Best Series Finales

by iwantmycookies | created - 27 Oct 2015 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A list of all the series finales I've seen, from best to worst.

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1. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: Everyone's Waiting (2005)

TV-MA | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

Nate and Brenda's daughter Willa is born, but 2 months early and at only 2 lb. 4 oz., requiring a prolonged hospital stay. Nate is convinced she won't make it and insists that he can't ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 6,913


2. Spartacus (2010–2013)
Episode: Victory (2013)

TV-MA | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Spartacus and his outnumbered rebels make one last attempt to win freedom in an epic final battle against the Romans led by Marcus Crassus.

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 6,814


3. The Shield (2002–2008)
Episode: Family Meeting (2008)

TV-MA | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

As Vic hopes his immunity deal will help keep his family together, and Shane takes extreme measures to keep his pregnant wife from being charged with murder, Dutch finds he's a suspect in ... See full summary »

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Paula Garcés, Walton Goggins

Votes: 1,646


4. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)
Episode: Hello, Elliot (2019)

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elliot gets to Coney Island, and the delusion begins to slip. Mr. Robot reveals the truth.

Director: Sam Esmail | Stars: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Michael Cristofer

Votes: 8,916


5. 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: 5,277


6. 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: 11,070


7. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: -30- (2008)

TV-MA | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choice: clean up the mess...or hide the dirt.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Dominic West, Reg E. Cathey, John Doman, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 3,600


8. 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: 806


9. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
Episode: Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang (2008)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Aang's moment of truth arrives. Can he defeat Ozai, the Phoenix King? Will he be forced to take a human life? All the characters face their greatest challenges.

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos | Stars: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Jessie Flower

Votes: 4,627


10. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: The Promise (2015)

TV-MA | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Raylan is captured by the authorities, but Art reluctantly lets him go and puts him back on the case. Avery gets to Ava and questions her about his missing money, but she winds up leading Boyd straight to them.

Director: Adam Arkin | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Jere Burns, Joelle Carter

Votes: 1,742


11. 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: 79,884


12. 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: 9,210


13. Chernobyl (2019)
Episode: Vichnaya Pamyat (2019)

TV-MA | 72 min | Drama, History, Thriller

Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.

Director: Johan Renck | Stars: Douggie McMeekin, Jamie Sives, Michael Socha, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 49,025


14. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
Episode: New Canaan, CA (2005)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

In the cliff-hanging season finale, Samson devises a grand plan by scheming with Ben, Jones, and the entire troupe to lure Brother Justin to Carnivale for his confrontation with Ben. ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 496


15. 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: 2,790


16. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: Return 0 (2016)

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

Finch, Reese, Fusco and Shaw embark on one last mission to prevent Samaritan from destroying The Machine and cementing its hold over mankind.

Director: Chris Fisher | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

Votes: 8,779


17. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Christmas Special: Part 2 (2003)

TV-14 | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

Tim's world is rocked when Dawn turns up at the office to say hello. Despite a stern warning from Gareth and wise words from Keith in Accounts, Tim can't help but get his hopes up again. ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 1,790


18. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: One Last Ride: Part 2 (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: 3,249


19. The Knick (2014–2015)
Episode: This Is All We Are (2015)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama, History

Thackery ignores Zinberg's advice at Mt. Sinai and undertakes a risky, alternative course of action; Cornelia confronts Henry about the family business; Barrow's actions at the hospital ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance

Votes: 1,078


20. 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: 2,673


21. Firefly (2002–2003)
Episode: Objects in Space (2002)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Serenity encounters a ruthlessly professional bounty hunter, Jubal Early, who will stop at nothing to retrieve River. But River, feeling unwelcome on the ship, takes a novel approach to escaping from the Alliance.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 4,189


22. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television (2015)

TV-Y | 27 min | Comedy

As their sixth year at Greendale draws to a close, Abed asks everyone to imagine pitching a TV show about what they would do in season seven.

Director: Rob Schrab | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie

Votes: 3,156


23. 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: 3,070


24. When They See Us (2019)
Episode: Part Four (2019)

TV-MA | 88 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Korey is in adult prison and struggles with it. Eventually, the real truth comes out about what really happened. Events that had been ignored finally come to light.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jharrel Jerome

Votes: 4,139


25. The Good Place (2016–2020)
Episode: Whenever You're Ready (2020)

TV-PG | 53 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Various conversations occur, between various groups of people.

Director: Michael Schur | Stars: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden

Votes: 1,781


26. The OA (2016–2019)
Episode: Overview (2019)

TV-MA | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

While BBA and the others converge on the clinic, Nina persuades Hap to show her his research, and Karim unlocks one of the house's final secrets.

Director: Zal Batmanglij | Stars: Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Phyllis Smith

Votes: 2,206


27. Gravity Falls (2012–2016)
Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls (2016)

TV-Y7 | 44 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A final confrontation with Bill leads to the Pines family's ultimate fate and greatest sacrifice.

Director: Stephen Sandoval | Stars: Kristen Schaal, Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Cecil Baldwin

Votes: 2,360


28. 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: 4,561


29. 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: 9,208


30. Rectify (2013–2016)
Episode: All I'm Sayin' (2016)

TV-14 | 68 min | Drama

Daniel begins to appreciate his progress as he realizes what his new life may look like. The old life is quickly disappearing for Teddy, who knows change is unavoidable. Jon debriefs Janet ... See full summary »

Director: Ray McKinnon | Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 514


31. Vice Principals (2016–2018)
Episode: The Union of the Wizard & The Warrior (2017)

TV-MA | 33 min | Comedy

The school year comes to a startling end.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Dale Dickey, Kimberly Hebert Gregory

Votes: 567


32. Skam (2015–2017)
Episode: Takk for alt (2017)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama, Romance

The point of view of several of the recurring characters are shown, and their lives are explored in the week leading up to Sana's party for Eid.

Director: Julie Andem | Stars: Iman Meskini, Ina Svenningdal, Josefine Frida Pettersen, Ulrikke Falch

Votes: 398


33. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
Episode: Discos and Dragons (2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

Nick explores disco, Lindsay listens to the Grateful Dead, and Daniel tries something new. What's cool? Friendship.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine

Votes: 1,486


34. Extras (2005–2007)
Episode: The Extra Special Series Finale (2007)

TV-14 | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

Andy is unhappy with the fame he has achieved. When a new agent approaches him, Andy fires Darren and quits 'When The Whistle Blows'. Meanwhile, Maggie has hit rock bottom, having given up ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 2,160


35. 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: 339


36. 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: 1,250


37. The Affair (2014– )
Episode: Episode #5.11 (2019)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama

It's Whitney's wedding day and everything comes full circle. Series finale.

Director: Sarah Treem | Stars: Dominic West, Maura Tierney, Julia Goldani Telles, Jadon Sand

Votes: 877


38. Deadwood (2004–2006)
Episode: Tell Him Something Pretty (2006)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

Election day arrives, Hearst has his revenge, Sol and Trixie have it out, and Tolliver releases rage at his impotence.

Director: Mark Tinker | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, W. Earl Brown

Votes: 1,064


39. Rome (2005–2007)
Episode: De Patre Vostro (About Your Father) (2007)

TV-MA | 65 min | Action, Drama, History

With the defeat of the Egyptian fleet at Actium, Mark Antony and Cleopatra retreat to their palace and await their fate. Believing that Cleopatra has taken her life, Mark Antony decides ... See full summary »

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Kevin McKidd, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 1,557


40. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Made in America (2007)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama

Tony and his family have to stay in hiding until Phil Leotardo is dealt with. His family doesn't like the lifestyle they have been forced to adopt. AJ and Meadow move onto the next step in their lives. Tony confronts Junior one last time.

Director: David Chase | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 5,715


41. Arrow (2012–2020)
Episode: Fadeout (2020)

TV-14 | Action, Adventure, Crime

The final events in the story of the Green Arrow.

Director: James Bamford | Stars: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy

Votes: 1,892


42. Fleabag (2016–2019)
Episode: Episode #2.6 (2019)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy, Drama

As the wedding draws nearer, the relationship between Fleabag and the Priest becomes more intense - but how will it be resolved?

Director: Harry Bradbeer | Stars: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Sian Clifford

Votes: 2,285


43. Sharp Objects (2018)
Episode: Milk (2018)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Concerned for Amma's safety, Camille puts her own life in jeopardy as she gets closer to the truth behind the shocking mysteries surrounding the Wind Gap killings.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 2,938


44. New Girl (2011–2018)
Episode: Engram Pattersky (2018)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

The gang get ready to say goodbye to the loft, but Jess isn't happy with how everyone is coping with their emotions

Director: Erin O'Malley | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris

Votes: 585


45. Daredevil (2015–2018)
Episode: A New Napkin (2018)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Crime, Drama