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Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time  

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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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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels
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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt
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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Muttley Dastardly added Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause
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Justified is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
WestenBabb added Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter
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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
dee123 added Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping
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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross
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24 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
bhittt added Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll
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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
alleycat71 added Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
jay.broughton added Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner
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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins
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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
phoebelouise added Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Umberhaven added Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton
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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill