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The Worst TV Series Finales Ever 

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Updated June 14, 2019 165.4k votes 27.5k voters 435.7k views 141 items

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The worst final episodes of great TV shows have a history almost as old as TV itself. Whenever an audience becomes so invested in a group of fictional people's lives that they can't imagine a way the series could possibly end (let alone that the series could end at all), it's hard to satisfy everyone. A far cry from the best series finales ever, these series finale flops involve plot lines that never got wrapped up (whatever happened to Walt on Lost? And what about those polar bears?), used "convenient" ways to explain disastrous final seasons (It was all a dream! Or an autistic dream! Or a hyperbaric chamber sleep-induced dream!), or just copped out of explaining what happened to morally ambiguous characters by calling it an ambiguous end (cut to black!), these awful series finales represent the worst things that have happened to good TV.

What is the worst TV series finale of all time? Is Dexter the worst series finale ever? If you're a Seinfeld fan, did the bizarre finale leave you angry? This list of the worst final episodes on TV is here to let the viewers decide what TV series finales were the biggest letdowns. If you think the Lost season finale was the worst way a TV series ever ended, vote it up and let the TV watching world know of your disdain for the worst series finales of all time.

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Benjamin Dunn added Starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel & Cobie Smulders (CBS)
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter & David Zayas (Showtime)
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman & Laurie Metcalf (American Broadcasting Company)
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
pmflynn823 added Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer & Sam Trammell (HBO)
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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
moore.swp added Starring Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman & Milo Ventimiglia (NBC)
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Michael Richards (NBC)
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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco & Edie Falco (HBO)
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Gabby Gellerman added Starring Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic & Susan Sullivan (American Broadcasting Company)
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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell & Deborah Pratt (NBC)
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox & Jorge Garcia (American Broadcasting Company)
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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
tiedyed.420 added Starring Scott Bakula, John Billingsley & Jolene Blalock (UPN)
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ALF is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco & Max Wright (NBC)
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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
m.halenius added Starring Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller & Amaury Nolasco (Fox Broadcasting Company)
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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
higgins83 added Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad & Camryn Manheim (CBS)
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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
RedHotYankees added Starring Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher & Angus T. Jones (CBS)
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel & Scott Patterson (The WB Television Network)
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The Secret Life of the A... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Michelle1 added Starring Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald & India Eisley (City)
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
SlashLover added Starring John Hurt, Colin Morgan & Bradley James (NBC)
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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter & Jason Willinger (American Broadcasting Company)
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Saved by the Bell: The C... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
moore.swp added Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen & Dustin Diamond (NBC)
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Nicole Ayris added Starring Bob Saget, John Stamos & Dave Coulier (American Broadcasting Company)
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Fabricius added Starring Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano & Brian Krause (The WB Television Network)
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Starring David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter & Alexis Denisof (The WB Television Network)
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Kyle XY is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
db1234 added Starring Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre & Bruce Thomas (ABC Family)
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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Series Finales Ever
Tricia Toner added Starring Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee & Jaime Pressly (NBC)