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Archie Bunker's Chair

The beat-up thrift store purchased iconic chair from "All in the Family"

Chair used by Archie Bunker in TV show All in the Family.

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The blue-collar bigot on All in the Family held court from this upholstered wing chair. The CBS props department bought this TV relic from a thrift store—for $8! Mike (Rob Reiner) prophetically predicted that the chair "might even end up in a museum"—it's now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise swoops past an alien planet in a clip form the opening credits of the 1960's Star Trek.

The U.S.S Enterprise or the Starship Enterprise.

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"Space...the final frontier," narrated William Shatner during the original's opening credit sequence, as the Starship Enterprise whizzed by in warp speed. Although the fictional ship measured 947 feet, the prop used in the intro was only 11 feet and donated to the National Air and Space Museum in 1974.

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Mary Richards' "M"

A cast photo from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Betty White, Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engel from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Everett Collection.

TV's OG working woman proudly displayed her independent sense of self with her initial on her wall—a design element mid-century modern interior decorators have incorporated since.

M*A*S*H Signpost

A signpost with arrows pointing to hometwons and major cities from the television show MASH.

Signpost prop from television show "M*A*S*H".

Photo Credit: Courtesy National Museum of American History & Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The Army hospital staff used humor to cope with the harsh reality of war—and this post pointing to "anyplace but here" perfectly encapsulated that.

The 60 Minutes Stopwatch

The iconic ticking stopwatch from the television news show 60 Minutes.

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Is there a more iconic image—and sound—than the tick-tick-tick intro to America's most watched news program? The stopwatch was used until the late 90s, when it was replaced by a CGI version.

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7/6c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Fantastic finales and where to find them? We think these are among the best ever to grace a television screen.

Nurse Jackie

\u200bEdie Falco as Nurse Jackie sits in a pew looking pensive

Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie.

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The titular anti-heroine (Edie Falco, above) snorts one last hit of heroin (presumably her last) as she collapses at her farewell party. Zoey's final lines—"You're good, Jackie... you're good"—poetically bookends Jackie's plea from the pilot, "Make me good, Lord...but not yet."

M*A*S*H

Alan Alda\u200b as Hawkeye sits in the passenger seat of a helicopter as it leaves the MASH unit in the final episode of M*A*S*H.

Alan Alda in M*A*S*H.

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The Korean War-set dramedy lasted longer than the war itself—and a record 106 million viewers tuned in to bid "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" to the army docs of the 4077th.

The finale's iconic shot: Hawkeye (Alan Alda) sees BJ's "GOODBYE," spelled in stone, as a chopper whisks him away.

Newhart

Bob Newhart sits on a red stool while on the phone in a publicity image from The Bob Newhart Show.

Bob Newhart as Chicago psychologist, Bob Hartley, circa 1972.

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At worst, it's a cop-out trope (see Bobby Ewing in Dallas). At best, it's an ingenious series-ender: in the aptly titled "The Last Newhart," Bob Newhart wakes up next to his first TV wife (Suzanne Pleshette) from The Bob Newhart Show.

That's right, all eight seasons of Newhart were an elaborate dream.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show gathers for one ast group hug during the finale.

The cast of the The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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Lights out at WJM-TV, as Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) and the news team—save for the bumbling Ted, inexplicably—are axed. But not until Mary tells Lou how much he means to her, and the cast does one final (and funny) group hug. Rest assured: Mary's still gonna make it, after all.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

A top down look at actor Rebecca Bloom surrounded by a watch-face's worth of dresses on mannequins.

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The CW.

Theater fans know that the 11 o'clock number is usually the penultimate song of the show, to give one final showcase to the show's star. And the musical-minded Ex-Girlfriend features its own "Eleven O'Clock," where Rebecca Bunch belts out a four-year recap in 4 minutes.

So, who does Rebecca end up with: Nathaniel, Greg, or Josh? The answer is none of them, as Rebecca instead chooses herself.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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