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The Best Series Finales

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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 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.

List Criteria: Finale episodes of TV shows

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    1988 More
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  2. 52
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    1986 More
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  3. 53
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    1996 More
    40
  4. 54
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    1998 More
    39
  5. 55
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    1984 More
    39
  6. 56
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    1984 More
    37
  7. 57
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    1985 More
    37
  8. 58
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    controversial
    Roseanne

    1988 More
    37
  9. 59
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dexter

    2006 More
    37
    added by: LanaYoshii
  10. 60
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    controversial
    Gunsmoke

    1955 More
    36
  11. 61
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    1985 More
    35
  12. 62
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    2001 More
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    added by: willyboymcoy
  13. 63
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    controversial
    Mad About You

    1992 More
    34
  14. 64
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    controversial
    The Office

    2001 More
    33
  15. 65
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    2003 More
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    added by: MarkJohnson
  16. 66
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    1990 More
    32
  17. 67
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    1959 More
    32
  18. 68
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    2005 More
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  19. 69
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    2004 More
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    added by: detectivepookie
  20. 70
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    1974 More
    32
  21. 71
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    2007 More
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    added by: MarkJohnson
  22. 72
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    2004 More
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    added by: sannalockner
  23. 73
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    about to drop off &controversial
    Major Dad

    1989 More
    31
  24. 74
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    1990 More
    31
  25. 75
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    about to drop off
    Gilmore Girls

    2000 More
    30
  26. 76
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    L.A. Law

    1986 More
    29
  27. 77
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    1997 More
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