The Best Series Finales TV Programs
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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 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.

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bhittt Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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    added by Owen_Paul_Sloane Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    added by eevangel Jared Padalecki, Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Mark Hamill, Grey DeLisle, Mae Whitman

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    added by Ariel Kana Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron

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    added by surag Aubrey Plaza, Lisa Edelstein, Maria Bamford

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    ranked high on reranks Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Mike Judge

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    added by rgriff1935 Abe Vigoda, Hal Linden, Ron Glass

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    added by alleycat71 Tricia Helfer, Lucy Lawless, Gabrielle Anwar

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