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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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  1. 51
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    Helena Bonham Carter, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos

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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman

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  3. 53
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    Markie Post, Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

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  4. 54
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    Brittany Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen

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  5. 55
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    William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

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  6. 56
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    added by adressefueralles23 Sophia Bush, Jana Kramer, Danneel Ackles

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  7. 57
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

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  8. 58
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller

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  9. 59
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    added by dee123 Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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  10. 60
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    Richard Dean Anderson, Bruce McGill, Dana Elcar

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  11. 61
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

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    ranked low on reranks Hilary Swank, Tiffani Thiessen, Shannen Doherty

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  13. 63
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    added by averagej123 Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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  14. 64
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    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis

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  15. 65
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    added by Owen_Paul_Sloane Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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  16. 66
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    Tony Shalhoub, Amy Yasbeck, Thomas Haden Church

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  17. 67
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roseanne Barr

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  18. 68
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    Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

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  19. 69
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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  20. 70
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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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  21. 71
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind

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  22. 72
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    new! Jeremy Hotz, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines

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    new! & added by SensitivePsych0 Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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  24. 74
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    added by dee123 Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, Rachel Nichols

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  25. 75
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    added by jennamariedillon Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

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  26. 76
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    added by LanaYoshii Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    added by ChantelleSilveira Katie Holmes, Jensen Ackles, Michelle Williams

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