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The Final Frontier (Mad About You)

"The Final Frontier" is the name of the final episode of the United States' television series Mad About You. This special double episode serves as the 21st and 22nd episode of the seventh season. It first aired on NBC on May 24, 1999, to an audience of approximately 19.8 million households, in a 45-minute version.

"The Final Frontier"
Mad About You episode
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 21/22
Directed byHelen Hunt
Story byHelen Hunt
Paul Reiser
Victor Levin
Teleplay byPaul Reiser
Victor Levin
Original air dateMay 24, 1999 (US)[1]
Guest appearance(s)

Janeane Garofalo (Mabel)
Todd Shinto (Beavis)
Lillian Hurst (Phyllis)

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The finale is based as a flash forward about 22 years into the future.[2] For the first time since she was born in the last episode of season five entitled "The Birth", the Buchmans' only daughter, Mabel, is seen beyond infancy. She becomes a film maker, like her father, and is making an autobiography about herself and her family. As it turns out, the Buchmans were not officially married because the minister who married them was not ordained. Eventually they get officially "re-married" so as to have the same anniversary date.

Another course of events relates to Mabel explaining, through comedic skits, that she turned out to be who she was because she had neurotic parents. During the course of the biopic, Mabel shows how Paul and Jamie separate. However, in the end, during a showing of Mabel's film Stabbing Bob, the rest of the family, including Debbie, Joan and Ira, conspire to have the two of them sit together. They then discover a spark between the two and get back together. At the end, Mabel gives a description of what happened to each character (including the regular supporting casts who appear for the episode[3]) and ends with Paul and Jamie living "happily ever after".[4]


The title of the episode is taken from the last words of the last lyric of the theme song of the show, which is "As we jump into the final frontier!".

Prior to the first airing, Helen Hunt said that the final episode would be "unique and memorable".[4]

This episode ran for 45 minutes at its original broadcast. In the later reruns, the episode was split into two parts.[2]


The finale drew in 19.8 million viewers at original airing,[5] though the New York Daily News reported it drew in 28 million viewers.[6] The first figure is the household rating (i.e. percentage of households watching), the second figure is total number of viewers.


  1. ^ "The Final Frontier". MSN. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Mad About You: The Final Frontier, Part 1". AllMovie. Rovi. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "Mad About You: The Final Frontier, Part 1: Cast & Crew". AllMovie. Rovi. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "721/The Finale Frontier - Series Finale". Myk's Homepage. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Power Ratings For Home". Toledo Blade. May 28, 1999. p. 34. Retrieved August 18, 2012 – via Google News Archive.
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