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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
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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
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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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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
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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
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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
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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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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
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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
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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The Mary Tyler Moore Sho... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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ER is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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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
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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
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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