When the Best Is Saved for Last (Part 1)

by Djesika | created - 15 Apr 2020 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

The following series finales are the highest rated episode of their respective television show. Which of these final episodes* is your favorite?

*from live action TV shows with at least two seasons, 30,000 votes and a 6.5 rating

Note: episodes are listed in chronological order

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1. 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: 1,375

Final and highest rated episode of Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) (fourth season of Blackadder)

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

2. Cheers (1982–1993)
Episode: One for the Road (1993)

TV-PG | 70 min | Comedy, Drama

Woody embarks on his new life as City Councilman. Norm embarks on his new life as civil servant as Woody pulled some strings to get him an accounting job at City Hall. And Rebecca and Sam ... See full summary »

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Votes: 654

Final and highest rated episode of Cheers (1982)

Woody embarks on his new life as City Councilman. Norm embarks on his new life as civil servant as Woody pulled some strings to get him an accounting job at City Hall.

3. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)
Episode: The Thing That Wouldn't Die: Part 2 (2001)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Elvis Costello entertains at the Solomon's going away party.

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 249

Final and highest rated episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)

Elvis Costello entertains at the Solomon's going away party.

4. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003)
Episode: Soul Mates (2003)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

On the day of her wedding Sabrina is still trying to find whether her groom or Harvey is her real soul-mate.

Director: Kenneth R. Koch | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Elisa Donovan, Nick Bakay, Soleil Moon Frye

Votes: 291

Final and highest rated episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996)

On the day of her wedding Sabrina is still trying to find whether her groom or Harvey is her real soul-mate.

5. Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)
Episode: ...Must Come to an End (2003)

TV-14 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

With Jen in the hospital, the gang tries not to be too sad about it. Dawson helps Jen make a video for her infant daughter, asking her to never stop loving and dreaming. Jen also asks Joey ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Prange | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson

Votes: 463

Final and highest rated episode of Dawson's Creek (1998)

With Jen in the hospital, the gang tries not to be too sad about it. Dawson helps Jen make a video for her infant daughter, asking her to never stop loving and dreaming. Jen also asks Joey as her last wish to end the chasing and running and to settle down.

6. 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: 2,172

Final and highest rated episode of The Office (2001)

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.

7. Sex and the City (1998–2004)
Episode: An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux (2004)

TV-MA | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Carrie has lunch with Petrovsky's ex Juliette B. who tells her he always gives priority to his art above his partner- she finds that true and has a generally bad time. Charlotte prepares ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 885

Final and highest rated episode of Sex and the City (1998)

Carrie has lunch with Petrovsky's ex Juliette B. who tells her he always gives priority to his art above his partner- she finds that true and has a generally bad time.

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: 12,650

Final and highest rated episode of Friends (1994)

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.

9. 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: 2,911

Final and highest rated episode of Angel (1999)

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 of good can still make a difference.

10. Dead Like Me (2003–2004)
Episode: Haunted (2004)

TV-MA | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

It's Halloween and reaper legend has it that the reapers can be seen as they were when alive; a serial killer stalks a neighbourhood, the reapers collecting his victims as he goes, George ... See full summary »

Director: James Whitmore Jr. | Stars: Ellen Muth, Laura Harris, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

Votes: 401

Final and highest rated episode of Dead Like Me (2003)

It's Halloween and reaper legend has it that the reapers can be seen as they were when alive; a serial killer stalks a neighbourhood, the reapers collecting his victims as he goes, George getting the bad guy.

11. 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: 536

Final and highest rated episode of Carnivàle (2003)

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.

12. 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: 8,166

Final and highest rated episode of Six Feet Under (2001)

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 accept it if she does and is "damaged", shaking Brenda's own confidence.

13. That '70s Show (1998–2006)
Episode: That '70s Finale (2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

It is New Year's Eve and is the last day of the '70s. Kitty is having second thoughts about selling the house and moving to Florida, even though Red thinks she is happy they are moving. ... See full summary »

Director: David Trainer | Stars: Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama

Votes: 1,473

Final and highest rated episode of That '70s Show (1998)

It's New Year's Eve and the last day of the '70s. Kitty is having second thoughts about selling the house and moving to Florida. Donna has just broken up with Randy and is moving to college. Jackie realizes she loves Fez.

14. Charmed (1998–2006)
Episode: Forever Charmed (2006)

PG | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Piper, with the help of Coop, must travel back in time to change the events that lead to the deaths of her sisters.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, Kaley Cuoco

Votes: 1,476

Final and highest rated episode of Charmed (1998)

Piper, with the help of Coop, must travel back in time to change the events that lead to the deaths of her sisters.

15. The O.C. (2003–2007)
Episode: The End's Not Near, It's Here (2007)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Six months after the earthquake, everyone makes decisions that will determine the rest of their lives.

Director: Ian Toynton | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody

Votes: 1,099

Final and highest rated episode of The O.C. (2003)

Six months after the trauma of the Newport earthquake, Ryan and the rest of the Cohens struggle with their living arrangements in the aftermath of the destruction of their house.

16. 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: 2,317

Final and highest rated episode of Extras (2005)

Andy is unhappy with the fame he has achieved. When a new agent approaches him, Andy fires Darren and quits 'When The Whistle Blows'.

17. 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: 1,837

Final and highest rated episode of The Shield (2002)

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 the disappearance of a teenage serial killer's mother.

18. Boston Legal (2004–2008)
Episode: Last Call (2008)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Before Alan and Denny go to the Supreme Court, they must fight an injunction to keep them from getting married to each other. Meanwhile, religious differences could threaten Shirley and Carl's upcoming wedding.

Director: Bill D'Elia | Stars: James Spader, John Larroquette, Christian Clemenson, Tara Summers

Votes: 400

Final and highest rated episode of Boston Legal (2004)

Before Alan and Denny go to the Supreme Court, they must fight an injunction to keep them from getting married to each other. Meanwhile, religious differences could threaten Shirley and Carl's upcoming wedding.

19. Life (2007–2009)
Episode: One (I) (2009)

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

Roman Nevikov kidnaps Dani Reese and contacts Charlie with his ransom demand: he want Charlie to bring him Mickey Rayborn. With the LAPD brass looking for Charlie as well, he's not spending... See full summary »

Director: Frederick King Keller | Stars: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Brent Sexton, Donal Logue

Votes: 444

Final and highest rated episode of Life (2007)

Roman Nevikov kidnaps Dani Reese and contacts Charlie with his ransom demand: he wants Charlie to bring him Mickey Rayborn.

20. Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009)
Episode: Everybody Hates the G.E.D. (2009)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Chris opts to take the G.E.D. over repeating the 10th grade, Drew tries to go on Amateur Night at the Apollo, Julius tries to get $25 back from somebody who owes him, and Tanya graduates from sixth grade.

Director: Ali LeRoi | Stars: Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim

Votes: 180

Final and highest rated episode of Everybody Hates Chris (2005)

Chris opts to take the G.E.D. over repeating the 10th grade, Drew tries to go on Amateur Night at the Apollo, Julius tries to get $25 back from somebody who owes him, and Tanya graduates from sixth grade.

21. Monk (2002–2009)
Episode: Mr. Monk and the End: Part 2 (2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A videotaped clue from Trudy provides Monk with the clues he needs to solve her murder - but he has very little time to catch her killer while finding out what poisoned him.

Director: Randy Zisk | Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

Votes: 1,233

Final and highest rated episode of Monk (2002)

A videotaped clue from Trudy provides Monk with the clues he needs to solve her murder - but he has very little time to catch her killer while finding out what poisoned him.

22. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009)
Episode: Born to Run (2009)

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

Sarah is in police custody, but John and Cameron disobey her orders and help her escape. The three then go to Zeira Corp so that Sarah can confront Catherine Weaver, and Cameron can confront John Henry.

Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt | Stars: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Brian Austin Green

Votes: 1,389

Final and highest rated episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)

Sarah is in police custody, but John and Cameron disobey her orders and help her escape.

23. Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
Episode: Hello Goodbye (2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

It's the end of an era, but the beginning, Betty hopes, of something wonderful. In the series finale, which also features appearances by familiar faces from the past, Betty finds it hard to... See full summary »

Director: Victor Nelli Jr. | Stars: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz

Votes: 290

Final and highest rated episode of Ugly Betty (2006)

In the series finale, which also features appearances by familiar faces from the past, Betty finds it hard to tell Daniel important news about her future.

24. 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: 906

Final and highest rated episode of Friday Night Lights (2006)

With the decision to close the East Dillon Football program speculation runs wild on two fronts.

25. Stargate Universe (2009–2011)
Episode: Gauntlet (2011)

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

Eli and Rush have found a way to identify the location of drone mother ships using Destiny's long range sensors. The bad news is that the drones seems to be awaiting them at every possible ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Mikita | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque

Votes: 724

Final and highest rated episode of SGU Stargate Universe (2009)

Eli and Rush have found a way to identify the location of drone mother ships using the Destiny's long range sensors.

26. Blue Mountain State (2010–2011)
Episode: The Corn Field: Part 2 (2011)

TV-MA | 21 min | Comedy, Sport

The battle continues as the BMS and Blackwell teams fight it out on the corn field for bragging rights as to who the real champion is.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano, Denise Richards

Votes: 463

Final and highest rated episode of Blue Mountain State (2010)

The battle continues as the BMS and Blackwell teams fight it out on the corn field for bragging rights as to who the real champion is.

27. iCarly (2007–2012)
Episode: iGoodbye (2012)

TV-G | 47 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Carly is sad when her father cannot escort her to a military dance; Sam and Spencer fix a motorcycle; Gibby gets his head stuck in an "artificial head machine" (because he sold his first one at the pawn shop); Freddie gets a new phone.

Director: Steve Hoefer | Stars: Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor

Votes: 502

Final and highest rated epsiode of iCarly (2007)

Carly is sad when her father cannot escort her to a military dance; Sam and Spencer fix a motorcycle.

28. Gossip Girl (2007–2012)
Episode: New York, I Love You XOXO (2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama, Romance

In a fashionable farewell to remember, our favorite Upper East Siders join forces for one last soiree; The identity of Gossip Girl is finally revealed.

Director: Mark Piznarski | Stars: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford

Votes: 1,755

Final and highest rated episode of Gossip Girl (2007)

In a fashionable farewell to remember, our favorite Upper East Siders join forces for one last soiree; The identity of Gossip Girl is finally revealed.

29. Leverage (2008–2012)
Episode: The Long Good-bye Job (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Nate takes the team on one of its most dangerous missions, a con related to the death of his son.

Director: Dean Devlin | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 745

Final and highest rated episode of Leverage (2008)

Nate takes the team on one of its most dangerous missions, a con related to the death of his son.

30. 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: 852

Final and highest rated episode of 30 Rock (2006)

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.

31. 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: 7,353

Final and highest rated episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010) (dropped to second place after poll went live)

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

32. 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: 13,470

Final and highest rated episode of The Office (2005)

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.

33. Burn Notice (2007–2013)
Episode: Reckoning (2013)

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

Michael must win back the trust of everyone he betrayed as James becomes obsessed with ending his life.

Director: Matt Nix | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Coby Bell, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 642

Final and highest rated episode of Burn Notice (2007)

Michael must win back the trust of everyone he betrayed as James becomes obsessed with ending his life.

34. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (2013)

TV-PG | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery there in order to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Suchet, Helen Baxendale, Hugh Fraser, Anne Reid

Votes: 1,943

Final and highest rated episode of Poirot (1989)

An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery there in order to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.

35. Eastbound & Down (2009–2013)
Episode: Chapter 29 (2013)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Kenny Powers is on the verge of achieving his dream - hosting his own talk show, but when a vicious head of the network asks him to emotionally finish off unbalanced Guy Young on-air in order to seal the deal, his moment of truth arrives.

Director: Jody Hill | Stars: Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon, Michael Beasley

Votes: 493

Final and highest rated episode of Eastbound & Down (2009)

Kenny Powers is on the verge of achieving his dream - hosting his own talk show, but when a vicious head of the network asks him to emotionally finish off unbalanced Guy Young on-air in order to seal the deal, his moment of truth arrives.



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