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 and the best TV show endings 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 canceled, and make sure to add your favorite TV series finale/ending if it's not already on the list.

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    Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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    Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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    Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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    Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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    Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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    Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry

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    Matt Hill, Tommy Karlsen, Sam Vincent

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    Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

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    James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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    John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

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    Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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