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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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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 51 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) 52 on the list The Best Series Finales
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Series Finales
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

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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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Series Finales
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Series Finales
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Series Finales
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Series Finales
Spartacus Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law

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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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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 62 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) 63 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) 64 on the list The Best Series Finales
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Series Finales
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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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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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Series Finales
Avatar: The Last Airbender Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Series Finales
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Series Finales
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

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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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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Series Finales
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Office Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Series Finales

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Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Series Finales
Rescue Me Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Series Finales
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Series Finales
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Series Finales
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Series Finales
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Series Finales
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Series Finales
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

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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

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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Series Finales
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Series Finales
Eastbound & Down Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 87 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) 88 on the list The Best Series Finales
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Series Finales
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 91 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) 92 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) 93 on the list The Best Series Finales
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Series Finales
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Series Finales
Merlin John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Series Finales
Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Series Finales
Barney Miller Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Series Finales
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Series Finales
Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones