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Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time 

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Updated June 9, 2020 272k votes 31.6k voters 288.5k views 160 items

List Rules Vote up the most memorable finales that satisfactorily wrapped up and did justice to the series as a whole.

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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers & Loretta Swi (CBS)
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
HoserUSC added Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul & Anna Gunn (AMC)
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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Bob Newhart, Mary Frann & Tom Poston (CBS)
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman & John Ratzenberger (NBC)
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox & Lisa Kudrow (NBC)
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner & Jonathan Frakes (CBS)
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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon & Skitch Henderson (NBC)
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves & David Hyde Pierce (NBC)
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson & Earl Hindman (American Broadcasting Company)
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Will Smith, James Avery & Alfonso Ribeiro (NBC)
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White & Rue McClanahan (NBC)
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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton & Brad Garrett (CBS)
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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate & Katey Sagal (Fox Broadcasting Company)
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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall & Frances Conroy (HBO)
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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal & Mark Boone Junior (FX)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan & James Marsters (UPN)
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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Fred Savage, Dan Lauria & Daniel Stern (American Broadcasting Company)
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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter (NBC)
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Ariel Kana added Starring Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir & Nick Offerman (NBC)
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
ludwig848 added Starring Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski & Jenna Fischer (Global Television Network)
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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Harry Anderson, John Larroquette & Richard Moll (NBC)
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House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
detectivepookie added Starring Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps & Robert Sean Leonard (Fox Broadcasting Company)
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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Ben Savage, Rider Strong & William Daniels (American Broadcasting Company)
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ER is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Anthony Edwards, George Clooney & Julianna Margulies (NBC)
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
Starring Bob Saget, John Stamos & Dave Coulier (American Broadcasting Company)