20 Most Disappointing TV Finales Ever

Joseph Thornton

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Who doesn’t love a good TV show? The characters become a part of us, and we love them. However, all shows come to an end, and some of them have left us feeling rather disappointed. Here’s a list of disappointing endings to TV shows.

Jane the Virgin

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Developed by Jennie Snyder Urman and starring Gina Rodriguez, the Telenovela twists in Jane the Virgin kept us binging. However, the final act wrapped up a bit too quickly. The romantic rollercoaster certainly deserved a more satisfying swoop.

Will and Grace

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The finale of Will and Grace felt like they went shopping for a super outfit but returned with a too-small fit. The laughs in Will and Grace were a lot, but the revival finale really needed more grace.

Killing Eve

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I loved Killing Eve, especially the characters of Eve and Villanelle. The spy games and cat-and-mouse antics had me glued, but the final act left me very confused and angry. In my opinion, the chase deserved a more thrilling finish.

Gilmore Girls

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Gilmore Girls is one of the most successful shows from the early 2000s. The series gave rapid-fire dialogue and great coffee vibes. The reboot, though, didn’t deliver the final chapter fans were brewing for, giving viewers a lukewarm ending instead.

Game of Thrones

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Bran Stark becoming king was not the least disappointing thing about the GoT finale. The dragon-filled journey got a bit bumpy at the end, with loose ends flying and character stories feeling rushed. Fans, dragon-riders, and sword-swingers were really let down at the final reveal at the end.

How I Met Your Mother

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How I Met Your Mother was a legendary show, but the ending was a legendary letdown. The gang’s adventures led to a twisty ending that left us feeling like we needed a better playbook for closure.

Pretty Little Liars

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The finale of Pretty Little Liars can be described as the ultimate text message with zero follow-ups. The show was filled with secrets, mysteries, and a tangled web. But the reveal left fans more twisted than satisfied. It was like the ultimate text message with no follow-up.

Breaking Bad

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Not all the pieces of the formula came together for a perfect ending in Breaking Bad, although the series pulled the numbers. Not only did the main character die, but he died a sad, lonely death, leaving many fans disappointed.


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The money laundering madness kept the fans hooked, but the series finale felt like someone pulled the plug too soon. Critics have described it as a thrilling yet disappointing take on a criminal family.


Dexter Showtime Networks
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Dexter revolves around a forensic technician who is secretly a vigilante serial killer. However, America’s favorite serial killer took a detour to a disappointing road.  The ending of Dexter was a slice of confusion and a dollop of divisive decisions.


Lost - ABC Studios
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Despite gaining fans from across the world, the finale of Lost stranded fans in confusion. The unanswered questions left us wondering even more than the mysterious smoke monster in the series.

The 100

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Why have two best friends from the first season get into an argument and kill each other at the end?! The 100 was one intense post-apocalyptic drama, but the ending felt like a sudden drop. Character arcs and storylines deserved a smoother landing.

13 Reasons Why

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We loved 13 Reasons Why because it dealt with tough topics. But the final season lost its grip on the emotional thread. It was so disappointing, it felt like the reasons got muddled in the mix.

The Sopranos

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Known for its “blacked out” ending, fans of the series wanted a sit-down season with answers, but it failed to deliver. The mob drama with a side of mystery served its time, but the finale, though, served up more questions than cannoli.

Battlestar Galactica

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Believe me, Battlestar Galactica could have ended much worse. The ending split the fleet—some loved the allegory, and others wanted clearer flight paths. There have been two spin-off TV shows though, so fans who didn’t like the original show’s ending may find solace in that.

The Flash

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Some have said The Flash tanked in its final season for many reasons. Despite the obvious disappointments at the beginning, fans stayed patient, but as time went on, the excitement waned, leaving viewers longing for a quicker pace in storytelling.


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Roseanne was one of the most popular sitcoms in the ‘90s and is still one of the greatest TV shows ever produced. The show’s ending, however, left much to be desired. The last-minute change of play left fans feeling like they were watching a sitcom version of musical chairs.

The X-Files

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The sci-fi TV series aired for nine years from 1993 to 2002, captivating with alien chases and paranormal puzzles. Yet, the series finale didn’t quite decode all the mysteries, leaving believers wanting more.

The Walking Dead

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Did The Walking Dead rest in good peace? Not to many fans! The zombie apocalypse series brought thrills, but like a walker with a limp, the show’s energy dwindled. Fans got tired of the stale story bits.

Quantum Leap

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Created by Donald P. Bellisario, Quantum Leap follows Sam Beckett as he leaps through spacetime thanks to a botched experiment. Sure, the time-hopping adventures thrilled, but the show leaped off the air too soon, and it certainly didn’t stick the landing with its final jump.