Whether you love comedies, dramas, thrillers or dramedies, all of us have shows that we’ve grown attached to. We stick with shows season after season, sometimes watching them over a decade’s time. Our favorite TV shows became a part of who we are and we relate to them on an intimate level. So when our beloved shows have crappy endings, we can’t help but feel personally offended and profoundly disappointed.
Unfortunately, some of the best, most well written shows end in catastrophe. Sometimes writers use cheap tricks like dream sequences or out of the blue information to sum up a show, leaving important questions unanswered. Or worse, great shows continue on far longer than they need to, leaving us with tired storylines and overused plots. We hate being invested in a show just to be left wondering what the hell happened without any closure at all. We feel extremely insulted knowing we’ve invested so much of our time into these shows just to be slapped in the face with an uncreative button to our favorite stories.
While not everyone will agree that the shows on this list had the worst last seasons and finales ever, we have to admit that many of them deserved to have more thought out endings than they did. Read on to learn about the 15 best shows with the most awful final seasons.
Spoiler Alert: The following list contains endings to some seriously great shows. If you haven’t watched them yet, proceed with caution!
Most of us would agree that Dexter was probably one of the best shows Showtime has ever given us. Season after season, we watched Dexter Morgan, blood spatter expert working for the FBI, struggle with his innate urge to kill. As a way for him to deal with his urges, Dexter and his late father create a code of conduct, making it so Dexter takes out his urges on criminals and people who deserve to die anyway. That right there is great material for a killer show.
Every season we excitedly followed Dexter as he hunted down creepy bad guy after creepy bad guy (will we ever forget how scary the Trinity Killer was?). The show had a huge following until the very last season. Whether they got a new team of writers or just gave up, season 8 of Dexter was the biggest disappointment ever. The utterly bizarre storylines featured Dexter’s sister, Deb, admitting she had always had the hots for him (ew) and Dexter escaping and getting caught for the billionth time by escaping to become a quiet lumberjack far, far away. Is it just us, or could we have written a better ending in our sleep?
Nip/Tuck was a hugely underrated show that actually had quite a following. Created by Ryan Murphy, this provocative, in-your-face drama followed two Miami based plastic surgeons as they handled some extremely sticky situations. While Nip/Tuck was fairly raunchy for a cable network show, with everything from boob jobs to face transplants; the relationship between Dr. Troy (Julian McMahon) and Dr. McNamara (Dylan Walsh) is what gave the show heart. However, as the show neared its end and the doctors transferred to Los Angeles, everything but the boob jobs changed drastically.
The final season of Nip/Tuck was so awful, many fans of the show were personally offended. Many characters didn’t stay true to themselves, leading us to wonder if the last season’s writers even watched the show, like when the lesbian anesthesiologist, Liz (Roma Maffia) ended up with her enemy, Christian Troy (what the actual f***).
13. Gilmore Girls
If you grew up in the ’00s, loved coffee, fun love stories and quippy banter, you definitely watched Gilmore Girls. The show followed the opinionated, beautiful Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her daughter, Rori (Alexis Bledel) as they navigate life together in the almost too adorable small town, Stars Hollow. There was something really heartwarming about watching a story about a teen pregnancy turned happy ending mixed with coffee shops, memorable characters and the almost annoyingly fast style of talking. However, as the seasons went on, things started to get a little, well, ridiculous.
In the seventh and final season of Gilmore Girls, the show’s creators Amy and Dan Palladino had moved on to other things, leaving the show to go to absolute crap. We couldn’t help but grow tired over the on again, off again romance of Lorelai and coffee shop owner, Luke; followed by the predictable on again, off again relationship with Lorelai and baby daddy, Christopher. And to top it all off, we had to watch the independent, smart young woman, Rory, turn into a needy girlfriend who does everything based on what her boyfriend, Logan is doing. Both the main characters’ storylines revolved around men instead of their own careers and aspirations, leaving audiences disappointed and uninspired to say the least. And don’t even get us started on the recent Netflix revival…
12. The Office
The Office is hands-down one of the funniest shows EVER. Thanks to its cast of wonderfully weird characters, awkward water cooler moments and surprisingly heart warming moments, The Office has become a TV comedy classic. However, the show is a classic case of the great show that should have ended long before it actually did. In season 7, the show’s head writer Paul Liberstein (who also plays Toby) and writer, Mindy Kaling left the show. But most importantly, the show’s leading man, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left the show, leaving writers scrambling for another character that could fill his shoes. They started off with Will Ferrell‘s character taking over the show, but unfortunately didn’t quite work–further proving Michael Scott was really the glue that held the show together.
The Office‘s final season consisted of repetitive and often reaching storylines leaving us tired and underwhelmed. While the season did have its funny moments, it was hard to be excited about any of the tired plot lines. Luckily, the success of the show as a whole overshadows the awful disappointment that was season 9.
ABC’s Lost was a complete and total hit. Every episode answered our burning questions and kept us wanting more– until the final season, that is. Lost was a show about a group of people who survived an airplane crash while flying from Sydney to Los Angeles and were left stranded on a tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific. The show became famous for its cryptic flashbacks and flash forwards, revealing little tidbits of information for us to nosh on.
For six seasons, we sat on the edge of our seats, having a blast solving the many mysteries the show portrayed. However, the finale of the show left audiences upset, confused and frankly, outraged. In the finale episode of Lost, we learn that this whole time, every cast member was actually a fatality of the plane crash. Apparently, this weird timeline in between the future and the past was limbo, and all the characters were simply stuck there, waiting to move forward together. Audiences felt that they were slapped in the face with the ending, and the show was a complete waste of time. Bummer.
Glee is the second Ryan Murphy creation to make our list and for good reason. Glee was a wildly popular family favorite full of tongue in cheek fun and lots of singing– lots. Glee was all about the high school experience and played with the different stereotypes of jocks, dorks and misfits by putting them in a Glee club and letting us see the drama unfold. While the incessant singing was sometimes a bit much, the show really did have heart and we found ourselves becoming attached to many of the colorful characters.
However, as each season came and went, storylines got weaker and weaker; leaving us more and more disinterested in the show. In its sixth and final season, many of the show’s main characters moved on to college–aka went on to bigger and better acting opportunities. Audiences failed to connect with the newer cast of singers resulting in the show losing a large amount of viewers by the sixth season. And let’s face it– no matter who the cast was, we had heard enough by this point.
9. Pretty Little Liars
The show follows four teenage girls as they deal with an unknown entity that is terrorizing their lives following the tragic death of their friend, Aly (Sasha Pieterse). The show has become known for its crazy twists and turns– some more believable than others. Why wouldn’t we believe that four young girls deal with murder and kidnapping on a daily basis be completely mentally stable?
Pretty Little Liars has lost audiences over the years due to the fact that the show cheats constantly. Whenever someone in the show dies, or a mystery is solved, it somehow twists to reveal that the mystery in fact, wasn’t solved and we have to start from square one. Will we ever really understand who A is? We doubt it. Following the characters, twins and unknown children of Pretty Little Liars has become utterly exhausting.
8. How I Met Your Mother
We loved tuning in every week to the iconic sitcom, How I Met Your Mother thanks to their hilarious catch phrases and lovable characters. From the get-go, it’s implied that the show’s main character, Ted (Josh Radnor) is telling his children in the year 2030 the story about how he met their mother. These recounts and memories are what make up the show, leaving us guessing who on earth would end up being the mother of Ted’s children.
We all had our predictions and theories while watching the show, but we didn’t have any idea how utterly disappointed we’d be by the time the final season rolled around. Ted finally ends up with Robin (Cobie Smulders), but only after a short marriage to Tracy (Cristin Milioti) who dies after just three years of marriage. The last season –and especially the finale– were extremely drawn out leading up to the big reveal. With all this time, we could have been focused on the relationship between Robin and Ted after their marriage when instead, our time was wasted on a storyline that was going to end anyway. Many fans did not appreciate this ending after being loyal watchers for nine whole seasons. Not cool.
Roseanne was a sitcom that spoke to so many families scattered across America, thanks to its blunt comedy and all too relatable family dynamic. We watched Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan Conner (John Goodman) raise a family of three kids (among many other colorful family members) and deal with life. While the show had plenty of funny moments dealing with raising teenagers and handling difficult in-laws, there were also many difficult moments that pulled on all of our heart strings.
As adored as Roseanne was, many of its fans felt betrayed by its final season–especially its series finale. In the last episode of the show, it is revealed that Dan actually died from a heart attack (we were told he survived it in season 8) and to cope with the loss, Roseanne writes a novel based on her life, revealing to us that the story we’ve been watching all this time was in fact all in her imagination. She reveals that they never won the lottery as depicted earlier in the season as well as many other details that had been altered significantly. Quite frankly, the ending was a bit of a cop out and we were left extremely confused.
If you ever wondered about what it would like to run your own weed-selling business from the comfort of suburbia, you probably loved Showtimes’s hit show, Weeds. The dark comedy follows Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) as she turns to selling weed when she finds herself completely broke and having to take care of her family after the tragic death of her husband. While there were plenty of dynamic characters and funny moments, the show’s hype didn’t quite match up to the ending of the show in its final season.
The last episode of Weeds jumps an entire five years ahead of when the show took place; another sneaky writing trick to forgo having to explain difficult plot holes. The entire family meets up for Nancy’s youngest son’s Bar Mitzvah and we learn that her and Silas’s (Hunter Parish) weed cigarette company makes them tons of money. While the plot comes full circle to some extent, fans were still left unsatisfied.
There’s nothing quite as great as having a weird sci-fi twist to your favorite romantic drama’s series finale…wait, what? Felicity fans were left extremely confused over the final season of the show (specifically the last five episodes), as it depicted some sort of alternate reality in which the main character, Felicity (Keri Russel) is able to see her future played out for her in two different outcomes to her love triangle she had been dealing with throughout the entire series. Viewers were quite insulted at this “what could have been” approach because they never got to see the plot come full circle and get closure on their beloved show they’d been watching for four seasons.
Putting some fun and goofiness into the serious and oftentimes depressing world of medicine is something many people appreciated, which is probably why the sitcom, Scrubs was such a huge hit. The show followed a group of student doctors at Sacred Heart Hospital as they dealt with the many things young doctors face: long hours, dying patients playing mind games with your supervisor. Zack Braff played J.D. Dorian, a silly hospital intern who often gets lost in weird daydreams and deep thought, providing some great comic relief to difficult situations.
Scrub‘s dynamic, relatable characters are the show’s best asset, hands down. That’s why fans were left extremely underwhelmed and disappointed in the show’s final season when a whole new cast basically took over the show and. J.D. became a secondary character, taking a back seat to the medical interns that the storyline focuses on. Fans realized after nine seasons, Scrubs probably should have ended long before it did.
3. True Blood
There’s something about sucking the blood out of the necks of innocent, extremely attractive people that makes for great television..who knew?! True Blood aired on HBO for seven seasons, giving us 80 episodes of sexy vampires and riveting romance and drama. The show follows Sookie (Anna Paquin), a waitress with a sixth sense as she falls in love with a vampire who’s over 100 years old. Along with other colorful characters, this melodrama was appealing to teens and adults alike.
While the show had a huge following, fans were pretty pissed after watching True Blood‘s final season due to some interesting plot line choices. Audiences loved watching Sookie as an everyday girl next door who happens to have hot sex with vampires, but were pretty pissed to learn she was actually a faerie. Apparently, Sookie’s telepathic thoughts and flashbacks weren’t actually her sixth sense, they were powers she had as a faerie. Along with the sudden appearance of werewolves, shape shifters and witches, the show started to get a little too out there for many viewers.
2. The Sopranos
Unlike many of the other shows on this list, The Sopranos is actually remembered by its dramatic series finale. While the series finale will go down in history as one of the most memorable ones in television, its inability to answer some important questions about its characters left fans feeling abandoned and upset. The Sopranos follows Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), an anxiety-ridden mobster as he navigates through life trying to balance his family and his violent lifestyle.
While we could go on and on about the different plot lines of the show and what makes Tony the interesting guy he is, we can’t help but remember that crazy series finale. Fans all assumed Tony would finally meet his end in the final episode due to his wrong doings. The show’s final scene shows Tony and his family sitting in a restaurant among suspicious looking patrons when the screen suddenly goes black, leaving us wondering if he actually died or not. Loyal fans were pissed that they didn’t get the closure they so wanted at the end of the show, but have to admit: that ending made a hell of a statement.
1. United States of Tara
Every once in a while, a fun, fresh show rears its head among a sea of overdone, uninventive shows, giving us faith in television yet again. Diablo Cody‘s United States of Tara gave us a unique take on mental illness as we watched Tara (Toni Collette) deal with a multiple personality disorder while trying to be a good mom and wife. From an actor’s standpoint, audiences were impressed by Collette’s ability to bounce back and forth between personalities and deliver flawless performances.
After just two seasons of Tara battling her teenage, badass and baby personalities (just to name a few), it was hard to imagine the show really going any further. Tara’s storyline became repetitive and the supporting characters hit a wall so to speak. In the show’s third and final season, Tara finally decides to go see a doctor in Boston that specializes in her type of mental illness. While this seems hopeful, nothing really gets resolved and we’re left wondering if this multiple personality nightmare will ever end.