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Aug 27 11 tweets 9 min read
From #GameofThrones to #MadMen, #HowIMetYourMother to #Lost, here are some of the worst series finales of all time, as ranked by Variety staff.

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#10 — Roseanne

Before ABC’s abrupt cancellation of the series in May 2018, after Roseanne Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape, the show’s original run concluded in a bizarre manner. – @KateAurthur
#9 — True Blood

The show that opened with a literal bang ended with a whimper. The love triangle between Anna Paquin’s Sookie, Alexander Skarsgård’s Eric and Stephen Moyer’s Bill was resolved in the most noncommittal way possible. – @MaaneKhat
#8 — Dinosaurs

The four-season, 65-episode sitcom experiment delivered saccharine hijinks until it ended with one of the dourest episodes of television to ever air. – @BeautifulBill
#7 — How I Met Your Mother

A story about how a friend group’s years of personal growth was swiftly flushed down the toilet with the show's frustrating finale. – @katcystephan
#6 — Lost

There was never a chance the finale was going to resolve all of the unanswered questions, but the ending critically undermined what should have felt like The Big Climax for one of the most obsessed-over TV shows ever. – @MaaneKhat
#5 — Dexter

The series finale of “Dexter” was so poorly received that its final scene became an instant meme and a catch-all term for shows that royally screwed the landing. – @wilsonbchapman
#4 — Battlestar Galactica

But for its calamitous ending, “Battlestar Galactica” might have been a show for the ages, one new viewers continuously discover. – @KateAurthur
#3 — Game of Thrones

The final episode (arguably the entire final season) of “Game of Thrones” was unforgivably sloppy, with largely unsatisfying endings to the stories of the cast. – @wilsonbchapman
#2 — Seinfeld

The ending to Larry David's legendary sitcom is bad because it's painfully, painfully boring. – @wilsonbchapman
#1 — The Sopranos

"I will always associate [rage] with the ending of 'The Sopranos,' even if/when I reverse course on thinking it was a cheap, cheating way not to tie up the story of Tony Soprano." – @KateAurthur

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