The Best Series Finales TV Programs
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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 TV villain, and even your favorite TV businesses will all close up shop at some point, and these are the best final episodes of those TV shows 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 were great TV shows with 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 TV series 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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  1. 51
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  2. 52
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  3. 53
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    1963 More
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  4. 54
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    1988 More
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  5. 55
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  6. 56
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    1985 More
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  7. 57
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    1984 More
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  8. 58
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    1997 More
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    added by: dee123
  9. 59
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    1996 More
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  10. 60
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    ranked low on reranks
    Beverly Hills, 90210

    1990 More
    33
  11. 61
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    2003 More
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    added by: adressefueralles23
  12. 62
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    2003 More
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    added by: Owen_Paul_Sloane
  13. 63
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    2001 More
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  14. 64
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    added by: averagej123
  15. 65
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    1985 More
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  16. 66
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    1990 More
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  17. 67
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    1955 More
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  18. 68
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    1959 More
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  19. 69
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    1992 More
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  20. 70
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Roseanne

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    30
  21. 71
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    added by: dee123
  22. 72
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    King of the Hill

    1997 More
    25
  23. 73
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  24. 74
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    2006 More
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    added by: LanaYoshii
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