Entertainment News The Most Satisfying TV Finales That Aired in 2018  

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June 4, 2018 514 votes 264 voters 6.9k views 8 items

List Rules Only TV show finales that aired in 2018.

Everyone knows all good things must come to an end, and so is the case for a range of TV shows in 2018. While some shows quietly fade away—ones we probably didn't care about anyway—others finish things off to the ultimate satisfaction of fans. In other words, some TV writers just know how to please their fans, no matter how upset they are about their favorite show ending. So, while plenty of viewers weren't ready to say their final goodbyes, some of the best series finales really closed things up nicely before being put to rest (beware of spoilers).

The most satisfying TV finales are those that tie up loose ends, grant the wishes of thousands of viewers, and ultimately end on a high note. Whether that be a long-awaited love connection or, say, the most-hated character getting theirs, it makes saying goodbye a lot easier. So, which TV finales of 2018 were the most satisfying for you to watch? The Americans, Portlandia, and New Girl, among others, all called it quits in 2018 (in some way or another). And though it's always tough to see a show go, some of these shows left us with plenty to remember. 

Whatever you find most satisfying in a TV series finale, vote up the shows below that you think completely nailed it in their final episodes. You can also vote down any shows you thought may have missed the mark there. Keep in mind, spoilers lurk below, so proceed with caution.

New Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Finales That Aired in 2018
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New Girl


"The Curse of the Pirate Bride; Engram Pattersky Part 2"
Aired: May 15, 2018

Nick and Jess get married and Jess prepares to leave the loft for a new apartment. Before leaving the loft, however, they play one more game of True American.

New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves around offbeat teacher Jess after her moving into an LA loft with three men, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston; Jess' best friend Cece and old-turned-new loftmate Coach also appear regularly. The show combines comedy and drama elements as the characters, who are in their early thirties, deal with maturing relationships and career choices. The series' fourth season premiered on September 16, 2014. The series was renewed for a fifth season on March 31, 2015. Produced in Los Angeles as a single-camera comedy, New ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 7

Also Ranked

#33 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#13 on The Greatest TV Shows for Women

#17 on The Best TV Shows Streaming On Hulu

#22 on The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Finales That Aired in 2018
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2 94 VOTES

The Middle


"A Heck of a Ride: Part Two"
Aired: May 22, 2018

In preparing for his new life and job, Axl and family head to Denver. 

The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, 2009 on the ABC network. The Middle was created by former Roseanne and Murphy Brown writers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline of Blackie and Blondie Productions. The show is distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution and Blackie and Blondie Productions. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 9

Also Ranked

#51 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#50 on The Greatest TV Shows for Women

#14 on The Funniest Shows on TV Right Now

#85 on The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Finales That Aired in 2018
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3 42 VOTES

The Americans


"START"
Aired: May 30, 2018

In an incredible, yet tragic series finale, Philip and Elizabeth relocate for a better life after saving the world, leaving their children behind.

The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple living in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, + more

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 6

Also Ranked

#48 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#50 on The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

#16 on The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

#79 on The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Finales That Aired in 2018
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Once Upon a Time


"Leaving Storybrooke"
Aired: May 18, 2018

Upon learning Wish Rumple's evil plan, Regina knows there's only one way to stop him. Meanwhile, Weaver works to overcome his alter ego.

Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are characters from various fairy tales transported to the "real world" town and robbed of their real memories by a powerful curse. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline in Storybrooke, as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character's life before the curse was enacted. The show airs Sundays at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT. Once Upon a Time was created by Lost and Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Its first season received "generally favorable" reviews from ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 7

Also Ranked

#18 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#72 on The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

#8 on The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series

#71 on The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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