The Best Series Finales

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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 villain, and even your favorite television businesses will all close up shop at some point, and these are the best final episodes of those series 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 straight up had 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 show 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/ending if it's not already on the list.

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer 2005

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    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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    Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

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    Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

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    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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    Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

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    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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