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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/ending if it's not already on the list.

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    Alicia Witt, Timothy Olyphant, Natalie Zea Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Joe Grossman

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

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    Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Trevor Goddard Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Markie Post, John Larroquette, Harry Anderson

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    Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Willa Holland

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    Sophia Bush, Jana Kramer, Danneel Ackles

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller

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    Brittany Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Goodman

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Bruce McGill, Dana Elcar Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Amy Yasbeck, Tony Shalhoub, Thomas Haden Church

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    Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer, Gabrielle Anwar

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    Hilary Swank, Tiffani Thiessen, Shannen Doherty

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    Michael Landon, Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole, Tim Matheson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, John Hawkes Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Mark Hamill, Grey DeLisle, Mae Whitman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Blair Underwood

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

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    Alec Baldwin, Nicollette Sheridan, Michelle Phillips

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