The Best Series Finales TV Programs
0Ultimate List
tags 34,381 votes 3,106 voters 74,904 views 89 items f p @

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 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 if it's not already on the list.

  • 42 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 729
    - 383

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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 767
    - 346

    added by HoserUSC Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 710
    - 478

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 498
    - 369

    Bob Newhart, William Sanderson, Julia Duffy

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 459
    - 375

    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 339
    - 321
    ) open
  7. 7
    + 426
    - 372

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 342
    - 357

    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 274
    - 347

    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 275
    - 315

    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 309
    - 459

    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 320
    - 652

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

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 244
    - 344

    George Clooney, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Margulies

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 264
    - 324

    Robin Thicke, Fred Savage, Danica McKellar

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 183
    - 214

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

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 317
    - 502

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 302
    - 285

    ranked low on reranks Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 201
    - 340

    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 224
    - 317

    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 191
    - 330

    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 184
    - 353

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 232
    - 333

    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 234
    - 297

    ranked low on reranks & added by KennySlattery Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 171
    - 312

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 214
    - 231

    ranked low on reranks Brittany Murphy, Kristanna Loken, Danielle Fishel

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 200
    - 313

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 216
    - 238

    Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 210
    - 295

    Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 199
    - 173

    ranked low on reranks & added by detectivepookie Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 248
    - 367

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

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 263
    - 256

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 175
    - 277

    Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 166
    - 234

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 144
    - 243

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

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 67
    - 51

    added by ludwig848 Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, James Spader 2005

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 131
    - 283

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 178
    - 243

    Kristin Kreuk, Laura Vandervoort, Jensen Ackles

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 171
    - 175

    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 138
    - 172

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 153
    - 246

    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 115
    - 307

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

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 142
    - 230

    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 118
    - 230

    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 86
    - 180

    Kevin James, Patton Oswalt, Leah Remini

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 96
    - 160

    Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Danny Pintauro

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 21
    - 13

    added by Ariel Kana Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 147
    - 229

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 80
    - 161

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 90
    - 235

    Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Trevor Goddard

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 87
    - 254

    Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon, Howie Mandel

    ) open
90 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists