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Great TV Moments

One format that I seem to dig is when a TV show ends with a dramatic song. Here are my favorites:
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Becoming, Part II: To end this episode, Sarah McLachlan's "Full of Grace" is played in its entirety, matching up with both the feel and rhythm of the ending.
  • ER: Shades of Gray: Jeanie sings Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" at her young patient's funeral. The lyrics hit home. I'm not a big fan of ER, but this episode was excellent.
  • ER: Farewell to Dr. Green: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere over the Rainbow" plays as the theme to Dr. Green's passing away. While it's a bit maudlin, there shouldn't be a dry eye in the building.
  • The West Wing: Two Cathedrals: At the end of this episode, Dire Straits's "Brothers in Arms" plays. It's raining. The president doubts himself. We're there with him. A terrific episode ends with no dialogue.
  • The West Wing: Posse Comitatus: Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" concludes this episode.
  • Without a Trace: Fall Out, Part II: Another instance of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah." It's a great song that carries the emotion of the scenes to another level. "Hallelujah" also plays towards the end of Shrek.
  • Without a Trace: Wannabe: A 12-year old boy almost commits suicide as David Berkeley's "Fire Sign" plays. If this music at this point in this episode doesn't touch you on a fundamental level, you may be a zombie.
  • The Americans: START: To express the finale's combination of dramatic complexity and tragic loss, U2's "With or Without You" provides the right spirit and cathartic wail.