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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.

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

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    added by HoserUSC Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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    Bob Newhart, William Sanderson, Julia Duffy

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    Johnny Carson

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Michael C. Hall, James Cromwell, Lauren Ambrose

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

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

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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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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless

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    Robin Thicke, Fred Savage, Danica McKellar

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    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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

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    Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla

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    Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

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

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    Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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

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    added by KennySlattery Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

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    added by detectivepookie Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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    Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin

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

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

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    Brittany Murphy, Kristanna Loken, Danielle Fishel

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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    Kristin Kreuk, Laura Vandervoort, Jensen Ackles

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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    ranked low on reranks Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall

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

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    Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Trevor Goddard

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    Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Danny Pintauro

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    Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon, Howie Mandel

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

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    Anne Meara, Paul Dooley, Max Wright

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    Susan Lucci, Priscilla Presley, Ian McShane

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    Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Willa Holland

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    Kevin James, Patton Oswalt, Leah Remini

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