'The Hills' Series Finale's Unexpected Genius

The final shot of last night's series finale of MTV reality juggernaut The Hills featured "star" Kristin driving off to the airport (apparently to move to, vaguely, "Europe") while her beau Brody stood with the Hollywood sign in the background, watching her go.  It was a predictable, familiar scene for fans of the show—but then, the twist. As Kristin drives away, the camera pans out to reveal that her town car is actually on a film set! The Hollywood sign, a painted backrdrop; the sky, a blue curtain!

Entertainment Weekly recaps the episode, wondering if the final scene of the series—routinely ridiculed as trite and constantly immersed in debates over how much is "real"—was, in fact, genius:

The Hills has been criticized for its lack of reality (be it homes, relationships, jobs, or even dialogue), yet the show always insisted it was documenting the "real" lives of these people (yes, Spencer's crazy crystals included), so I found it fitting that the show chose to address the primary complaint viewers have had. It won't be revered as one of the most surprising series finales ever—like Newhart or Lost—because it simply admitted what we've all been saying for four years now, but the show does deserve credit for taking all of this criticism and turning it into one big joke. But was everything really fake?


Read the full story at EW.com.

Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Entertainment

Just In