The Best Series Finales TV Programs
Ultimate List
75  items 21,154 votes 1,878 voters 44,239 views more info

The Best Series Finales

List Criteria: Finale episodes of TV shows

This list of the best series finales in television is a somber reminder that no matter how much you love a TV character or a show, in time, they all will end. Your favorite TV couple, your favorite TV villain, and even your favorite TV businesses will all close up shop at some point, and these are the best final episodes of those TV shows that are no longer on the air. And believe it or not, some of the best TV shows ever didn't make the list because they were great TV shows with bad finales.

This list includes the greatest television series finales in the history of television, ranked by TV viewers who had a strong reaction- good or bad- to the final episodes of their favorite shows. Some of these TV shows had the highest ranked series finales of all time while others are on the list simply for resonating with their fans. Some series finales, like the final episode of Newhart, are still talked about because people can't believe the show actually ended that way. Others, like M*A*S*H, rank high because they were emotionally fulfilling to the fans who had turned on their TVs and opened their lives to those most loved TV characters week after week right up until the end.

What TV series had the best series finale? That's what this list is here to decide. Remember, the top series finales both wrapped up the storylines AND left viewers wanting more. Go easy on the series finales that came as a result of a show being cancelled, and make sure to add your favorite TV series finale if it's not already on the list.

  • 35 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 436
    Down 237

    the people's #1 & most listed Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

    open
  2. 2
    Up 381
    Down 297

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

    open
  3. 3
    Up 287
    Down 235

    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

    open
  4. 4
    Up 372
    Down 209

    added by HoserUSC Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

    open
  5. 5
    Up 330
    Down 236

    Bob Newhart, William Sanderson, Julia Duffy

    open
  6. 6
    Up 270
    Down 218

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

    open
  7. 7
    Up 218
    Down 205

    Johnny Carson

    open
  8. 8
    Up 224
    Down 227

    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

    open
  9. 9
    Up 176
    Down 232

    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

    open
  10. 10
    Up 184
    Down 197

    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

    open
  11. 11
    Up 205
    Down 398

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

    open
  12. 12
    Up 150
    Down 221

    George Clooney, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Margulies

    open
  13. 13
    Up 182
    Down 278

    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

    open
  14. 14
    Up 161
    Down 215

    Robin Thicke, Fred Savage, Danica McKellar

    open
  15. 15
    Up 123
    Down 225

    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

    open
  16. 16
    Up 161
    Down 206

    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

    open
  17. 17
    Up 193
    Down 312

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

    open
  18. 18
    Up 123
    Down 212

    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

    open
  19. 19
    Up 129
    Down 216

    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith

    open
  20. 20
    Up 124
    Down 217

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

    open
  21. 21
    Up 139
    Down 184

    Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

    open
  22. 22
    Up 139
    Down 206

    Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla

    open
  23. 23
    Up 213
    Down 257

    added by Ann-CatrinJansson Jeri Ryan, Elisabetta Canalis, Beth Riesgraf

    open
  24. 24
    Up 131
    Down 149

    Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

    open
  25. 25
    Up 184
    Down 161

    ranked low on reranks & added by Dismalhead Kaley Cuoco, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano

    open
  26. 26
    Up 99
    Down 201

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

    open
  27. 27
    Up 141
    Down 197

    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

    open
  28. 28
    Up 105
    Down 183

    Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin

    open
  29. 29
    Up 137
    Down 190

    added by KennySlattery Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

    open
  30. 30
    Up 110
    Down 134

    added by BrianSkeith Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

    open
  31. 31
    Up 87
    Down 86

    added by detectivepookie Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

    open
  32. 32
    Up 85
    Down 194

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

    open
  33. 33
    Up 110
    Down 164

    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    open
  34. 34
    Up 106
    Down 155

    Kristin Kreuk, Laura Vandervoort, Jensen Ackles

    open
  35. 35
    Up 91
    Down 155

    Brittany Murphy, Kristanna Loken, Danielle Fishel

    open
  36. 36
    Up 98
    Down 151

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

    open
  37. 37
    Up 83
    Down 112

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

    open
  38. 38
    Up 93
    Down 162

    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall

    open
  39. 39
    Up 74
    Down 147

    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

    open
  40. 40
    Up 70
    Down 156

    Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Trevor Goddard

    open
  41. 41
    Up 81
    Down 212

    often listed & added by WarrenMitchell Yvonne Strahovski, Matt Bomer, Linda Hamilton

    open
  42. 42
    Up 54
    Down 93

    Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Danny Pintauro

    open
  43. 43
    Up 95
    Down 114

    ranked low on reranks Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

    open
  44. 44
    Up 110
    Down 158

    ranked low on reranks Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

    open
  45. 45
    Up 65
    Down 169

    Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon, Howie Mandel

    open
  46. 46
    Up 71
    Down 183

    Susan Lucci, Priscilla Presley, Ian McShane

    open
  47. 47
    Up 87
    Down 160

    added by Dismalhead Glenn Close, Forest Whitaker, Alex O'Loughlin

    open
  48. 48
    Up 45
    Down 110

    Anne Meara, Paul Dooley, Max Wright

    open
  49. 49
    Up 60
    Down 135

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman

    open
  50. 50
    Up 64
    Down 148

    Helena Bonham Carter, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos

    open
76 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists