Everybody has a vice. For some of us it is television serials, TV series, sit-coms, whatever you call them. Majority of my friends and relatives are stuck on one or the other soap opera. Daily, they tune into their pet channel to catch their favourite serial. Year after year, the characters are built up, the storyline is built up, gaps in the storyline are filled up, and the producers make us fall in love with everything about the fictional lives of our beloved characters. We get addicted to the series and in most cases, do not want it to end ever! As a kid, I was a diehard ‘Beyblade’ fan. You may not even have heard about it but that cartoon show was my lifeline! Every evening, from Monday to Friday, I would tune into Cartoon Network at 5.30pm and watch this show for the love of ‘Kai Hiwatari’, an antagonist who later became one of the protagonists. He had a ‘bit-beast’ named ‘Dranzer’ which was an old fire spirit… I could just go on and on about it and you might not understand what I am talking about if you do not share my love for ‘Beybalde’. What I wanted to say was that after 3 years of prosperously running, it suddenly came to an end one day. I was devastated. By now you must have already thought of your treasured TV series which you never want to see coming to an end. Likewise, all over the globe, people have that one special serial which they never wanted to end but it inevitably did.
Everyone I know has watched the hugely successful television series ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’! This series began in 1994, a year after I was born. So, I basically grew up with it as my family used to turn up the volume every evening on Star World at 8.30pm. Presently, my friends and I frequently discuss our love for the six main characters of the series namely Rachel Green, Phoebe Buffet, Monica Geller, Ross Geller, Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani. We adore the spoilt young Rachel who ran out from her wedding and became a successful career woman with a kid out of wedlock with her on-and-off boyfriend Ross who is rational but egocentric. We are fond of his sister Monica who has O.C.D. about cleanliness and her pessimistic but witty and loyal husband Chandler who is Joey, the Casanova’s B.F.F. We also admire Phoebe’s passion for music, compassion for animals and open-mindedness. Some of my friends are so much like these characters that we call them by the ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’ names. But alas! The finale came after 10 long years of friendship! The finale was not disappointing in any way, but millions of people were heartbroken to see the last episode. A part of us left us on May 6, 2004, never to return…
A year later, CBS came up with the new ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’– ‘How I Met Your Mother’! The series revolved around Ted Mosby narrating the story of how he met Tracy McConnell, the mother to his children. While living in New York City and working as an architect, the narrative dealt with his best friends, including the long-lasting couple Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin; the eccentric, womanizer-playboy Barney Stinson; and news anchor Robin Scherbatsky. The series explored many storylines, including a love triangle between Robin, Ted, and Barney; Marshall and Lily’s relationship; as well as the careers of the characters. World over, people shared many-a-laughter at their joyous moments and shed tears at their heartbreaking moments. As stated by one of my best friends, I am his ‘Robin’- “the person that you love very much but cannot be with. And whoever you’ll meet, whatever you’ll do, nothing would be like it would be with Robin.” After 9 long years, ‘H.I.M.Y.M’ came to an end on March 31, 2014, in a bollywood movie style. It broke my heart to watch Tracy die but I was happy for Ted as he could move on and found his true love in his first love, Robin. Subsequent to watching the series finale together, he asked me to reconsider my answer for him! Yes, that is how much ‘H.I.M.Y.M’ effects him and many others like him all over the planet (and maybe creatures beyond the planet too, if they exist and catch our television frequency!).
Another wonderful television series that came to an end was ‘Breaking Bad’! B.B.’s creator Vince Gilligan himself said, “I’m going to miss the show when it’s over, but on some level, it’ll be a relief to not have Walt in my head anymore.” And he is absolutely right. BB is the two-year-long story of Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, more commonly known as Meth or Crystal Meth, in order to secure his family’s financial future before he dies. He teams up with his former student and a small time drug dealer, Jesse Pinkman. A unique concept that made this show so thriving was developed during this series- the protagonist became the antagonist. In the beginning the audience felt sorry for poor Mr. White, who got lung cancer without ever even smoking a cigarette in his life, but by the end of the series, he became a dark and morally questionable character that the audience wanted him dead. Most people were not saddened by his tragic end but definitely felt sorry for Jesse and Walt’s wife.
Among others, Sex in the City, Monk and Lost came to an end too. It is sad to let go of our companions of so many years, but in a way it is a relief too! Don’t you think so?