The summer season is almost here, and the final shows of the 2011-2012 TV season are going off the air. Our staff is tallying up their personal picks for best and worst series. Here’s the latest rundown from Kelly Sater.
(Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t seen these season finales!)
Kelly Sater’s Picks
Best: Modern Family
We can always count on Modern Family to blend humor and heart. The season three finale was one of the most successful yet. When Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) enlisted Gloria (Sofia Vergara) to help them pick up their new baby it all went to hell. The trio ended up caught in the middle of a Spanish telenovela that ended with drama. Mitch finally had a breakdown that was heartbreaking, Jay (Ed O’Neill) danced with little lily at her recital and the final reveal of Gloria’s pregnancy was a shocker that will rock next season.
Mixed Reaction: Glee
The season finale of Glee was a mix. The writers took the time to properly say goodbye to seniors Puck (Mark Salling), Quinn (Dianna Agron), Rachael (Lea Michele), Santana (Naya Rivera), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Finn (Cory Monteith) but Mercedes (Amber Riley) was glanced over. The Puck/Quinn kiss was nice but it came totally out of left field. It was like the writers were just trying to please fans rather than tell a story. Kurt’s rejection from NYADA was devastating and Finn’s surprise break up at the end was cold but it opened up Rachael’s future. Her walking the streets of NYC ready to take on the world was a strong way to finish a season. The writers did a good job with the task of graduation but it wasn’t their best work.
Worst: New Girl
New Girl had a very strong first season but fell short in the finale. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) hooked up mid season relieving us of the boring “will they, wont they” story line. Unfortunately they broke up in the finale because he didn’t think he was good enough for her, which was a lame excuse. Plus, Nick (Jake M. Johnson) moved out only to move right back in. Where was the mystery there? Sure them lost in the desert was fun and Jess’s (Zoey Deschanel) attempt to thwart a coyote was classic Jess but the writers didn’t leave us with too much to look forward to in next season. Except maybe a new Jess/Nick will they wont they story line.