Best Season Finales of All Time

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1.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Jack and the survivors wait for Charlie to turn off The Others' signal-jamming device, not knowing that he has been captured at the Looking Glass station. In addition, Sayid, Jin and Bernard are captured after The Others invade the camp. (44 mins.)
 
2.
Alias (2001 TV Series)
Episode: The Telling (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Sydney must confront her mother, who tells a clue about "some Rambaldi artefacts" in Zurich, but it was a trap to capture Jack... (42 mins.)
 
3.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The group on Caprica is under fire by the Cylons, but suddenly they stop. With only one ship's votes to be counted, Roslin is way behind in the elections. (44 mins.)
 
4.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Full Measure (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
Jesse has disappeared and Walt is in big trouble with Gus. So Gus rehires Gale to learn from Walt's cooking so that they can dispose of Walt once and for all. (49 mins.)
 
5.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Infuriated that Roslin usurped his command by ordering Starbuck to steal the captured Raider, Adama decides that his only option is to storm Colonial One with marines and terminate her presidency. Starbuck reaches Caprica and finds the Arrow of Apollo in a museum, but she has to go through a copy of Number Six to get it. (44 mins.)
 
6.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Marine One (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
In the Season 1 finale, a near-catatonic Carrie is confined to bed as Saul puzzles over the unnerving implications of her time line. (55 mins.)
 
7.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
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Responding to a distress call on one of the Federation's outer-most colonies, the Enterprise arrives...only to find a big hole in the ground where the town used to be, and discovers the Borg are behind the attack. (44 mins.)
 
8.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Swan Song (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
With the Apocalypse looming, Sam and Dean realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever. (44 mins.)
 
9.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
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With another sale on the horizon, Sterling, Cooper, and Draper convince Lane Pryce to fire them and then join them as they start up a new advertising firm. At home, Betty follows through with her plans to divorce Don. (47 mins.)
 
10.
The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Departed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
In the third season finale, determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences. (43 mins.)
 
11.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Face Off (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.9/10 X  
Jesse is brought to the FBI for questioning on his knowledge of Ricin. In a last effort to kill Gus, Walt must ask for help from an old enemy. (49 mins.)
 
12.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Live Together, Die Alone (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
After discovering a sailboat just offshore containing former hatch oversee Desmond, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch. (44 mins.)
 
13.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
Episode: The Gift (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
As Glory prepares Dawn for a bloodletting ritual that will open a portal to another dimension, Buffy and her friends prepare for battle. (44 mins.)
 
14.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Valar Morghulis (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Joffrey puts Sansa aside for Margaery Tyrell. Robb marries Talisa Maegyr. Jon prepares to meet Mance Rayder. Arya says farewell to Jaqen H'ghar. Daenerys tries to rescue her dragons. (56 mins.)
 
15.
ER (1994 TV Series)
Episode: Rampage (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The ER is flooded with foster care home residents, attacked by a shooter bent on tracking down his son, who , with the help of Dr. Green, was put into the foster care system amid allegations he was being abused by his father. (44 mins.)
 
16.
The Killing (2011 TV Series)
Episode: What I Know (2012)
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Linden and Holder finally find out who murdered Rosie Larsen. (45 mins.)
 
17.
Angel (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Tomorrow (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In the season finale, Connor plots revenge against Angel. He blames Angel for Holtz's death and comes up with a plan to make his father pay... (44 mins.)
 
18.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Ben tries to escape Keamy's custody so that he and Locke can follow through with Jacob's request to move the island. Michael tries to neutralize the explosives on the boat, while the "Oceanic 6" move closer to rescue. (44 mins.)
 
19.
Damages (2007 TV Series)
Episode: Because I Know Patty (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The season comes to its shocking conclusion. (60 mins.)
 
20.
Fringe (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Over There: Part 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Sacrifices will be made and both universes may never be the same again after Walter and Olivia visit the "other side." (46 mins.)
 
21.
Alias (2001 TV Series)
Episode: Almost Thirty Years (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Sloane must take a difficult decision in order to get to the Alliance's council. After being captured by Sark... (42 mins.)
 
22.
ER (1994 TV Series)
Episode: 21 Guns (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Chaos reigns in the ER when two prisoners are brought in for treatment, but instead plot a violent escape. Their desperate actions place one doctor in harm's way, and forces one nurse to become a tool in their plan. (44 mins.)
 
23.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Exodus: Part 2 (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
(Part II of II) The castaways on the raft are surprised at sea by something unexpected. Meanwhile, remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch, and a visitor to the encampment might be a threat to Claire's infant son. (44 mins.)
 
24.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Crossroads: Part 2 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Coincidences creates new alliances aboard Galactica. (44 mins.)
 
25.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Fire and Blood (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
With Ned dead, Robb vows to get revenge on the Lannisters. Jon must officially decide if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Daenerys says her final goodbye to Drogo. (56 mins.)
 
26.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates' arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities. (58 mins.)
 
27.
Damages (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Tom and Ellen continue with their plan to get information on the Tobin family's Ponzi scheme from Leonard... (60 mins.)
 
28.
Friday Night Lights (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Tomorrow Blues (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Skipping ahead five months in time, Dillon High School finds its graduating class with: Lyla, who's... (44 mins.)
 
29.
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Madness Ends (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Johnny sets out to complete his father's work. Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff. (60 mins.)
 
30.
The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV Series)
Episode: As I Lay Dying (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Damon asks Elena to forgive him for biting her but she does not accept his apologies. Soon Damon is... (43 mins.)
 
31.
Everwood (2002 TV Series)
Episode: Home (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As the day of Colin's surgery approaches and emotions run high, Andy takes Ephram and Delia on a road... (60 mins.)
 
32.
Veronica Mars (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Leave It to Beaver (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the shocking, action-packed first season finale, a determined Veronica must betray someone she cares... (44 mins.)
 
33.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Lucifer Rising (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
When the last few of the 66 Seals are broken by Lilith's minions, Sam and Dean prepare for the big and probably futile fight in very different ways... (44 mins.)
 
34.
The Office (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Casino Night (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The Dunder Mifflin crew holds a casino party at the warehouse and Michael has two dates. (22 mins.)
 
35.
Revenge (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Truth: Part 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
A heartbreaking death forces Emily to evaluate her quest for revenge. (44 mins.)
 
36.
Hannibal (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Savoureux (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Following his strange trip to Minnesota, Graham is taken into custody by Crawford for the probable murder of Abigail Hobbs... (44 mins.)
 
37.
Fringe (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
David Robert Jones comes out of hiding following an attempt on Nina Sharp's life while Walter leaves accompanied by the mysterious Observer. (46 mins.)
 
38.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Li'l Sebastian (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
While the department sets up a memorial service for Li'l Sebastian, Ron finds out about Leslie and Ben, Tom considers taking a job in the private sector, and Chris deals with his own mortality after he discovers that he has tendinitis. (22 mins.)
 
39.
ER (1994 TV Series)
Episode: Lockdown (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Just when the ER is understaffed and swamped, two children who were brought in turn out to have full blown smallpox... (44 mins.)
 
40.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
Episode: Grave (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
The Scoobies continue to try and stop Dark Willow, who is now intent on destroying the world. After Dark Willow neutralizes Buffy... (44 mins.)
 
41.
True Blood (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice... (55 mins.)
 
42.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
Episode: Let 'Em Eat Cake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Michael discovers the secret behind his father's financial woes, and George Sr. has a heart attack in prison and makes his escape from the hospital. (22 mins.)
 
43.
Roswell (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Destiny (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Even as everyone escapes from the military base Max and Liz realize they are not meant to be together and that Max's destiny lies with Tess. (42 mins.)
 
44.
Veronica Mars (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Not Pictured (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The second season ends as Veronica, on her graduation day, learns who is responsible for the bus crash... (44 mins.)
 
45.
Heroes (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Can Sylar be stopped? Will Linderman's vision live on with Nathan? What will it take for Peter to save the world, what sacrifices will be made? With all the horrible predictions unfolding before them the heroes face moments of pain and peril in Kirby Plaza. (45 mins.)
 
46.
Roswell (1999 TV Series)
Episode: The Departure (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Max, Michael, Isabel, and Tess prepare to return to their home planet using the granolith and the directions from the book that Alex translated... (42 mins.)
 
47.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Flight (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
As the escape continues, lives are lost and Pope and Bellick do everything in their power to capture the convicts. (44 mins.)
 
48.
The Flash (2014 TV Series)
Episode: Fast Enough (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
When the particle accelerator is back online, Barry will have to go back in time to stop Eobard Thawne on the night of his mother's murder 15 years ago. (43 mins.)
 
49.
The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In the aftermath of Jo, and Alarics wedding, an unexpected guest shows up, putting Elena's life in jeopardy... (43 mins.)
 
50.
Hannibal (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Mizumono (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.9/10 X  
Jack devises a plan to apprehend Hannibal, while Hannibal prepares for his departure. Will makes his decision, and it results in devastating consequences. (44 mins.)
 
51.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Children (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
The Night's Watch story continues, with surprising developments. Daenerys experiences new consequences. Brienne and Podrick have an unexpected encounter. Bran achieves a goal, while Tyrion makes an important discovery. (56 mins.)
 
52.
House of Cards (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Chapter 52 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with an extremist leader. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt. (51 mins.)
 
53.
Stranger Things (2016 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will. (55 mins.)