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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    William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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    Joe Grossman

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  4. 54
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    Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon, Howie Mandel

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  5. 55
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    Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Trevor Goddard

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  6. 56
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    Markie Post, John Larroquette, Harry Anderson

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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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    Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    Anne Meara, Paul Dooley, Bill Daily

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    Melissa McCarthy, Jared Padalecki, Alexis Bledel

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    Susan Lucci, Ian McShane, Priscilla Presley

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  12. 62
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    Brittany Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen

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  13. 63
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    Amy Brenneman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso

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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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  16. 66
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    Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, Rachel Nichols

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  17. 67
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    Sophia Bush, Jana Kramer, Danneel Ackles

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  18. 68
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    Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Willa Holland

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  20. 70
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Goodman

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  21. 71
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    Olivia Munn, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

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  22. 72
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    Rob Lowe, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Sheen

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  23. 73
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    Abe Vigoda, Barbara Barrie, Hal Linden

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  24. 74
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    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis

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    Hilary Swank, Tiffani Thiessen, Shannen Doherty

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black

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  27. 77
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    Helena Bonham Carter, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos

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  28. 78
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    Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Bruce McGill, Dana Elcar

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  30. 80
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    Michael Landon, Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole, Tim Matheson

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    Julie Bowen, William Shatner, Lake Bell

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    Alec Baldwin, Nicollette Sheridan, Michelle Phillips

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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  34. 84
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    Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou

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  35. 85
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    Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Blair Underwood

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  36. 86
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    Amy Yasbeck, Tony Shalhoub, Thomas Haden Church

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  37. 87
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    Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch

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    Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer, Gabrielle Anwar

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  39. 89
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    Mark Hamill, Grey DeLisle, Mae Whitman

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  40. 90
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    George Clooney, Molly Ringwald, Cloris Leachman

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  41. 91
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    Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, Curtis Armstrong

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    Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

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    added by RichardBeecher
    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes

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  44. 94
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    Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson

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    Katie Holmes, Jensen Ackles, Michelle Williams

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    Gerald McRaney, Matt Mulhern, Marisa Ryan

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    Heather Locklear, Joan Collins, Rock Hudson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tatum O'Neal, Denis Leary, Charles Durning

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    Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law

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    Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Avery Brooks

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