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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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    Markie Post, Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman

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    Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Willa Holland

  4. 54
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    added by averagej123 Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

  5. 55
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    Helena Bonham Carter, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos

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    Brittany Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen

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

  8. 58
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller

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

  10. 60
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    added by adressefueralles23 Sophia Bush, Jana Kramer, Danneel Ackles

  11. 61
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    William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

  12. 62
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    Richard Dean Anderson, Bruce McGill, Dana Elcar

  13. 63
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

  14. 64
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    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roseanne Barr

  16. 66
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    ranked low on reranks Hilary Swank, Tiffani Thiessen, Shannen Doherty

  17. 67
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    added by Owen_Paul_Sloane Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

  18. 68
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    Tony Shalhoub, Amy Yasbeck, Thomas Haden Church

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SensitivePsych0 Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

  20. 70
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    Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

  21. 71
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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

  22. 72
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    Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind

  23. 73
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    Anna Paquin, Evan Rachel Wood, Deborah Ann Woll

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

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

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    added by ChantelleSilveira Katie Holmes, Jensen Ackles, Michelle Williams

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    new! & added by bhittt Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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    added by LanaYoshii Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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