There have been many serials in the history of world television that have ruled the roost for quite an extensive period just because of their gutsy narrative and creative plots. Many serials pick up in the beginning, make big money during the early seasons but lose popularity within no time when script-writers and directors end up confusing the audiences with mingled up storylines and nonsensical plots. Few serials, over the decades, have managed to top the charts throughout and end the long stories in a perfect way. Here is a list of top 10 TV Series that had a perfect ending.
10. Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993):
One of the most popular sitcoms ever released on the Indian television Dekh Bhai Dekh premiered on Doordarshan’s Metro channel on May 6, 1993. The story had a comic background (basically, it was perfect situational comedy) that involved three generations of the same family who lived in a palatial bungalow in Mumbai. The TV series ruled the hearts of Indians during the late 90’s (the prime time of Doordarshan).
9. Six Feet Under (2001-2005):
Running over five seasons and 63 episodes, the much followed American drama Six Feet Under featured the Fischer family who ran a funeral home in Los Angeles. The serial showcased their life over the period of five years. It is regarded as one of the most appreciated series in television history.
8. Newhart (1982-1990):
A renowned comedy show featuring Bob Newhart and Mary Frann was weaved around lives of various characters in a small rural town of Vermont that used to visit a small inn operated by Mary. It continued for eight seasons and aired more than 180 episodes. As the TV series progressed, many new characters entered the scene and some of the old ones just were dropped out from the plot.
7. ER (1994-2009):
A fiction drama based on the life in the medical world. The program’s plot was based on the situation inside the emergency room (thus the abbreviation ER) and the issues physicians (and surely patients, too) have to face. This opened a new world before the viewers. The show ran for around for 15 seasons and included 331 episodes. It is also the longest running drama in American television history.
6. Cheers (1982-1993):
A sitcom that successfully ran for over 11 years, the Cheers show had the original Cheers bar in Boston for a setting. In the initial year of its release in 1982, it was rated as the lowest ranked show but it picked itself up to the top notch position as the highly rated show in the American TV history within few years and ended with a bang.
5. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994):
A part of Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: The Next Generation popularly known as TNG was a science fiction TV series. It was produced almost after two decades of original Star Trek film. It ran for seven seasons and produced more than 170 episodes which were all received as hot cakes by the viewers worldwide. The success of TNG is one of the primary reasons behind the decision to make a movie on the franchise.
4. I Dream of Jeannie (1965- 1970):
The highly rated TV series was based on a story of a 2,000-year-old genie and her astronaut master. The show ran for around five seasons and produced 139 episodes that remained popular throughout. Till date many adaptations of the same version are being tried around different corners of the world.
3. Small Wonder (1985-1989):
A very popular American TV series that was aired in the late 80’s was a revolutionizing science fiction. It was a comedy based sitcom that revolved around the story of a family of a robotic engineer who lived with a robot named Vicky constructed by him for domestic use. The show was an instant success and many soap operas after this one have been created on the same lines in different parts of the world.
2. Mahabharat (1988-1990):
Few TV serials have gained the level of popularity in the sub-continent region of India as did the Mahabharat. The serial was a mega success within a few days of its launch and garnered unprecedented viewership. The 94 episode Hindi TV-series based on the epic mythology redefined the television entertainment in the lives of numerous Indians of the time.
1. Friends (1994-2004):
This popular American sitcom ran on air continuously for a period of ten years. Friends was an instant success with youngsters around the world. The narrative was based on the life of a group of friends that lived in Manhattan. It is still regarded as one of the most popular TV programs of all time that got 63 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations in its lifetime.