Best TV Shows 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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1
5,711 2,849
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

2
9,156 2,231
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
HoserUSC added Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

3
3,543 2,415
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

4
5,446 3,799
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

5
3,193 2,153
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

6
2,327 1,889
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

7
2,532 2,130
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

8
2,749 2,255
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

9
2,831 2,203
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

10
1,935 1,770
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

11
2,542 3,091
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

12
1,786 1,621
ER is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

13
1,435 1,387
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
BrianSkeith added Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

14
2,585 1,362
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

15
1,746 1,404
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

16
2,568 1,341
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ariel Kana added Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

17
1,794 1,427
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

18
3,277 1,656
The Office is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
ludwig848 added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer - 2005

19
3,095 1,681
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

20
2,008 1,130
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

21
2,423 1,399
House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
detectivepookie added Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

22
1,246 1,587
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

23
1,549 1,054
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

24
1,414 1,625
Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

25
2,091 3,206
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

26
1,301 1,539
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

27
1,842 3,606
Lost is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

28
1,183 1,463
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

29
1,040 1,417
24 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

30
1,514 1,305
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

31
1,054 1,102
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

32
1,234 1,332
Full House is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

33
1,565 1,578
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

34
1,179 910
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

35
790 1,426
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

36
845 822
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Muttley Dastardly added Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

37
933 916
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

38
871 701
Justified is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
WestenBabb added Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

39
773 777
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

40
759 868
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

41
932 1,090
Smallville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

42
785 1,061
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

43
717 924
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

44
838 986
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Dismalhead added Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

45
639 741
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
phoebelouise added Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

46
939 683
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

47
787 1,166
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

48
587 502
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
alleycat71 added Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

49
780 1,000
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

50
702 1,145
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time
Ann-CatrinJansson added Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane