TV's Bad Bye-Byes

When a beloved television show bids its farewell, there are mixed emotions. Often the creators produce a series finale that gets it right. But that's not always the case. Here are the top 10 hit shows that left audiences scratching their heads (if not swearing off TV forevermore).

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Scully's look says it all, 'are you serious?'

9. The X-Files

There is no doubt the "X-Files" belongs on this Top 10. After a first movie that left fans more confused than ever, and a final two seasons in which viewers were supposed to believe that two other stars -- sorry, characters -- were continuing Mulder and Scully's adventure, "X-Files" finale had no 'X' factor.

No disrespect to the fine actors who played them, but that is no way to conclude a Shakespearian drama of extraterrestrial proportions.

The finale needed to address answers. Considering it was a program that promised that 'the truth is out there,' there was a lack of it in this iconic show's farewell.

Judging by creator Chris Carter's legal battles with the studio that followed the show's close, it's a safe bet that the braintrust behind "X-Files" did not have their heart solidly behind finishing their franchise with dignity.

Number eight brings a snow globe finish...

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Comments on "The Top 10 worst TV series finales"

Evangeline Brabant March 05, 2014 | 6:50 PM

You forgot "Moonlighting." Great show, horrible ending, with Sybil pregnant with David's baby, shots of the unborn baby talking and waiting for life, and then the abortion. Light-heartened mystery/comedy, bad ending.

Liam August 20, 2013 | 11:12 PM

Surely LOST was a very frustrating finale that still left questions unanswered and who could forget Twin Peaks...AWFUL!

Cassandra June 20, 2012 | 4:47 PM

You know, this was an ending I actually liked.

Josh May 17, 2011 | 3:28 AM

Married...With Children was the worst because the series finale, wasnt even a ing series finale, it was cancelled unexpectedly without any proper ending, the episode was fine but come on one of the greatest sitcoms of all time gets NO ING FINALE?!?!?

Sudo May 27, 2010 | 12:12 PM

Seriously. Seinfeld deserves the #1 spot. I watched it and I went, WTF?? =| But another horrible TV show ending was ALF!

Dhaise May 25, 2010 | 7:15 PM

You want a bad ending? the "Dallas" finale. It knocks everything else off that list, with the exception of St elsewhere.

stars991 May 24, 2010 | 7:55 AM

I thought the final show for Roseanne was amazing, so unexpected and the family never won the million dollars, that was made up as part of her book

jsorensen May 22, 2010 | 1:42 PM

I never understood why everybody thought the MASH finale was so great. What an overrated piece of dreck. Of course, by that point it had become The Alan Alda Show and should have been gone a couple years earlier.

tvwatcher May 22, 2010 | 1:15 PM

You know, it's hard to take your opinions seriously when you can't even understand the ROSEANNE finale.

ejlnyc May 22, 2010 | 1:12 PM

"Everything’s just the same, like every other day -- guys hanging around getting drunk and the women who put up with them. Sorry, we just don’t buy it." I don't know who "we" is in this case but that's how life works for most of us.

Erin April 20, 2010 | 7:03 PM

Roseanne isn't right - we didn't find out that the entire series had been a book. She showed she had started writing after Dan's death to try and pretend he was alive for awhile and writing how she had wished things had worked out, rather than how the ended up. Also, it was shown they never won the lottery at all, and that was part of the book of the final season, a distraction used to avoid the pain of his death.

SJG February 13, 2010 | 8:20 AM

I was inspired to look for this after having the misfortune to re-view the Roseanne finale, which probably should be tied for #1. I agreed with all of them except Cheers - I liked the fact that everything wasn't tied up with a neat little bow and that we could feel like the bar was still going on.

Chris September 18, 2009 | 12:00 PM

Really? M*A*S*H didn't make the list? And Seinfeld was underwhelming, perhaps, but I don't know if it was the "worst of the worst" I think ST ELSEWHERE might have to take that since it's so legendary. And also, where's the incomplete cast Home Improvement ending? The too little, too late" ending of Happy Days? Or the accidental endings of Gilligan's Island or Quantum Leap? I find myself at the end of this list as unsatisfying as the subject matter. :)

Barbara September 08, 2009 | 11:42 AM

I want to know THE UNIT was canceled. That was good show. I guess it was to patriotic.

jeni January 09, 2009 | 1:44 PM

iloved the Alias series finale..it was perfect and doesnt deserve to be on this list!!!!!

gilbown December 16, 2008 | 12:25 AM

Nice post. I agree 100%.

Nafeesah October 02, 2008 | 2:40 PM

The Sopranos and Friends series finales were the worst ones on tv. The Sopranos would have fared well had Tony been gathering around his mob buddies saying I am done with this life and went into witness protection.

Tony July 01, 2008 | 6:16 PM

I would have had The Sopranos higher, that ending was SO frustrating

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