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"The Last One" I suppose referred to the last cup of coffee at Central Perk, and like all beloved long-running series, "love" had to triumph. In the "Friends" finale, Ross tells Rachel he loves her; Monica and Chandler adopt twins; Joey had to save some duckling or chick (both?) and the suburbs beckon for the new parents. But the big scene was the Ross/Rachel lip-lock ... who could forget?(Credit: WARNER BROS./)

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Big series finales

"The end."
What two words fill TV fans with more dread -- or more joy perhaps -- than that final period placed on a show they've loved and lived with for years. It's as though a friend is gone, a neighbor moved on, a lover vanished.
Or, umm, there's also the "joy" part, too, as in: "Enough! You've overstayed your welcome."
Regardless of "too soon" or "not soon enough," the finale of the great American TV series remains one of those cherished rites of passages for most viewers, and as "House" and "Desperate Housewives" get set to bid adieu, we throw the question to you: Did the show end well?
Here's a list of 25, in no particular order of big shows that ended with a big bang. There's little doubt some of these bangs were creative whimpers, too, but that's up to you to decide.
--VERNE GAY