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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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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
HoserUSC added Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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2
2,254 1,537
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

3
2,283 1,933
Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

4
1,533 1,375
Newhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Newhart Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

5
1,310 1,217
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

6
1,309 1,236
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

7
1,066 1,161
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

8
980 1,098
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

9
1,322 1,257
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

10
1,268 1,569
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

11
1,292 673
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

12
1,383 718
The Office is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
ludwig848 added The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer - 2005

13
944 539
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ariel Kana added Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

14
807 973
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

15
1,067 747
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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1,076 1,613
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

17
724 871
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

18
1,044 687
House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
detectivepookie added House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

19
653 894
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

20
1,093 1,975
Lost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

21
736 782
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

22
567 794
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
BrianSkeith added The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

23
658 780
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

24
688 870
Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

25
640 878
ER is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

26
927 792
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

27
762 580
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

28
556 797
24 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

29
512 771
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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562 585
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

31
636 675
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

32
512 690
Full House is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

33
442 595
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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292 266
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Muttley Dastardly added Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

35
467 588
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

36
525 454
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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363 784
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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460 307
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
surag added That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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358 240
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Avatar: The Last Airbender Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

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466 571
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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317 257
Justified is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
WestenBabb added Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

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476 619
Smallville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Smallville Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

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383 606
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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425 695
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ann-CatrinJansson added Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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260 331
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
phoebelouise added 30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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378 463
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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229 334
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
dee123 added Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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323 650
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

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333 522
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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314 477
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley