1. The Prisoner (1967): “Fall Out”
WTF? – The entire episode.
While I’m sure that many of the finales on our list could fill the number one slot, if you’ve watched the original British production of The Prisoner, you would know that there’s no competing with the craziness that is its final episode. It’s actually so WTF that while I watched The Prisoner from the beginning, I’ve never been able to wrap my head around its series finale.
The plot was simple – somewhat: An unnamed British agent resigns from his job. After being kidnapped, he finds himself held captive in a beautiful, yet mysterious village and is given the name Number 6. While free to roam about the village, he is unable to leave.
Throughout its 17 episodes, Number 6 continuously tries to escape the island while trying to figure about the illusive Number 1 – the person that runs the island.
In the series finale, Number 6 finds out who Number 1 is, but only after sitting through a trial with a hooded jury dancing as someone sings “Dem Bones.” Upon meeting Number 1, it’s revealed that he’s wearing a monkey mask. Underneath the monkey mask is a clone of Number 6. After a chase, Number 6 launches a rocket and everyone evacuates the village.
Sound confusing? It was. Series creator and star Patrick McGoohan actually had to go into hiding after the finale of The Prisoner aired because many fans of the series were so incredibly upset with the nonsensical conclusion.
You can take a look at some of the craziness from the series finale below.
So there you have it. While I’m sure there are quite a few series finales that you believe should be on the list, you can’t deny that all of these make you say, “WTF.”
What do you think of all the WTF series finales? Do you remember watching these episodes as they aired? Which finales do you think should be on the list?