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List Rules Finale episodes of TV shows

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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5,211 2,596
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

2
8,298 2,085
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
HoserUSC added Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

3
3,244 2,241
Newhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Newhart Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

4
4,978 3,530
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

5
2,921 1,995
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
2,134 1,746
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
2,322 1,962
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
2,516 2,080
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

9
2,601 2,038
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
1,779 1,626
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

11
2,343 2,847
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

12
1,632 1,474
ER is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

13
2,338 1,240
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
1,303 1,276
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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15
1,581 1,272
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

16
2,299 1,200
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
1,619 1,309
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

18
2,938 1,522
The Office is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
ludwig848 added The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer - 2005

19
2,773 1,532
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
1,795 1,022
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

21
2,180 1,277
House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
detectivepookie added House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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1,136 1,474
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

23
1,311 1,493
Angel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

24
1,377 967
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

25
1,218 1,417
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

26
1,944 2,955
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

27
1,716 3,324
Lost is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

28
1,070 1,341
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

29
945 1,313
24 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

30
1,365 1,192
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

31
955 1,005
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

32
1,112 1,213
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
1,436 1,445
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

34
1,070 816
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

35
758 738
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Muttley Dastardly added Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

The Best Serial Legal Dramas of All Time

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705 1,301
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

37
840 835
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

38
762 624
Justified is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
WestenBabb added Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

39
691 710
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

40
676 791
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

41
853 1,001
Smallville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Smallville Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

42
720 974
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 42 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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650 846
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

44
574 664
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
phoebelouise added 30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

45
835 607
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Avatar: The Last Airbender Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

46
759 915
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

47
734 1,063
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

48
464 663
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 48 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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537 1,048
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

50
649 1,062
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ann-CatrinJansson added Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane