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Taking a Cue from Gilmore Girls, Netflix Reminds Us of The Last Four Words of Other TV Shows

Don't worry, the last four words of Gilmore Girls are nowhere in this post!

 

Amy Sherman-Palladino had the last four words of the last season of Gilmore Girls planned out in advance, which is why when she and her co-creator/colleague/husband Daniel Palladino left the show before its seventh season, fans felt disappointed by the finale. We finally got to hear the last four words, thanks to the Netflix revival, although now many fans are hoping that those last four words won’t actually be the last, because they want more Gilmore Girls.

Personally, I’m fine with the series stopping after this point–I already expressed my own reaction to the self-aware absurdism of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I enjoyed the revival, but I’m also happy to let it lie after this point, since revisiting Stars Hollow after so many years already felt very weird. But I do realize other people have their own opinion about the last four words… and their own hopes that we get more opportunities in future for those last four words to not be the last.

Netflix seems to have that theme in mind as well, since they created this video in tribute of the concept. They don’t actually include the last four words of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in this video, choosing instead to leave that option blank, which has prompted the commenting section on the video to suggest that perhaps another season might be in the works.

The rest of the video revisits tons of other popular sitcoms, all of which are currently available to stream in their entirety on Netflix: Friends, 30 Rock, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, Freaks and Geeks, Parks and Recreation, Dexter, The Office, Gossip Girl, House and Parenthood.

Unlike Gilmore Girls, I doubt most of these shows planned out the last four words of their show particularly far in advance, since some of the quotes are pretty anti-climactic and don’t have much to do with the rest of the show. But some of them reflect a pattern that already got established throughout the series in question and/or highlights something important about the show’s core cast.

The final lines of Friends refer to getting a coffee, and the question of where–which is a mundane but endearing reminder of the characters’ omnipresence at Central Perk. Gossip Girl‘s final line is the signature sign-off of the title character: “XO XO, Gossip Girl.” Obvious, perhaps, but it makes sense. Parks and Rec concluding with Leslie confirming, “I’m ready,” makes sense as a callback to her “Not yet” line in the season 6 finale.

It’d be cool to hear some other “last four words” examples from TV shows that aren’t on Netflix, since obviously Netflix only highlighted their own shows for the sake of this video. What are some of your favorites?

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