This Is How These Awesome 90s Sitcoms Actually Ended

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Why is there so much power in reminiscing about stuff you used to love? We regularly spend large parts of our day thinking about all those TV shows that no longer grace our screens and we often end up getting a tiny bit emotional. After our last embarrassing work weep, we decided the time was right to recount how some of our favourite sitcoms ended. We present to you our favourite 90s sitcom endings.

Freaks and Geeks

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Synopsis

Okay, so it just about made it to the list because it first aired in September 1999, and run for a short time afterwards. This was a seminal sitcom in so many ways – look back at the cast and see how many of those young actors went on to be fully-fledged stars. Heck, producer Judd Apatow would go on to re-cast some of the actors like Jason Segel, James Franco and Seth Rogan in his stranglehold of mid-00s comedy films. Despite all that, the audience for Freaks and Geeks is probably still too small for how good it actually was. Set in a sleepy suburban town in Michigan in the early 80s, this comedy focused on teenagers at either end of the social spectrum that were symbolised by the Weir siblings. You were either a Freak, like Lindsay’s friends, or a Geek, like Sam’s friends, and that’s all there was to it.

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How Did It End?

Honestly? It got cancelled, so the storyline had to be sped up. In fact, NBC were in such a rush to get it off the air they left 3 of the 18 episodes in the run unaired. However, the ‘final’ episode did give us some sort of closure. Cool kid Daniel becomes a fully-fledged member of the Geeks, when he’s invited in to play a game of Dungeons and Dragons and discovers how fun it actually is. Lindsay’s wavering between the two extremes leads her to a new life decision: she’s going to become a Dead Head! She’s breaking free from the shackles of overachievement, and any of the labels she had in school. One thing we should note is that this wasn’t ever meant to be the final episode, but it works really well as one. We’ve not got closure in the traditional sense of other 90s sitcom endings, but the characters, specifically Daniel and Lindsay, had evolved enough for us to feel satisfied with their journey.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Synopsis

Not even sure if this is needed. The theme song tells you everything.

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What made this show special were moments like these.

How Did It End?

Oh, man, everyone’s story arc comes to an end. The two-part finale focused mostly on Will’s introspection. He decided he hadn’t achieved as much as he wanted since moving in with the Banks. The rest of the family were off living their lives, whether it was at Princeton, in New York or at theatre school. After lots of thought, and the entire Banks family moving away from California, Will decides to stay. And it’s his now-beloved Uncle Phil that buys him a nice little apartment to live in, in order to finish his studies and remain as the Prince of Bel Air. There has been some news of a reboot with Will Smith as the producer, though…Watch this space.

Frasier

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Synopsis

Tossed salads, scrambled eggs. Frasier was one of the best sitcoms of the 90s, because it refused to treat its viewers as idiots. In fact, it challenged them to like the anti-heroes within the show. None were bigger than the title character Frasier, and his brother Niles. Their dysfunctional functionality presented us with consistent and delightful comedic moments ranging from vintage slapstick to more cerebral subtle take-downs. Worth every penny Kelsey Grammer made from the show.

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How Did It End?

Well, after Daphne and Niles got married, the show endured its most difficult period. The creativity that was so evident in the earlier seasons began to fade. The finale was still worth watching though. It actually really made us emotional. Most of the main characters were turning over a new chapter in their lives: Niles and Daphne were having their first child, Martin getting married to Ronee and Roz becoming the new station manager of KACL. All apart from Frasier. That’s until he agreed to take a new opportunity to film a television version of his radio show in San Francisco. He intimates to his family and friends that that’s where he was going, and we the viewers are fooled. In the final scene he lands in Chicago, where a world of unknown opportunity awaits him.

Home Improvement

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Synopsis

This show was based on the comedy of the main actor, Tim Allen. He portrayed an all-American, typical tool and sports-loving dad in suburban Detroit who headed up the Taylor family. Aside from that, he also hosted a show with his friend Al, that was known as Tool Time. One thing that still bothers us to this day is trying to peer over the fence to finally catch a glimpse of Wilson’s face.

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How Did It End?

With a lot of drama. The new producer of Tool Time wants to make it more Jerry Springer-like so Tim and co quit the show. When they film their final episode, the rating soar, and Tim is offered a much bigger contract to stay. His dilemma is that Jill is offered an awesome new psychology job in Indiana, and he doesn’t want to let her down. After debating what they’ll do, they finally make their way to Indiana, with the house in tow. And, more importantly, in the curtain call you finally see Wilson’s face!

Roseanne

Synopsis

This show first aired in 1988, but was mostly set in the 90s, so we’ve included it. It covered the trials and tribulations of a working-class family in mid-western USA, and the struggles of having kids, keeping jobs and dealing with idiots. Roseanne Barr’s comedy stylings made up most of the material for the show, but it wouldn’t have been so impactful without the immense John Goodman. We also loved how socially forward it was. It didn’t shy away from any sensitive topic whatsoever (see the clip below).

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How Did It End?

They win the state lottery, and contemplate the meaning of life. BUT, actually, in a massive twist it’s revealed that the entire series was a fictionalised account of Roseanne Conner’s life, written by her in diary-style, with massive exaggerations. In actual fact, they never win the lottery. But moreover, it’s revealed that Dan’s heart attack in Season 8 was actually fatal. Yep, we weeped. Definitely one of our favourite 90s sitcom endings.

Everybody Loves Raymond

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Synopsis

The whole show focused on Raymond Barone, an Italian-American sports writer, and his hard-to-love family who lived in Long Island. He had to contend with the trials and tribulations that were bought up by the conflicts in his life. The main one being between his wife Debra and mother Marie, and his brother Robert and father Frank. It could’ve basically been called Raymond In The Middle, to be honest.

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How Did It End?

The way it started – everyone actually loved Raymond, and their bickering sees the show fade to black. However, they only realise how much they love Ray when he temporarily fails to wake up from adenoid surgery. Frank, Robert and Debra decided to keep the fact he nearly died from Ray and his mother, but when he finds out he envisions a world in which he died. One of the more subtly done 90s sitcom endings.

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