Highest Rated Season Finales

by OsirisWolf | created - 18 May 2012 | updated - 27 May 2013 | Public

IMDB's highest rated SEASON finales. (May also include series finales). Criteria is as follows: 1.Fiction only 2.The show must be rated with at least 7.0 stars overall 3.The episode must get at least a 9.0 4.Must have at least 100 votes to make the list 5.Episodes with more votes will outrank episodes with tying ratings; there are four tiers: 100-499, 500-999, 1,000-1,999, and 2,000+ votes (6.List constructed from IMDB's Best TV Series List which requires a minimum of 5,000 votes)

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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Face Off (2011)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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.

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

Votes: 37,388

Season 4 Episode 13

2,722 votes

Breaking Bad: 9.4 Stars

2. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Wilson's Heart (2008)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery

The team works to save someone close to a central character's heart. The key is inside House's head, but he is in a bad way himself.

Director: Katie Jacobs | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 7,015

Season 4 Episode 16 - Year of the writers strike

2,531 votes

House M.D.: 8.7 Stars

3. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Through the Looking Glass (2007)

TV-14 | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Emerson

Votes: 9,172

Season 3 Episode 22

4,643 votes

Lost: 8.4 Stars

4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Full Measure (2010)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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.

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

Votes: 18,330

Season 3 Episode 13

2,200 votes

Breaking Bad: 9.4 Stars

5. Dexter (2006–2013)
Episode: The Getaway (2009)

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

Dexter is obsessed with getting the Trinity Killer himself, especially after Arthur has tracked him to Metro Homicide and learns his real identity.

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 9,946

Season 4 Episode 12

3,579 votes

Dexter: 9.1 Stars

6. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Live Together, Die Alone (2006)

TV-14 | 87 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox

Votes: 5,828

Season 2 Episode 24

2,587 votes

Lost: 8.4 Stars

7. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Reichenbach Fall (2012)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 32,125

Season 2 Episode 3

6,565 votes

Sherlock: 9.2 Stars

8. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Exodus: Part 2 (Part I) (2005)

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

(Part I 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.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Votes: 5,224

Season 1 Episode 24

2,107 votes

Lost: 8.4 Stars

9. 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: 6,872

Season 5 Episode 12

2,911 votes

Six Feet Under: 8.9 Stars

10. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: The Incident: Part 1 (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Jack and Sayid's plan faces resistance from Sawyer, Juliet, and Kate. Ben and The Others/Hostiles reach Jacob at the Foot of the Statue, and are soon met by the 316 survivors, who reveal the contents of their mysterious package.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Michael Emerson

Votes: 5,087

Season 5 Episode 16

2,608 votes

Lost: 8.4 Stars

11. Spartacus (2010–2013)
Episode: Kill Them All (2010)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

An epic battle between Spartacus and his gladiator brothers, against Batiatus and his Guards.

Director: Jesse Warn | Stars: Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett

Votes: 5,012

Season 1 Episode 13

2,105 votes

Spartacus: Vengeance: 8.7 Stars

12. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Fire and Blood (2011)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Sean Bean, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey

Votes: 31,318

Season 1 Episode 10

3,971 votes

Game of Thrones: 9.4 Stars

13. Dexter (2006–2013)
Episode: Born Free (2006)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dexter races against the clock to find Debra when she is abducted by Rudy, the Ice Truck Killer, which leads the two psychopathic killers to have a fateful showdown, and who finally reveals his connection to Dexter.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King

Votes: 6,996

Season 1 Episode 12

2,159 votes

Dexter: 9.1 Stars

14. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Valar Morghulis (2012)

TV-MA | 64 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley

Votes: 27,683

Season 2 Episode 10

4,225 votes

Game Of Thrones: 9.4 Stars

15. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Both Sides Now (2009)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery

House and his team treat a patient who had his brain split in half, now it seems like one side of his brain is causing some health/behavioral issues. House plays games with Cuddy over the ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 4,030

Season 5 Episode 24

1,792 votes

House M.D.: 8.7 Stars

16. House (2004–2012)
Episode: No Reason (2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

An old patient of House comes back and seeks revenge upon him in the form of gunshot.

Director: David Shore | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 3,834

Season 2 Episode 24

1,620 votes

House M.D.: 8.7 Stars

17. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Help Me (2010)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery

Cuddy, House and members of the team join forces with a search-and-rescue team to provide much-needed medical attention at the scene of an emergency.

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 3,532

Season 6 Episode 21

1,487 votes

House M.D.: 8.7 Stars

18. Arrow (2012– )
Episode: Sacrifice (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Oliver awakens to find himself Malcolm Merlyn's prisoner. He manages to escape and away with help from Digg. Malcolm accelerates his timetable as a result. Felicity is questioned by Det. ... See full summary »

Director: David Barrett | Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey

Votes: 6,869

Season 1 Episode 23

1,285 votes

Arrow: 8.1 Stars

19. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: ABQ (2009)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt's lies have pushed Skyler to her limit. She leaves with the kids. Meanwhile, Jesse blames himself for Jane's death and goes into rehab.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 14,162

Season 2 Episode 13

1,586 votes

Breaking Bad: 9.4 Stars

20. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Name of the Doctor (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor's friends are being kidnapped, which leads him to the fields of Trenzalore, where his greatest secret will be revealed and Clara's mystery will be solved.

Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Alex Kingston, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 6,331

Season 7 Episode 14

1,052 votes

Doctor Who: 8.7 Stars

21. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: Sacrifice (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Sam and Dean capture Crowley to finish the trials and close the gates of Hell. Castiel and Metatron continue the trials to close the gates of Heaven. Sam is left with a huge decision.

Director: Philip Sgriccia | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard

Votes: 4,026

Season 8 Episode 23

837 votes

Supernatural: 8.5 Stars

22. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Episode: Graduation (2013)

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

Season finale: It's Graduation Day. Damon's life is in danger and Elena faces an epic confrontation. Plus, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.

Director: Chris Grismer | Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen

Votes: 2,019

Season 4 Episode 23

563 votes

The Vampire Diaries: 8.0 Stars

23. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Episode: The Bitter End (2011)

TV-MA | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Batiatus mourns the death of his father and blames Tullius for all that has befallen them. Gannicus pushes Batiatus to complete his sale to Tullius so that he may seek revenge for the House... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare

Votes: 2,086

Season 1 Episode 6

735 votes

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: 8.8 Stars

24. 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: 3,577

Season 5 Episode 10

745 votes

The Wire: 9.5 Stars

25. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Final Grades (2006)

TV-MA | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the Season Four finale, the bodies from the vacants pile up while Burrell offers his support to Daniels and admonishes Rawls for crossing him. A distraught Bubbles finds himself at his wit's end after his revenge plan backfires.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Frankie Faison, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 3,186

Season 4 Episode 13

721 votes

The Wire: 9.5 Stars

26. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: God Mode (2013)

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

Reese and Finch team up with surprising allies in a race to save The Machine from Root and the mysterious international organization, Decima, who have both re-emerged with dangerous agendas.

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

Votes: 3,390

Season 2 Episode 22

490 votes

Person of Interest: 8.3 Stars

27. Oz (1997–2003)
Episode: A Game of Checkers (1997)

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

After a visit with his sons, Schillinger realizes he needs to get paroled. He convinces McManus to let him return to Em City with the condition that he leaves Beecher alone. Beecher comes ... See full summary »

Director: Jean de Segonzac | Stars: Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Harold Perrineau, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 1,004

Season 1 Episode 8

251 votes

Oz: 9.0 Stars

28. Oz (1997–2003)
Episode: Exeunt Omnes (2003)

TV-MA | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Querns is appointed the new warden of Oz. Brass attempts to get famous for a day. Tim tries to change the mindset of Said's murderer. Cyril is finally executed. Keller brings Tobias back to Oz for good.

Director: Alex Zakrzewski | Stars: Kirk Acevedo, Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Rita Moreno

Votes: 839

Season 6 Episode 8

317 votes

Oz: 9.0 Stars

29. Oz (1997–2003)
Episode: Escape from Oz (1998)

TV-MA | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the Season Two finale, Wittlesey is transferred to general population and replaced by Karl Metzger, a Nazi. Mack and another Aryan try to escape through Busmalis and Rebadow's hole. Hill... See full summary »

Director: Jean de Segonzac | Stars: Kirk Acevedo, Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Rita Moreno

Votes: 804

Season 2 Episode 8

247 votes

Oz: 9.0 Stars

30. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Truth: Part 2 (2013)

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

A heartbreaking death forces Emily to evaluate her quest for revenge.

Director: J. Miller Tobin | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 941

Season 2 Episode 22

267 votes

Revenge: 8.1 Stars

31. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: Bloody Harlan (2011)

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

The bad blood between the Bennetts and the Crowders reaches its boiling point and results in bloodshed, and Loretta returns from Lexington to avenge her father's death.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 1,144

Season 2 Episode 13

267 votes

Justified: 8.8 Stars

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