Which television shows gave us the 25 greatest series finales of all-time?
The two most important episodes in a television show’s lifespan are the pilot and the series finale. The pilot is what will hopefully hook viewers into dedicating what could be years of their life to a show. The series finale is the last impression it will leave on its viewers.
Get the series finale wrong, and it could potentially ruin everything that came before it. (Yes, I’m looking at you, How I Met Your Mother).
We’ve all been burnt by a bad series finale at some point. If you’re lucky, you can just ignore its final installment and pretend it’s all been a bad dream. If it’s a particularly awful finale, it just might ruin the entire show for you.
But luckily, we are living in the so-called golden age of television, and for every bad or off-kilter series finale, there’s easily two more that change the way television is looked at.
With that in mind, I’ve taken the liberty of ranking the top 25 season finales of all time. The reasons they’ve wound up on this list are different – some are shocking, some are sweet, and some just leave viewers wanting more. But what they all have in common is that they’ll go down in television history as some of the greatest endings of all time.
Without further ado, let’s begin with #25: