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Medium: Worst Series Finale Ever?

By January 23, 2011

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After seven seasons, the television version of Allison DuBois dreamed her very last prophetic dream -- but was it the finale you had expected?

If you have not yet watched the series finale of Medium, do not read further if you don't want to know how it all ended... You've been sufficiently warned...

Series Finale Recap

As she is about to begin her first day of law school, Allison's world came crumbing down when Joe's plane crashed. Flash forward 7 years -- Allison is a lawyer, Ariel is married and pregnant, Bridget is in college and Marie is a teenager. Allison is working 2nd chair on a major case against a Mexican drug lord/murder, until the lead prosecutor is blown to bits right in front of her, thus putting her in charge of this dangerous case.

As Allison works on the case, she has a dream about Joe and soon realizes that he may actually be alive, but the man she is prosecuting holds the key to finding her husband. As her dreams continue to shed more light on the case, she is forced to make a deal (against the mayor's orders) in order to find Joe, who has no recollection of his life before the plane crash, and is currently working as a drug mule. The two are briefly reunited -- until the ghost of Joe pulls her back into that awful reality in which he is really dead.

Flash forward again 41 years... Allison, now a great-grandmother, quietly passes away in a nursing home and is reunited in the afterlife with Joe.

The finale may have been full of powerful emotions, but I feel like the writers just gave up in the end. My biggest problem is that this series was about a real woman who spent years working with authorities to solve crimes. The real Joe DuBois is alive and well.

All these years, we believed we were witnessing some of what the real Allison experiences on a recurring basis (with the writers taking some poetic license of course), so I feel as though this turn of events compromises everything we were led to believe.

So why in the end did the writers betray our trust by fabricating such a ridiculous story in the end? Did they just give up? Why did they pick the very last episode to completely jump the shark?

What did you all think of the finale? Was it enough for you that Allison and Joe were reunited in the end or were you disappointed that they went so far off the path? Vote in our poll and voice your opinion below...


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Comments

January 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm
(1) Steve says:

Have to agree, that as a series finale goes, it failed to capture the essence of what the show was all about.

January 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm
(2) Kourtney says:

While I didn’t particularly care for the Medium finale it wasn’t the worst I’ve seen. Does anybody remember the awful finale Roseanne had? That I think is the worst finale of all time.

Medium I think would been better off dropping the “solve the case” angle…just for one episode…and instead doing the fast forward bit with their lives. They could have shown lovely snippets of the girls as teens, adults, getting married, making families, while Joe and Allison aged together. And what about the other characters we loved? Why not show more of them? All we saw was a dream that as Joe said Allison took over. Which means aside from the beginning, none of it was real/forthcoming.

But the show is over, and they can get back to their real families and/or other projects.

January 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm
(3) Kaila says:

It made me cry the whole time cause I was thinking she would wake up..and this was so aweful it was so sad it should have ended up where they all lived happily ever after :(

January 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm
(4) Juanita says:

So what is wrong with a happy ending? And what are these dumbasses in Hollywood ON? Here’s what I would have written: Allison realizes her powers are changing somewhat. Now her dreams are not of death, but of happy solutions, which she starts to harness. She goes to law school and couldn’t be happier. Joe does well in his job and ditto, and the girls, all ditto. Instead of solving cases with her dreams, she helps people get justice through her talent as an attorney. This lovely family shouldn’t have been blasted apart at the end. That stinks.

January 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm
(5) Sarah says:

It was a terrible ending. We cried the whole way through. The charm of this series was the touching, relatable family interaction between the Allison, Joe and their kids. The drama was there, but this show was not really a thriller drama, it was grounded in the everyday experiences of a normal American family juxteposed against her supernatural access, and how they managed to stay normal throughout. By blowing apart the whole warm-fuzzy feeling that the show had so far preserved, I no longer want to watch any of the back episodes in syndication – bc I already know the ultimate ending is a horror. The show has always ended with a feel-good family seen, so far, despite some spooks like letting you think she might die of a tumor, etc. This has been their stamp, a relatability that makes you feel like you are part of the family – watching those kids grow up over 7 years.

January 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm
(6) Sarah says:

(continued) This ending betrays the trust of the viewer and really traumatizes the loyal audience that have come to know and love the TV family, as a stand-in for normal, grounded American families everywhere, dealing with extraordinary circumstances. When you take away that grounded feeling, the show feels traumatic, like a horror. Why would anyone new to the show, or catching up on back episodes, feel entertained in a positive way know the traumatic ending is coming. No thanks! I think this bad ending will hurt syndicated re-runs. I think the writers copped out at the last hoorah. What would have been wrong with a HAPPY ENDING for once? As someone above stated, have them move or start new careers, and end it with Devalos becoming mayor and everyone moving on to a next, bigger step but ultimately happy. Showcase the positive impact her power has had on people’s lives, as inpiration, since this is based on a real woman. Then, maybe end with a family show around the table or together at a celebration, and close with a real photograph of the real DuBois family, perhaps at a distance if privacy is an issue – but leave it with a feel good feeling. It worked for “The Blind Side” afterall!!

January 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm
(7) Bonnie Jo Davis says:

I felt betrayed by the writers and producers. The children were hardly shown in the final episode and I missed them. I liked the flash forward stuff and expected it but I did not expect that Joe would be dead. This has really upset me. The real Joe Dubois is alive and well and it really felt strange to kill him off. Ending the series was a mistake and the finale was a betrayal to the fans and the actors.

January 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(8) churchmouse says:

I’m a series regular for these years and loved the show’s final episode. Her show was always a little different due to her unusual abilities so the out of the box series finale was appropriate, I think. We were kept wondering what was ‘real’ and what was a ‘dream’. Instead of just moving to another state, or just ending with a tie-up-loose-ends show, like others – - I was glad these talented writers gave us a glimpse of the future of each of the girls, the Mayor, and of her and Joe’s. I’m not surprised she waited 41 years for Joe nor surprised he came for her. A great show we’ll miss….. sniff…. where’d I put my hankie?!

January 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm
(9) Casey Sledge says:

If you start out by assuming that this sort of story is in any way based on “fact”, you are deluding yourself. That’s even dumber than the Trekkie phenomenon, because there actually MIGHT be aliens out there somewhere.
Relax, people. To quote Shatner: “It’s just a television show.”

January 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm
(10) Liz Covey says:

This series was always playing with the reality of death in our midst- and the finale is no exception. You might not favor the outcome that the writers chose, but it seems to me that they took a bold step to put the very material of the series, and drop it in the laps of the viewers (mostly the dedicated fans). Since we don’t discover Joe is really dead until the end -didn’t we all assume it was a dream that would be reversed, like the dream of Allison’s own death?- then the viewer is left to feel the power of grief without any mediation from the other characters. Very effective storytelling, in my opinion. And very, very sad. But for a show all about death and it’s realities here on earth, not a big creative leap, nor any kind of shortcut as I have heard from others in response to this ending.

January 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm
(11) AHC says:

I thought it was OK. But then, of course, I had enough sense to know (because of research) that this show was never based on a real psychic and her family. A tiny kernel of truth was used in the very first episode to say the show was based on real life, but even that is debatable.
It is, as another poster said, a television show. I thought the episode was getting so ridiculous and contrived that I was glad she was woke up and it was all a dream.
There are worse things than death; the TV Allison was able to say goodbye to her beloved and then welcome him back when she was able to be with him again. I cried, too, but I think it was because I would have much preferred for the show to have been about the family, not some drug cartel!

January 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm
(12) Lexi says:

I thought it was good!! Even though I would have liked an happy ending, it is what it is. Look at the bright side, Allison and Joe got back together in the after life!

January 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm
(13) Kirstin says:

Of course it is just a television show (to reply to a few of the previous posters). That really goes without saying. The point is, whether the producers and writers presented a series finale that rewarded the viewers and wrapped up the show in an appropriate way. I think they failed to do either. I was appalled that they killed Joe. It was entirely unnecessary. I would far and away have preferred something like Juanita suggested.

January 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm
(14) G says:

I hated the finale. The majority of the fans I know did, too. The writers ruined the show and I don’t think I can ever watch a re-run of it now. So depressing. :(

January 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm
(15) Sheila says:

I did not like the finale episode at all. I think the writers were lazy and just wanted to get it over with. It seemed to me as if they outsourced the whole thing to a class of high school kids to write. This was a good series. Shame on them for turning it to crap at the end.

January 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm
(16) Laura says:

I loved this show. I enjoyed the performances and the mysteries each case had Allison solve. I especially appreciated the real family dynamic showed. I was struck that the last 7 years were about Allison’s life with Joe, and the show ended with their relationship’s end. It took creative license as the real life Allison and her husband are alive and well etc,.., but I knew the series would not be exactly autobiographical. I thank all involved for a terrific show. In my opinion CBS has a big whole in its programming for Friday, and won’t capture the rating it seeks anyhow.

January 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm
(17) Gavin James says:

If you think about it, the show actually had a very happy ending. True, Joe died (people and TV characters die, even good ones), and he fabricated the dream to show Allison that she could actually survive and have a good life without him. Since people that have passed often have knowledge of how the future is going to turn out, it’s possible that he actually showed her some truth (that she became a lawyer, etc)…and from all the photos that were shown at the end as Allison listened to the message from her great granddaughter, the entire family blossomed and was happy. Yes there were many photos with Joe, but that was to show how much Allison still loved him. That ending has been done before (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Somewhere in Time, etc), and it had the desired effect on me.

The biggest thing to keep in mind here is that the writers really did not have a lot of time to come up with an episode that wrap everything up. At least they didn’t end the show like Lost, or even worse, like St. Elsewhere.

January 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm
(18) Chris says:

It was an immensely cruel way to end the show. If we didn’t care about the characters we wouldn’t have watched. It was a great point to bring up the disconnected association with real life Allison Dubois and the fact that Joe is still very much alive. It’s fiction, it could have been a happy ending that fulfilled the romance of the series, but no… screw with the audience for an hour and then just drop the last plot point. If they were determined to rip out everyone’s heart and stomp on it…make it in the first 5 minutes and spend 2 hours explaining how the family gets through it…haven’t we had enough real life tragedy this month?

January 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(19) Tori B says:

I hated this finale! And not just because we all want a ‘happily ever after’ but bc it doesn’t make sense. Remember the episode where Ariel in the future is married to the serial killer Allison dreams about? Well in that future, both Allison and Jow were alive..I know her dream changed the destiny of Ariels future, but what does that have to do with Joe dieing so early? If he’s alive to see Ariel older, it doesn’t make sense that they kill him in the finale and have him miss out on all those years/memories. It’s a real pisser! they could have just had Allison solve one last huge twisted mystery/crime, flash forward to the kids all married off and maybe even end it with a grandchild possessing the same talent or something down that line…totally didn’t do the show justice

January 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(20) Donna says:

I did not like the ending at all. I wish they had shown Joe and Allison aging together and having a long, happy life. They could have shown snippets of their future and all the characters we grew to love….I just HATED the plane crash thing.

And it was not true to the real life story of Allison DuBois. If I were the real Allison, I would have HATED the plane crash episode.

Just hated it.

January 24, 2011 at 2:12 am
(21) JUDE says:

AS A LOYAL FAN THAT NEVER MISSED A SHOW…WHAT A PUNISHING WAY TO END THE SERIES FOR US. YES, IT HAD A SURPRISE TWIST TO GO OUT WITH A BANG BUT AS OTHERS HAVE NOTED, WE LOVED THE SHOW BECAUSE IT WAS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER CRIME DRAMA. THE SHOW WAS JUST AS MUCH ABOUT A SUPPORTIVE, LOVING FAMILY AND A HUSBAND THAT GOT HER CHARACTER THROUGH HER NIGHT HORRORS HELPING PEOPLE. THE WRITERS TAKING HIS SUPPORT AWAY WAS IN NO WAY A JUSTICE TO THE SHOW. I ALSO DID NOT LIKE THAT THEY WROTE IT LIKE HE NEVER VISITED HER THROUGH THE 41 YEARS WHEN SHE WAS SURPRISED HE SHOWED UP AT HER DEATH SAYING, YOU WAITED FOR ME.

January 24, 2011 at 2:24 am
(22) Kyle says:

I can’t believe people are saying this is a sad and or bad ending.

Yes, they died, as everyone in the world does, but the show itself has always been about death and the afterlife – and moving on with it.

if anything the ending shown in the finale is a HAPPY ending, as they both re-united, and transcend death.

the episode itself is excellent too! Throughout the series, we see Alison dream several dreams similar to the one shown in the finale, but it has always been reverse, as a warning to her in order to prevent it. but it has always been made absolutely clear, by Alison herself and various others, that she is unable to properly utilise her ‘ability’ to those closest to her. ergo, instead of dreaming about the crash beforehand in order to prevent it, she sees it as it happens, and Joe then moves on to send her the message.

In my opinion, this was a wonderful episode, not only with a happy ending, but a decent tribute to itself as a show.

January 24, 2011 at 4:20 am
(23) Chris says:

Even though series finales are almost always disappointing I found this one particularly so!

First of all the creators of the show had stated that they had an incredible final story to wrap things up and after all the great episodes we’ve seen I was excited to see what they had come up with.

What we got was a mish-mash that barely made sense (although you had to know something was up when 2/3 of the show was filmed in the dark..) and would have required 2 hours to tie up all the loose ends.
I can handle Joe being killed but all the rest was poorly played out and the final scene felt like it was shoehorned in.

The only high point was the montage with all the family at the end.

We’ll miss you guys! Spin-off with the kids maybe??

January 24, 2011 at 9:34 am
(24) phoenixdream says:

I absolutely loved this finale. I think it payed a real tribute to what the series had been about through the years – Allison’s connection with the afterlife. It also payed a tribute to the love between Allison and Joe and their daughters. The latter is the real reason I stuck with the show and loved it – the family was real, and loving, and permanent. You don’t see alot of that on TV these days (or in real life for that matter). As has been said – when tragedy strikes people tend to ask ‘why me?’. The fact is – ‘why not me?’. This show allowed Allison and family to experience much of what her ‘connections’ had been through throughout the series. I cried and cried but felt warm and fuzzy at the end seeing once again the true love in that family. We all have problems in our lives – should we all be lucky enough to every find lasting love of the type the series represented. I say job well done and thank you to cast and crew for many enjoyabe years.

January 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm
(25) Isabel says:

I agree with the writer above, the ending to Medium did not follow the pattern of the show’s script. I could not believe first that it was the finale of this wonderful show, secondly that they had written it that way. Yeah it may seem a permanent ending but we all know that in TV land anything is possible. The real people are alive, so why did the writers kill Allison & Joe DuBois off, why make it so unbelievable?. She can see ghosts therefore it would only seem right and believable and right if periodically she would see Joe’s ghost since he hang around earth all that time waiting for her to die. Dah! very unbelievable.! The writers did a very good job with the script from the beginning why write junk now. I can tell you though, I watched CBS only because of Medium, I won’t be watching it now. The CEO probably won’t mind loosing Medium’s viewers because they will get the new junkie viewers of Reality shows or maybe better renamed them “PORN” shows. Look at Jersey Shores, I don’t know about you people but I do love a little bit of mystery since I have a great imagination, when you let it all hang out, where’s the imagination in that, the mystery the foreplay? Please what a crock.

January 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm
(26) Isabel says:

I am what used to be called a Nurse’s Aide and I know a lot of violence and s— goes on in nursing homes, but hell what was that ending. The NA/Orderly whatever, walks in checks her pulse and walks out with the plate of food. Cold, very cold.
When I was working if that happened we called the nurse in, with the bell or run out and got the nurse, our priority wasn’t to remove the food dishes first.

January 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm
(27) Daryl O says:

Are you kidding me? It was the only way to end the series without killing a budget and since it was cancelled it had to be done quickly…

I actually watched it last night. And the show is medium. The whole series was based on a real person but the situations and plots were all just writers using their imagination.

Does anyone seriously think the real Alison Dubois has experiences like this? NO. It’s called suspending your disbelief people. Wake up.

And the storyline may have been a little quick (no two-hour job) but at least they had a finale. A lot of great series never had them. Especially ones with supernatural scenarios.

All the same, enjoy the show for what it was. It was not the highest rated and it had seven successful years. Nothing lasts forever you know…and it did have a happy ending.

January 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm
(28) Mark says:

Well, I can see why the writers wanted to do something bold and unexpected. And I can see why having Joe, the most grounded and out-of-touch with the supernatural character on the show become a ghost himself at the end, seemed like a clever way for one final exploration of this theme of life after death. I can also see why making him really dead was certainly unexpected, as we all expected him to be alive, expected it all to be a dream. However, I find the series finale “main character dies suddenly” trick to always be emotionally manipulative and contrived. Especially in this case, where most of the fans know that Joe is closely based on a real character who is alive and well. Medium was two things. First and foremost, it was a supernatural thriller. But second, it was an everyday family drama, largely separate from the supernatural stuff, and it was that separation of the two that made the show work. Joe’s sardonic, grounded engineer was the foil to Allison’s sensitive, often emotional psychic. His everydayness helped ground the show in reality, and made it eminently more watchable for 7 seasons. Bringing him over to the supernatural side, making him die and become a ghost, it was a risky move, and one that failed as much as it succeeded, and I think a big part of that failure was our knowledge that this was a big liberty to take with a character based, however loosly, on a real, LIVING person. I tend to agree with Sarah, I think I will scrupulously avoid watching reruns of this show, because my knowledge of the ultimate end will taint my enjoyment of watching it. I think it’s just going to be a show that I am glad I enjoyed these last 7 seasons, but I’d rather just forget about now that it’s over.

January 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm
(29) Kelly says:

Worst finale ever! It totally trivalized their lives! Was so sad :(

January 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm
(30) Audrey Brown says:

Yes, agree! I held off on reading other reviews until I wrote my own, but I do think it was one of the all-time worst series finales ever. I think as a writer, if you have to jump forty-one years into the future (and seven fake years) to finish a story arc, you’re doing it wrong.

January 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm
(31) Jonathan K says:

I thought it was a great and almost perfect ending. Allison always saw and spoke to the dead and thats how she gets to remain with Joe forever. This show has very little to do with what the real life Allison Dubious’s life is like so you shouldn’t compare the two. Its a story made for television and a great story it was. Each episode was creative, clever and creepy. The Finale was a nice way to say good bye to a family we all loved.

January 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(32) Chris says:

The last five minutes or so of the show did not make up for what the rest of the show took away. Joe is dead, no Joe is not dead, will Allison find him? Will they be reunited?
Ah, just kidding folks, Joe really is DEAD!!!! I guess it’s the “in” thing is to kill off our favorite major characters. (Ghost Whisperer). I guess writers haven’t figured out yet that fans
don’t like it. It seems like the attitude was “well, what do we
have to lose, we’re not coming back next season.” I agree with previous posters, it will be hard to watch the show in syndication knowing poor Joe’s fate! I also didn’t like the fact
that the kids got little screen time along with some of the other
regulars. I think I’ll just skip finales for now on.

January 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm
(33) Rose says:

I was really disappointed to see this was the end. I truly enjoyed this show. There is junk on TV now. I looked forward to seeing Medium weekly. BRING IT BACK.

January 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm
(34) YO says:

It was a horrible ending to a show I’ve loved for seven years. I was an emotional wreck and absolutely traumatized by the ending. The whole story didn’t make sense and I just kept expecting Allison to wake up and have it all be a dream. Joe was the grounded one in the family and he is the characted I actually enjoyed the most in. I am so disappointed and appalled at what a terrible ending this was to a great show. I just can’t believe the poor writing. It felt like it was just thrown together without a cohesive thought.

January 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(35) Jo says:

Big fail. Also, total Titanic rip-off, you know.
Not considering this episode as part of the show’s canon. Stupid CBS.

January 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm
(36) Mary S. says:

All you people claiming that Joe’s death was somehow a celebration of life… huh? He left a young widow with three young children, the widow remained unmarried for the next 41 years and then died alone in a nursing home. How in the heck is that anything but terribly sad? Tragic, even. I feel the writers manipulated our feelings with cheap theatrics when they should have spent a little more effort to actually end the series in a satisfying way for the majority of their fans. Very disappointing. And two ghosts/spirits kissing? They should have merged them into a glittering cloud or something, I felt the kiss was kind of stupid considering they were both incorporeal entities.

January 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm
(37) Beverly says:

This last episode was horrible! Who wrote it? Third graders?

January 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm
(38) Gary says:

This finale ranks right up there with the finale of “Saving Grace”, they both were confusing and a terrible way to treat loyal viewers. A good finale leaves fans with the hope that they will someday see their “friends” from the show in another venue (TV movie, reruns (who can watch reruns knowing Joe will die), resurrection of the show).
The point is, we the fans like these characters; and the worst part is, a cheap death (airplane crash??? really???), sure didn’t help us to let go cast of the show, we didn’t even have time to get ready or mourn. If you wanted to kill him off, fine but the show should have been about the family and friends mourning Joe. We should have see all the girls, Allison, the DA, and Lee and how they reacted to the death; should have even made it a two-part mystery where Joe was murdered and for the first time Allison’s and the girls psychic powers fail and they do not see who did the murder. But they all could have helped capture the murderer, a clever writer could have had that great ensemble of actors working together to find Joe’s killer without having to rely on psychic dreams for the last and only time we watch. That would have let us see the love they had for Joe, it would have let us have one (or if a two-part, then two) more chance to be with the family we all tuned in to see. It wasn’t the psychic part of the show that drew us in and kept us coming back, it was the family interaction.
So long to the cast of “Medium” you did a great job and you will be missed, especially my favorites Bridgett and Ariel, two of the best child actors I have ever seen.

January 25, 2011 at 12:11 am
(39) Krista says:

Although i was shocked medium has ended because its my favorite. I too cryed, but it gave the feeling that we will see our loved ones again and so for me it was a happy ending.

January 25, 2011 at 3:08 am
(40) Peck says:

Frankly, I always hated how Joe never believed her, and she had to spend half the show convincing him, week after week. I think they should have killed him off years ago, he could help her from the other side, and she could end up with Lee, who is much more interesting and supportive.

January 25, 2011 at 10:59 am
(41) Karen Turner says:

I really disliked this ending. It ruined the whole series for me. It was confusing and why was she young again when she died yet Joe was the same age he was when he died? The whole thing did not make any sense. I wish I had not even watched it!

January 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm
(42) Eleanor says:

Awful. Sad. What a rip off.

January 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm
(43) Varris says:

I don’t feel betrayed as some people do, but I wasn’t happy with the finale either. Three seasons ago, when the show thought it was being canceled by NBC, they wrapped everything up very nicely in a way I was extremely happy with. This was the season where Joe was tricked by Kelly Preston, but then got that cushy job as an inventor. Allison had just gotten her job back with the DA’s office.

I think the writers had already given the show the happy ending where everything just continued on (the kind I like) and this time wanted something that closed the book on the show forever. I don’t agree with it. It was nice to see them reunited, I felt bad that Joe would die in the last episode – especially in a way where he wasn’t with Allison.
Oh, well… I still have good memories of the show.

January 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm
(44) KJ says:

While I can agree that there is nothing wrong with a twist or a portrayal that ‘things don’t always happen that way’, I also agree that the ending was a terrible way for this show to go out. What makes it worse is that the series is so heavy on the family and the characters – it draws you in and really gets you invested in what each of the parents and the children are going through. As a parent of young children, I often found that I was putting myself in the character’s shoes a little more than I would any other show – so I had a little bit more of an emotional investment in the show.

Anyways, I don’t consider myself an overly emotional person, but this episode seriously had me unable to sleep the night that I watched it. Granted, the Bears had lost that night too, but we watched the episode of Medium several hours after the game. :) While I didn’t want or expect an ending where everyone rides off into the sunset happy and living perfect lives – I didn’t expect the depressing ending that did happen. The whole reunion in the afterlife thing, to me, was more depressing than inspiring. All I could think about was how Allison and the kids had to live 41 years without a father. It was a bummer. You could definitely tell the writers had to rush this one. Ah well, it was good while it lasted.

January 26, 2011 at 12:42 am
(45) janis says:

Having Joe die when he was such a young man was too sad for me. So I give the show a big fat F.

January 26, 2011 at 1:18 am
(46) Diane says:

I loved it!! It showed the love between Joe & Allison. My husband and I always tried to watch the show together. How fitting that he would be there at the end. Think of all the episodes that they did where Allison & Joe always found each other.

I thought it was a fitting end to a wonderful series that I will sorely miss.

January 26, 2011 at 2:01 am
(47) Tere says:

I did not like the ending of the series. Joe should either have been dead or not dead, period. Seven years to find him was just too stupid.

As to the worst finale ever? Anyone see Los Vegas? Literally, the end of the show was “To be continued . . . ” and it wasn’t. We don’t know what happened to Tom Selleck, who returned from the dead. We don’t know what happened to the three weddings. Absolutely the worst ending in a series ever (except Buckaroo Bonzai ended the same way and we never got the continued, either, LOL).

Back to Medium. If Joe had not been the ONLY survivor, if there had been others, I think the show may have had more hope to it. To think HE was the only survivor of the air crash was just too silly. Her hope after all those years was just stupid. ONE other survivor and I could understand, but no survivors? Just silly. Even *I* would have given up.

January 26, 2011 at 6:26 am
(48) Venice says:

I agree with Kourtney that the “Roseanne” finale was the worst of all time. I hated everything about it.

I enjoyed the final episode of “Medium”. Yes, it was incredibly sad, but that’s life. Not all endings are happy. This ending provoked more thought than the typical ‘happily ever after’ approach. I can see why people were disappointed, but the final scene gave me the same feeling of hope as the “Lost” finale. And speaking of “Lost”, did you notice all the similarities in the two finales?

January 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(49) Sheila G says:

I hated the ending and it ruined the whole series for me that i watched for all those years. Why not give us a happy ending!? Even with all the murder mystery it was still a feel good show with respect to the family. I luved that family and they destroyed it and played with us the whole time.

January 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm
(50) Blanca says:

It was a BAD rip-off of the LOST finale.

January 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm
(51) Blanca says:

Total rip-off of LOST finale.

January 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm
(52) Tracey says:

It was in a state of shock after watching the show. I must have been hiding under a rock as I didn’t realize it had been cancelled when I first started watching and thought it was the season finale (earlier than normal). Have ways through, it seemed a strange way to end the season so, I finally checked the info again and saw Series Finale. I started to cry my eyes out realizing this was the last show! I wanted them to leave the door open to starting the series back up again on another station and was happy about the whole “he’s alive in Mexico” twist but to no avail… I loved my Friday nights watching Medium.

January 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm
(53) Maria says:

The series finale was truly a sad one. I cried through the entire show. What was particularly sad was after she woke up, and realized that he was really dead and she was talking to him and begging him, calling him, “my love” was really hard to watch. BUT I loved the way it ended.
There are many families that move on after a parent dies. The hollowness the remaining parent feels, to be alone yet finding the will to move on, really transcended to the viewers.
Their reunion at the end was very touching and beautiful to imagine, to hope and to wish for, for them and anyone who has lost a spouse. I received an email with a picture depicting pain, a woman lying across a grave in what looks like a military cemetery, and leaving the 41 years to our imagination which might include happy and sorrowful times was, while uncharacteristic of tv shows, was genius. I was thrilled by the montage at the end.
The declaration that the real du Bois family was alive and well was a swift reminder that this was in fact a tv show and not reality tv.
Thanks to the writers of the show and the cast (esp the kids) for 7 entertaining years and I, for one, look forward to looking at the show, in syndication.

January 28, 2011 at 12:59 am
(54) Jules says:

HATED the finale. I loved their family as much as her job. Killing Joe was awful and she was only around 41 on the show and she lived 41 more years alone. Just a horrible ending for a character we loved. Plus it goes against the show when one of her kids was sick and Joe and Allison were old when the went to see her in her vision. What is wrong with a happily ever after? The fans are happy when we know our characters will be ok in the future even though the story ends.

January 28, 2011 at 1:20 am
(55) jules says:

Also one more thing about creating a terrible ending, don’t they worry about dvd sales and syndication? They lose money with bad finales. Who’s going to watch reruns when everyone knows the awful ending? what’s the point.

January 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm
(56) Rae says:

Hi guys – TV Dramas Guide here. :)

I just want to mention how impressed I am with all of your comments. Very, very often when fans disagree about a show/characters/plot points, the insults fly between everyone and it turns into a bloodbath. In all of these comments, I have not had to delete any at all! Yes, some of you disagreed with each other, but you all respected one anothers opinion. That very rarely ever happens.

I was very disappointed in the finale. It felt rushed and it had a different feel than all the other episodes – it almost felt like it had no soul, it was detached in a way if that makes sense.

I know the writers loosely based the series on this real medium, but they went as far as to name the father Joe, who is indeed an Aerospace engineer, and gave them 3 daughters of similar ages. The real Allison has even commented often about how similar the show is to her life. My problem was killing Joe off for the sake of drama. I also didn’t like how little the kids were used in the finale. The heart of this show was this wonderful, realistic (minus the visions lol) family unit.

If you go to the real Allison’s website, you can read some of her and Joe’s reactions to various episodes (scroll about halfway down the page to find links to each of the episodes: http://www.allisondubois.com/index.php/component/option,com_samsitemap/Itemid,70/

Thanks for all the comments – you guys rock!

January 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm
(57) thatyane says:

Who says that this episode ‘failed to capture the essence of what the show was all about.’, is wrong. Medium is someone who can hear the ‘disembodied’ (desencarnado by the google), and they have a diffent away to think. The time don’t pass, and the soulmate will have so moch time to be together, lifes and lifes, that 40 years are nothing.
I really love these season finale, surprised me and was unlike anything they did until today

January 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm
(58) Gord says:

Shouldn’t she have seen it coming? ha ha ha. Almost as bad an ending as Lost.

January 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm
(59) Jude says:

Didn’t hate it. Was caught off guard at first…didn’t realize I was watching the SERIES FINALE and not just a season finale.
Don’t like it when Hollywood kills off beloved characters we spend years watching. Gag.
They should have written something with everyone still alive and prospering with grandbabies in the picture.

January 31, 2011 at 2:08 am
(60) TeresaA says:

I did not know as I sat dosn to watch it that it was the last episode-had been on my DVR for a week. I am writing this through my sobs as this show very closely what happened to me when my husband died suddenly and I did not get to say get to say goodbye. So from the standpoint of representing reality the writers did a great job of representing the grieving process. I have dreams all the time about my husbsnd’s death being a mistake and he’s really living somewhete else and comes back to visit but then just slips away and I wake up. BUT!!! I avoid TV shows about that and was very unhsppy thatvthe writers were not true to the functional/happy family storyline – after all I have many friends who are growing old together and that was how I envisioned the Dubois’. I will never becable to think of this program fondly again or watch reruns, as I do many of my favoritebshows. Yes I knowcthiscisxa very personal take on the finale but that’s justvthe way I feel. Goodbye to possibly my favorite show ever.

February 1, 2011 at 8:19 am
(61) Melissa says:

I wish the show didn’t end in the first place. As far as endings are concerned, they could have left the family happy. Don’t get me wrong, they had me fooled the whole episode, I thought for sure they weren’t going to kill Joe. Did the real Allison come up with this idea for an ending? No, hollywood!! Just leave it yo them.

February 2, 2011 at 10:50 am
(62) Venice says:

Maria, that was my take on the finale, too. It was realistic and showed the strength of a family. It confirmed what we already knew about Allison’s strength and perseverance . It showed that people get through things and go on with their lives, even when their hearts are broken. Yes, it was sad that Allison died alone, but her reunion with Joe made everything worth it.

My only disappointment was not seeing more of the kids. I wish the finale had been in two parts because, as Rae mentioned, it did seem rushed.

February 4, 2011 at 12:05 am
(63) Alex says:

I overall didn’t like the finale. They tried to do a whole time-jump but didn’t spin it positively enough by the end. Joe was my favorite character in the show because when Allison would start getting frantic, he provided a calm voice of reason. He was a smart guy yet not usually disbelieving. He didn’t understand all of the spiritual stuff, but since Allison was so close to it, he did the best he could to help her through whatever she was going through.

So to kill him off really upset me. At the very least he should have stayed with her as a ghost. Like she said, who was going to help her and be with her and the kids? Heck, considering they all could see him if he stayed, it would have been almost normal. Even his father popped in from time to time in prior seasons!

If his intention was to let her move on, he failed, considering she died pretty alone in the end.

February 4, 2011 at 3:56 am
(64) Venice says:

Alex, I always considered Joe to be a saint. I don’t know how he slept in the same room with Allison, no less the same bed! I often wondered how they both functioned the next day after getting so little sleep.

That’s a good point about Joe not coming back to help Allison and the kids. Maybe he did, and we just didn’t see it in the finale. That would have made his death a little less tragic.

February 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm
(65) Julie says:

Phoenixdream, you mentioned “why not me?” Well, coming from a person who went through what the daughters are gonna go through, and coming from a whole lot of tragedy, loss, and issues with the health of one of my kids, I would have loved a lot less “reality.” I think the people who have peachy keen lives can watch this with ease as this stuff hasn’t happened to them yet. But I was the age of Bridgette when my mother died and left us basically as latchkey kids. My brother committed suicide ten years later, and my two favorite grandparents died in a ten year span. Now one of my children has tons of special needs and will very likely end up in a group home if she lives to an old age. So you see, I am not so keen on “reality” these days. I wanted a freakin’ happy ending, and I was so disappointed. Nobody wants a happy ending anymore, and I don’t understand why that is.

February 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm
(66) Cathy says:

This was the worst finale, ranks right up there with Lost and MASH. When people invest years in a show, they want a happy ending. That’s why we watch TV, to escape from real life. Patricia Arquette is the worst actress in the world, but the family life and Joe kept me watching the show, plus it was one of the few shows on TV where a lot of the times I couldn’t guess the ending.

I was another one who had no idea that this was the series finale while watching it. There is no reason to have Joe die. I would have rather had just a “regular” show than this finale.

People are right. None of us are going to watch the show on DVD’s, etc because of the ending. I will never understand the movie business that thinks they are smarter than everyone else when it comes to finales. If you don’t stay true to what attracted your viewers all these years, then you need to find another profession.

February 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm
(67) big fan says:

As a loyal Medium fan, I was devastated to hear the show was going off the air – until i watched the finale. What a let down – not because it’s a sad ending but because it just didn’t work… I can’t tell if they were trying too hard or not at all…

February 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm
(68) Isabelle says:

“Killing” Joe Dubois in the final episode – was a stab into the heart of every viewer who identified with the characters of Joe and Allison Dubois. The healthy and believable relationship depicted by Patricia Arquette and Jake Weber was the strongest element of the show and frankly… the probable reason that the decision was made to end the show – in that particularly traumatizing way – by someone at the top.

If you’ll notice… almost all other tele-drama-die is a non-stop barrage of dysfunctional, personality-dis-ordered, integrity-deficient, pornocentric connections. In fact – other than the believable family of the Dubois’ – the remainder of the “Medium” earned its network “keep” by being horrifying in its depiction of violence, sadism, and criminal psychoses. Stealing the comfort of that one nugget of sanity was a nasty “kiss-off” to the viewers from the producers – taking back the only vestige of decency with an arbitrary object lesson in the supposed random-ness of pointless loss.

February 11, 2011 at 10:22 am
(69) Susan says:

I think the finale showed how capricous life can be. That the happy family life and deep, committed love between Alison and Joe could be obliterated so completely and without warning is a cautionary tale – that even the happiest of lives can be compromised by the dictates of fate. It’s called REAL LIFE. My hats off to the writers. Instead of some smarmy ending where everyone lives happily ever after, they show the essential sadness and unremitting loss of the human condition.

February 17, 2011 at 2:11 am
(70) Dan says:

Do you not realize that this woman is a complete fraud and a joke? No episode was ever a real situation. It was all completely made by a person who wants to take advantage of people like you. I feel bad for people who actually think other people can talk to the dead. Come back to reality!!

February 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm
(71) davw says:

I am a fan of Medium. It is totally different than other weeklies. If they would have give it a decent time slot, it would still be with us. It is not just another cop show….we don’t need another cop show. I grew close to the Dubois family over the years…it feel connected. I will miss these great stories…the finale doesn’t really have much to do with it for me.

February 18, 2011 at 12:31 am
(72) Karen says:

This show . . .just amazing! It showed a REAL family – and it just never, ever got predictable. The love story between Allison and Joe – so sweet and sexy! That kiss at the end . . but the end – what WAS the point of killing off Joe? It was just so shocking and really, REALLY, unecessary. But how I will miss this show . . . by the way, check out Jake Weber in the movie, “Cherry” – very, very sweet! Thank you to the entire cast of “Medium” – for all of your efforts and outstanding acting.

February 20, 2011 at 10:40 am
(73) Rorke says:

WOW. Worst series final I have ever watched. All these years of finally getting into a show that had a steady family driven plot with a working mother and a father just trying to keep things afloat with the added rush of something supernatural. The series was special because of its family driven storyline. We fell in love with Joe because he reminded us of the best things we see in our husbands on a day to day basis. To take him away like that. The whole thing was so cold and sporadic.

It honestly tainted the show for me. The writers took the one really great thing that warmed our hearts and decided to kill it for a petty moment of drama/ratings. And they could not even do a good job of it. I am of the opinion that they should line up the writers against a wall and shoot them so that they can not ruin anymore shows.

February 23, 2011 at 2:27 am
(74) Brandy says:

So only one other person (Karen, #41) noticed that they didn’t stick to the dead person rule when it came to Allison? Every other dead person was a ghost form of how they were when they died (age, clothing). Even Joe was the same age and in the same shirt as when he died. But nooo, not Allison. She dies at 82 and her ghost is of her former 41 year old self; and in different clothes! At the very least they could have had her start as her 82 year old ghost self and morph younger as she walked towards Joe. That would have worked, and even be poetic.

Well, at least they capped off the series unlike so many others that were left hanging.

February 25, 2011 at 1:37 am
(75) Kevin says:

I loved all 7 seasons , (Ratings,Smatings) don’t cancel something GREAT like this, especially when millions upon millions of people are tuned in each week.

When they/ (The CBS Writers,, CBS PERIOD) killed Joe they tore out a piece of everyone’s hearts, very crappy finale, I guess what I’m saying is after watching the show and growing up with the DuBois family for 7 years, you kind of become self involved, that family had too much love, Allison saved and helped too many people,, just to break her heart and have her alone and sad for 41 years. Not to mention what this would have put the kids through, last but not least poor Joe all those sleepless nights.

CBS you made a bad choice on cancelling this series especially half way through. Your finale sucked none of this blame goes to the Actors it’s CBS and their writing STAFF all the way.

In closing The entire 7 Seasons were Great, I’ll Miss the DuBois Family.

March 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm
(76) Andrea Reyes says:

I love Medium. When I found out that it was the series finale, I just naturally assumed that it would have a happy ending. No. Instead, I find out that Joe dies. Like someone said, what the hell are these Hollywood people on? Do they think it’s funny to ruin shows that are really good? Shows that fans love and will always love? Well I sure as hell don’t think it’s funny. It’s sad, depressing,and crushing. The tv series DuBois family has been on of my most favorite tv families of all time. I am crushed and angry that they ended the series the way they did. They could’ve done so much better. How disappointing.

March 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm
(77) Amber says:

I loved the finale but only if it can lead to another season. The show had a way of showing really family issues and I loved that they had two strong parents with really great kids! I think there are endless stories they could do. Please bring it back!

March 27, 2011 at 1:27 am
(78) Chelsea says:

I thought the finale was okay. I mean, it was very sad knowing that Joe had really died, and that it wasn’t a dream. Even though that we got to see what Allison had achieved in her life without Joe, it was still depressing. We had seen so much of Joe in this series, what a great husband, employee, and father he was, then the writers killed him off without us viewers expecting it. But from the episode when Joe’s mom died, she told Allison that she took a peek to the future and that something bad is going to happen to the family. I never expected it to be that. I just think that the writers didn’t put much thought into this, I really did expect this to be a mind blowing episode, especially since it was the *series* finale. Even though in the end, Allison and Joe are together in the after life, it was sad that Joe couldn’t be there when Bridget came back from college or like Ariel getting married and having a baby. It was just an episode that I didn’t really enjoy that much because in the beginning it showed the plane go down, you in a way thought it would end happily, or that it would end tragically, in the end it was, and I was crying because I didn’t know why the writers would end a great series in such a sad way. But in the end, I had tears of happiness because Allison was with Joe in the end and when we saw the cast waving goodbye.

April 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(79) Cari says:

I know I’m late to the game here, but I just watched the series finale on DVR the other night — I loved it. I thought it was a great way to the end the show — and the part at the end where Joe’s waiting for her, I thought was my idea of heaven. I loved that they let everyone basically say good bye at the end — so many times we don’t get to say goodbye to our favorite characters. I know that they are based on real people, but I never thought of them that way. I will truly miss the show.

April 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm
(80) LateToTheParty says:

I agree that the strength of the show is the family plotline. The writers and actors did a fantastic job of producing a high quality show over a number of seasons. It is always sad when a good role model family leaves TV because of cancellation. I believe that people can learn from examples, even fictional ones, and a weekly dose of exposure to healthy relationships has a positive effect on making viewers aspire to be better people.

I found the ending show to be a mixed bag. The hope found in reuniting with loved ones after death is a powerful message and that portion felt good. The concept however of a father being taken away from his family and their growing up without him is very sad, albeit a future that many have faced in reality. Perhaps some who are facing that reality gained comfort from the ending that they will get by and will be reunited.

When a show is given the cancellation notice with only two episodes left to shoot the writers are faced with a quandry as to how to end it. Do you just do a typical episode as if nothing is going on? Do you show them riding off into the sunset with unanswered questions about the future? Or do you pull a game-changer like they did and disrupt everything?

They could have done a The Notebook style ending that showed them growing old together and dying together. Or they could have left them forever young. Or they could have done it they way they did and brought them back to being forever young.

As a lesson in life and the heartbreak that it can bring I can’t quarrel with the ending they chose and the hopeful result of life after death. But in order to keep a satisfying buzz going I think they should have ended with Allison in law school, Joe alive and in his own business, and the girls growing up, with the future unwritten. And maybe with a postscript of Marie as an old lady, telling her grandchildren about how her parents loved and endured through the years, grew old and died together.

May 2, 2011 at 9:39 am
(81) Gil says:

Horrible meaningless ending.
I just hope there may be some trick,
like Joe actually being on coma while his spirit getting to Allison. There will be a next season in which Joe will be found recovering and maybe he will also get some wierd power after the experience …

May 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm
(82) Jas says:

I’m not sure if anyone seen The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but the real Alison was a dinner guest at one of the parties. She was a conniving, evil bitch and she is ‘clearly’ a whack job! I feel deceived because I would have NEVER watched a show for all those years based on this spoiled conceded idiot.

“Know This”….she is a delusional nut bag! A twelve year old child can do what she does from watching a couple episodes of CSI…. it’s called psychological profiling and most people with abusive childhoods ‘develop’ this talent for reading people because it a survival technique. Nothing magical or divine about it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSgwC1GEong

May 19, 2011 at 12:17 am
(83) David says:

I watched the series from start to finish. I found the series finale painful. I loved the interaction between her and Joe, and nobody just moves on a from a loved one overnight. Allison in particular was a sensitive soul and I could see that she might never recover. It seemed like a really painful way to end the show. I wonder if the writers decided to poke CBS in the eye for canceling the show? They really ended up though poking only us fans in the eye.

June 3, 2011 at 6:28 am
(84) Melissa says:

Our family watched Medium every week.

We miss our favourite show very much!

Please Bring Back Medium!

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June 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm
(85) DisgruntledGirl says:

I’m a little behind the game as I’ve had most of the last season recorded and just finally got around to watching the last few episodes. This has always been one of my favorite shows and I will really miss it.

That being said, yeah, I have to give a big thumbs down to ending it on such a down note. I had really looked forward to this to seeing how they were going to wrap up the series, dismayed as I was to learn it was ending.

I was really upset even at the prospect of Joe being gone for 7 years, let alone being actually dead. C’mon…4 psychic people in the family and no one sees his impending death? They’ve had dreams and visions over a lot more trivial incidents and wouldn’t see something this life-shattering coming?

Boo to you, CBS writers. I always admired the plot twists and turns of the show, but this episode showed very little ingenuity to kill off a main character. Hell, I would have preferred a dopey milquetoast ending like when it left NBC (“to the future”) over something this dramatic. Something to at least give you a little uplifting closure after dedicating years of watching it.

Good luck, CBS, filling your time-slot with some other crap I won’t bother tuning in to watch.

June 13, 2011 at 3:42 am
(86) wuzzywuzzabear says:

Well, I had no idea that this was going to be the final episode ever. I watch Medium online, and I really love it. So when it quickly became a nightmare episode, I felt like *I* was the one having the dream! WTF?! How HORRIBLE! Killing Joe, making Marie into such a horrid teenager… it was just wretched. It was like they were trying for a Six Feet Under ending.

I don’t like that they broke my heart in the very last episode. Instead of being entertained, I cried and cried – I mean, I really liked those characters.

Besides – these other ghosts haunted Allison for days, and Joe can’t spend more than a few moments with her? Give her a nightmare and then he’s gotta run? What, they need more Engineers in the afterlife? Sheesh. What a weird way to end a perfectly wonderful show.

June 22, 2011 at 1:33 am
(87) rosemarchiano@yahoo.com says:

WHY DID THEY TAKED MEDIUM OFF .IT WAS THE BEST SHOW ON .THEY NEED TO PUT IT BACK ON.

June 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm
(88) Bernie Andrews says:

Such a depressing last episode. I’m so depressed and I know it was just a show.
You can’t bring the show back without Joe too……if only he had Amnesia!!!

June 29, 2011 at 3:42 am
(89) Mikael says:

But the ending WAS happy. While the family was torn apart by Joe’s death the show is essentially about the afterlife. What better way to end the show than to see the couple reunited lovingly in death?

“At least they didn’t end the show like Lost.” Actually they ended the show exactly like Lost? The other half of a soul-mate waiting in limbo for his love to die so they can start they afterlife together. medium pretty much stole Lost’s ending.

July 17, 2011 at 6:22 am
(90) Omega_Factor says:

I’m horrified at what was done with Medium!

Joe was a role model for us guys!

Well folks, I’ll find some time later this year, and edit and ending that we deserve!

Honestly CBS – WTF

As far as I’m concerned, this end is a BS exec decision end, and not a reflection on what the writers would have done if they were given the respect required!

So what’s left on TV – sweet f-all!

August 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(91) Tony Deng says:

I loved the finale and love how it factored in the reality of a plane crash suddenly ripping away loved ones from us.

The part where Allison begs Joe to stay is perhaps the best moment in Medium. Also, when Marie asks her mom why Joe has never come to visit them, I immediately thought of the episode where Manny and Allison die. Allison was trying to control Ariel’s life, but when Allison asked Manny if he wanted Ariel to tell anything to Manny’s wife, he nobly said that a lifetime with each other was enough.

I truly felt this embodied Joe’s ideals, and am really unsure about what people are saying about how the series finale went against everything Medium stood for.

August 31, 2011 at 3:39 am
(92) Eddie says:

This episode was so amazing. I just really like the way the writers went with it. I have never cried so much in my life.

“You took over somehow. Even in a dream you couldn’t accept that I was gone, so you brought me back to life.”

This quote just encompasses their whole relationship. Allison has never been able to manipulate a dream that is sent to her, but her will was so strong. Their love was so strong.

My other favorite part was when amnesiac Joe was smiling to the crooked cop and telling him about the dream he had about Allison and the girls. That part was so mindblowing.

There’s so much to appreciate here, and even if we like it or not, it’s still part of the Medium canon!

September 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm
(93) Lorena says:

Season 2 Episode 2 showed Allison and Bridgette dreaming of Joe dying in an airplane crash. If you remember, it’s the one where Allison is going to some farmhouse and then a random plane just slides through the tall wheat fields and then leaves Joe hanging on a tree.

That dream had nothing to do with the events in that episode, so it’s very likely that the writers were already planning Joe’s death since season 2.

In my opinion, the writers are brilliant. Anybody who’s followed Medium loves Joe, but it’s something about the realism about how life may be short that really gets to me. When Allison asked, “Who’s going to talk to me at night before I sleep?” that made me cry so much. Memories flooded my brain.

The pre-planned death really helps me find peace with Medium’s series finale, and that whole episode was just amazing to me.

September 3, 2011 at 9:42 am
(94) Ana says:

I just HATE the finale!!! Joe dies for real, this is horrible! why did anyone have to die? why would they destroy this [erfect tv family? especially since the story is inspired by real characters, who are still living?! and besides, what kind of medium was Allison if she could not even forsee Joe’s death and (consequently) prevent it somehow?! this finale is not awful & sinister, but stupid too!

September 14, 2011 at 8:52 am
(95) Justin Hydes says:

Im gutted MEDIUM has come to an end, they are taking all the great shows off, MEDIUM makes you laugh, cry and keeps you gripped.
The series finale left me sad but still wanting more. Maybe somday they will do one more but for BIG screen. fingers crossed. x

September 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm
(96) Cate says:

I thought it was fairly good; it was emotional and felt real, no disrespect to the real and very alive Joe. Not all endings are neatly tied up and happy, and i loved the little montage at the end where the very amiable cast say goodbye to us viewers. I agree that the finale to Roseanne was awful; especially considering how great the show once was. I know Im in the minority here, but I also hated the finale of Friends and Will and Grace, two great shows which became ludicrous, lazily acted and contrived towards the end, with finale storylines that just did not ring true, especially Will and Grace.

October 16, 2011 at 7:05 am
(97) Paula says:

I missed the finale! Can you air it again, please? All of the good shows are gone, what is the use of even turning on the tv? Guess I should read more!

November 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm
(98) Sephy says:

Sh** is what that was emotional bs. Allison(the actual woman)said it was based on events that happened to her but with a bit of hollywood magic So..KILL off joe make all this crap happen for shock value? Is the real one saying this will happen to her?bs

January 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm
(99) steve says:

I thought the finale was great! Happy ending for once. Why do people have to put down a great series. I didn’t want it to end. People always expect things to be a certain way. They left it open. Someone should pick it back up again. Dreams within dreams.

January 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm
(100) Viewer says:

Kill ‘em. Kill ‘em all

January 22, 2012 at 1:42 am
(101) Marcy Rose says:

A year later, I am still wondering what happened? The ending of the show was so abrupt and with no previous indication that the show was ending at all…. if someone can shed some light on what the hell happened, I would be interested. I loved this show……….

February 9, 2012 at 12:30 am
(102) joe fast says:

The fact that Joe dies should not cause you not to watch the reruns
The show was great and the ending well it is not real but the suspense and feeling of the earlier shows were , each rerun works for me
I can easily blot out the ending since Joe is alive in the real world.

ps there is hardly anything else to watch, the reality shows are not for me so reruns is all there is

of new shows PAN AM, DEXTER and Mad Men are my favorites

March 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm
(103) Robert Fisher says:

I think that this is one of the best series finales in history. This finale had everything I could ask for: we were able to see a bit of the future, we were able to grieve in the present, and the supernatural element was just right. I LOVED that Allison refused to believe Joe died and created a world where he was still alive, it was so true to the story and how fierce of a character Allison is. Furthermore, the ending with the cast and crew was perfect; a perfect ending to a great show. I don’t see how anyone could think that this episode wasn’t top notch, and it’s even more unthinkable that it could be considered the worst series finale ever.

June 4, 2012 at 4:12 am
(104) Kylee says:

I really think that none of the writers decided to show up on the last day of work. Watching the series finale was like watching an entirely different tv show. Not only was the the dialogue predictable and painful, the whole “death by plane crash” scenario was totally cliche. All of the characters seemed unlike themselves. Way to betray the loyal viewers and crush the great “Dubois family dynamic” that the show had fostered. Not impressed.

July 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm
(105) Stan Francisco says:

The author is correct. The writers became lazier than whoever designed the flag of Japan.

July 25, 2012 at 11:53 am
(106) me says:

I was a fan of Roseanna as well and I loved that series finale. However I hated Medium’s.

August 30, 2012 at 3:46 am
(107) ugg says:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about allison dubois.

Regards

September 24, 2012 at 6:21 am
(108) Jennifer says:

What were the writers thinking…After all the years of watching Joe and Alison waking up together, seeing the love and support they gave each other and their children. Okay I know its only a TV show but they become a part of you and I am just so disappointed in the final episode. I guess I am just a romantic and yes they did in the end get back together but I would have liked seeing them gracefully age together with the love of their children and grandchildren around them. So much drama in that final episode and all over the place. I honestly think that the writers could have done so much better. That’s my opinion anyway…

October 11, 2012 at 9:00 am
(109) 123456789 says:

I agree to disagree you have to remember the genre crime and the conventions that they have to follow I really enjoyed the whole series as well as the finale !!

December 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm
(110) Disappointed says:

Just caught this and have to agree with most other people. A huge disappointment and an episode that betrays all the faith we had given the show in keeping with it for 7 long years. I’ll gradually try and forget this last episode and make up a much better one in my head. It’s just not the way they should have done it at all.

It’s almost as if they were halfway through a full season 7 then they got the announcement it was being immediately cancelled and they had to quickly write the final ever episode.

December 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm
(111) Late to the party says:

I never watched while it was on the network but got hooked on Netflix in Spring of 2011. The ending was disappointing. Here’s my “ending.”

At the end Joe’s death was a dream. They get out of bed, and rush out the door for their day, with Allison starting law school. One car won’t start so they are in a typical panic. The door shuts, the scene starts to fade to black.

With the camera focused on the door the words appear onscreen saying that Allison finished law school and became a prosecutor for many years. She was especially effective in court—it was like she almost knew what the witness was thinking. Joe mentored many young engineers at his firm in Phoenix. They had many grandchildren. 35 years later Joe died.

Then shift to the 41 years later scene and pick up where the real ending picked up with Allison in the nursing home, the reunion and finish the show and series. My ending leaves alive the upbeat future with many anticipated happy years. I think my ending is better.

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