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List Rules 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 and the best TV show endings 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 canceled, and make sure to add your favorite TV series finale/ending if it's not already on the list.

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Series Finales
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers Loretta Swi

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Series Finales
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Anna Gunn

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Series Finales
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Lisa Kudrow

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Series Finales
Newhart Bob Newhart, Mary Frann Tom Poston

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Series Finales
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman John Ratzenberger

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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon Skitch Henderson

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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Series Finales
Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall Frances Conroy

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Series Finales
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner Jonathan Frakes

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Series Finales
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon Alyson Hannigan

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco Edie Falco

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Series Finales
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves David Hyde Pierce

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner Gavin MacLeod

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Series Finales
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Michael Richards

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Series Finales
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski Jenna Fischer - 2005

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Series Finales
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal Mark Boone Junior

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ER is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Series Finales
ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney Julianna Margulies

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House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Series Finales
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps Robert Sean Leonard

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick Sonja Sohn

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24 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Series Finales
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub Carlos Bernard

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria Daniel Stern

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery Alfonso Ribeiro

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Series Finales
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell Jamie Bamber

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Series Finales
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson Earl Hindman

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Series Finales
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter Alexis Denisof

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Series Finales
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison Sarah Chalke

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Series Finales
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir Nick Offerman

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Series Finales
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell Deborah Pratt

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White Rue McClanahan

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Series Finales
Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano Brian Krause

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Series Finales
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong William Daniels

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Series Finales
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos Dave Coulier

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad Keshia Knight Pulliam

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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Series Finales
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton Brad Garrett

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Series Finales
Smallville Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum Allison Mack

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Series Finales
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler Marion Ross

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Series Finales
Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing Megan Mullally

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Series Finales
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton Rob Reiner

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Series Finales
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson Mitch Pileggi

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent Walton Goggins

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Series Finales
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate Katey Sagal

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Leverage is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Series Finales
Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman Christian Kane

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Series Finales
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton Aimee Teegarden

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Series Finales
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman Roger E. Mosley

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Series Finales
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin Tracy Morgan

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Series Finales
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross Meredith Baxter

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Series Finales
Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski Joshua Gomez

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson David Janssen

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Series Finales
Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy Joelle Carter

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Series Finales
ALF Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco Max Wright