Even for this hilarious and regularly dark show, Season 5 is a bleak, manic-depressive state masquerading as a sitcom. Clearly on its last legs with NBC from the first episode, the show and its writers seem to revel in punishing the characters and the audience for their faith in each other and the show (respectively), and each passing episode seems to get sadder and sadder. Ultimately it’s an emotionally effective tone to take, as it confronts the fear and insecurity that accompanies the passing of time. It’s a bit much all at once, but luckily the performances are familiar and perfected at this point, while the few sunny jokes that make it through are truly memorable. A curious, punishing way to end a fan-favorite show.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)