The Worst Series Finales

It’s no secret that I love TV shows. And I openly prefer them over movies. But even I can admit that ending a show, especially a beloved one is tricky. From the writers’ point of view, you want the fans to be happy. Because they’re the reason why the show’s been on the air for so long. But that’s hard to do if you already have a set idea of how you want it to end. So while there are plenty of examples of great series finales, here’s a shortlist of some terrible endings.


Still of Sarah (played by Yvonne Strahovski) sitting next to Chuck (played by Zachary Levi) on a beach from the series finale of 'Chuck'

After five years of watching everyone’s characters develop, it’s kind of sad to see Sarah lose her memories. The Chuck finale isn’t the worst one out there, but it’s not great. Everyone goes their separate ways and even though Sarah gives Chuck a chance, we have no idea if the “magical kiss” even works. We like to think it did, but they never tell us.


Liza (played by Sutton Foster) looking at Josh (played by Nico Tortorella) in the finale episode of "Younger"

After seven seasons, the overall plot of Younger‘s season seven is very rushed. And everything moves very quickly in the series finale. Kelsey decides to go out on her own with Inkubator and Liza becomes Empiracal’s new editor-in-chief. Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, but all the relationship stuff gets a little messy. Kelsey’s boyfriend, Rob, kind of poisons the well as far as Inkubator’s investments go. I mean, I know he sent the original email, but I don’t think it means that he deserves 20% of the overall deal. But at least Kelsey gets a deal with Hello Sunshine, AKA Reese Witherspoon’s company.

Then, Charles all of a sudden has trust issues with Liza all over again. So, they break up because they know they can’t get over it. Despite the fact that they still love each other. If that wasn’t bad enough, they hint Josh and Liza getting back together at the end. And it’s all very sudden as well as reminiscent of How I Met Your Mother‘s ending. Which, by the way, is also on this list. The reasons behind why they broke up aren’t relevant anymore. Josh is a dad now. So, I guess it makes sense in that way. But it all just comes about way too fast.

Two and a Half Men

Alan (played by Jon Cryer) looking suspiciously at Walden's (played by Ashton Kutcher) phone, which he's holding in the series finale of "Two and a Half Men"

The Two and a Half Men series finale was really just a “screw you” from the creator, Chuck Lorre, to Charlie Sheen. And everyone knows it. The episode teases Charlie’s return as they discover that Charlie’s not actually dead. After all, they never saw Charlie’s body. Instead, he went to jail. But it doesn’t end up mattering anyways. Charlie (or at least who we presume is Charlie, based on his clothes) dies anyway.

Although, it’s pretty clear it’s just a stand-in) rings the doorbell only for a grand piano to drop on him. Then the camera pans back to see Chuck Lorre sitting in his nametagged seat who just says, “winning”. The only good thing from this finale is the fact that Maggie Lawson (from Psych) is in it. But I did always find it odd that they never gave her character a first name. Despite the fact that she dates Ashton Kutcher’s character. All in all, Chuck brought his personal feelings into the finale. And it made for a terrible finale episode.

Gossip Girl

Dan (played by Penn Badgley) reveals himself as Gossip Girl in the finale episode of 'Gossip Girl'

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It doesn’t make sense that Dan is Gossip Girl. I mean, he even acted surprised about GG blasts when he was alone. It would’ve been better if it was Eric or Dorota. I would’ve even settled for it being Nate. So the Gossip Girl finale is a disappointment, to say the least. But I will give them points for bringing back a bunch of past cast members.

How I Met Your Mother

Ted (played by Josh Radnor) holding up the stolen blue french horn to Robin in the finale episode of 'How I Met Your Mother'

I don’t know why the writers decided to make the last season of How I Met Your Mother last a weekend. Especially since the finale skips through multiple years. After nine years of waiting to meet the mother (AKA Tracey), it’s disappointing to discover that she dies. There were plenty of foreshadows of Tracey dying in the future, but still. And if that weren’t bad enough, Ted gets back together with Robin. After the last few seasons proving to everyone why Ted and Robin shouldn’t be together. Ted got the family he wanted (with another woman) and Robin got the career she wanted. So them getting together feels like they’re each other’s consolation prize. This finale is pretty widely hated. So much so that they had to include an alternative ending.

Pretty Little Liars

Alex (played by Troian Bellisario), Spencer's twin, in the finale episode of 'Pretty Little Liars'

The Pretty Little Liars finale was just a full-out mess. After years of waiting to figure out who A (or more specifically, “Uber A”) is, the writers go with a twin storyline. A turns out to be Spencer’s twin sister that she never knew she had. While the twin storyline isn’t terrible in theory, it was ultimately disappointing because everyone online already guessed it. And I was one of many fans that came across this theory, which got really popular the week before the finale aired.

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