Best Series Finales of All Time

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1. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Daybreak: Part 2 & 3 (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: 2,359

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: 67,016

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: 4,594

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: 2,622

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, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo, Alley Mills

Votes: 308

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: 734

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: 10,303

8. 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: 100

9. 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: 2,602

10. 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: 8,159

11. 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: 2,159

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

TV-14 | 120 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: 896

13. 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: 1,297

14. 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: 246

15. 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: 669

16. 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: 465

17. 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: 1,978

18. 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: 1,419

19. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)
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: 638

20. 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: 193

21. 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: 1,871

22. 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: 25

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

TV-PG | 22 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: 8,243

24. 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: 1,269

25. 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: 74



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