's Perfect:

It had to have been a tough call to decide whether the final scene of Friends should be in the apartment or in Central Perk, so it's wonderful that the gang's hangout got an indirect shout-out in the final lines. We also got one last serving of Chandler's trademark sarcasm, and we couldn't think of a better way to ease the emotional pain of this finale.

6. Scrubs (2001–2010)

NBC

The Quote:

JD: "Who's to say this isn't what happens? Who's to say my fantasies won't come true, just this once?"

Why It's Perfect:

We spent many seasons watching JD's little fantasies acted out. But this last one, where he imagined what the rest of his life might look like (including marrying Elliot, having kids, and even spending Christmas with Dr. Cox) is the one we truly hope became real.

True, this isn't the ultimate finale of Scrubs, as the show was picked up by ABC and continued for a season, but really that was more of a reboot. We can all pretend these were the last lines of the show.

7. Parks & Recreation (2009–2015)

NBC

The Quote:

Ben: "You ready, babe?"

Leslie: "Yes. I'm ready."

Why It's Perfect:

If Leslie Knope has a weakness, it's that she isn't very good at accepting change. So in an episode where we saw every character's future laid out in front of us, it was a perfect ending to have Leslie ready to see everything that the future holds.

The moment was made even better by the fact that it mirrors the ending to the previous season's final lines, as Ben and Leslie were getting onto the elevator:

Ben: "You ready?"

Leslie: "Not at all. But that's never stopped us before."

8. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

NBC

The Quote:

Tami: "You ready to go home?"

Coach Taylor: "Yeah. Let's go."

Why It's Perfect:

One might think that Friday Night Lights was a show about football. One would be mistaken. Football played a large role in the show, but really it was all about the people who just happened to be connected to the game. The final moments of FNL didn't show us a big moment in a big game, but rather gave us another one of Coach Taylor's excellent speeches, followed by him going home to his family.

9. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

ABC

The Quote:

Kevin: "I remember a place. A town. A house, like other houses, with a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back with wonder."

Why It's Perfect:

It's a sickeningly sweet moment, but the entire show was sugary enough to give you diabetes, so why would the ending be any different? The beautiful thing about the closing monologue is how it notes that this coming-of-age story could be anyone's story, considering how universal the themes of The Wonder Years really were.

10. Lost (2004–2010)

ABC

The Quote:

Jack: "Where are we going?"

Christian: "Let's go find out."

Why It's Perfect:

Lost ended up going in a lot of different directions toward the end, but ultimately the core message of the show was the same: Everyone was on that island so that they could "move on." That meant letting go of the past, but it ended up taking on a more literal meaning as well. So when Jack had this conversation with his dad in the church, followed by a montage of everyone together, followed by Jack closing his eyes for the last time, these words provided hope that everything would be OK in the end.

11. Cowboy Bebop (1997–1998)

Funimation

The Quote:

Spike: "Bang."

Why It's Perfect:

Spike Spiegel isn't a man of many words throughout the series, so it's fitting that his final words would be brief. After destroying the entire Syndicate and taking out Vicious once and for all, Spike still kept his cool and his sense of humor, delivering this line to the onlookers before collapsing to the ground.

12. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

Paramount Television

The Quote:

Picard: "So. Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit."

Why It's Perfect:

Aside from the fact that hearing Sir Patrick Stewart say "the sky's the limit" as his final lines as Captain Jean-Luc Picard (at least on TV) is the best thing ever, this moment is incredible because it's so normal. Here we just have a crew, nay, a group of friends playing poker together, and the only thing that tells you that they're on a spaceship is that one of them's an android and another is a Klingon. It's a wonderfully human moment in a show that was really all about humanity to begin with.

13. Glee (2009–2015)

The Quote:

Sue: "It takes a lot of bravery to look around and see the world not as it is, but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Glee is about finding a world like that, and finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time, I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing anyone could do."

Why It's Perfect:

Of course, Glee actually ended with a musical number. But before that, Sue Sylvester gave this wonderful speech as she was rededicating the auditorium in Finn Hudson's memory. It was a tearjerker not only because of the loss of Cory Monteith, but also because of how perfectly it summed up everything that the show stood for.

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