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The Big Bang Theory
“I feel like we left no stone unturned,” Kaley Cuoco told TV Guide Magazine last May when CBS’s top-rated comedy signed off after 279 episodes and too many Bazingas! to count.
The final hour of the sitcom — about a group of physics nerds that made loving Star Trek, Comic-Con, and a galaxy far, far away the epitome of cool — gave fans much to celebrate: (1) Married couple Penny (Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) revealed her pregnancy. (2) Geek goddess Sarah Michelle Gellar appeared as herself (alongside Kunal Nayyar’s Raj). (3) The apartment building elevator — broken since the show’s 2007 premiere — finally got fixed. (4) Brainiac newlyweds Amy and Sheldon (Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons) won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
The pass-the-tissues moment? When Sheldon put aside his self-centered speech to ask his family of friends to stand in the audience. As he said, we love them all.
In a stunning new low, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) got back to the HBO comedy’s Oval Office by making jerk Jonah (Timothy Simons) her VP — and devoted bagman Gary (Tony Hale) her fall guy. The last laugh: In the future, Tom Hanks’ death bumps TV coverage of her funeral.
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USA’s legal dramedy rested its case with a wedding for beloved pair Harvey Specter and Donna Paulsen (Gabriel Macht and Sarah Rafferty); a baby for heel-turned-heart-of-the-show Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman); the return of Patrick J. Adams’ Mike Ross; and a bright future for the firm.
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Jane the Virgin
Telenovelas always have happy endings, but the love and joy throughout the CW series’ final chapter, leading up to Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael’s (Justin Baldoni) wedding, kept us misty for the entire hour. Revealing that their grown son, Mateo, was the show’s narrator? Perfecto.
Staying true to its mix of politics and family, the CBS drama wrapped the story of the first female president (Téa Leoni) with some gentle lobbying for the Equal Rights Amendment and a guest list of familiar faces for first daughter Stevie’s (Wallis Currie-Wood) wedding.
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