Best Series Finales

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My favourite conclusions to television series.

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1. 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: 77,900


2. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)
Episode: The Real Folk Blues: Part 2 (1999)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Spike faces his past and Vicious in this dramatic finale of the series.

Directors: Yoshiyuki Takei, Shin'ichirô Watanabe | Stars: Steve Blum, Kôichi Yamadera, Beau Billingslea, Unshô Ishizuka

Votes: 1,261


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

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

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: 2,238


4. 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: 4,310


5. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
Episode: Goodbyeee (1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, War

Blackadder pretends that he's insane to avoid certain death carrying out the General's order for the "big push".

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 1,151


6. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: Basil the Rat (1979)

TV-PG | 34 min | Comedy

Basil and the rest of the staff are in deep trouble when the health inspector turns up and delivers an enormous list of problems with the hotel. Things become even worse when Manuel's rat gets loose in the hotel.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,310


7. Broadchurch (2013–2017)
Episode: Episode #3.8 (2017)

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ellie and Hardy uncover the truth behind Trish Winterman's rape, and lives in Broadchurch are changed forever.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Georgina Campbell, Lenny Henry

Votes: 970


8. 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: 9,591


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: 213,947


10. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010–2013)
Episode: Come Undone (2013)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

The mystery finally comes to an end.

Director: Victor Cook | Stars: Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 174


11. Death Note (2006–2007)
Episode: New World (2007)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

Though Mikami has written all the investigators' names in the Death Note, a minute passes and everyone is still alive. Near seizes Mikami's Death Note, and all is at last revealed.

Director: Tetsurô Araki | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Shidô Nakamura, Ryô Naitô, Keiji Fujiwara

Votes: 2,082


12. Star Wars Rebels (2014–2018)
Episode: Family Reunion - and Farewell (2018)

TV-Y7 | 45 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Ezra's team takes drastic action to free Lothal, entering Imperial HQ, and Thrawn returns to stop them; Ezra must surrender and confront a greater evil.

Directors: Dave Filoni, Bosco Ng, Sergio Páez | Stars: Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., Tiya Sircar

Votes: 867


13. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2012)
Episode: Tabiji no hate (2010)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Ed and Al start a new adventure in searching for new and innovative ways of alchemy.

Director: Yasuhiro Irie | Stars: Vic Mignogna, Maxey Whitehead, Travis Willingham, Colleen Clinkenbeard

Votes: 678


14. Yes Minister (1980–1984)
Episode: Party Games (1984)

TV-Y | 61 min | Comedy

Sir Humphrey Appleby receives his just reward when he's told by Sir Arnold Robinson that he is to be his successor as Cabinet Secretary. Jim Hacker has mixed feelings about the whole thing ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Whitmore | Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, John Nettleton

Votes: 215


15. 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: 2,003


16. The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)
Episode: The Last Stand (2014)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When Korra comes face to face with Kuvira, the fate of the Earth Kingdom and the Avatar's life are at stake.

Director: Melchior Zwyer | Stars: Janet Varney, David Faustino, P.J. Byrne, Seychelle Gabriel

Votes: 1,478


17. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: Goodnight, Seattle (2004)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Frasier, Niles, Daphne, Martin, and Roz move on to new chapters in their lives.

Director: David Lee | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 777


18. Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (2016–2018)
Episode: The Eternal Knight Pt.2 (2018)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

An epic battle comes ahead in the darkness as Jim and his friends push back against Morgana. But without Merlin, how will they stop her?

Directors: Rodrigo Blaas, Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Emile Hirsch, Charlie Saxton, Lexi Medrano

Votes: 197


19. Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005)
Episode: The Finale (2005)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Ray undergoes a routine surgery. The medical personnel have difficulty waking him for a while causing most of the family to panic. Ray finally wakes up, and everyone is a little nicer to him afterward.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Monica Horan

Votes: 420


20. Hunter x Hunter (2011–2014)
Episode: Past X and X Future (2014)

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure

Reunion of long awaited father and son, and what journey awaits for them ahead.

Director: Hiroshi Kôjina | Stars: Megumi Han, Rikiya Koyama

Votes: 284


21. Phoenix Nights (2001–2002)
Episode: Episode #2.6 (2002)


The Phoenix has arranged a "Stars in Their Eyes" night to impress the brewery, but Den Perry has cancelled all the acts. Meanwhile Max & Paddy are fearing real villains will take revenge for their fake "hit".

Director: Peter Kay | Stars: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Paddy McGuinness, Neil Fitzmaurice

Votes: 51


22. Gavin & Stacey (2007– )
Episode: Episode #3.6 (2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

The wedding day of Nessa and Dave Coaches has dawned, and everyone is looking forward to the big event. Everyone, that is, apart from Smithy, who faces a dilemma.

Director: Christine Gernon | Stars: Rob Brydon, James Corden, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Gerald Royston Horler

Votes: 150


23. One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
Episode: Things Aren't Simple Any More (2000)

TV-PG | 40 min | Comedy, Drama

Margeret finds it hard to cope after the death of Victor, but what will she do when she is face to face with his killer?

Director: Christine Gernon | Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Jonathan Cecil, Hannah Gordon

Votes: 117


24. Tokyo Ghoul: re (2018– )
Episode: Episode #2.12 (2018)

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Drama

Kaneki and Furuta continue their duel below the streets of Tokyo, as CCG and Goat jointly continue fighting the members of V aboveground. Kaneki comes to terms with the events of the last several years.

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Kaito Ishikawa, Ayane Sakura, Natsumi Fujiwara

Votes: 74


25. Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016–2018)
Episode: The End Is the Beginning (2018)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Short, Action

Voltron and Honerva come together at the source of all realities in the ultimate battle between good and evil for the survival of the universe.

Director: Michael Chang | Stars: Kimberly Brooks, Rhys Darby, Josh Keaton, Tyler Labine

Votes: 278


26. Dad's Army (1968–1977)
Episode: Never Too Old (1977)

35 min | Comedy, War

At long last Corporal Jones is marrying Mildred Fox. He asks Mainwaring's permission as his commanding officer, which involves the captain being caught over the phone by his wife having ... See full summary »

Director: David Croft | Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 90


27. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 73 (2018)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

Claire tries to tarnish Frank's legacy. Doug provokes Claire by releasing excerpts from Frank's diary. A rift develops between the Shepherds.

Director: Robin Wright | Stars: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Diane Lane, Campbell Scott

Votes: 5,791


28. Good Neighbors (1975–1978)
Episode: Silly, But It's Fun.... (1977)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

Tom and Barbara have put the episode when they were vandalised behind them and are making their own decorations on Christmas eve. Next door Margo has argued with the company delivering all ... See full summary »

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington

Votes: 71


29. Merlin (2008–2012)
Episode: The Diamond of the Day: Part Two (2012)

TV-14 | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

With Arthur's forces outnumbered, Merlin arrives in his guise as the aged sorcerer to defeat Morgana's army with magic. Arthur kills Mordred but is wounded and rescued by Merlin, who ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Molotnikov | Stars: Colin Morgan, John Hurt, Rupert Young, Alexander Vlahos

Votes: 999


30. The Suite Life on Deck (2008–2011)
Episode: Graduation on Deck (2011)

G | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Graduation gets moved earlier when Mr. Tipton sells the S.S. Tipton.

Director: Eric Dean Seaton | Stars: Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan

Votes: 147


31. 'Allo 'Allo (1982–1992)
Episode: A Winkle in Time (1992)

29 min | Comedy, History, War

Rene and the Cafe staff prepare to welcome the invading British troops, and soon find that the invasion party includes a couple of old friends. Lieutenant Gruber and the Colonel are ordered... See full summary »

Director: John B. Hobbs | Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Arthur Bostrom, Vicki Michelle

Votes: 148


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