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  • 24, in addition to wrapping up the season-long plot and having the Big Bad either killed or brought to justice, usually has some sort of change up in the finale:
    • Day 1: Jack discovers that his wife has been murdered.
    • Day 2: In what's probably the happiest ending for him in the entire series, Jack manages to finally reconnect with Kim, while an assassination attempt is made on David Palmer's life.
    • Day 3: The events of the day cause David Palmer to ultimately leave the Presidency while Tony Almeida is imprisoned for treason.
    • Day 4: Jack is forced to fake his death and goes into hiding
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    • Day 5: After exposing President Charles Logan as the one who made a deal with Russian terrorists, Jack is taken prisoner by the the Chinese Government.
    • Day 6: Jack is forced to say goodbye to his love Audrey Raines and dejectedly leaves with nothing really left in his life, while Chloe discovers she's pregnant.
    • Day 7: The now Fallen Hero Tony Almeida reveals that everything he's done for the day has been to avenge the death of his wife and unborn child and ultimately gets arrested, this time for good, while a dying Jack prepares to accept his death only to have Kim come in after he's put into a medical-induced coma and agree to a procedure that could save his life.
    • Day 8: Allison Taylor ultimately decides to expose the Russian Government as the masterminds behind a foreign President's assassination while stepping down from her own Presidency after previously taking part in covering their involvement up, Jack is now an international fugitive after his actions against said government, and an epilogue on the DVD and Blu-ray sets reveal that Chloe has been arrested for helping Jack escape.
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  • 30 Rock: The Season 4 finale parodies the overdramatic season finales of most sitcoms by seriously shaking up the status quo. Aside from three of the show's characters getting married, Liz meets her potential soulmate, Jack breaks up with Nancy when he learns Avery is pregnant, Jenna and Paul get into a fight, and Kenneth gets himself fired.
  • Agent Carter:
    • Season 1: Carter faces off with Big Bad Dr. Fenhoff and his Black Widow henchwoman, who have kidnapped Howard Stark and hypnotized him into carrying out a nerve gas attack on Times Square.
    • Season 2: Carter and her allies face off with Whitney Frost, as they seek to end the threat of the Zero Matter once and for all.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • Season 1: Coulson's team has a final showdown with the Clairvoyant; Coulson is appointed the new Director of SHIELD and tasked with rebuilding the organization; Raina is revealed to have a connection with Skye's father.
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    • Season 2: The conflict between SHIELD and the Inhumans results in the deaths of Raina and Jiaying; Terrigen crystals are dumped into the ocean, where they infect fish that are then harvested and distributed worldwide; Coulson tasks Skye with putting together a team "like the Avengers, but secret"; Ward starts rebuilding HYDRA with himself in charge; Simmons is absorbed by the Kree artifact.
    • Season 3: The Final Battle with Hive ends with Lincoln performing a Heroic Sacrifice, and then there's a six month Time Skip that reveals that Daisy has gone rogue from SHIELD, and Coulson — who is no longer Director — in part of the team chasing her.
    • Season 4: Teaming up with Ghost Rider, the SHIELD team manages to defeat AIDA and Ivanov, but not before they carry out a False Flag Operation that frames SHIELD for an attempted assassination of General Talbot. Mysterious government agents subsequently arrest the team, and in the episode's stinger, Coulson is shown to now be in space.
    • Season 5: The team has a final showdown with General Talbot, who's gone crazy and is on the verge of cracking the Earth. He's defeated, breaking the time loop and averting the Bad Future, but in the process Fitz is killed. Afterwards, Coulson leaves with May to spend what time he has left in peace, while the rest of the team flies off to find the younger Fitz, who's sleeping in stasis to reach the future.
    • Season 6: The team faces off with Izel (and Sarge, after he joins her) in a fight that sees May mortally wounded and needing to be frozen to save her life. Meanwhile, the Chronicoms seize control of the Lighthouse, sending the team on the run; with help from Enoch, FitzSimmons develop a plan to somehow fight back, which involves the team time-jumping back to the 1930s, and creating an LMD of Coulson.
  • Angel:
    • Season 1: This season finale revolves around the Vocah demon, who turns Kate against Angel, causes Cordelia's visions to harm her, kills the Oracles, and assists Wolfram & Hart in resurrecting Darla.
    • Season 2: Angel Investigations finally returns from Pylea bringing Fred and Cordelia with them, only to learn that Buffy has just died.
    • Season 3: Angel and Cordelia plan to go on a date, only for Connor to trap Angel at the bottom of the ocean, and Cordelia ascending to a higher plane. Also, Lorne and Groo leave, and Wesley sleeps with Lilah.
    • Season 4: Angel Investigations takes a job at Wolfram & Hart.
    • Season 5: In their attempts to kill all of Wolfram & Hart's senior partners, Angel's team suffers many casualties: Wesley dies, Lorne leaves, and Lindsay is ordered to be killed. Even worse is that the finale ends with the remaining members facing a massive horde of enemies, and with pretty much no chance of survival.
  • Arrested Development:
    • Season 1: Michael finally decides to leave the Bluth family behind when he learns that George Sr actually did commit treason and has just escaped from prison.
    • Season 2: George Sr escapes again, pins the blame on Oscar, and takes Tobias's job at the Blue Man Group.
    • Season 3: Lucille was the real mastermind behind everything, Michael runs away, Lindsay learns that she was adopted, Annyong is revealed to be a mole, and Gob reveals that the Christian girl he was dating was actually Ann.
    • Season 4: George-Michael punches his father in the face, and Buster is suddenly arrested for Lucille 2's murder.
    • Season 5: It turns out that Buster did kill Lucille 2, and Michael leaves with George-Michael seemingly for good.
  • Much like Star Trek, Arrowverse finales tend to take place around the same time (not counting Legends), ensuring the heroes of one show are too busy to help the others. It's best to avoid Star / Central / National City around May...
    • Arrow:
      • Season 1: In the flashbacks, Oliver and his friends fight to stop Fyers' plans on the island. In the present, Oliver fights to prevent Malcolm Merlyn from destroying the Glades and fails, resulting in Tommy's death.
      • Season 2: The flashbacks have Oliver facing down Slade aboard the Amazo, while the present has Team Arrow, joined by the League of Assassins, fighting to prevent Slade's Mirakuru army from destroying the city.
      • Season 3: This year's flashback storyline is wrapped up as Oliver kills General Shrieve and leaves for Coast City. In the present, he has his final showdown with Ra's Al-Ghul and in the aftermath, Malcolm takes control of the League, while Oliver gives up being the Arrow and literally drives off into the sunset with Felicity.
      • Season 4: The flashbacks end with Oliver killing Baron Reiter and then Mercy Killing Taiana, before heading to Russia to keep his promise to her. In the present, Team Arrow rallies the citizens of Star City to confront Damien Darhk and his army of Ghosts in a Final Battle; in the aftermath most of the team leaves to deal with the emotional fallout of the season, while Oliver is installed as interim Mayor.
      • Season 5: The flashback Myth Arc comes to an end as Oliver has a Final Battle with Kovar, before being rescued from the island (as seen in the pilot). In the present, Prometheus kidnaps basically everyone Oliver cares about - including his son - and holds them hostage on the island. Oliver joins forces with Nyssa and three former enemies to rescue them. In the end, Prometheus demonstrates what a sore loser he is by shooting himself in the head to trigger a Dead Man's Switch. The whole thing ends with Oliver and William the only confirmed survivors, watching from a boat as the island goes up in flames.
      • Season 6: The reunited Team Arrow teams up with the FBI in order to take down Diaz. And while they get ahold of evidence that allows them to arrest all the corrupt officials on Diaz's payroll, Diaz himself escapes, now allied with the Longbow Hunters. Additionally, Quentin dies of wounds sustained fighting Diaz, while Oliver publicly outs himself as the Green Arrow and allows the FBI to arrest him in exchange for their aid.
      • Season 7: Team Arrow, while being hunted by the police, fight to stop Emiko and the Ninth Circle from unleashing a bioweapon on Star City. Afterwards, Oliver and Felicity retire to raise their child where the vengeful Ninth Circle can't find them, until the Monitor arrives to take Oliver in preparation for "Crisis on Infinite Earths". In the flash forwards, the heroes destroy the ARCHER program to stop Galaxy One from destroying Star City, after which the older generation of heroes retired to make way for the younger heroes.
    • The Flash (2014):
      • Season 1: Barry attempts to go back in time and save his mother, and has his Final Battle with the Reverse-Flash, resulting in Eddie's death (erasing his descendant Reverse-Flash from existence), and creating a black hole over the city, which Barry ends the season trying to close.
      • Season 2: Barry and Zoom face each other for their Final Battle in a race for the sake of The Multiverse. While Barry wins, he is so emotionally devastated that he runs back in time and saves his mother, triggering a Cosmic Retcon.
      • Season 3: Everyone vs Savitar. The heroes manage to prevent Iris' prophesied death, breaking the Stable Time Loop of Savitar's existence. He switches to a backup plan of splicing himself throughout time, but is thwarted and shot dead by Iris herself. In the process, however, the Speed Force becomes unbalanced, and Barry enters Savitar's Speed Force prison to fix it and atone for his own tampering with time.
      • Season 4: Barry enters DeVoe's mind in order to defeat him and stop the Enlightenment. He's aided by a still-alive Ralph, who manages to retake control of his body, ejecting DeVoe, who survives in his hover chair long enough to Colony Drop a satellite on Central City. After stopping it, the team celebrate the birth of Joe and Cecile's daughter only for the Mystery Girl who's been popping up all season to show up again, revealing herself to be Barry and Iris' daughter Nora from the future, asking for help to fix a mistake.
      • Season 5: Team Flash have their final showdown with Cicada, who is preparing to send her anti-metahuman plague into the past. This plays into Thawne's plans to free himself from prison in the future. He's confronted and defeated by Team Flash, but escapes while the others are trying to save Nora, who is being erased by changes to the timeline, only to fail. Afterwards, Sherloque returns to his Earth, Cisco takes the metahuman cure, and the future newspaper changes to say that the Crisis where the Flash disappears is now happening in 2019 instead of 2024.
    • Legends of Tomorrow:
      • Season 1: The team has their Final Battle against Vandal Savage, in a confusing battle that spreads across three time periods.
      • Season 2: With no other options left to them to undo Doomworld, the Legends break the first rule of time travel and go back into their own timeline to stop their younger selves from losing the Spear of Destiny to the Legion of Doom. This leads to a Final Battle between both versions of the Legends and the Legion.
      • Season 3: After Mallus escapes his prison, Rip Hunter sacrifices himself to buy the rest of the Legends time to fall back to the Wild West and regroup. When Mallus tracks them down with an army of past enemies in tow, the Legends summon old friends for help, leading to a large battle that culminates with the Legends combining the six Zambesi totems to create an avatar in the form of Beebo which faces off with Mallus himself.
      • Season 4: While Constantine and Nora work to free Ray from Hell, the Legends create the Hey World amusement park to prove to the world that magical creatures don't need to be feared, in order to counter Neron's plans. In the process of succeeding, the timeline is altered so that Zari never joins the Legends, instead being replaced with her brother. In The Stinger, Astra unleashes evil souls stolen from Neron's collection in Hell.
    • Supergirl (2015):
      • Season 1: Kara and J'onn face off with Non and Indigo to stop them from destroying Earth out of spite. In the final scene, a Kryptonian pod crashes in National City.
      • Season 2: Kara duels Rhea to stop the Daxamite invasion. To win, she's forced to disperse lead in the atmosphere, killing or chasing off the Daxamites; to Kara's dismay, this includes Mon-El. The two admit their love before he leaves Earth in his pod, and is last seen being sucked through a wormhole (possibly to the Phantom Zone). The final scene is a flashback to Krypton's destruction, revealing that a cult-like group also sent an infant to Earth, where it is meant to "reign".
      • Season 3: After stopping the Hostile Terraforming of Earth, Supergirl, the DEO and the Legion have a showdown with Reign and the Witches, ending with a Mirror Match between Sam and Reign that sees the latter destroyed. Afterwards, Mon-El and Winn return to the future with the Legion to find a cure for a plague killing AIs (which also forces Brainy to stay in the present), while J'onn steps down as Director in order to walk the Earth and promotes Alex to replace him, and James publicly outs himself as the Guardian. And in the final scenes, it's revealed that Lena is still secretly studying the Harun-El, and a doppelgänger of Kara appears in Siberia.
      • Season 4: While J'onn, Dreamer, and Brainy work to free Lex Luthor's alien prisoners and stop him from firing a Wave Motion Gun at Argo, and James and Alex face off with Ben Lockwood, Supergirl fights Lex himself. Lex is defeated thanks to Supergirl's clone Red Daughter sacrificing herself, and escapes only to be gunned down by Lena, revealing to her that Kara is Supergirl with his dying breaths. Lockwood and President Baker are arrested after their complicity with Lex is revealed. Eve escapes, but is revealed to be working for an organization called Leviathan. The Monitor brings J'onn's vengeful brother to Earth, then collects Lex's body.
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  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) loved Cliff Hangers, Mind Screws, and HSQ for its finales.
    • Season 1 ended with a two part epic that revealed supposedly fictional Earth is real. It ended with Sharon shooting Adama.
    • Season 2 closed with Karma Houdini / Jerkass President Gaius Baltar surrendering humanity's colony of New Caprica to the Cylons.
    • In one of the greatest Mind Screws of all time, the Season 3 closer revealed that not only is Starbuck alive, but Tigh, Tyrol, Anders, and Tory are four of the Final Five Cylons.
    • The writer's-strike-induced halfway finale of the final season ended with humanity reaching Earth to find a nuked-out, radioactive shell.
    • The actual finale to the series blew previous Mind Screws out of the water. In summary: Head Baltar and Head Six, along with Starbuck, are really angels. The series takes place 150,000 years before our present day, and Hera is a precursor to humanity as we know it. The song All Along the Watchtower is apparently one of God's tools for change. Non- Mind Screw, but still big: The Galactica, along with the rest of the fleet is flown into the sun by Anders. Humanity and the human-model Cylons settle down on our Earth. Roslin finally dies. Tyrol strangles Tory, preventing Resurrection technology from ever again being created. The Centurions take the last remaining Basestar for parts unknown. And it ends with footage of modern-day robotic advances.
  • Blue Heelers, in its later seasons, went the cliffhanger route.
    • 2000 had Jack being taken into surgery for a risky operation for his back.
    • 2001 had Hayley reveal to Tess her real mother was going to take her away.
    • 2002 ended with Tess revealing she was married, with it being hinted it was to Evan.
    • 2003 had Ben shoot Susie's husband, in self defense.
    • 2004 portrayed Tom murder the girl who killed his dog in cold blood.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine tends to raise the stakes for most of its season finales:
    • Season 1: Jake leaves to go undercover and confesses his feelings to Amy.
    • Season 2: Holt is forced to leave the Nine-Nine, and Jake and Amy kiss.
    • Season 3: Jake and Holt are forced to go into Witness Protection when their lives are threatened.
    • Season 4: Jake and Rosa are accused for a crime they didn't commit, and are sentenced to prison.
    • Season 5: Jake and Amy get married, and Holt learns whether or not he got the job of commissioner.
    • Season 6: When Commissioner Kelly is fired, Wuntch becomes acting commissioner and forces Holt to quit.
  • Each season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended with a huge fight against the Big Bad.
    • Season 1: The Master is killed after escaping. Buffy has died for a few moments previously, an important plot point for the next 7 years.
    • Season 2: Angel is reensouled, however Buffy is forced to stab him and send him to a hell dimension, presumably killing him. Buffy leaves for LA an unknown city.
    • Season 3: At graduation, the Mayor turns into a giant snake. He's blown to hell along with Sunnydale High. Faith is in a coma. The third happiest season ending in the show
    • Season 4: Adam is defeated by having the Scoobies combine their power with Buffy as well as every Slayer in history. This really pisses off The First Slayer, who proceeds to try to kill them in their dreams, which are major mind fucks. They stop her. Second happiest ending to a season.
    • Season 5: Glory is stopped, but Buffy is dead. Really dead. Deader than last time. Not that it stops her from getting better next season. Most depressing season ending and some believe it should be the Series ending.
    • Season 6: Dark Willow is stopped via The Power of Love, Buffy and Dawn are getting along better than ever and Buffy promises to lower the sheltering, which actually does happen in Season 7 (notable occurring as Buffy really becomes a bitch in S7).
    • Season 7: Sunnydale is destroyed, Faith is back and is fighting for the side of good (and is actually in a relationship, though it falls apart before Season 8 even starts), Willow is officially the most powerful being on the planet, only really limited by the fact that using all that power would turn her evil, Xander's a cyclops, Anya's dead and all the potential Slayers on Earth have been activated. Still the happiest season ending if only because the characters are no longer alone in their fight.
    • Season 8 The source of all magic is destroyed and Giles is dead. If you haven't read the comics and highlighted this I bet you're saying something along the lines of "HOLY SHIT!"
  • Chuck was well-known for pulling out all the stops in its Season Finales. This was driven by the show's struggle to find an audience, with each season finale being written as if it were to also serve as the Grand Finale. And then taken Up to Eleven in seasons three and four, which were actually given two season finales: Originally the show was only picked up for thirteen episodes in each season, before receiving an extended order (6 additional episodes in season 3, and 11 in season 4). Which means two very climactic and satisfying season finales had to be topped again by the actual finale. Season 3 and 5 also had two-hour finales on top of that.
    • Season 1: The only season to not have a preplanned finale, as the first season was ended prematurely by the Writer's Strike. A Fulcrum spy plants a listening device which discovers Chuck is the Intersect. Chuck is nearly forced to be taken into government custody unless the device can be recovered, while Devon proposed to Ellie.
    • Season 2: Devon and Ellie's wedding is nearly ruined by a vengeful Ted Roark. Bryce Larkin is killed, and Chuck downloads Intersect 2.0.
    • Season 3:
      • Original Finale: Shaw's Face–Heel Turn is revealed, and he uses the team to help the Ring steal intelligence to repair their Intersect while also attempting to kill Sarah. Chuck kills Shaw instead, and he and Sarah begin their relationship.
      • Actual Finale: Ellie discovers Chuck is a spy, while Shaw is revealed to be alive, and stages a coup to take over the CIA and discredit Chuck and his team, capturing them one by one and killing Chuck's father. Devon, Morgan and Ellie rescue Chuck, Sarah and Casey. The rest of the team then plan a counter attack to unmask Shaw and destroy the Ring. The Ring Elders are successfully captured and Chuck defeats Shaw. The Buy More is destroyed.
    • Season 4:
      • Original Finale: Ellie is about to have her baby, and Chuck launches a final push to take down Volkoff and bring his mother home. Chuck proposes to Sarah.
      • Actual Finale: Chuck must team up with Volkoff to secure a remedy for the poison killing Sarah. Chuck rebels against the CIA when they attempt to prevent him from doing so and has the Intersect removed. Chuck manages to convince Vivian to save Sarah and start her life anew with her father. Chuck and Sarah marry and purchase the Buy More as a cover to establish a freelance spy team. Morgan downloads the Intersect.
    • Season 5: Sarah's memory has been forcibly destroyed by Quinn using a malfunctioning Intersect, turning her against the team in an effort to steal a working copy of the Intersect for himself. Chuck manages to break Sarah free from Quinn, but with her memory destroyed she leaves to go after Quinn. When her attempt to kill him fails she returns, and Chuck helps her seek out the components of the Key, the final secret to the Intersect. Sarah shoots and kills Quinn, Jeffster! buys the team time to defuse the bomb, and Chuck downloads the Intersect once more. The team breaks up, to pursue their own lives, and the series closes with Chuck and Sarah kissing on the beach from the pilot.
  • Community, The first season really has three Season Finale episodes, while the second season ends in a two part Season Finale.
  • The second-season finale of Desperate Housewives was padded out to two hours with Mary-Alice flashback scenes.
  • The Doctor Who revival often has multi-episode, arc-ending stories serving this function, and which usually feature one of the series' signature Big Bads as the antagonist(s). Often, the connecting Cliffhanger reveals an additional, even worse villain.
  • The Expanse:
    • Season 1 has "Leviathan Wakes", wherein Miller and Holden's crew race to escape Eros even as it's destroyed by being absorbed by the protomolecule. Meanwhile, on Earth, Avasarala begins to uncover just how deep The Conspiracy goes.
    • Season 2 has "Caliban's War". The crew of the Rocinante fight to destroy a protomolecule Super Soldier that's stowed away aboard the ship. Avasarala, Bobbie, and Cotyar try and escape captivity on Jules-Pierre Mao's ship. The expedition exploring the Eros crash site on Venus are destroyed by the protomolecule. Naomi reveals that she gave a sample of the protomolecule to Fred Johnson.
    • Season 3 has "Abaddon's Gate". The Rocinante crew must race to prevent Ashford from attempting to destroy the protomolecule station, as Miller/The Investigator has told Holden that doing so will cause the station to destroy the solar system. After Ashford is stopped, portals to more than 1300 inhabitable systems are opened. Holden realizes that this is just an excuse the protomolecule gives humanity to explore as a means of finding out what destroyed its creators.
  • Firefly, which only ran for one season, arguably had what qualifies as a true Season Finale in its fourteenth episode, "Objects in Space." By the end of this episode, most of the immediate loose ends in the plot have been tied up. The romantic tension between Mal and Inara is more or less resolved. Simon and River have settled into fairly solid positions as part of the crew. There were plenty of hooks to hang a second season off of, some of which were used in the subsequent movie, but most of those hooks would require a new story arc to develop fully.
  • Most of the Friends season finales involved a Cliffhanger:
    • Season 1: Rachel learns about Ross's feelings for her, Ross finally gets over Rachel and gets a new girlfriend
    • Season 2: Rachel goes to Barry and Mindy's wedding, Monica and Richard break up, and Chandler starts dating Janice.
    • Season 3: Phoebe meets her birth mother, and Ross has to choose between dating Bonnie or Rachel.
    • Season 4: Ross and Emily almost get married until Ross accidentally says Rachel's name at the altar, and Monica sleeps with Chandler
    • Season 5: Ross and Rachel drunkenly get married in Vegas.
    • Season 6: Chandler proposes to Monica. She says yes.
    • Season 7: Monica and Chandler get married, Rachel is pregnant.
    • Season 8: Rachel has her child, and Joey accidentally proposes to her. Also, Monica and Chandler decide that they want children.
    • Season 9: Phoebe starts dating Mike again, Ross and Charlie start dating, and Joey kisses Rachel.
  • The Gifted:
    • Season 1, "X-roads": Sentinel Services attack the Mutant Underground's headquarters, with Andy and Lauren ultimately combining powers to destroy the building and most of the assaulting forces. Jace Turner is forced to accept blame for the failed attack, and resigns in disgust. Lorna is convinced by the Frost sisters to destroy the plane carrying Dr. Campbell and Senator Montez; later, she, Andy, and several others abandon the Underground to join the Hellfire Club.
    • Season 2, "oMens": The Inner Circle sic the Purifiers on the Underground as a distraction while Andy and Lauren are abducted and coerced to destroy Sentinel Services headquarters. John and Erg team up to defeat the Purifiers, with John beating down Jace but ultimately not giving him the death he wants. Lorna uses her friendship to appeal to Esme, turning her on her sisters to save Andy and Lauren. The Underground assault the Inner Circle's headquarters and Reed allows himself to have a Superpower Meltdown in order to kill Reeva. In the aftermath, the Underground attempts to rebuild, when Blink (who was believed to have been killed earlier in the season) shows up and says she needs to show them all something important.
  • The Good Place: Each season usually ends with a game changing plot twist.
    • Season 1: "The Good Place" is actually an experiment by Michael made to torture Eleanor, Tahani, Jason, and Chidi. They're actually in The Bad Place, and they have their memories wiped before they can do anything about it.
    • Season 2: Michael decides to revive Eleanor, Tahani, Chidi, and Jason in order to bring them together on Earth and see if they can learn to become better people.
    • Season 3: As Eleanor is forced to pretend to be the architect of the new neighborhood, Shawn screws everyone over by inviting test subjects that the characters have personal connections to, leaving Chidi to erase his memories to avoid messing up the experiment.
  • Gotham:
    • Season 1, "All Happy Families Are Alike": Maroni is killed, and Falcone decides to retire, allowing Penguin to become The Don. Barbara is revealed to have snapped after being kidnapped by the Ogre, but is defeated by Lee. Gordon is now more determined than ever to clean up Gotham, and Bruce and Alfred discover the Batcave.
    • Season 2, "Transference": Hugo Strange is revealed to be the one who called the hit on the Waynes, and is also arrested for creating his monsters. However, Gordon decides to leave the GCPD to find Lee. Bruce finds out that Strange actually received his orders from a secret group and he is now determined to find them. Fish Mooney comes back from the dead, and a clueless homeless woman accidentally releases Hugo Strange's monsters into the streets of Gotham, one of which looks like Bruce Wayne.
    • Season 3, "Heavy Dirty Soul": The Court of Owls is destroyed, and the GCPD manages to release the antivirus to the public. Although Gordon manages to cure himself and Lee of the virus, and Lee manages to forgive him for killing Mario, she leaves him again. After Barbara shoots Butch (who is revealed not only to be in a coma, but that his real name is Cyrus Gold), Tabitha returns the favor by killing her. Bruce overcomes the Shaman's brainwashing, and finds out that the Court of Owls was actually being controlled by Ra's al Ghul, who declares that he wants Bruce to become his heir before vanishing. Bruce decides to take up vigilantism, marking him one step closer to becoming the hero we all know and love.
    • Season 4, "No Man's Land": Jeremiah and Ra's Al-Ghul succeed in their plan to blow up Gotham's bridges, effectively cutting off the city from the rest of the world. Ra's is killed (again), but once again encourages Bruce to become Gotham's dark knight. Penguin helps Tabitha restore Butch back to normal, only to for Penguin to kill Butch in front of Tabitha as revenge for her killing his mother back in Season 2. As the majority of Gotham's civilians are being evacuated, Bruce decides to stay behind to help, and has Alfred leave the city to care for a now-paralyzed Selina. As the gangs and supervillains carve up their territories, Gordon, Bullock, Lucius, and some other members of the GCPD also stay behind to gradually take Gotham back. Gordon has Lucius set up a very familiar spotlight on the roof to act as a symbol of hope, and the episode ends with Bruce and Gordon looking at the light and the future of Gotham.
    • Season 5, "The Beginning": A Distant Finale jumping ahead ten years following the conclusion of the final Story Arc in the previous episode. Bruce returns to Gotham after spending all those years away, and takes up his destined mantle as the city's protector. This includes one last showdown with Jeremiah, who has now completely become The Joker.
  • While Heroes is more of a continuous story, "How To Stop an Exploding Man" probably qualifies as this.
  • House season finales usually show something going wrong with the titular character. How he became a cripple (actually the episode before the series finale, much more memorable than the real one), when he got shot, losing all his team, being in an accident, possible brain damage and losing his best friend are some of these.
  • All season finales of How I Met Your Mother featured major shakeups to the status quo:
    • Season 1: Ted and Robin get together, while Marshall and Lily break up.
    • Season 2: Marshall and Lily get married, while Ted and Robin reveal that they have already broken up.
    • Season 3: Ted proposes to Stella, Barney realizes he is in love with Robin.
    • Season 4: Barney and Robin get together.
    • Season 5: Marshall and Lily decide to try for a baby, Robin breaks up with Don.
    • Season 6: Lily gets pregnant, Robin realizes she is still in love with Barney, it is revealed that Barney is going to get married in the near future.
    • Season 7: Marshall and Lily's baby, Marvin, is born and it is revealed that Barney marries Robin eventually
    • Seasons 8: Barney and Robin are about to get married, Marshall and Lily are preparing to move to Italy but Marshall accepts a Judge appointment in NYC, it's confirmed that Ted meets the mother while waiting for a train after the wedding and the audience is shown what she looks like for the first time
  • Life On Mars came to a head in the first series, but it wasn't the conclusion Sam Tyler thought it would be. Similarly with his spiritual successor, Alex Drake, in Ashes to Ashes (2008).
  • Lost has ended each of its five seasons with a two-hour (in season 1 and 5, this is a two-parter with three hours total) finale. Each has featured simultaneous action on multiple parts of the island, involving all regular characters (in contrast to weekly episodes, which often have multiple characters who do not appear.) Each finale has partially wrapped up that season's focus, setting up the focus of the following season. Each has also featured a "secret scene," referred to by a code word. Only the actors who appear in the scene know its contents:
    • Season 1's "Exodus": "The Bagel": Walt is kidnapped by the Others.
    • Season 2's "Live Together, Die Alone": "The Challah": the island is detected by an Arctic listening station and reported to Penny, the first non-flashback, off-island scene in the series.
    • Season 3's "Through the Looking Glass": "The Rattlesnake in the Mailbox": the flashback is actually a flashforward; Jack and Kate, and possibly others, have left the island.
    • Season 4's "There's No Place Like Home": "The Frozen Donkey Wheel": Locke is finally revealed to be the person inside the coffin.
    • Season 5's "The Incident": "The Fork in the Outlet": Ben stabs Jacob and Jacob's nemesis (in the form of Locke) kicks him into a fire.
    • The Grand Finale also had one, but not codenamed: Christian reveals to Jack that they're in Purgatory.
  • Despite its slow pace, Mad Men usually ends its seasons with some major plot developments:
    • Season 1: Don's past is revealed, and Peggy is pregnant.
    • Season 2: Sterling-Cooper is bought by another company, Don returns from San Francisco, and now Betty is pregnant.
    • Season 3: The main cast leaves Sterling-Cooper to rot as they form their own company, and Don moves out after getting divorced from Betty.
    • Season 4: Betty and the family moves out, Joan gets promoted and reveals that now she is pregnant, and Don spontaneously proposes to Megan.
    • Season 5: Lane commits suicide, Peggy quits her job, the company gets a new office space, and Don might be cheating on Megan.
    • Season 6: Megan, Pete, and Ted all leave to California, while Don gets fired and shows Sally his old house.
    • Season 7A: Don keeps his job and Roger becomes president, but at the expense of the company merging with the one agency that they didn't want to merge with. Also, Megan breaks up with Don, and Bert Cooper dies.
    • Season 7B: The final episode has Joan start a new company, Betty awaiting her inevitable death, Don presumably returning to advertising, Roger marrying Marie, and Peggy ending up with Stan.
  • Merlin (2008) aims for at least one iconic moment of Arthurian lore for each season finale.
    • Series 1: Nimueh dies at Merlin's hands.
    • Series 2: Merlin finds his father, masters his Dragonlord abilities, and defeats the dragon.
    • Series 3: Arthur forms the rudimentary Knights of the Round Table and Merlin retrieves Excalibur from the Lady in the Lake.
    • Series 4: Arthur pulls the sword from the stone and marries Guinevere.
    • Series 5: Arthur dies at Mordred's hands.
  • NCIS:
    • Season 1: Ari, the terrorist from earier in the season, returns and kidnaps Kate.
    • Season 2: In the penultimate episode, Tony is infected with pneumonic plague and almost dies, and then Ari comes back yet again and kills Kate.
    • Season 3: Gibbs is injured in an explosion, causing amnesia, and the rest of the team is forced to work on an assignment without him. Gibbs ends up leaving the NCIS, although not for good
    • Season 4: Tony and his girlfriend are held hostage.
    • Season 5: The last episode of t0he season ends with Director Shepard dead. The first thing the new director does is split up Gibb's team, putting McGee in another place in the building, assigning Tony as Agent Afloat and sending Ziva home to Israel.
    • Season 6: After Tony kills Ziva's boyfriend, Ziva doesn't want to work with Tony anymore since she thinks he did it for the wrong reasons, so she asks Gibbs to choose between her and Tony. Gibbs chooses Tony and leaves Ziva in Israel.
    • Season 7: It turns out Gibbs is guilty of killing the Mexican drug dealer who killed his wife and daughter. The children of the drug dealer, who now run a drug cartel, would very much like to see him punished for it.
  • Primeval series one ended with the dramatic "Episode 6", and series 2's "Episode 12"/"Episode 13" was even more dramatic.
  • Each season finales in Prison Break not only left the audience on a cliffhanger, but effectively wrapped up the then-current premise of the show and introduced the new one: the season one finale has them escaping prison, the second season finale has the protagonist being thrown in a new prison, and so on, so forth.
  • Queer as Folk:
    • Season 1: Justin is gay-bashed at his senior prom.
    • Season 2: Brian helps Michael and Justin to advertise their new comic book and organizes a huge party at Babylon to launch it for them. Justin leaves Brian for Ethan, whom he's been sleeping with.
    • Season 3: A good part of the season is devoted to police chief Stockwell's mayoral campain. In the final episode, it's finally the day of the election, and the episode ends with the entirety of Liberty Avenue dancing in the street, celebrating Stockwell's loss.
    • Season 4: The end of the Liberty Ride. Justin gets an offer to move to Los Angeles to work on the movie about Rage. Jenny Rebecca is born.
    • Season 5: Also the Grand Finale. Ben and Michael offers to adopt Hunter. Melanie and Lindsay move to Canada, taking Gus and baby J. R. with them. Justin and Brian are planning their wedding, but in the end decide not to get married after all, so Justin can move to New York to become an artist.
  • The first and second series finales of The Sarah Jane Adventures featured returning villains set to give Sarah Jane a rematch.
  • Schitt's Creek:
    • Season 1 sees The Roses under the impression they are getting out of town, with Alexis's Love Triangle with Mutt and Ted coming to a head and David inviting Stevie to come with him to New York. Stevie is hurt to discover David wants her to come as a friend, not a girlfriend, and David is distraught by this and the fact that the family did not sell the town. David drives out of town in Roland's truck in a cliffhanger.
    • Season 2 sees Johnny stick up for Roland and Jocelyn to some snooty old friends of his and Moira's, and then the Roses and Schitts crash a party at Mutt's Barn. After saying I love you, the Roses dance as a family to James Morrison's "Precious Love."
    • Season 3 has Johnny selling out the motel out for the first time. Ted plus Moira and the Jazzagals show up to Alexis's graduation and Moira sings to her thrilled daughter. Meanwhile, Patrick takes David out to a birthday dinner date and they share their First Kiss.
    • Season 4 has Jocelyn go into labor as Singles Week begins. Moira drives her to the hospital as Alexis gives a speech about letting go of Ted. Patrick declares his love for David. David talks to Ted about the fear of getting hurt. Afterward, David declares his love to Patrick, and Ted crashes the musical chairs game at Singles Week to declare his love for Alexis. Jocelyn gives birth to Roland Jr.
    • Season 5 sees opening night for Moira's directorial debut, a community theatre production of Cabaret with Stevie and Patrick in the lead roles. Ted and Alexis prepare for their trip to the Galapogos Islands and David plans to announce his engagement to Patrick. Backstage, Moira gives Stevie, who is happy for David but sad that her life is not progressing, a touching pep talk. Stevie sings "Maybe This Time" and gets a standing ovation. The season ends in a cliffhanger as Moira collapses at the opening night party after learning her movie comeback has been shelved.
  • Scrubs usually ended each of its seasons with a big event or cliffhanger:
    • Season 1: Jordan spontaneously reveals JD's, Turk's, Elliot's, and Kelso's secrets. Now everyone knows that JD slept with Jordan, Turk knows that Dr Cox has a crush on Carla, Elliot is in love with JD, and Kelso's job opportunity for Cox was all a lie.
    • Season 2: Dr Cox learns that he is Jordan's father, and punches Kelso in the face.
    • Season 3: Turk and Carla get married, and JD breaks up with Elliot.
    • Season 4: JD moves out, Turk and Carla decide to have a kid, Elliot leaves Sacred Heart, and Jordan gets a new job.
    • Season 5: JD's new girlfriend, Kim, and Jordan are both pregnant.
    • Season 6: JD is about to spend the rest of his life with Kim and Elliot is about to get married to Keith, but they realize that they don't want to be with those people anymore, and the episode ends with them about to kiss.
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager is usually just 90% dialogue, but something significant/show-altering always happens in the season finale.
    • Season 1: Amy gives birth to John, and her father and sister move out of the family home.
    • Season 2: Leo and Betty get married, Cindy and Reuben get married, and Adrian finds out she's pregnant. They try to play the last one off as a maybe/maybe not Cliffhanger, but practically every viewer could tell.
    • Season 3: Adrian and Ben's daughter is stillborn and Ricky and Amy have sex for the first time. Well, technically, It's the second time, but the first time they'd done it while being in a committed relationship with each other
  • For such an episodic show, Seinfeld ends a surprising amount of its seasons on big cliffhangers:
    • Season 3: Kramer leaves to California.
    • Season 4: Jerry and George successfully air their pilot, only for the show to be canceled.
    • Season 5: George makes a ton of money, while Elaine loses pretty much everything.
    • Season 6: Elaine gets a new job opportunity.
    • Season 7: Susan dies before she and George can marry.
    • Season 8: George injures his leg in an ending that hilariously parodies that of the previous season.
  • Smallville also tends to use cliffhangers in its season finales (and in the later seasons, battles with the Big Bad of the season):
    • Season One: "Tempest" - A series of tornadoes hits Smallville, threatening Lana's life; reporter Roger Nixon threatens to expose Clark's secret; Clark's ship activates for the first time.
    • Season Two: "Exodus" - Clark destroys the ship in an attempt to free himself from Jor-El's will, but accidentally causes Martha to miscarry; guilt stricken, Clark starts using red kryptonite and runs away to Metropolis; Lex's plane goes down in the ocean.
    • Season Three: "Covenant" - Lionel is arrested and sent to prison; Pete and Lana both leave Smallville; Lex is poisoned; Chloe's house is bombed; Jonathan is placed in a coma; Clark is taken by Jor-El to prepare for his destiny.
    • Season Four: "Commencement" - A second meteor shower hits Smallville; a black Kryptonian ship arrives; Clark gathers the Stones of Power and is transported to the Arctic.
    • Season Five: "Vessel" - Brainiac unleashes a computer virus that shuts down the world's power; Chloe and Lionel are attacked by a mob; Zod possesses Lex and sends Clark to the Phantom Zone.
    • Season Six: "Phantom" - Clark reveals his powers to Lana, whose car is bombed; Lex is arrested for Lana's murder; the last Phantom copies Clark's body and becomes Bizarro.
    • Season Seven: "Arctic" - Brainiac sends Kara to the Phantom Zone; Chloe is arrested by the DDS; Clark and Lex confront each other in the Fortress, which is destroyed.
    • Season Eight: "Doomsday" - Clark confronts Doomsday; Lois is teleported to the future; Clark abandons his human emotions; Zod returns.
    • Season Nine: "Salvation" - Zod's army makes its move to conquer Earth; Zod and Clark engage in an epic final fight.
    • Season Ten: "Finale" - Clark confronts Darkseid and embraces his destiny.
  • Stargate:
    • Stargate SG-1 often has a huge, dramatic season finale, ending on a cliffhanger. In fact, of the ten seasons only season 5 and 7 aren't cliffhangers if we don't count the series finale.
    • Stargate Atlantis had every single season finale being a cliffhanger:
      • Season 1, The Siege: Atlantis coming under siege from two Hives... until the Daedalus fights them off
      • Season 2, Allies: two Hives are on the way to Earth... until the Daedalus and the Orion stop them
      • Season 3, First Strike: Atlantis is stuck in space with critical power levels... until they steal a ZPM from the Asurans
      • Season 4, The Last Man: Sheppard travels 48000 years into the future... then the team recovers Teyla
      • Season 5, Enemy at the Gate: Atlantis fights off a Super-Hive and makes an emergency landing on Earth
  • One of the most famous season finales is the third season finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which is also a Cliffhanger. Riker gives orders to fire on Picard's ship.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager had a stardate system that corresponded to the season, meaning that many of the important events in the season finales (and season premieres) tended to happen right around the same time of the year: Wolf 359, the Klingon Civil War, first contact with the Jem'Hadar, the Klingon invasion of Cardassia, the Dominion taking control of Deep Space Nine, the invasion of Species 8472, the first invasion of the Chin'toka system, the final battle of the Dominion War, and so forth. (Not to mention all of the other major personal events that tend to go on right around this time too!) Rule #1 of the Star Trek universe: celebrate New Year's Eve in a isolated, quiet part of the galaxy, well away from everyone!
  • Supernatural always has huge season finales where all the events and issues in the season come to a head.
    • The first had Devil's Trap - Meg gets killed. We meet Bobby for the first time. All but one of the bullets from The Colt get used. John is possessed, pins them both to the wall and tortures Dean. And the Impala gets totaled, leaving all three men unconscious and bloody.
    • The second had All Hell Breaks Loose - Sam and the other psychic children get kidnapped by Azazel and then he dies in Dean's arms at the end of the first half. Dean, driven over the edge of emotional endurance, makes a Deal with the Devil to bring him back, doesn't actually want to tell him and has a year to live. Azazel pins Dean to a grave, Sam to a tree (sensing a pattern here?) and Sam learns that he was dead. With a little help from John, they manage to kill him but are told by Bobby that the war's just begun.
    • And the third had shout-outs all over the place, fanservice with the boys singing Bon Jovi, pure Nightmare Fuel with Lilith and a massive Downer Ending with Dean getting torn apart by hellhounds while Sam watches, Sam sobbing while he cradles Dean's dead body and Dean in hell screaming for Sam to help him.
    • Serial Escalation means nothing when it comes to season finales here. Season Four's finale reveals the entire series has been planned by the start by Azazel and Lucifer. The angels reveal one of the most foolish ideas in the series, Ruby is outed as The Mole and is killed, and Lilith is killed. The only problem is, that was part of the plan too. Lilith's death releases Lucifer, and the screen fades to white, as the Light Bringer comes...
    • And then, in Season Five's finale: Sam allows Lucifer to possess him, then regains control long enough to jump into Hell, taking Michael with him. Then Dean gives up hunting to live a normal life, and it's implied that the Prophet Chuck is actually God
    • And in the Season Six finale: Castiel absorbs all the souls in Purgatory, kills Raphael, and declares himself the new God, demanding the brothers and Bobby to kneel down before him.
    • Season Seven ends with: Sam and Dean teaming up with Broken!Castiel, Meg, and Crowley to take down the leader of the Leviathans, Dick. With Castiel's help, Dean manages to kill Dick, but in the process the two of them are sent to Purgatory, where they are trapped with the souls of every dead monster (and Leviathan). Meanwhile, back on Earth, Crowley betrays Sam, leaving him to take care of the remaining Leviathans, while kidnapping Meg and the newest Prophet of the Lord, Kevin, in what appears to be an attempt to become the new Big Bad.
    • Season Eight: The Winchesters try to purify Crowley as the last trial to seal the gates of Hell, but Dean talks Sam out of it when he realizes that doing so would kill Sam in the process; despite stopping, however, Sam is still left crippled with pain. Meanwhile, Naomi has a Heel Realization, only to be killed by Metatron, who reveals that the other "trials" he's had Castiel undertaking won't seal off the now corrupt Heaven, but are actually components of a spell to banish all angels, as petty revenge for being cast out himself. The last scene is of the angels falling to Earth as their wings burn off.
    • Season Nine: Gadreel sacrifices himself to give Castiel a chance to turn Metatron's followers on him, defeating and imprisoning him. However, he fails to do this before Metatron fatally stabs Dean. And then, Dean's exposure to the Mark of Cain and the First Blade brings him back... as a demon.
    • Season Ten: Dean makes a deal with Death to remove himself (and the Mark of Cain) from the world, in exchange for killing Sam, but at the last minute Dean kills Death instead. Meanwhile, Rowena casts the spell to remove the Mark, only to then run off with the Book of Damned after hexing Castiel to attack a defenseless Crowley. Oh, and removing the Mark? Breaks the seal on The Darkness, an entity God locked away at the dawn of time.
    • Season Eleven: As God/Chuck lays mortally wounded by Amara, Dean attempts to carry a soul bomb to kill her; however, he instead decides to talk her into a Heel Realization, causing her to make amends with her brother and heal him. Before the pair then move on, they resurrect Mary Winchester as Dean's reward. Meanwhile, an agent of the British branch of the Men of Letters arrives to arrest the Winchesters for all the damage they've inadvertently caused over the years, and apparently shoots Sam.
    • Season Twelve: As Lucifer's Nephilhim baby is on the verge of being born, the Winchesters, Castiel, and Crowley work together to seal him away in a post-apocalyptic Alternate Universe that the Nephilhim opened a portal to. Crowley performs a Heroic Sacrifice to power the spell, but before it's finished, Lucifer kills Castiel, and as he's being sealed, drags Mary through the portal with him. Meanwhile, the Nephilhim is born, already an adult.
    • Season Thirteen: Lucifer steals most, if not all, of Jack's grace and plans to destroy the universe. Left with no other way to stop him, Dean lets himself be possessed by Michael, and together, they manage to finally kill Lucifer for good. However, Michael then reneges on his promise to relinquish control, taking over Dean completely and leaving to carry out his own plans.
    • Season Fourteen: God/Chuck returns to help Team Free Will deal with a now totally unhinged and soulless Jack, who has become a threat to all reality, providing them with a means of killing Jack and telling them they have no choice but to use it. At the last minute, Dean refuses... at which point God reveals that he's an utter sociopath who views the Winchesters' struggles as his entertainment. When they refuse to keep playing along with his script, he kills Jack himself before bringing a permanent night and unleashing all the souls in Hell, including several past monsters of the week and a zombie horde that overruns the Winchesters and Castiel in the final moments of the episode.
  • Each series of Torchwood ends on something game-changing, like a departure or even a death. In Torchwood: Miracle Day's "The Blood Line", the finale ended on the death of Esther and the resurrection and immortality of Rex.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Season 1, "TS-19": The survivors take shelter in the CDC, only to realize just how far spread and devastating the Zombie Apocalypse is. Then they have to flee before the building explodes.
    • Season 2, "Beside The Dying Fire": A herd of walkers overruns Hershel's farm, killing Jimmy and Patricia in the process. Andrea is separated from the group in the chaos, but is rescued by Michonne. Rick tells the rest of the group what he learned at the CDC (that everyone is infected already), and then announces that the group's not a democracy anymore.
    • Season 3, "Welcome To The Tombs": The Governor leaves Andrea to die, and leads a full assault on the prison. After this is driven back, he snaps and kills most of his people, and then drives off. Afterwards, the prison survivors accept the remainder of the Woodbury group into their new community.
    • Season 4, "A": Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl face off with the Claimers. Afterwards, they arrive at Terminus and are reunited with the other survivors from the prison, only to be taken prisoner.
    • Season 5, "Conquer": Morgan saves Daryl and Aaron from a trap set by the Wolves, and they head back to Alexandria, where the rest of the group is trying to convince the community to let them stay. After Rick makes his case, a drunken Pete arrives and kills Reg, after which Deanna orders Rick to kill him.
    • Season 6, "Last Day on Earth": While Morgan keeps searching for Carol, the rest of the group tries to get Maggie to medical help in the Hilltop. However, they are terrorized by the Saviors, who drive them towards a confrontation with Negan, who kills one of the group as a warning as the screen goes to black.
    • Season 7, "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life": Alexandria tries to set a trap for the Saviors with help from the Scavengers, only for the latter to betray them. Rick and the others get a chance to fight back when Sasha, who was being held captive by Negan, commits suicide and turns, taking Negan by surprise. The Saviors regain the upper hand afterwards, only for Hilltop and the Kingdom to arrive and drive the Saviors back. Both sides then prepare for war.
    • Season 8, "Wrath": The Alexandria-Hilltop-Kingdom alliance, joined at the last minute by Oceanside, have their Final Battle with the Saviors. Thanks to Eugene's sabotage, the Saviors are overwhelmed. Rick beats Negan in a personal brawl, but lets him live as a prisoner. Afterwards, the communities work to rebuild.
    • Season 9, "The Storm": Following the Whisperers' massacre in the previous episode, there's a Time Skip, during which winter arrives and the Kingdom's failing infrastructure collapses completely. As a blizzard hits, they're forced to evacuate to Hilltop. The remaining community survivors plan to eventually fight back against the Whisperers. In the final scene, a stranger's voice starts speaking over the long-distance CB radio.
  • The West Wing always rained down the shock and awe for their season finales:
    • Season 1: two gunmen open fire on the ropeline where the president is shaking hands with supporters, multiple hit the ground, and in the complete chaos, neither the viewers nor the characters are sure of "who's been hit".
    • Season 2: Bartlet decides after much debating that yes, he will run for a second term.
    • Season 3: Bartlet orders a successful assassination of a terrorism sponsor, Agent Donovan is fatally shot.
    • Season 4: Bartlet invokes the 25th Amendment in light of his daughter's kidnapping and gives power over to the Speaker of the House, Toby and Andy's children are born.
  • White Collar Is pretty much the master of season finales (and mid-season finales for that matter)
    • Season 1 went into hiatus with suggesting that Peter was the bad man behind the curtain and ended with Neal's watching the love of his life getting blown up
    • Season 2 went into hiatus with Mozzie getting shot and ended with the reveal that Neal somehow acquired the treasure
    • Season 3 went into hiatus with Mozzie supposedly leaving New York with the treasure and Elizabeth being kidnapped by Keller and closed with Neal being forced to cut his anklet and leave New York
    • Season 4 did offer the weakest hiatus so far with The reveal that Sam was Neal's father and ended with Peter being arrested for a murder Neal's father is responsible for.
  • Wynonna Earp:
    • Season 1, "I Walk The Line": As Doc and Dolls fight their way through the revenants to get the cure for the poison Bobo gave the town, Wynonna faces off with Bobo and Willa for the fate of everything inside the Ghost River Triangle.
    • Season 2, "I Hope You Dance": As Wynonna goes into labor, she and her allies have to deal with the Widows, their released husband, and a resurrected Bobo.
    • Season 3, "War Paint": Wynonna, allied with the remaining revenants, faces off with Bulshar to finally break the Earp Curse.
  • Z Nation has a tendency to use Cliffhangers:
    • Season 1, "Doctor of the Dead". In an underground lab in Colorado, the Operation Bitemark team meet the Mad Scientist inadvertently responsible for the Zombie Apocalypse. In the shootout that ensues, Doc is shot, Cassandra becomes a zombie blend and goes berserk, and a mutating Murphy flees. However, he doesn't bother with the decontamination protocols, triggering a failsafe — nukes are launched at various locations around the world, including the lab and Camp Northern Lights.
    • Season 2, "All Good Things Must Come To An End". The team hand Murphy over to the CDC lab in California, and then has a final showdown with La Reina and the Zeroes. Meanwhile, Murphy discovers the "CDC lab" on the submarine is actually working for an enclave of the super-rich called Zona, who wish to keep the zombie cure for themselves. Murphy snaps from this, turns Dr. Merch and several crew members into mind controlled blends and flees, scuttling the sub with 10K seemingly still onboard. The others watch on helplessly, and are suddenly surrounded by an Asian paramilitary group.
    • Season 3, "Everybody Dies In The End". Doc and Addie reunite with the rest of the team to rescue Lucy from the Man before he can hand her over to Zona. In the ensuing fight, Murphy is shot (the bullet passing through him into Warren), Addie tackles the Man off of a cliff, and Lucy and 5K jump after them. Then a Zona ship shows up and fires on the rest of the group with a Wave Motion Gun.
    • Season 4, "The Black Rainbow". The team intercepts Zona's attempt to unleash Black Rainbow and replace it with a cure for the zombie virus, only to find that they've been duped into releasing the real Black Rainbow. Murphy, Doc, 10K and Sarge are left to watch as it spreads toward them, while Warren is trapped in the crashing delivery drone.
    • Season 5, "The End of Everything". The team launch a plan to expose how Estes and Pandora had framed the Talkers for the attacks on the survivor colonies in order to seize power. After a Final Battle that sees Pandora killed and Estes arrested, and Warren discovering she's a Talker, the colonies vote to accept the proposed constitution and unite as Newmerica. Meanwhile, Murphy eats the deceased Sun Mei's brain and appears to have an epiphany about the cure for the zombie plague.


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