TV Show Finales, Ranked

by solmaquina | created - 29 Aug 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Final episodes of TV shows, either planned as the show's finale or intended as open-ended finales in case the show didn't get picked up for another season that ended up airing as finales.

Some sense of closure is needed to count for the list.

Also, a show being revived doesn't undo a finale's finale status.

As well as rating the episode individually, I've also included star rating out of 5 as to how well it serves as an ending for the series.

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1. 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: 1,729

10/10

*****

2. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Development Arrested (2006)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

After returning home from Iraq, George Sr. is finally cleared of all charges, and Michael is relieved to be the head of a successful company for a change. The real brains behind the madness... See full summary »

Director: John Fortenberry | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 2,034

10/10

*****

3. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings (2003)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry makes a deal with the Robot Devil so he can get robot hands to play the holophoner and impress Leela. In a twist of fate, Fry trades hands with the Robot Devil and writes a masterpiece opera about Leela. However, the Robot Devil has evil plans of his own.

Director: Bret Haaland | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 2,120

10/10

****

(Served as the show's finale after its first cancellation, prior to revival).

4. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Meanwhile (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Professor Farnsworth invents a button that can take a person 10 seconds back in time, inadvertently causing major consequences.

Director: Peter Avanzino | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 2,365

9.5/10

*****

5. Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018)
Episode: The Mettle of Man (2018)

TV-MA | 31 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Elk Grove undergoes a major battle that takes place on the streets, Ash rides high in a military tank, speeding across shaky, post-apocalyptic Elk Grove. Ash fights the biggest battle of them all - a sixty foot tall Kandarian demon.

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Arielle Carver-O'Neill

Votes: 1,264

9.5/10

****

6. 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: 47,269

9/10

*****

7. 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: 78,089

9/10

*****

8. Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994–1995)
Episode: Knowing Me Knowing Yule with Alan Partridge (1995)

TV-14 | 46 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Alan presents a one-off Christmas edition of Knowing Me Knowing You.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Kevin Eldon, David Schneider

Votes: 222

9/10

*****

9. Spaced (1999–2001)
Episode: Leaves (2001)

TV-14 | 26 min | Action, Comedy

Tim, Daisy, Mike, and Brian go into panic mode and try to find Marsha to get her to come back after they find out that she's selling the house. Sophie is offered a job at Marvel Comics in ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Katy Carmichael, Julia Deakin

Votes: 521

9/10

****

10. Nighty Night (2004–2005)
Episode: Episode #2.6 (2005)

29 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Don confesses his love for Sue; Jill falls over the edge of the cliff.

Director: Dewi Humphreys | Stars: Julia Davis, Ralph Brown, Angus Deayton, Rebecca Front

Votes: 22

8.5/10

*****

11. 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: 8,569

8/10

*****

12. 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: 1,598

8/10

****

13. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Graduation (2006)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Family

Having been denied a very lucrative job in a software company, Malcolm accepts the vision his parents have for him. The first US president that will actually keep in mind the best interests of poor people like his own family.

Director: Linwood Boomer | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 751

8/10

****

14. King of the Hill (1997–2010)
Episode: To Sirloin with Love (2009)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Bobby becomes a steak critic.

Director: Kyoung Hee Lim | Stars: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 217

8/10

****

(Although it wasn't the last episode of the series, it was produced as a finale and was the last episode to air on Fox. The other episodes that aired afterwards were merely holdovers that hadn't aired by the time that Fox decided to stop airing the show).

15. 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: 2,128

8/10

*****

16. Life's Too Short (2011–2013)
Episode: Easter Special (2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy

Having admitted that he exploited his dwarf clients in the past Warwick finally comes good for them before receiving a visit from 'Willow' co-star Val Kilmer,anxious to make a sequel. ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Keith Chegwin

Votes: 248

8/10

****

17. 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: 3,147

8/10

****

18. The Young Ones (1982–1984)
Episode: Summer Holiday (1984)

TV-PG | 35 min | Comedy

It's the end of the term at College, and Vyvan, Rick, Mike and Neil are having a lazy summer holiday. But they end up getting evicted by Mr. Bolowski and decide to rob a bank, before making a getaway on a bus.

Directors: Ed Bye, Paul Jackson | Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 204

8/10

***

19. Him & Her (2010–2013)
Episode: The Disco (2013)

27 min | Comedy

As the disco starts, Laura, drunk, miserable and more poisonous than ever following her discovery, is up for it with any man in sight and, when Steve turns down her proposition, she tells ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Laxton | Stars: Joanna Bacon, Neal Barry, Nick Blood, Ralph Brown

Votes: 37

8/10

**

20. This Is England '90 (2015)
Episode: Winter (2015)

TV-MA | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Lol & Woody continue to plan their wedding, with unwanted help from their parents. Harvey makes a discovery about Kelly, much to Gadgets dismay. Combo & Milky meet and discuss the past.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Helen Behan, Neil Bell, Perry Benson, Billy Braithwait

Votes: 217

8/10

****

21. 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: 720

8/10

***

22. Scrubs (2001–2010)
Episode: My Finale: Part 2 (2009)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

J.D. continues his last day at Sacred Heart, and tries to hold out hope for a great sendoff.

Director: Bill Lawrence | Stars: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn

Votes: 3,436

8/10

*****

(Produced as a finale, though the show ultimately continued for a re-tooled 9th season).

23. Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–2011)
Episode: Beavis and Butt-head Are Dead (1997)

TV-14 | Animation, Comedy, Music

Beavis and Butt-head are believed to be dead after not going to school for 3 weeks.

Directors: Mike Judge, Yvette Kaplan | Stars: Mike Judge, Masako Kanayama, Kristofor Brown, Adam Welsh

Votes: 145

8/10

*****

24. Blackadder the Third (1987)
Episode: Duel and Duality (1987)

TV-PG | 29 min | Comedy

Blackadder's militant cousin McAdder arrives in London as the Prince Regent seduces some relatives of the fiery Duke of Wellington.

Director: Mandie Fletcher | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Helen Atkinson Wood

Votes: 588

8/10

*****

25. 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: 430

8/10

*****

26. 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: 1,152

8/10

*****

27. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Are We Going to Be Alright? (2015)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

Jeremy is worried about turning 40 and Mark is running out of time to win over April. How is it all going to end for the El Dude Brothers? Are they going to be alright?

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Bart Edwards, Neil Fitzmaurice

Votes: 284

8/10

***

28. Blackadder II (1986)
Episode: Chains (1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by a neurotic German spy just after the Queen announces she is sick of paying ransom to kidnappers.

Director: Mandie Fletcher | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tim McInnerny, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 618

8/10

****

29. Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Dark forces older than time itself are on the attack, hell-bent on stopping the dawn of a wondrous new green age. Don't you hate when that happens? Even more shocking: Bender's in love with... See full summary »

Director: Peter Avanzino | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 16,801

"Part 4"

8/10

***

(Produced as a finale for the series before Comedy Central revived it).

30. Father Ted (1995–1998)
Episode: Going to America (1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

After saving a fellow priest from suicide, Father Ted is invited to work at an American parish.

Director: Andy De Emmony | Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 281

7.5/10

***

31. Justice League Unlimited (2004–2006)
Episode: Destroyer (2006)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The resurrected Darkseid leads his force on an all-out attack on Earth in revenge against Superman and the Justice League and the Legion of Doom must join forces to stop him.

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos | Stars: Kevin Conroy, George Newbern, Susan Eisenberg, Michael Rosenbaum

Votes: 575

7.5/10

****

32. 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: 9,616

7.5/10

*****

33. The Life & Times of Tim (2008–2012)
Episode: The Smug Chiropractor/Corporate Disaster (2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Animation, Comedy

The Boss invites Tim to be the 'token white boy'; after an ecological disaster involving Omnicorp, the company publicist chooses Tim to be the face of their apology.

Director: Steve Dildarian | Stars: Steve Dildarian, M.J. Otto, Nick Kroll, Matt Johnson

Votes: 28

7.5/10

****

34. Love (2016–2018)
Episode: Catalina (2018)

TV-MA | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Gus and Mickey make a major decision in their lives and decide to go to Catalina island with their close friends to celebrate

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O'Doherty, Chris Witaske

Votes: 368

7.5/10

***

35. I Am Not an Animal (2004– )
Episode: Home (2004)

31 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Life away from Vivi-Sec UK just hasn't worked out. Unsurprisingly, Julian gets less than a hero's welcome when he shows up again, bent on finishing the job of setting our animals free. An ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Baynham | Stars: Amelia Bullmore, Steve Coogan, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon

Votes: 9

7.5/10

****

36. Jackie Chan Adventures (2000–2005)
Episode: The Powers That Be: Part 2 (2005)

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

Drago has all 8 Demon Chi, and begins to summon his demon brethren. With the ultimate threat, Section 13 must accept help from whomever is willing. The series finale.

Director: Kirk Van Wormer | Stars: Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan, Noah Nelson

Votes: 61

7/10

****

37. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Chosen (2003)

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

After killing Caleb, Buffy conceives a plan to defeat the First once and for all. Willow invokes a magic spell that alters the ancient Slayer spell and gives Buffy the allies she needs to ... See full summary »

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 3,551

7/10

****

38. Episodes (2011–2017)
Episode: The Final Episode (2017)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

The Finale orbits back to the beginning. S&B react to MLB's betrayal by writing the show that tells of their experiences in Hollywoo. Lovers unite.

Director: Jeffrey Klarik | Stars: Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, John Pankow

Votes: 288

7/10

*****

39. Home Movies (1999–2004)
Episode: Focus Grill (2004)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

After the Brendon, Jason and Melissa's latest movie is berated in a focus group, the kids begin wondering when they lost their passion for filmmaking. They return to their roots and and try... See full summary »

Director: Loren Bouchard | Stars: Brendon Small, Janine Ditullio, Melissa Bardin Galsky, H. Jon Benjamin

Votes: 63

7/10

****

40. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2009–2016)
Episode: Conclusion (2012)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

Todd is on trial for his life. The public wants him to hang and that seems the most likely outcome. A number of "friendly" witnesses are called to the stand but each one backfires. ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Gregor | Stars: David Cross, Will Arnett, Sharon Horgan, Blake Harrison

Votes: 86

7/10

*****

41. Hello Ladies (2013–2014)
Episode: Hello Ladies: The Movie (2014)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy

Stuart has recently split up with his girlfriend. When his girlfriend comes to visit LA, Stuart pretends to have a relationship with his tenant to make his ex feel jealous.

Director: Stephen Merchant | Stars: Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 5,474

7/10

***

42. 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: 1,169

7/10

****

43. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)
Episode: Evicted (2009)

TV-14 | 28 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Season Two finale. Unable to pay off their back rent, Bret and Jermaine move in with Mel and Doug; Murray looks to cash in on a stage play about the Conchords' travails.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 320

7/10

****

44. The Thick of It (2005–2012)
Episode: Episode #4.7 (2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

The witnesses from the Goolding Inquiry nervously await the result. A further crisis looms over the number of police staff being cut by the Home office, leading to a backlog of paper work ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Roche | Stars: Chris Addison, Roger Allam, Greg Bennett, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 192

7/10

****

45. Frisky Dingo (2006–2008)
Episode: Differences Are Put Slightly Aside (2008)

TV-MA | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Differences are put slightly aside.

Directors: Mack Williams, Adam Reed, Matt Thompson | Stars: Neal Holman, Killer Mike, Amber Nash, Adam Reed

Votes: 50

7/10

****

46. Daria in 'Is It College Yet?' (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

Daria, Jane, and the rest of the Lawndale High seniors face graduation and college in this series finale TV-movie from MTV's "Daria."

Director: Karen Disher | Stars: Geoffrey Arend, Rand Bridges, Lisa Kathleen Collins, Michelle Damato

Votes: 3,195

7/10

****

47. Lead Balloon (2006–2011)
Episode: End (2011)

28 min | Comedy

Rick's prison hostage situation has made him a bankable celebrity again - though Marty is suspicious of the true facts - and he is invited to host the Brave Britain awards. However Clive ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Hardcastle | Stars: Jack Dee, Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power, Anna Crilly

Votes: 19

7/10

**

48. Blackadder (1982–1983)
Episode: The Black Seal (1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

When Edmund loses his title of Duke of Edinburgh, he snaps, fires Baldrick and Percy and hires some of the most cruel men in England; Sir Wilfred Death, Three-Fingered Pete, Guy de ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Shardlow | Stars: John Carlisle, Bert Parnaby, Roy Evans, Forbes Collins

Votes: 590

7/10

*****

49. Girls (2012–2017)
Episode: Latching (2017)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9