As we prepare to bid adieu to 2020, we say goodbye to a slew of long-running series that helped define the last decade (or four!) of television.
Having already taken stock of the 110+ TV shows that ended in 2020 (some of which were outright cancelled and even un-renewed), we are now taking a moment to reflect upon the series finales from this calendar year that left a lasting impression on us — usually for better but sometimes for worse.
Here, you will find our thoughts on the grand finales of several broadcast (Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Will & Grace), streaming (13 Reasons Why, BoJack Horseman, Fuller House) and cable (Homeland, Power, Schitt’s Creek) series. You’ll also come across commentary on a smattering of genre shows (like Arrow, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Magicians) and a few niche gems (including Brockmire, Steven Universe and Vida) that were afforded the opportunity to bring their stories to a proper conclusion.
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING FINALES ARE NOT RANKED. Rather, the grades chosen reflect how each TV show did (or did not) stick the landing based on their respective runs. Also, as stated above, we did not grade every single series finale from the past year, but instead chose a select few series that ended on their own terms.
Scroll down to see which finales made their mark on Team TVLine, then share your opinions on the best (and worst) series sign-offs of 2020.