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The Top 10 Most Hated Series Finales of All Time

10 Star Trek Enterprise (2001-2005).

The Star Trek Enterprise finale is arguably the most hated of all the Star Trek shows. It’s both disappointing and frustrating. Fans and cast were angry at the final episode after it was viewed via holodeck in the distant future by The Next Generation.

The episode’s disjointed framing device diminished the importance of Enterprise key characters. Viewers couldn’t help feeling let down by “These Are the Voyages ” which ended four seasons of well-told stories on an unsatisfying note.

9 Chuck (2007-2012).

The series finale of NBC’s fan-favorite spy comedy CH received a 9.3 rating on IMDb. However, this is not a list with the worst series finales, but rather a list with the most hated. Some fans hated it.

Fans were stunned when Sarah lost her memory and forgot all about her past with Chuck, the story’s central character. Fans may have expected the writers to reverse the situation, but the show ended on an uncertain note. Star Zachary Levi said that the couple’s future was unclear, which left some fans “apoplectic”.

8 Seinfeld (1989-1998)

While the intention of Seinfeld’s final season – to offer just desserts for morally reprehensible characters- appears to be a good idea, many long-standing fans expressed disapproval at the way the show ended.

The show fell prey to unrealistic expectations and alienated its fans, who felt that the finale was lacking in quality. However, others believe the finale is in line with the show’s tone. It would have been much more dangerous to try and force a meaningful, over-sentimental send-off for a show like Seinfeld.

7 Roseanne (1988-1997)

The finale of the hit sitcom Roseanne was as bizarre and confusing as any other show.

In context, Roseanne‘s last season witnessed a dramatic change in course. The previously working-class family won the lottery. The show’s tone was altered so drastically that loyal fans couldn’t recognize it. The series finale of Roseanne goes further than that. Rosanne’s husband Dan died from a heart attack during season 8. The entire finale’s events took place in Roseanne’s imagination, rendering it pointless and depressing.

6 Two and a Half Men (2003-2015).

After the infamous feud between Charlie Sheen, Two-and-a-half Men star and show creators, Charlie Harper’s character was removed from the screen and replaced by Ashton Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt for the final few seasons.

Although this was a bad idea, it did not help that Charlie Harper would be returning to the show’s final episode. The final seconds of the show consists of Sheen being crushed by a piano before it cuts to Chuck Lorre who shouts “winning!” While most series finales try to give closure and comfort to viewers who have been following it for so many years, it is clear that Two-and-a-half Men‘s end was created for one person – Chuck Lorre.

5 The Sopranos (1999-2007).

Another episode that caused more division than good was the finale to HBO’s long-running gangster drama The Sopranos which split its fanbase. In the episode’s last scene, Tony, a mob boss, and his family are eating at a diner. Tony looks up as the screen turns black.

Many fans were furious at the show’s unclear ending, which they saw as a cop-out. Others thought it was the right ending to Tony’s story. It indicated that he will either die or continue looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.

4 Lost (2004-2010)

Lost is a show whose fall from grace has been so widely mocked. The show was initially one of the most original and compelling mysteries to ever be seen on New TV Releases, but it quickly lost its steam in its fourth season. Fans hoped for a satisfying ending, but the show was still popular. They were, for the most part wrong.

The events of the whole show turned out to be part of a purgatorial judgment, which was a revelation that had been in everyone’s head for years, but also cheapened many years of complex, interesting mythology.

3 Dexter (2006)-2013

While was a highly-acclaimed show in its first four seasons, it quickly began to lose its charm and compelling storyline.

Although the show may have failed to live up to the high standards set by John Lithgow’s fourth season, Dexter‘s last season and especially its final episode were a success, viewers were happy to let go of the serial killer drama. Debra was killed off with the smallest fanfare possible. The finale saw Dexter driving his boat into the storm and presumably killing himself. Even though that was terrible, the show’s final credits sequence revealed that Dexter is alive and well. He works as a log in the middle of what?

2 How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

How to Met Your Mother‘s entire premise was about the mystery surrounding Ted’s relationship. The show managed to make this question seem irrelevant by the end.

The show’s first few seasons promised a much more interesting take on the ‘will-they-won’t-they’ romance between Ted and Robin since we knew there was no way they could end up together. How I Met Your Mother pulled a last-minute rug draw that will be remembered as one of TV’s worst. The show mistakenly believed that fans still had a stake in the Ted-Robin relationship, even though it divorced Robin and Barney and killed the show’s title mother.

1 Game Of Thrones (2011-2019)

Game of Thrones has always maintained a deliberate sense of pacing. It took time to build its characters and create an interesting world. Even though it meant traveling across the country for a season, character decisions felt natural and made sense.

Although some were critical of the show’s accelerated timeline for the seventh season, it was only in the eighth season that things began to go sour. Daenerys was given an eleventh-hour heel-turn by Game of Thrones, which resulted in King’s Landing being destroyed and its inhabitants. The subsequent finale episode of Game of Thrones rang hollow. It delivered a series of unintelligible plotting and lame character send-offs. The finale felt hurried and insulting, which turned off the many fans who had invested so much in the series.

About Regina Kim

She came to be in the converting of the tide on a far off Scottish Isle and grew up with gypsies, learning how to yodel at the moon. She kept this tropical isle for your bright lights of Paris, in which she wrote remarkable novels in between producing coffee confections for stressful French clients.
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