The Best Series Finales TV Programs

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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    Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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    Bob Newhart, Julia Duffy, William Sanderson

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    Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson

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    Johnny Carson

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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    Kelsey Grammer, Brittany Murphy, Stephen King

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    Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman

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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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    George Clooney, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Margulies

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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    Danica McKellar, Robin Thicke, Fred Savage

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal

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    Grace Park, Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer

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    Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Janeane Garofalo

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    Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

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    Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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    Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, James Spader 2005

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    Brittany Murphy, Kristanna Loken, Danielle Fishel

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    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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    Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty

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    Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza

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    Kaley Cuoco, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan

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    Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, John Stamos

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    Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

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    Patricia Heaton, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett

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    Jeri Ryan, Elisabetta Canalis, Christian Kane

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    Glenn Close, Forest Whitaker, Alex O'Loughlin

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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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    Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor

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    Kristin Kreuk, Laura Vandervoort, Jensen Ackles

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks

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    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Katherine Helmond

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    Alicia Witt, Timothy Olyphant, Natalie Zea

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    Joe Grossman

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