There is an ongoing discussion in Fargo S2 about the last episodes of season 2 of Fargo (where each season essentially stands alone). The penultimate second-to-last episode was super intense and full of suspense that made the final episode seem tame by comparison, at least to me.
In what other TV series has this occurred, either for a season finale, or as the series finale?
Spoilers would be appropriate for recent shows; you probably don’t need a spoiler for the Bob Newhart final episode.
Here’s another recent show: You’re the Worst on FXX turned into a comedy-drama where the “boy meets girl” story line becomes “boy can’t help the clinically depressed girl”. The second-to-last episode however contains a very moving scene:
Instead of running to a weekend romp with a hot girl, the boyfriend stays and builds a pillow fort for the girl, watches her until she wakes up, where she says with tears: “You stayed!” which snaps her out of her depression. The acting and emotions were superb in that episode, but the final episode was back to normal silliness.
Other examples please…