Best Series Finales of All Time

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1. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Daybreak: Part 2 (2009)

TV-14 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A stripped down Galactica attacks the Cylon's Colony ship in the hopes of rescuing Hera. The meaning of the shared dream in the Opera House on Kobol is revealed. Sam Anders is moved in his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 2,465

2. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Felina (2013)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walter White makes one last attempt to secure his family's future, while also visiting some old enemies, during his final return to Albuquerque.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 76,804

3. The Leftovers (2014–2017)
Episode: The Book of Nora (2017)

TV-MA | 72 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Nora wishes to step into Dr. Eden and Dr. Bekker's machine. But, what are the consequences?

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka

Votes: 5,012

4. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Person to Person (2015)

TV-14 | 56 min | Drama

Don's journey ends in California with Anna's niece, Stephanie, where he contemplates his future. Roger decides to marry Megan's mother, Marie. Joan has a business proposition for Peggy, who is coming to terms with her feelings for Stan.

Director: Matthew Weiner | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,916

5. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Episode: Independence Day (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

After catching Winnie kissing another guy and losing all his money and his car in a poker game, Kevin decides to head back home to his parents.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo

Votes: 329

6. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Always (2011)

TV-14 | 61 min | Drama, Sport

With the decision to close the East Dillon Football program speculation runs wild on two fronts. Will the Lions be able to win State and go out in a blaze of glory; and will Coach Taylor ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Waxman | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 786

7. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: The Wrath of the Lamb (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will hatches a cunning plot to slay Francis Dolarhyde, using Hannibal Lecter in his ploy. Bedelia voices concern about the perilous plan as Will continues his game with Hannibal, though Will may have to face his darkest fears.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 10,850

8. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: The End (2010)

TV-14 | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Locke searches for Desmond to achieve his goal of destroying the island. Jack, the newly-appointed "protector" of the island, sets out to stop him. In Los Angeles, the survivors slowly reunite and recall their island experiences.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Sam Anderson, Naveen Andrews, L. Scott Caldwell, Nestor Carbonell

Votes: 8,963

9. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Iron Throne (2019)

TV-MA | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the aftermath of the devastating attack on King's Landing, Daenerys must face the survivors.

Directors: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 212,716

10. Everwood (2002–2006)
Episode: Foreverwood: Part 2 (2006)

TV-PG | 48 min | Drama

After their house has been sold, Nina and Sam temporarily move in with the Browns. Wanting to take care of an unresolved issue in his life before he can propose to Nina, Andy takes a ... See full summary »

Director: Perry Lang | Stars: Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp, Debra Mooney

Votes: 104

11. You're the Worst (2014–2019)
Episode: Pancakes (2019)

TV-MA | 36 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

On the day of their wedding, Jimmy and Gretchen grapple with the meaning of marriage.

Director: Stephen Falk | Stars: Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges, Kether Donohue

Votes: 298

12. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: An Enemy of Fate (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

As the Observers close in, Walter and September desperately work to complete the plan, but one obstacle after another hinders their progress.

Director: J.H. Wyman | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble

Votes: 2,736

13. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Not Fade Away (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Bell | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,665

14. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: Eden (2014)

TV-14 | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Linden and Holder's partnership spirals out of control as they are confronted with the shocking truth behind the Stansbury murders.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Gregg Henry, Tyler Ross

Votes: 1,355

15. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: One Last Ride (2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

Leslie and Ben both receive offers to run for governor of Indiana in 2025. But before they decide on which person will take the offer, Ben has one final surprise for Leslie.

Director: Michael Schur | Stars: Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 3,117

16. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: And in the End... (2009)

TV-14 | 84 min | Drama, Romance

As Carter prepares to open a new facility for the underprivileged, some old friends/colleagues gather. Rachel Greene, Mark Greene's daughter, applies for an internship at County.

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Sherry Stringfield, David Lyons

Votes: 914

17. The Returned (2012– )
Episode: Les Revenants (2015)

TV-14 | 65 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After the shooting the Seguret family try to leave town, but Camille cannot stay with her family and must join The Returned. Alcide takes Simon and Adele's baby to Lucy, but it is too late The Horde has dispersed.

Directors: Fabrice Gobert, Frédéric Goupil | Stars: Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Céline Sallette, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 262

18. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Hogcock!/Last Lunch (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy

Liz is dealing with being a stay-at-home mom while Jack tries to find true happiness. Kenneth and Tracy are both adjusting to Kenneth's new position as President of NBC.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 711

19. The Americans (2013–2018)
Episode: START (2018)

TV-MA | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Jennings family face a choice that will change their lives forever.

Director: Chris Long | Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Brandon J. Dirden, Costa Ronin

Votes: 2,507

20. Alias (2001–2006)
Episode: All the Time in the World (2006)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

In the aftermath of the destruction of APO, Sydney, Jack and Vaughn must find a way to stop Irina Derevko and Arvin Sloane from fulfilling the Rambaldi endgame of Armageddon.

Director: Tucker Gates | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 471

21. Once and Again (1999–2002)
Episode: Chance of a Lifetime (2002)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Rick and Lily face more life-altering decisions when he is offered a major architectural position in Australia and she is offered a chance to take her Chicago-based radio show into national syndication.

Director: Dan Lerner | Stars: Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jeffrey Nordling, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 26

22. Veronica Mars (2004– )
Episode: The Bitch Is Back (2007)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Veronica discovers the origin of her sex tape - Furious that Logan attacked Piz, Veronica tells Logan she wants nothing to do with him. Parker confronts Logan about still having feelings ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Fields | Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen

Votes: 716

23. Wonderfalls (2004)
Episode: Caged Bird (2004)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

As Eric prepares to leave Niagra forever, Jaye, Sharon, Alec, and Wade are held hostage in Wonderfalls by a bank robber on the run.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso, Lee Pace

Votes: 196

24. Review (2014–2017)
Episode: Cryogenics, Lightning, Not Reviewing (2017)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Forrest sets out to cryogenically freeze himself and get struck by lightning, then receives a surprising message from Suzanne.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Andrew Daly, Jessica St. Clair, Megan Stevenson, Michael Croner

Votes: 76

25. Veep (2012–2019)
Episode: Veep (2019)

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy

The nominating fight between Selina and her rivals reaches its climax, as their race comes to a historic finish.

Director: David Mandel | Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott

Votes: 1,147

26. Band of Brothers (2001)
Episode: Points (2001)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Drama, History

As the Germans surrender, it appears that the hard days for Easy Company are over as they are stationed in Austria. But they soon learn that those solders without enough service points will be sent to fight in Japan.

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Nicholas Aaron, Doug Allen, David Andrews, Eion Bailey

Votes: 4,356

27. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
Episode: Endgame (2001)

TV-PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Ten years after Voyager's return from a 23 year journey across the galaxy, Admiral Janeway breaks all the temporal rules and journeys back in time to change a decision she made that ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Kroeker | Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 1,617

28. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: What Kind of Day Has It Been (2014)

TV-MA | 64 min | Drama

The team looks forward as they mourn the loss of a coworker.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,387

29. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
Episode: The Blessed Dark (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Sir Malcolm and his allies battle the fiend laying claim to Vanessa, the Creature faces a baleful demand, and Ethan makes a heartrending choice.

Director: Paco Cabezas | Stars: Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 1,993

30. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Two Graves (2015)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Now being backed into a corner, Emily Thorne is forced to admit her guilt but first she will have to decide how far she will go before admitting defeat.

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler

Votes: 876

31. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The Last One: Part 2 (2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Phoebe races Ross to the airport in a bid to stop Rachel from leaving for Paris. Monica and chandler pack up their apartment ahead of their move to their new house, and Joey buys Chandler a new chick and duck as a leaving present.

Director: Kevin Bright | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 9,442

32. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Christmas Special (2015)

TV-PG | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Two-hour Christmas special and the series finale. Mary endeavors to build bridges with her sister while Edith's secret continues to pose a threat. As Henry settles into the role of husband and stepfather, finding his place at Downton proves more difficult.

Director: Michael Engler | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy

Votes: 1,397

33. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Finale (2013)

TV-PG | 51 min | Comedy

One year later, Dunder Mifflin employees past and present reunite for a panel discussion about the documentary and to attend Dwight and Angela's wedding.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms

Votes: 8,379

34. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Chosen (2003)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

After killing Caleb, Buffy conceives a plan to defeat the First once and for all. Willow invokes a magic spell that alters the ancient Slayer spell and gives Buffy the allies she needs to ... See full summary »

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 3,515

35. Santa Clarita Diet (2017–2019)
Episode: The Cult of Sheila (2019)

TV-MA | Comedy, Horror

Joel and Sheila have a scary man's undivided attention. Abby and Eric are surprised by hungry visitors. A troublesome trio crashes the Hammonds' party.

Director: Marc Buckland | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo

Votes: 700

36. Roswell (1999–2002)
Episode: Graduation (2002)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Liz has a premonition where she, Max, Michael and Isabel are all viciously murdered. Thinking that this event will take place in two weeks the group decide they must leave Roswell one by ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino

Votes: 267



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