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8 TV Shows That You Need to Watch Until the End

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | July 29, 2014 | Comments ()


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Everyone talks about wonderful opening credits — the breathtaking landscapes of the dreary deserts on The Bridge, or the faces of female inmates and that awesome Regina Spektor song (hey, I’m a fan) on Orange is the New Black, or even the awful ones, like the painted flyaway victims on The Leftovers. But what about those shows with brilliant closing credits? There’s Game of Thrones and Mad Men’s closing songs that comment on the episode (or the former’s lack of song after the Red Wedding), or Six Feet Under’s fade to black. Here are some more TV shows with inventive closing credits that make you want to watch until the very end.

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The animated sequences and songs on Bob’s Burgers
The basic closing credits from Bob’s Burgers consists of Bob, Tina, and Louise cooking at a sketched-out grill, Linda coming up to the take-out window, and a waltzing Gene, decked out in his burger suit. More often than not, though, each episode adds a little twist to this scene, like when Linda breaks out with her Thanksgiving turkey song or the 8-bit sequence, or completely disregards it, like Louise getting down with Boo Boo, the boy band member of her dreams, or Gene’s snakes songs with reptile close-ups.

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One more scene during credits on Party Down
After going through the usual episode credits, Party Down added one more scene in the middle of the closing credits, a small moment that’s usually important and always funny. God, I miss this show.

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Characters’ alter egos on Daria
As the credits rolled on, the television show had fun dreaming up fun weird alter egos for the Daria gang, including Daria as Cinderella, Quinn as an old lady, Trent as Daria, and many many more.

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The fake “on the next…” previews of Arrested Development
We all make fun of the ridiculous not-giving-anything-away previews of Mad Men, but remember when Ron Howard told us tales to expect from the Bluth gang that never aired?

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Secret backward messages on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Played over the brief title card for Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glen Howerton’s production company RCH are what sounds like garbled noises, but are actually backward messages from the trio that change season to season, including “clown baby, brown clown clown baby, brown clown.”

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Parting words from kids on Raising Hope
Kids say the darndest things over the title card at the end of Raising Hope episodes, like one in which a daughter wishes her mom a happy Mother’s Day.

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The closing stand-up bits from Seinfeld & Louie
Funny guys Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld tended to end episodes with standup bits stemming from the show.

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End gags from various network sitcoms of the 2000s-on, including The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Community, New Girl, Mindy Project
And then, as an added bonus, these sitcoms and many others tack on just a final funny bit for viewers. And sometimes they use this for an even more pointed satire, like the final network episode of Community with the fake promos for horrible NBC summer shows that actually sound like they could exist.

Nadia Chaudhury always waits for the end of credits.



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  • solafidex

    I would feel remiss if I didn't mention Community…most importantly, Leonard's Food Reviews

  • Buck off

    Oh, and everyone failing to freeze at the end of Police Squad http://37.media.tumblr.com/ac1...

  • Buck off

    The first series of Look Around You, which was magnificent, always had a 'next week...' of something odd, like Italians.

    And I can't find a single decent gif http://38.media.tumblr.com/tum...

    Thanks ants, thants.

  • Megnadoodle

    The Vicar of Dibley always had a joke sequence after the credits. Best part of the show.

  • RobynRobotron

    I always though the closing shots on Daria were an homage to Archie comics. I used to get the digests at the grocery store when I was a kid and they always had these one page fantasy portraits of the characters. And clearly, the entire visual style of Daria was inspired by Archie.

  • sixx_cc

    and Banshee, of course.

  • _Alexander_

    I was one of the people who didn't watch Arrested Development on TV(because it was dubbed here and it literally destroys the entire show with 95% of the jokes not coming through) so when I downloaded it the fake previews really fucked me up. You have no idea how much effort I spend on looking for the missing episodes

  • Berry

    You've really made me want to buy the Party Down DVD's, because the way Netflix cuts the end credits meant we didn't get to fully enjoy those scenes. Clearly this is a good enough reason to buy something you could re-watch any day without spending any extra money.

    The endless battle between wanting to be sensible and wanting to own things. You could call it my struggle.

  • solafidex

    34 seconds of perfection... http://youtu.be/kbZjlXfqf44

  • alwaysanswerb

    The whole episode was flawless, really.

  • solafidex

    Agreed.

  • Slytherin Sister

    I like The Leftover's credits :(

  • Ok. Granted some of these are cool. But unfortunately, too many networks are going to the zero-credits (a.k.a. credits in a little box) so that they can take you seamlessly into the next show.

    Doesn't matter what's cute in the end credits if you can't see the damn things.

  • manting

    THE VENTURE BROTHERS! Best end credits scenes ever for a show. They include killing a dog with Hitler's spirit inside thus preventing him being cloned, a tribute to Easy Rider when the Venture Brothers are killed, Edgar Allen Poe used as a tauntaun (meaning he is gutted so Brock can put hank inside of him to stay warm), one where the ghost of Abraham Lincoln embarrasses Dr Venture by reminding him that when he visited the White House when he was 13 he masturbated quite frequently, and this line by Dean Venture, "I say follow your dreams, even if they're about a giant spider with your father's head and he keeps stealing your penis."

  • It's not exactly a scene but Sarah Gellar and Mila Kunis are given a different "job" during the end credits of every Robot Chicken.

  • Joey.blowey

    Rick and Morty!

    There is always an extra segment just after the credits

  • vic

    THIS.

    THIS THIS THIS THIS

    Only, you know, more people should be watching it from, like, the beginning. I'm so sick of excitedly bringing this up to people I know and getting blank friggin' stares.

  • freetickles

    Not to be a pessimist, but the reason those network comedies do the end gags is so you'll stick around for the commercial. Secondary purpose is to enrage you when your DVR cuts off the ending.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I did notice this list was missing Chuck Lorre end title cards.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Rick and Morty. I didn't know there were post-credit scenes until after I'd watched the first season.

  • vic

    What I said to Joey.blowey, above.

  • Tinkerville

    Welp, I know what I'm doing tonight..

  • JFD108

    The Venture Brothers always resolve a plot point or answer some kind of question after the closing credits

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I just love Bob's Burgers. It just warms my heart, and the end credits are a delight. (plus that way you see the voiceover artists that you couldn't quite figure out during the episode.)

  • RobynRobotron

    I've been falling asleep to Bob's Burgers for weeks now. It's just so comforting.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    If you're in Canada watching on Global however, well, you know.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Global... Urge to kill rising...

  • BWeaves

    Oh, can we do a movie version? I watch all the closing credits for a movie.

  • Sean

    Goddamn, I miss Daria. I used to watch all the time with the ex-Mrs. Sean.

  • oilybohunk7

    Some channel had played a bunch of episodes not that long ago and I DVRd them all, then a super rude wind storm blew through, took out a power line, caused a power surge in my house and ruined a bunch of stuff including my DVR. They're gone. All gone.

  • Andrew Jara

    Frisky dingo owns the "next time/previously on" gag they own it!

  • LwoodPDowd
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