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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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Series Finales
dee123 added Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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389 621
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Series Finales
Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

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185 190
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Series Finales
alleycat71 added Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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70 38
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Series Finales
Clansmanone added Babylon 5 Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

55
159 187
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Series Finales
jay.broughton added The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

56
227 324
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Series Finales
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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239 418
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Series Finales
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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191 402
The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

59
142 160
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Series Finales
Kimberly Finzel added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

60
224 326
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Series Finales
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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178 184
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Series Finales
Umberhaven added Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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174 399
ALF is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Series Finales
ALF Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

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165 177
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Series Finales
Jules_WinnfieId added Spartacus Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law

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168 432
JAG is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Series Finales
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

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194 306
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Series Finales
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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192 373
Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Series Finales
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

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210 338
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Series Finales
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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174 264
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Series Finales
bhittt added Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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132 183
Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Series Finales
RichardBeecher added Late Show with David Letterman David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

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271 411
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Series Finales
averagej123 added Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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158 457
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Series Finales
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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265 507
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Series Finales
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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175 484
St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Series Finales
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

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64 92
Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Series Finales
spideyforever added Stargate Atlantis Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

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173 284
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Series Finales
eevangel added Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

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79 108
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Series Finales
Stephanie Kuchinski added White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

77
125 152
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Series Finales
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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209 345
The Office is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Office Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

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149 314
Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Series Finales

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92 157
Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Series Finales
Rescue Me Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale

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156 394
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Series Finales
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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91 165
Eureka is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Series Finales
Umberhaven added Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

83
256 487
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Series Finales
alminmelo added Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

84
155 376
NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Series Finales
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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76 148
Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Series Finales
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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85 201
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Series Finales
sannalockner added Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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142 347
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Series Finales
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

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157 224
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Series Finales
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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147 428
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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80 180
Merlin is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Series Finales
SlashLover added Merlin John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

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77 149
Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Series Finales
Ed, Edd n Eddy Matt Hill, Tommy Karlsen, Sam Vincent

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87 176
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Series Finales
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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134 360
One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Series Finales
adressefueralles23 added One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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124 299
Alias is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Series Finales
dee123 added Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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150 305
Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Series Finales
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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27 56
Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Series Finales
Willow-Rosenberg7 added Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

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111 237
Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Series Finales
chantellebelle added Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

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70 181
Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Series Finales
willyboymcoy added Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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90 145
Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Series Finales
RichardBeecher added Eastbound & Down Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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146 277
Wings is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Series Finales
Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard