Series finales set in the future

by GusF | created - 28 May 2018 | updated - 23 Nov 2018 | Public

When I say "the future," I mean with respect to the relevant series' usual setting, whether that be the 1940s or the 2370s.

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1. Secret Army (1977–1979)
Episode: What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1979)

Drama, History, War

In 1969, Albert, Monique, Natalie and Alain contribute to a British television documentary "In Our Time" to mark the 25th anniversary of Brussels' liberation from the Nazis. Manfred Dorf, a... See full summary »

Director: Viktors Ritelis | Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose, Juliet Hammond

Votes: 12

1969.

2. China Beach (1988–1991)
Episode: Hello Goodbye (1991)

TV-PG | 96 min | Drama, History, War

Youngstown, Ohio, 1988. Boonie throws a reunion of all the China Beach veterans. Among the attendees are McMurphy and Joe Arenburg and their baby daughter, Beckett and his wife and teenage ... See full summary »

Director: John Sacret Young | Stars: Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Troy Evans, Nancy Giles

Votes: 34

1988.

3. Life Goes On (1989–1993)
Episode: Life Goes on (and on and On) (1993)

Drama

In the series finale, Becca, now about 27, tells her son a story about what happened after graduating from high school. Corky doesn't graduate, but says, "I'll be back" while Jesse leaves ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: Bill Smitrovich, Patti LuPone, Chris Burke, Kellie Martin

Votes: 10

1997 and 2003.

4. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: All Good Things... (1994)

TV-PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Capt. Picard finds himself shifting continually into the past, future and present and must use that to discover a threat to humanity's existence.

Director: Winrich Kolbe | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 7,257

ca. 2395.

5. Babylon 5 (1993–1998)
Episode: Sleeping in Light (1998)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nearing the end of his 20 year life extension, Sheridan bids his farewells to all his friends and family, while the now obsolete Babylon 5 is prepared for decommissioning.

Director: J. Michael Straczynski | Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan

Votes: 628

2281.

6. Mad About You (1992–1999)
Episode: The Final Frontier (1999)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Romance

Flash forward a number of years. Mabel is a grown film maker, showing a documentary of her parents lives over the last 20 years. Married or not, separated or not, Mabel blames her parents for her own current life.

Director: Helen Hunt | Stars: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow, Louis Zorich

Votes: 86

2021.

7. Mad About You (1992–1999)
Episode: The Final Frontier (1999)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Romance

Flash forward a number of years. Mabel is a grown film maker, showing a documentary of her parents lives over the last 20 years. Married or not, separated or not, Mabel blames her parents for her own current life.

Director: Helen Hunt | Stars: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow, Louis Zorich

Votes: 53

2021.

8. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
Episode: Endgame (2001)

TV-PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Ten years after Voyager's return from a 23 year journey across the galaxy, Admiral Janeway breaks all the temporal rules and journeys back in time to change a decision she made that ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Kroeker | Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 1,707

2404.

9. Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)
Episode: All Good Things... (2003)

TV-14 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

The year is 2008. After five years, the gang returns to Capeside for a reunion and wedding after taking different paths in life. Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her... See full summary »

Director: James Whitmore Jr. | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson

Votes: 265

2008.

10. Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)
Episode: ...Must Come to an End (2003)

TV-14 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

With Jen in the hospital, the gang tries not to be too sad about it. Dawson helps Jen make a video for her infant daughter, asking her to never stop loving and dreaming. Jen also asks Joey ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Prange | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson

Votes: 373

2008.

11. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: These Are the Voyages... (2005)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 2370, Commander William T. Riker is trying to clear his mind and relives the last mission of the first Enterprise on the holodeck.

Director: Allan Kroeker | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 1,579

2370.

12. The West Wing (1999–2006)
Episode: Tomorrow (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Drama

Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House.

Director: Christopher Misiano | Stars: Alan Alda, Stockard Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Dulé Hill

Votes: 615

2007.

13. Charmed (1998–2006)
Episode: Forever Charmed (2006)

PG | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Piper, with the help of Coop, must travel back in time to change the events that lead to the deaths of her sisters.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, Kaley Cuoco

Votes: 1,386

2011 and 2013.

14. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Daybreak: Part 2 (2009)

TV-14 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A stripped down Galactica attacks the Cylon's Colony ship in the hopes of rescuing Hera. The meaning of the shared dream in the Opera House on Kobol is revealed. Sam Anders is moved in his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 2,521

2009.

15. Flashforward (2009–2010)
Episode: Future Shock (2010)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Mark finds out the date of the next blackout, and Demetri and Simon attempt to stop it. Everyone discovers if the visions they had of the future actually come true.

Director: John Polson | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton

Votes: 642

2011 and 2015.

16. Smallville (2001–2011)
Episode: Finale (2011)

TV-14 | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The story of Clark Kent culminates in this two-hour series finale as Clark takes the last step to becoming the Man of Steel.

Directors: Greg Beeman, Kevin Fair | Stars: Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley

Votes: 2,100

2018.

17. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Last Forever: Part One (2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

After Barney and Robin's wedding, Ted builds up the courage to approach "the mother" at the train station. Meanwhile, three years after the wedding, Barney and Robin drop a bombshell on the group.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Cristin Milioti

Votes: 8,439

2015 and 2016.

18. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Last Forever: Part Two (2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

As the years go on, changes cause the group to drift apart, but they reunite one more time for Ted's wedding. Meanwhile, a monumental event causes Barney to finally change his ways.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders

Votes: 15,329

2018, 2019 and 2030.

19. Glee (2009–2015)
Episode: Dreams Come True (2015)

TV-14 | 46 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The glee club members realize their dreams.

Director: Bradley Buecker | Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Dot-Marie Jones, Jane Lynch

Votes: 1,063

2020.



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