25. " The Oprah Winfrey Show Finale,"The Oprah Winfrey Show
After 25 years and 4,561 episodes, we figured that the Queen of Daytime would use her final hour on the air to lead a parade of celebrities who would sing her praises and reminisce about all the crazy times on her couch. (But that, as it turns out, was what the second- and third-to-final hours were for.) Instead, the last show was simply O, reading a prepared speech from a bare set that reflected on the many lessons she had learned and that thanked her fans. "This show is the great love of my life," she said through tears. No guests, no surprises, no makeovers (not even one person got a car!) It was simple, nostalgic, and the perfect way to end a legendary chapter.