History DownerEnding / LiveActionTV

13th Jul '16 1:01:53 PM kazokuhouou
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** [[AlasPoorScrappy The death of Adric]] at the end of "Earthshock" is, to some, a downer ending.

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** [[AlasPoorScrappy The death of Adric]] at the end of "Earthshock" is, to some, a downer ending. To make matters worse [[spoiler: he died thinking he failed to save the past, not knowing that the ship he was on was the 'asteroid' that wiped out the dinosaurs, leading to humanity's rise.]]
1st Jul '16 9:02:26 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'': Plenty of episodes have these.
** Season 1: "Eye of the Beholder," "Basketball Diaries," "Secrets and Lies," "Under Pressure," "Jagged Little Pill"
** Season 2: "When Doves Cry (Part 1)," "Karma Chameleon," "Shout (Part 1)," "Take My Breath Away," "Dressed in Black," "Tears are Not Enough (Part 1)"
** Season 3: "Gangsta Gangsta," "Don't Dream It's Over"
** Season 4: "Ghost in the Machine (Part 1)," "Islands in the Stream," "Time Stands Still (Part 2)," "Eye of the Tiger," "Moonlight Desires"
** Season 5: "Turned Out (Part 2)," "Our Lips Are Sealed (Part 2)"
** Season 6: "Here Comes Your Man (Part 2)," "Rock This Town"
** Season 12: "Waterfalls (Part 1)", "Rusty Cage (Part 1)", "Rusty Cage (Part 2)", "Never Ever (Part 1)"
29th Jun '16 3:48:03 PM Monolaf317
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* This commonly happens in the realistic, cynical TeenDrama ''Renegadepress.com''. Most commonly with the victim's life going down in flames.
16th Jun '16 12:46:58 AM JMQwilleran
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* On ''Series/HotelHell'', the Vienna episode ends with Gordon Ramsay revealing in voiceover that after he left, the owners reverted straight back to the old decor and the old menu. As such, the hotel continues to have a crummy reputation around town.
8th Jun '16 9:45:11 PM gewunomox
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* Of all shows to do this, the Season 13 Finale of ''Series/TopGear'' was quite a surprise, given the show's [[StuffBlowingUp usual nature]]. Jeremy Clarkson was reviewing an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, and unlike previous supercar reviews, which usually involve POWERRRRRRRRR races against other supercars, this review simply consisted of Jeremy driving through the countryside. Cue a bit of BrianEno, and an aesop of how the time for supercars seemed destined to run out, what with the economy being in the crapper, fuel prices having gone through the roof, and continuing troubles around the world, Jeremy closed the segment by stating that a car like this felt like 'an ending'. And unlike previous show endings, which usually consist of wild studio applause segueing into the show theme with credits rolling, the credits rolled as the segment came to an end. There was much speculation if it was meant as a stealthy series finale.

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* Of all shows to do this, the Season 13 Finale of ''Series/TopGear'' was quite a surprise, given the show's [[StuffBlowingUp usual nature]]. Jeremy Clarkson was reviewing an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, and unlike previous supercar reviews, which usually involve POWERRRRRRRRR races against other supercars, this review simply consisted of Jeremy driving through the countryside. Cue a bit of BrianEno, Music/BrianEno, and an aesop of how the time for supercars seemed destined to run out, what with the economy being in the crapper, fuel prices having gone through the roof, and continuing troubles around the world, Jeremy closed the segment by stating that a car like this felt like 'an ending'. And unlike previous show endings, which usually consist of wild studio applause segueing into the show theme with credits rolling, the credits rolled as the segment came to an end. There was much speculation if it was meant as a stealthy series finale.
24th Mar '16 1:52:07 PM wyattte
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** "Who Mourns For Adonais". Apollo realizes that his late cohorts (the other Greek gods) were right in that "There is no room for Gods" in the 23rd century. Thus, the last of the Olympian gods dissipates himself, joining his old comrades in oblivion. Kirk regrets this, noting that the Greek gods inspired much of the culture, narrative traditions, and philosophy that still live on. He muses about if it would have hurt just a little to "gather a few more laurel leaves?"

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** "Who Mourns For Adonais". Apollo realizes that his late cohorts (the other Greek gods) were right in that "There is no room for Gods" in the 23rd century. Thus, the last of the Olympian gods dissipates himself, joining his old comrades in oblivion. Kirk regrets this, noting that the Greek gods inspired much of the culture, narrative traditions, and philosophy that still live on. He muses about if it would have hurt just a little to "gather a few more laurel leaves?"
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** "Silicon Avatar." Scientist Dr. Marr is a guest on the ''Enterprise'' bridge, with Picard's intent being to establish a communication with the Crystalline Entity, which goes from world to world causing mass destruction. However, [[HopeSpot just as they have a confirmed link]], Dr. Marr - whose son was slaughtered by the entity years ago - sends a signal so powerful it causes the entity to combust. Marr is confined to her quarters, and Data informs her [[BrutalHonesty in no uncertain terms]] that her son would ''not'' have been proud of her ruining her career out of revenge. And the episode ends with [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a heartbroken look on her face.]]
** "Lower Decks." Officer Sito Jaxa, previously seen in the episode "The First Duty" is selected (after a SecretTestOfCharacter from Picard) for a spy mission into Cardassian space. Eager to prove herself to Picard and the regular bridge crew, she accepts. 30 hours later, Picard makes a solemn announcement to the crew that Sito was killed in the line of duty, after finding only debris remaining of her shuttlecraft. The final scene features Worf and Sito's friends gathering in Ten-Forward to mourn.
12th Mar '16 5:14:36 AM StFan
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* ''{{V-2009}}''. Thanks to cancellation, humanity is essentially screwed [[note]]Nearly everyone on the planet gets blissed, Ryan's daughter kills him, Lisa is replaced by a clone who kills Tyler[[/note]]

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* ''{{V-2009}}''. ''Series/{{V 2009}}''. Thanks to cancellation, humanity is essentially screwed [[note]]Nearly everyone on the planet gets blissed, Ryan's daughter kills him, Lisa is replaced by a clone who kills Tyler[[/note]]Tyler.[[/note]]
4th Feb '16 2:04:53 PM talltalltree
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** "River's Edge": A rich tycoon who likes to drug, rape and strangle young women, and was repsonsible for the deaths of three of his victims (as well as a family who were killed on his orders, to cover up one of the deaths) gets away with it - there isn't enough evidence to hold him on any charges, so he escapes back to Canada. A police officer who was [[{{Retirony}} one week away from retirement]] was ''also'' murdered, trying to get justice for the victims while he still could - so his death is completely in vain. Meanwhile, a woman who tried to expose the culprit has her life and career ruined; she ''was'' involved in helping him cover up his crimes, but she'd pretty much been forced into it, and it's suggested that he had preyed upon her too.
7th Jan '16 8:51:40 PM SwimToTheMoon
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** Series 4 of (revival) ''Series/DoctorWho''. London is completely war torn by extraterrestrials, Donna has to have her memories wiped because of it, The Doctor allowed his human clone to walk free despite having committed genocide, and he's all alone in the TARDIS.
5th Jan '16 9:52:54 PM mewmdude77
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***Really, in any medical show, there's always going to be downer endings, but it's always more abrupt and memorable when it's in a show like Scrubs, which has more of an emphasis on comedy. They won't always be able to save patients, so sometimes it ends with sending the patient off, like in My Last Words, where JD and Turk sacrifice their night out to comfort a dying man with no family. There's also two episodes, My Catalyst and My Porcelain God, guest starring Michael J. Fox, that has an allegory for Fox's real life medical condition that makes it hard for him to live through life (Using OCD as a substitute for Fox's Parkinson's disease).
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