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    Apr 4, 2020

    24 TV Finales That Ruined The Show

    "Really? THAT'S how they chose to end it?!"

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV finales really pissed them off. Here are some of the best responses:

    🚨Warning: Spoilers ahead!🚨

    1. That '70s Show

    Fox

    "The show should have ended when Eric and Kelso left. And whose idea was it to have Jackie end up with Fez?! Jackie and Hyde deserved another chance."

    madison murray

    2. Friends

    NBC

    "Something just felt off about the ending, specifically the finale. The last season as a whole just didn’t feel right."

    amorman

    3. Sherlock

    BBC

    "It was such a good show up until that last episode. They ruined it by making it all about Sherlock's secret sister and having to play her crazy game. It should have just been something sweet between Mycroft, John, and Sherlock, like them solving one last case together."

    321missmaximoff

    There's been talk of a potential fifth season, though, so hopefully this isn't how the series actually ends!

    4. Gossip Girl

    The CW

    "I hated how everyone forgave Dan for making their lives hell as Gossip Girl and that Serena chose to be with him. She should have ended up with Nate!"

    anjaxmiller

    5. ALF

    ABC

    "The family spent the whole show protecting ALF, only for the series to end with the FBI capturing him."

    harleymorgan2020

    6. How I Met Your Mother

    CBS

    "They seriously had us watch an entire season about Barney and Robin's wedding, only for them to break up? We barely get to see Ted and Tracy's relationship and then she dies? Seriously?!"

    lindsayp4bfd03a64

    7. Pretty Little Liars

    Freeform

    "Really, THAT’S how they chose to end it? With Spencer having an evil twin? Surely the writers could’ve come up with something better. The writers created so many unnecessary and nonsensical plotlines just to try to make the ending work, and the finale left me more confused than ever."

    fleurdelis123

    8. Dexter

    Showtime

    "I refuse to even acknowledge that the final season exists. Leaving Harrison with Hannah and becoming a lumberjack?! No!"

    helenavanh

    9. Glee

    Fox

    "They spent the last two seasons ruining Blaine as a character, introducing increasingly less interesting characters, and turning Sue from funny to downright scary."

    tessv4dd03363a

    10. The Sopranos

    HBO

    "I stared blankly at the screen for so long after the finale aired. I’d become so invested in the show that ending it like that with zero closure was frustrating. I’ve come to appreciate the ending after all this time, but it still devastated me."

    Broadwaybby

    11. Scream

    MTV

    "I absolutely loved the first two seasons with Emma, Audrey, Brooke, and Noah, but then they left us on a cliffhanger after the Halloween special. And then Season 3 was a whole new cast and nothing like the first two seasons."

    loganarnoldgaming

    12. The Secret Life of the American Teenager

    ABC

    Having Amy run off to New York and leave John and Ricky behind was absolutely devastating. I understand Amy not wanting to get married yet, but she just abandoned her son?!

    13. 7th Heaven

    The CW

    "I invested 11 years in that show, just for it to end with the family abandoning everything and driving off in an RV."

    dougfancy101290

    14. Scrubs

    ABC

    "The show should’ve ended a season earlier, as planned. Season 8 would have been absolutely perfect as a finale, but they ruined it by deciding to do another season anyways. Season 9 is by far the worst of the show and is missing most of the characters who made the show special in the first place."

    cleverchipmunk50

    15. Dinosaurs

    ABC

    "It was such a funny, lighthearted show. Having it end with the characters knowingly awaiting their inevitable deaths was HORRIBLE."

    svenegas09

    16. The Originals

    The CW

    "Like, 'Yeah, let’s just kill off all the main characters everyone loves! The end!'"

    angiehorror

    17. As Told by Ginger

    Nickelodeon

    "I loved that they split up Ginger and Darren, because the majority of high school couples don't stay together forever. Then they completely ruined it by having them get married."

    thehylianyoshi

    18. Elite

    Netflix

    They spent seasons building up Samuel and Carla and Guzman and Nadia, only for neither couple to end up together. They wasted all of Season 3 on new characters and romances that nobody cared about, when they could have let us finally see our favorite couples be happy instead. This technically wasn't the series finale, but Season 4 is rumored to have a completely new cast.

    19. Castle

    ABC

    "It seemed like they were fully planning another season and then found out it wasn't getting renewed, so they just threw something together for the finale. It was bad."

    eleanorwarne

    20. Merlin

    BBC

    "I will never forgive the writers for the final episode. So many issues — Arthur dying when he’s supposed to have this great destiny, killing so many of the great characters off, and the whole van-driving-past-at-the-end thing. When I rewatch the series, I skip the last couple of episodes and read fanfics instead."

    lucyd47a106457

    21. True Blood

    HBO

    "Sookie ends up with a random human?! She was MARRIED to Eric in the books. Still not over that ending!"

    carolineo43380934a

    22. Desperate Housewives

    ABC

    "We had eight seasons of these women building friendships that withstood scandal, murder, and family secrets, only to have the show end with them all moving away and never seeing each other again."

    Apecake

    23. Roseanne

    ABC

    "Dan dead?! The kids ending up in totally different couples? It was a heartbreaking way to end the original show."

    nicy2

    Note: They did bring the show back in 2018 and a spinoff, The Conners, is currently airing!

    24. And Finally, Game of Thrones

    HBO

    "I did my 50-page senior thesis paper on the abysmal, disjointed, nonsensical, and, quite frankly, bullshit ending. #DanyDeservedBetter."

    JWMAB003

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity. Not all submissions were from community users.

    Did we miss any terrible finales? Did you actually like some of the endings on this list? Tell us in the comments!

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