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. Both The Good Place ending and Schitt's Creek final episode brought satisfying closure to the characters audiences had loved over the seasons.
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 see where your favorite series finale and best TV show endings rank.
- Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn14,486 votes
- Alan Alda, McLean Stevenson, Wayne Rogers10,439 votes
- Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski6,527 votes
- Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman5,089 votes
- Will Smith, James Avery, Daphne Maxwell-Reid4,959 votes
- Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps4,721 votes