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The 15 Best Series Finales of All Time, From The Big Bang Theory, M*A*S*H, Six Feet Under, Newhart and More

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Just as all TV series aren’t created equal, neither are all series finales. And, as we’ve just watched some major ones — The Big Bang Theory, Veep and Game of Thrones, for starters — the time seems more than right, ideal, to contemplate which shows’ sendoffs qualify as the stuff of legend.

So, we’ve wracked our brains and whittled down from the hundreds of good series finales that we’ve seen a comprehensive list of the 15 greatest ones — of all time. As in ever. In history. (And yes, it was as daunting a task as it sounds!)

Our countdown includes the sublime swan songs of gritty dramas, bighearted comedies and even one supernatural series whose protagonist was, shall we say, a little long in the tooth. And our picks for the Top 15 aren’t all historical in nature, either — at least one finale on which we stuck a blue ribbon aired this month!

Wanna find out which showstopper it is — not to mention which other stellar series enders made the cut? All you have to do is click on the gallery above (or you can go here for direct access). Then hit the comments with the series finales that you think we should have included and can’t believe we didn’t.