5. Show: Mad Men
Song: Nancy Sinatra, “You Only Live Twice”
After a season of Don playing a faithful, doting husband, the show ended with the question about Jon Hamm’s character remaining faithful or not. Set to one of James Bond’s arguably best theme songs, the scene served as a rebirth for Draper and several other characters on the show. Fans were greeted with a rare montage that showed us Peggy finding her own footing, Roger’s ass high on LSD, and Don wondering what’s next now that his wife is out of the house. From then on, you knew things were going to be different (as if they weren’t already).
6. Show: The O.C.
Song: Nada Surf, “If You Leave”
In teen world, Pittsburgh is Paris but instead of running off to an exotic city to live your dreams, you are running away to a steel town to escape your problems. That’s what Anna did at the end of season one when it became evident that she was never going to win Seth Cohen. In typical Pretty In Pink fashion, Cohen realizes his true feelings and rushes to the airport in a last ditch effort to win her back. Only, she doesn’t give him the satisfaction. And with Nada Surf playing in the background, Anna gets one of the shows best last lines: “Confidence, Cohen…”