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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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Series Finales
ALF Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Series Finales
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 54 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) 55 on the list The Best Series Finales
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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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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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Series Finales
Spartacus Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Series Finales
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Series Finales
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Series Finales
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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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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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Series Finales
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Series Finales
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Series Finales
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Series Finales
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Series Finales
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Series Finales
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Series Finales
Late Show with David Letterman David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Series Finales
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Office Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Series Finales
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Series Finales
Avatar: The Last Airbender Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Series Finales
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Series Finales
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Series Finales
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Series Finales
Eastbound & Down Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Series Finales
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Series Finales
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Series Finales
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Series Finales
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Series Finales

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Series Finales
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Series Finales
Ed, Edd n Eddy Matt Hill, Tommy Karlsen, Sam Vincent

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Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Series Finales
Rescue Me Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Series Finales
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Series Finales
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Series Finales
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Series Finales
One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Series Finales
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Series Finales
Merlin John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Series Finales
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Series Finales
Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Series Finales
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Series Finales
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Series Finales
Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Series Finales
Barney Miller Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Series Finales
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley