Special Report

Worst Television Finales

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13. The Mist
> Original run: (2017)
> Finale title: The Tenth Meal
> Rating: 6.9/10
> Starring: Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney

“The Mist” — based on the work of Stephen King — ran for just one 10-episode season before it was canceled by its network Spike. The show’s finale matched its lackluster run, being described by TV critic Vinnie Mancuso as “jarringly nonsensical.”

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12. Hello Ladies
> Original run: (2013 – 2014)
> Finale title: Hello Ladies: The Movie
> Rating: 6.7/10
> Starring: Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence

British writer and actor Stephen Merchant’s comedy series “Hello Ladies” ran on HBO from 2013 to 2014, concluding with a second season that consisted of a single feature-length special. But the sentimental finale failed to connect with fans of the show.

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11. Wallander
> Original run: (2005 – 2013)
> Finale title: Sorgfågeln
> Rating: 6.4/10
> Starring: Krister Henriksson, Charlotta Jonsson, Leonard Terfelt

Swedish detective drama “Wallander” was released as three seasons of feature-length films. The series was popular enough to inspire an adaptation for British television. The series’ final film has only managed to generate a 6.4/10 rating, however, compared with the overall series’ 7.6/10.

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10. Under the Dome
> Original run: (2013 – 2015)
> Finale title: The Enemy Within
> Rating: 6.4/10
> Starring: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch

Like “The Mist,” “Under the Dome” is based on the work of Stephen King. Unlike “The Mist,” “Under the Dome” was a big success upon initial release. Viewership gradually dropped, however, and the series was canceled after three seasons. The show failed to go out on a high note, with critic Matt Fowler describing the final episode, “The Enemy Within,” as “a horrid episode filled with utter nonsense and awful dialogue.”

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9. Scrubs
> Original run: (2001 – 2010)
> Finale title: Our Thanks
> Rating: 6.3/10
> Starring: Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Eliza Coupe

Hospital-based comedy “Scrubs” ran for an impressive nine seasons before being canceled. The show’s final season — and final episode — didn’t sit especially well with long-term fans, as the ninth season shifted focus from familiar cast to a host of new faces. While the series’ last episode has a rating of only 6.3 on IMDb, the final episode of the eighth season — titled “My Finale” — has a 9.8 rating.