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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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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
HoserUSC added Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi
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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson
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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ariel Kana added Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters
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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern
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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
ludwig848 added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
2005
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
BrianSkeith added Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
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House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
detectivepookie added Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
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ER is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman
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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia
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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal