I’ve seen the debates about Pinoy teleseryes, as well as the constant comparisons they get with their Hollywood counterparts. I’m not here to hate on Pinoy programming. In fact, I’m here to emphasize how much I absolutely love Pinoy TV programming, because no matter how cheesy or cliché or hackneyed or predictable we may think it can get, you will always find something to look forward to with every single show – even if that something is the prospect of laughing at all the unintentional comedy the show heaps on.
Having said that, here are 8 Pinoy TV programs I personally felt were great for their time. Unfortunately, I also felt that these 8 shows ended in the most facepalm-inducing ways possible. Let me show you why.
How The Ending Ruined It: There’s such a thing as too saccharine, and the finale, which saw all the main loveteams end up happily together, was a little too convenient. A series as influential as this could have pulled off quite a coup if they threw a curveball our way, but they played it too safe instead. Hard to blame them, though.
My Husband’s Lover
How The Ending Ruined It: Not so much the ending per se, but the fact that the show ended without an onscreen kiss between Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo only proved that despite all the progressive ideas pushed by the show, homophobia is still very much alive and well. Apparently, we have no qualms showing the most torrid of kisses on television, so long as it involves a man and a woman and nothing else.
My Binondo Girl
The fact that Sir Chief’s star began rising thanks to this was just a bonus.
How The Ending Ruined It: The ending became a dramarama the minute Onyx, Jolo Revilla’s character died, because they were still hung up on pushing Jolo’s character despite the fact that: (1) Andy, Xian Lim’s character had far more chemistry with Jade, and (2) Jolo acts about as well as his dad sings. I doubt anyone would have missed him if he was conveniently swept under the rug by the time the show ended, but they sure dwelled on him more than they needed to.
How The Ending Ruined It: Upon turning the reins over to some completely unknown child actor for the spinoff “Computer Kid,” Eric Quizon’s character just went out with a whimper. It wasn’t even the kind of exit befitting an action hero of his kind: they pretty much just handwaved that he was gone and spun off into Ben David and his bumbling goons trying to beat Computer Kid. That’s a huge step down from an alien civilization trying to take over the planet.
How The Ending Ruined It: It’s like the complete reverse of “Pangako Sa ‘Yo:” everybody dies in the end. Well, except Gardo Valiente himself, but what’s the point of your ultimate victory when your love interest croaked, your friends bought the farm, and practically every other character of note already kicked the bucket by the time your mortal enemy shuffles off his mortal coil?
Home Along Da Riles
How The Ending Ruined It: Far as I’m concerned, the series ended when then-MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando made an appearance and declared that living by the railroad was now illegal, and they had to hastily relocate and then rename the show “Home Along Da Airport.” It was never the same after that. If you’re wondering why BF didn’t win when he ran for vice president, the fact that he pretty much killed this show was probably the reason why.
Kung Mawawala Ka
How The Ending Ruined It: After Eddie Garcia’s character pretty much pulled a Marcos while he was the president of the country, the ending came when all of this was magically undone because after a near-death experience, he woke up with the most convenient case of amnesia ever: he remembers who he was, what he does, and his entire family, but he forgot all the atrocities he ever did when he abused his power. And everybody accepted this excuse.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but even if GMA ended up with amnesia, I highly doubt the Filipino people will just say “oh, okay, cool,” and let her go along her merry way.
Sana Maulit Muli
How The Ending Ruined It: Wow. Where do I even begin?
When they realized that they were destined to keep going back in a time loop and one of them would die over and over again unless they drastically changed something, Jasmine turned to Travis and came up with the most ridiculous idea ever.
Never mind the fact that to travel back in time, Jasmine had to use Travis’s watch after he died, which she somehow figured out to have magic properties. Uh, how? It’s not like Travis ever told her about the watch allowing him to have a second chance with her, let alone how to make it work.
So how did they prevent Travis’s death via badly done CGI truck falling on him? Why, all they had to do on that fateful day he was supposed to die is to hang out and eat in Jollibee, because “lagi tayong masaya kapag nandito tayo.”
Hey, don’t get me wrong. I love me some Jollibee, too, but it has yet to save my life and assure me of eternal love. Did they upsize their value meals to get that, or were those free toys that came with the Jolly Kiddie Meal?
Notice the lack of any badly done CGI trucks flying in their direction?