Worst TV Series Finales

The Top Ten

1 How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan.

I have changed my mind several times about this finale, but now I have a very clear opinion. All the events that happen make sense, and give a meaning to the series' title: in the episode "Vesuvius", where Tracy's imminent death is hinted, she tells Ted that he should not be stuck in the past and in his stories. In this perspective, Ted's stories (that is the series itself) are a way to remember and to pay a last homage to his dead wife before moving on. Paradoxically, the fact that The Mother dies gives even more sense to the show's title. Getting Ted and Robin back together might feel like a joke at first, but after all they were THE couple throughout the whole series: she was the first girl Ted fell for, and though they officially dated for just one season, his feelings for her were a major focus until the end, even and especially in the last season (Ted struggling to get the locket, flashbacks showing Ted wanted Robin but he was "fooled" by Barney, their ...more

Go watch The Big Bang Theory finale and you will find how a sitcom should end, it's simply the perfect ending that any comedy show should have. About How I Met Your Mother finale, everybody already said everything so I won't be repetitive, I'll just say it's truly terrible.

How I Met Your Mother had always been a light-hearted show, with some romantic themes. Once in a while there was a more dramatic episode. When someone had died, or when someone hears bad news. These episodes, while different from others, didn't seem too out of place. There was always that storyline and the comedy.

Not all of the jokes were funny, and there was a laugh track, but the show had good intentions. Yet, for some reason, when the show went into the sixth season, the quality took a steep drop.

Only few episodes were even remotely funny. By Season Seven, the ratings dropped too. New, unwanted characters were being introduced. People stopped watching, even hardcore fans. The writers were in a frenzy, and didn't know what to do.

I'm going rate each of the enormous show's nine seasons, using my own values. Oh, and remember. Don't forget to take my opinion with a grain of salt. If you liked a season I didn't, it doesn't make you dumb, it just means we don't ...more

OH. MY. GOD! how many times do we need to see ted and robin crash and burn!. in the first season, I was all for it, but then it got annoying, and their relationship seamed like a chore, so what does that mean to them? date again! this really ruined the show! - thenextsteplover

2 Game of Thrones Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.

There has never been such a quality drop off from early-series to late-series in a show, ever. Until Game of Thrones. This is almost certainly the worst series finale ever, but Game of Thrones started out in the conversation for best T.V. dramas of all time. And it was a breakthrough for the fantasy genre. And early, it was a worthy adaptation of one of the most impressive book series ever printed.

It went from top quality to trash tier. That's why this is so significant, the gap. And it happened all because the show-runners opted in their best interest. To wrap it up real quick like, and move on to another project while they are still "hot commodities." Ironically, what they saw as "in their best interest" backfired, and now their reputation is ruined forever. They'll always be seen as the guys who killed the anointed flagship of fantasy.

They're going to still keep making money though, because writers seem to fail upward if they have name recognition. Just look at ...more

Best show to worst. What a transition.

Bran, come on I waited 8 seasons and read 4 books for Bran to because ruler, hell nah, he just sat in a chair the whole time, might as well have giving Robyn Arryn the throne I mean come on man.

This needs to be number 1

3 Dexter

Should've ended it at Season 7 with Debra shooting Dexter instead.

With a simple change to the existing finale they could have really made it better... All they needed to do was have him give a little grin into the camera in that final scene then pan over to the AC unit... or something like that...

Season 8 was so dumb and it turned Dexter into kind of a whimp. He falls in love with some chick, and decides to fly to Argentina with her. Then Deb dies in a stupid way, and it ends with Dexter driving his boat into a hurricane tricking us into thinking he's dead before SURPRISE! Even though his boat was destroyed in the hurricane, he survived and fled to work with some logging company somewhere north, and the reason Dexter drove into the hurricane in the first place was because "he wanted to protect Hannah and Harry from himself." They took everything I loved about Dexter and flipped it up on its head, So dumb. - ChickenKing

4 LOST Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes.

I'm still angry. Yes, the characters got resolutions, but the show was also about the island itself and we never got enough of an explanation about that. - truckturner

Trippy as HELL!
Everyone was dead except Hurly, who became "Keeper of the Island" and a couple others. It was their "Afterlife" experience? What


5 Two and a Half Men Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003, and ended on February 19, 2015 after twelve seasons.


6 Seinfeld Four single friends -- comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer -- deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City.

This was So Stupid of an Ending for a Great Show!
This Episode Made the characters look like Bad People
What the Heck? :(

They WERE bad people, that's the point of the show. These were horrible, horrible people who we couldn't help but find hilarious. - truckturner

7 Battlestar Galactica Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the original television series in 1978 and was followed by a short-run sequel series, a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, a board game, and video games.
8 Quantum Leap
9 St. Elsewhere
10 Futurama Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

#1 rule of finales: make it so it tells the viewers, "this is the final episode. There cannot be any more episodes." Think like How I Met Your Mother where the story ends, or iCarly where Carly moves away. Futurama was headed towards something like this, but the time button made it so none of the events in the finale ever happened. The episode really should have ended in a way that didn't say the episode can squeeze anywhere in the Futurama timeline.

Besides that, the episode itself was good on its own, but it was not very "series-finale"ish. It had plenty of nostalgia, and the time button concept was awesome, but even if the episode didn't end like it did, a GOOD series finale would wrap up more than 2 characters. It's nice that Fry and Leila married, but we all saw it coming, and besides, they could've and should've wrapped up the story for Farnsworth, Bender, Amy, Hermes, and Zoidberg.

What a wasted opportunity. (P.S. Maybe this one time, they could've used the full ...more

I hated this Finale I loved the show it's a Good thing The Show Came Back on Comedy Central
This Episode was Like The Rugrats & Miss Piggy Singing


The Contenders

11 3rd Rock From The Sun

This one was pretty Dumb
I mean I was hoping to see what The Family looked like
When they were Aliens

12 Teen Titans Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name.

Actually this is the finale episode but the real ending are the movie that been made in 2006

Why did terra had to forget everything that made me sad and mad beast boy was probaly depressed forever I wish they made a better ending that sucked

13 Muppets Tonight

This was another Show I liked But It Might have been a good idea to focus This Episode on like Beaker or Gonzo but it focused instead on Johnny Fiama
I dare you to watch This Finale

14 Friends

Another Show I Didn't Like
Thank You Very Much for splitting up these

I loved this show, but it ended with a feeling of "We've been best friends for 10 years, but now we are moving 15 miles away, so toodle-oo! - Hajj

15 Dinosaurs

How the heck is a finale where every character dies due to wax fruit only at #16. - RalphBob

How is this not in the top ten? It's a finale where everyone DIES. On a KIDS' show. - PastelFlowers

16 True Blood
17 M*A*S*H

I never liked M*A*S*H
Thank God It Ended!

My father was obbsessed with this show

18 The Sopranos The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around fictional New Jersey-based, Italian American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). The series portrays the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his home life and his criminal organization. ...read more.
19 Full House Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, Danny Tanner, who enlists his best friend and brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters.

I loved this show as a kid! But the finale wasn't a finale at all. There was no happy, sad, peaceful ending. It was just a longer episode. Michelle lost her memory, then got it back. :l

20 Home Movies Home Movies is an American animated television sitcom created by Loren Bouchard and Brendon Small. The show centers eight-year-old Brendon, who makes videos with his friends Melissa Robbins and Jason Penopolis in his spare time.

I really liked this Show
The End of it was actually a Little
Bit Sad

21 That '70s Show That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.

You know the finale sucks when the main character shows up just for the last two minutes

22 Every Witch Way Every Witch Way is an American telenovela-formatted teen sitcom that originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 1, 2014, to July 30, 2015. It is the American version of the Nickelodeon Latin American show Grachi.

Emma decided to give up her true love, Daniel and none of her friends remember his old life, except Emma, it ruined the story.

Emma decided to lose her true love, Daniel, yet he and her other friends forgot everything about the first time they met Emma.

They forgot everything including the first time they met Daniel, only Emma remembers Daniel. - nelsonerica

This Show is Garbage - kcianciulli

23 Gravity Falls Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity ...read more.

The most dissapointing finale ever. Period. Hands down, no comparasion, it's not as bad as Bionicle Stars, but it's definitely right there. - santibros2002

24 Oswald Oswald is a safety-conscious but fun-loving octopus who lives in an apartment complex in Big City with his dog, Weenie. His neighborhood is peopled with colorful characters like his pal, Henry the Penguin, Madame Butterfly, who runs the Big Diner, and her daughter, Catrina Caterpillar. Oswald likes ...read more.


25 Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King and is loosely based on the novel series of the same name written by Sara Shepard.
26 Star Vs The Forces Of Evil "Star vs. the Forces of Evil" is an American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. It was created by Daron Nefcy and developed by Jordana Arkin and Dave Wasson. The series follows teenage magical princess from the dimension of Mewni Star Butterfly and her ...read more.

I can make a whole essay on how the final season of this show is a trainwreck, but let's start with the obvious. The creators put mediocre teen drama and filler episodes over finishing up the story and in the last 8 episodes they removed the continuity checker...IN THE LAST FEW EPISODES! Literally there are so many flaws in the last few episodes make sense. But the finale, oh god the finale, it's literally an insult to whoever spent time watching this series. The ending is more devastating than happy, many worlds that need magic now can't use it due to star, star separated friends and family, she killed tons of characters we got to know, Mewni and Earth are combined creating chaos, but hey girl protagonist and boy protagonist are together so that's good, right? This finale is garbage, just plain garbage. - tacoperson

The finale, and all the other episodes of Season 4 were epic. My only flaw with the final season is that the scene with Star and Marco kissing in a barn was too unnecessary. And plus, aren't they too young to kiss? And I mean, those kind of "kiss" you normally see in romance movies.

27 My Name Is Earl
28 Heroes
29 Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo is an American animated television series created by Van Partible for Cartoon Network, and the second of the network's Cartoon Cartoons.

Would Johnny find his one true love? Would he realise he's single for a while and focus on his own life? Will he give us one last wild, exciting night on the town? NO, THAT WOULD HAVE TO MAKE SENSE! Instead, the finale is the typical Hannah-Barbera filler episode, this one being Shaque O' Neil.

30 Wizards of Waverly Place Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin as three wizard siblings with magical abilities competing to win sole ...read more.

Alex never won the Family Wizard competition.

31 ALF ALF is an American science fiction sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround.

The ending to alf was horrid poor guy

32 6teen

That one character many people liked, leaving the group because her dad got a new job far away? That bit left too many UNANSWERED questions

33 The Good Wife The Good Wife is an American legal and political drama television series that aired on CBS from September 22, 2009, to May 8, 2016. It focuses on Alicia Florrick, the wife of the Cook County State's Attorney who returns to her career in law after the events of a public sex and political corruption scandal ...read more.
34 Regular Show Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park.

The episode was just terrible the two biggest reasons being 1 They killed off Pops and 2. Mordecai did not marry Margaret. There were others reasons as well but these reasons are why I hate the finale of the show, shame on you J.G Quintel, shame on you.

35 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is an American animated television series created by Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network Studios.
36 Married....With Children


37 Making Fiends Making Fiends is an American comedy horror animated television series. Based upon a web series with the same name, the series ran from October 4, 2008 to November 1, 2008 on Nicktoons Network.

Why do people like this show? This show is the worst show ever!

38 Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful ...read more.
39 The Amazing World Of Gumball (Season 2)

This should go off the list, that was a SEASON finale, the show is still running.

40 Roseanne Roseanne is an American television sitcom starring Roseanne Barr and revolving around the fictional Conner family.

Which one because the recap of the show was horrible! Roseanne got to into polici way too much, and she began to be racist.

41 Dark Shadows
42 Victorious Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 through February 2, 2013 . The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her ...read more.

It didn't even have a finale, this should go off the list.

43 Little House On the Prairie Little House on the Prairie is an American western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s.
44 Angry Beavers
45 Tom & Jerry

Tom & Jerry decided to commit suicide in the last episode by tying themselves on a railroad, waiting to get run over by a train.

46 The Secret Life of the American Teenager


47 Glee Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate ...read more.
48 Girls
49 Young Justice Young Justice is an American animated television series developed by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network.
50 Wolverine and the X-Men Wolverine and the X-Men is a 2009 American animated series by Marvel Animation. It is the fourth of five animated adaptations of the X-Men characters, the other four being Pryde of the X-Men, X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men: Evolution, and an anime adaptation known simply as X-Men.
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