Top 10 Worst Final Seasons of TV Shows

These TV shows disappointing fans thanks to awful final seasons. For this list, we’ll be looking at beloved TV shows that went out on sour notes. Even if a show received a revival some time later, we still considered it here. Since we’re discussing final plot points, a massive spoiler warning is in effect. Our countdown of the worst final seasons includes “Game of Thrones” (2011-19): Season 8, “That ‘70s Show” (1998-2006): Season 8, “Roseanne” (1988-1997): Season 9, “Heroes” (2006-10): Season 4, and more! Which of these final seasons upset you the most? Are there any that you think get more hate than they deserve? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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44 thoughts on “Top 10 Worst Final Seasons of TV Shows

  1. K.C. Fahel

    For me:
    – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: An emotionally weakened Buffy; an insane Spike; the Potentials; Kennedy; Andrew…most of the humor and heart was (if you'll pardon the pun) sucked out of it.
    – Promised Land: The beginning of the 3rd and last season started out so promising…until Denver. Once the family stopped moving around and settled in Denver, everything went wrong, from character inconsistencies to dropped plot points.
    – Airwolf: Killing off the entire cast and replacing them with other family members and poor production values (courtesy of the move to Canada) destroyed it. The only good part was the very, very, VERY short reunion between Stringfellow & St. John.
    – A-Team & The Powers of Matthew Starr: (OK, so Matthew Starr wasn't a great show, but I liked it.) Both of these shows received a similar fate: the Government taking over, causing the main character(s) to work for them. (Side Note: When "No Ordinary Family" ended the final episode with the government knocking on their door, as much as I liked that show, I hoped there wouldn't be a next season; thankfully, there wasn't.)

  2. Keyser Soze

    Two shows immediately came to my mind when I thought of "worst final seasons" that I suffered through for shows that I really liked early on: Babylon 5, and Sliders.

    Babylon 5 was envisioned from the beginning to be a 5-year show. And it had a series-long story arc that was supposed to build and get resolved at the end of the 5th year. But when it looked like the show might be cancelled after the 4th season, the major story arc was resolved at the end of the 4th season. To me, season 5 seemed like they were just pissing around with a new plot line to fill up the final season. And I didn't find that plot line nearly as interesting.

    I thought Sliders had an interesting concept that was perfect for coming up with individual episodes that examined different scenarios that reflected social, political, and historical issues via "what if?" settings. And I thought the 4 main characters that were sliding during season 1 were a good mix. Then the show started doing multiple-episode arcs, and doing episodes that parodied well known films and novels (in sort of a silly way). And one by one, a character was lost and replaced by some new character. By the last season, only one original character was left. I LIKED his character; but he was the character that accidentally got caught up in the sliding, and had no technical expertise in it. And with regard to the two new characters introduced in the last season: The new male character was played by a merely "adequate" actor, and his character was a bit uninteresting and useless. And the new female character was just played by a terrible actress. Furthermore, the last season ended without actually resolving the predicament the sliders had been involved with for the run of the show. … Tragic.

  3. Okuno Satsu

    I wasn't that disappointed by Got except for Jamie's story arc kill. They could have done better letting Cersei and Jamie reach the exile and we would have a cool loop.

  4. Alex Gr

    The reason GOT should’ve been one is that HIMYM writers actually re-wrote the ending whereas GOT writers were proud of that golden shit.

  5. RM Renfield

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine should be on the list. They completely changed every character for the worse. It is like they decided they hated their own show and audience.

  6. Jeremy Beyer

    I hate the fact that HIMYM keeps ending up on these lists.
    If you didn't realize the Mother was dead years ago, you weren't paying nearly as much attention as you think you were.
    Her death is the reason he was telling the story.

  7. Darkapples

    Maybe the show has become too forgettable as it gradually declined after season 2, but House of Cards should 100% be on this list. That final season is the worst season of television I've ever witnessed.

  8. WestWard Media

    Castle Should Also Be On This List
    They Should Have Ended On Season 7, It Felt Like An Ending With All Stories Properly Concluded. Then 8 Happened And Opened Up Old Wounds And Rehashed Old Plots In An Irritating Fashion With An Ending That Is The Very Definition Of Both "Poor Planning" & "Tonal Whiplash".

  9. Nickel Mickel

    All Grown Up’s final season SUCKED. They disputed all the resolutions building up in the previous season and then they replace that growth with flanderizing the characters to the point where they become totally unlikable.

  10. Nicholas Millan

    Even though I still love the show…Game of Thrones has to be the most disappointing considering how great the rest of the show is. Walking Dead is up there as well as a great show that turned sour towards the end. Dexter is another one….it's pretty common. I guess it's hard to end things satisfyingly when you have just a massive show with extremely high budgets.

  11. midniterambler01

    The last season of Vampire Diaries and the last season of it's spin-off The Originals were both terrible. It was like they knew they were cancelled so just went through the motions with no regard to having any semblance of quality.

  12. CC:1193 A.K.A Ghost

    I know almost everyone hates the final season of GOT but I honestly found it really interesting while I do feel it was rushed and characters overall arcs weren’t handled well the sheer gritty nature of the series finale showed that in life people can change like the passing sun and sometimes you do horrible things for the sake of your own ideals and in the end end life can be very dark and unpredictable and unfair and you have to make the best out of a bad situation

  13. David Davies

    Babylon 5 should receive an honorary mention. Season 3 was great. Season 4 was so-so because I always felt the conclusion of the main arc was a little underwhelming. Season 5 fell off a cliff, although there were a couple of great episodes, including the finale. Can season 7 of The Clone Wars be called a revival? If so, then Season 6 should be up there on this list.

  14. Bradley Wingard

    the fact that HIMYM was "worse" that GoT final season was a joke… at least HIMYM followed the consistent story (for the most part) through its entire run. GoT finale was the biggest kick in the nuts to dedicated fans…

  15. AJL

    Rewatching the final season of Lost I can honestly say I don't think it was bad. Disappointing for what we were expecting but truthfully I enjoy it knowing how it ends