Sometimes you don’t realize how much a TV show means to you until a few hours after the series finale when you realize you’ve cried yourself through three tissue boxes. The saddest TV finales become even more tragic once it hits you that the whole show is over and there are no more episodes to redeem the one you just watched. When you watch a show week after week, year after year, it’s impossible not to get invested in the narrative and its characters. They become your family and their goodbyes are your goodbyes.
If you followed the shows on this list, just reading the titles of these series finales may be enough to make you tear up as you remember those last emotional moments. Not all of these sad TV finales lived up to fans’ expectations, but they still delivered emotional, and sometimes soul-crushing finales that left viewers choked-up, sobbing messes. From the cathartic end of Breaking Bad to the syrupy closer of Gilmore Girls, these sad TV series finales encourage you to have a good cry. As Gandalf tells Frodo, “not all tears are an evil,” so loosen up those tear ducts and let go.
While you are dredging up old memories, be sure to vote on the saddest television series finales that made you cry.