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Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time

Updated June 9, 2020 252.9k votes 31.9k voters 290.4k views160 items

List RulesVote up the most memorable finales that satisfactorily wrapped up and did justice to the series as a whole.

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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    M*A*S*H 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

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
    3,408
    2,191

    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

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  • 3
    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    2,351

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
    2,815
    2,230

    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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  • 5
    Newhart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

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  • 6
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

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  • 7
    The Tonight Show Starring John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Premiered1962

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  • 8
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
    2,832
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

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    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

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  • 10
    The Office is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
    4,036
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    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

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  • 11
    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

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  • 13
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
    1,690
    1,146

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

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  • 14
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    2,259

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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  • 15
    House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps

    Premiered2004

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  • 16
    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

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  • 17
    Monk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram

    Premiered2002

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  • 18
    Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
    2,121
    1,184

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

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    The Americans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

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  • 20
    Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
    1,401
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    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker

    Premiered2005

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  • 21
    Psych is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

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  • 22
    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

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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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    1,490

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

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    Married... with Children 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

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

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  • 25
    Justified is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time
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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

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