A truly exceptional television show is great from start to finish. It takes a lot of talent and creativity to tell a complete story and to reach a conclusion that fans and critics alike are happy with, as what makes an ending satisfying to fans isn’t always the same as an ending that critics think is worthy of praise.
An infographic titled 100 TV Shows Ranked by Their Final Episode from TitleMax took a look at 100 of the most popular TV shows and compared their overall series rating on IMDb to the rating of their final episode. Some series provided viewers with a truly gratifying wrap-up, while others were so unfulfilling that they ended up ruining the series. Popular series like Breaking Bad and The Office are generally lauded for their consistency throughout the series, while other shows like Game of Thrones and Dexter developed passionate cult followings that were unsatisfied with the stories’ conclusions.