Worst Television Finales

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8. The Good Wife
> Original run: (2009 – 2016)
> Finale title: End
> Rating: 6/10
> Starring: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Alan Cumming

“The Good Wife” won five Emmy awards and a Golden Globe over its seven seasons run. Yet the series’ final moments — which consisted of one major character slapping another across the face — left many fans unhappy. In a 2016 interview with “Variety,” the show’s creators Michelle and Robert King defended the ending, yet acknowledged that they “knew fans, a lot of fans, would be upset.”

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7. Girls
> Original run: (2012 – 2017)
> Finale title: Latching
> Rating: 5.8/10
> Starring: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Becky Ann Baker

Lena Dunham’s original and oftentimes controversial HBO series “Girls” seemed to have produced an acceptable finale with the ninth episode of its final season, titled “Goodbye Tour.” However, one more episode was released at the urging of executive producer Judd Apatow. Featuring just two of the show’s main characters, many felt the episode unnecessary and tacked on.

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6. How I Met Your Mother
> Original run: (2005 – 2014)
> Finale title: Last Forever
> Rating: 5.6/10
> Starring: Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris

“How I Met Your Mother” was an undoubtedly popular series, running for nine seasons with a current overall rating of 8.3 out of 10 on IMDb. Many viewers felt the show’s writers dropped the ball when it came to the final episode, however. Fans went so far as to create a petition on Change.org, requesting a new ending. The petition acquired more than 5,000 signatures.

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5. Star Trek: Enterprise
> Original run: (2001 – 2005)
> Finale title: These Are the Voyages…
> Rating: 5.3/10
> Starring: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

“Star Trek: Enterprise” is the sixth series in the Star Trek franchise, and the last prior to J.J. Abram’s 2009 cinematic return to the sci-fi property. The series was well-received prior to its final episode, which featured a tie-in with “The Next Generation.” Even series creator Brannon Braga later admitted to regretting the finale at a Star Trek Las Vegas Convention. “It didn’t work out so well,” he recounted.

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4. True Blood
> Original run: (2008 – 2014)
> Finale title: Thank You
> Rating: 5.2/10
> Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Vampire-drama “True Blood” ran for seven seasons on HBO, during which time it won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. The show seemed to be running on fumes by the end of its tenure, with TV critic Carrie Raisler finding the finale forced, “silly,” and — worst of all — “boring.”