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10 Greatest TV Series Finales Of All Time

All good things must come to an end.

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What makes an ending great? Ideally, a finale that ties up all the loose ends (without getting to neat and completist), that proves to be emotional (without getting all sappy and sentimental) and hooks you the way the episodes leading up to it did. It's a topsy turvy balancing act that few ever manage to pull off.

Many endings prove to be divisive, going against what viewers had longed for and providing an ill-fitting conclusion (looking at you Lost). Others lose sight of themselves and end by taking a great big squat on what had come before (Game of Thrones and Dexter were both infuriatingly guilty of this).

The endless hours spent immersed in a show's world sprout fandoms like weeds. People grow attached to characters, immersed in plot lines and spend hours discussing what'll happen next. When a show ends on a dour note, it sours the whole experience. For those lucky few who got it right, a great ending solidifies their place in the TV history books. The fan bases and acclaim will live on long past the end credits and web articles will commemorate how great they were in top 10s years later...

Warning: spoilers ahead (obviously).

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