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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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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Series Finales
Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Series Finales
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Series Finales
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Series Finales
ALF Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Series Finales
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Series Finales
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Series Finales
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Series Finales
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Series Finales
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Series Finales
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Series Finales
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Series Finales
Spartacus Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law

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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Series Finales
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Series Finales
Late Show with David Letterman David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Series Finales
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Series Finales
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Series Finales
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Series Finales
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Series Finales
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Series Finales
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Series Finales
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Series Finales
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Office Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

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Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Series Finales
Rescue Me Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Series Finales

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Series Finales
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Series Finales
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Series Finales
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Series Finales
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

83
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Series Finales
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

84
+ - 43 62
Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Series Finales
Stargate Atlantis Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Series Finales
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

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+ - 136 199
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Series Finales
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Series Finales
Merlin John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

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+ - 65 122
Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Series Finales
Ed, Edd n Eddy Matt Hill, Tommy Karlsen, Sam Vincent

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Series Finales
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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+ - 82 118
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Series Finales
Eastbound & Down Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Series Finales
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Series Finales
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Series Finales
One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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+ - 65 138
Eureka is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Series Finales
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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+ - 60 156
Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Series Finales
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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+ - 45 145
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Series Finales
Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Series Finales
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz