10 of the Worst TV Show Endings

Bethany Quinn | Jun 12, 2019 TV
10 of the Worst TV Show Endings

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in True Blood (2008)
John P. Johnson/HBO

While we hate to admit it, sometimes we get too invested in our favorite television shows. (When the show is just that good, it's hard not to.) With great, complex characters, an interesting plot with twists and turns, love triangles, and mysteries (etc., etc.), how could anyone blame us for having high expectations season after season? But with high expectations comes the risk for huge disappointment. We aren't sure why shows that were so so good seem to fizzle by the series end.

Do the writers get bored? Are the actors simply over it? Are we just too darn hard to impress?

We may never know the answer, but we do know that we aren't over the disappointment of a crappy final season. After all, it is the send-off -- the last hurrah -- so it just seems unfair all around for a hit show to have to go out on such a crappy note.

A crappy middle season we could forgive, but not the final one!

In 2019, fans were peeved at the final season of Game of Thrones. With plot twists that seemed to come from nowhere, boring episodes, and a weird ending, fans were less than thrilled. It was so hated, there's even a petition that garnered over 1 million signatures demanding that the writers redo the eighth and final season. While we hate to see these shows go down like that, we did learn an important lesson: We can't change the course of television history, no matter how hard we try. Here are 10 shows that dropped the ball in their final season.

  • 'Game of Thrones'

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    Kit Harington and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones
    HBO

    Game of Thrones changed the face of television when it premiered in 2011. A full-on frenzy was born over the crazy plots, main characters meeting their demise, and overall intense drama season after season. Given the fact that we had to wait over a year for the final season only added fuel to the fire.

  • Why People Hated It

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    Conleth Hill, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
    HBO

    Of course expectation was at an all-time high for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Sadly, many felt it was a huge disappointment. Season eight was considerably low on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer -- likely due to Daenerys' death at the hands of John Snow, or Bran becoming king, which to many just didn't make sense. (There were also all of those plot holes.) Either way, we still have the first seven seasons to look back fondly upon!

  • 'Dexter'

    3

    Dexter starred Michael C. Hall as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department who was also hiding a very dark and scary secret. Dexter was also a serial killer, and audiences became immediately torn over their new favorite character. While he was a sick criminal, he only targeted other sick criminals. As we dove deeper into Dexter's past, we got to see how he became that way and in the first several seasons we cheered for him as he narrowly escaped the law time after time.

  • Why People Hated It

    4

    By the final season, fans were upset. So many things were left unanswered, and ultimately, the series finale for Dexter just felt like a cop out. "As the closing scene faded from my television screen, my reaction wasn't shock or sadness. It was anger," Richard Rys, a writer for Vulture.com, wrote. "This is not a violent anger. It's more fueled by outrage than actual rage. It's the kind of anger you feel after investing so much time into a show that you once loved, only to watch it fizzle out in the most unsatisfying of ways."

  • 'Weeds'

    5

    This show had a captivating plot and starred Mary-Louise Parker as a widow, Nancy Botwin, who began dealing marijuana to provide for her family. As years went by, she grew and grew and eventually became a bona fide drug lord. Fans were totally hooked by Weeds' story line and Parker's ingenious acting choices.

  • Why People Hated It

    6

    The eighth season of this Showtime series fell incredibly flat, and audiences felt a bit lost by the numerous location changes and jumps in time. "It ended with Nancy owning a thriving chain of marijuana cafes, with a family who didn't want to spend time with her any more, and an audience who felt much the same way," The Guardian reported.

  • 'The Killing'

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    The Killing centered around Sarah Linden, a detective who was just about to retire from the Seattle Police Department when the body of a teenage girl is found in the trunk of a car that was submerged in the lake. She decides to delay her retirement in order to solve this murder that turns out to have deep political ties.

  • Why People Hated It

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    After three seasons, the show was canned by AMC -- but saved for a six-episode run on Netflix. Sadly, the final season didn't come close to the first three. Fans took issue with the fact that the two main characters seemingly end up in romantic bliss. "While the ending is strange from a plot perspective, it's more flagrant for being tonally inconsistent with the series as a whole," BuzzFeed pointed out. "The Killing is as close to nihilism as TV gets: It's not there to offer hope for mankind or even for its characters."

  • 'True Blood'

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    Before vampires were EVERYWHERE, there was True Blood. The HBO drama centered around the character Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress who lives among modern-day vampires who no longer feast on human blood (well ... sometimes they did). Instead, they drink a substitute called True Blood. Sookie starts up a relationship with a vampire named Bill as humans and vampires navigate this new world together.

  • Why People Hated It

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    The show ran for seven seasons but seemed to run out of steam at the end, leaving fans much to still be desired. The final season was absent of all the over the top and highly emotional drama fans were used to seeing in prior seasons. "True Blood's last episode was the most disappointing series finale I've seen in a long time. And I say 'disappointing' because I've seen worse; the final hour of Dexter comes to mind," a writer for Entertainment Tonight pointed out. "But something about the blandness of True Blood‘s finale felt almost offensive."

  • 'Arrested Development'

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    The Bluth family put the FUN in dysfunctional when Arrested Development premiered on Fox in 2003. It starred Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, a man whose father was recently arrested. He attempts to keep his family afloat, but the crazy cast of characters make his job a hard -- albeit hilarious one! Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, and Will Arnett also starred.

  • Why People Hated It

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    Fox canceled Arrested Development after the third season, which left many fans completely bummed. However, it was picked up by Netflix for two more seasons, though they didn't live up to the prior seasons. "It sure feels like the Bluth's story has come to a[n] end. Is it a fitting end? No. Is it a funny end? Also no," a writer for Forbes wrote. "For a family that has been through so much -- including cancellation -- you'd think they'd have a better send off for what is more than likely the series finale of the show."

    Ouch!

  • 'UnREAL'

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    This show gave audiences a fictional but perhaps quite accurate behind-the-scenes look at popular dating competition shows. UnREAL was modeled after The Bachelor and starred Shiri Appleby as one of the show's producers, who's constantly battling with herself over what was best for the show and her own moral compass.

  • Why People Hated It

    14

    Despite the show's creative plot and the continuing popularity of reality dating shows, the fourth season fizzled majorly. UnREAL went straight to Hulu, rather than airing on its original network, Lifetime. Fans were majorly disappointed that the show they loved in previous seasons seemed to be a shell of its former self in season four.

  • 'Sherlock'

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    Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock
    BBC

    Sherlock starred Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character and was a modern-day version of the classic story of the famous detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson (played by Martin Freeman). Together, Holmes and Watson solve mysteries and murders in 21st century London.

  • Why People Hated It

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    With three years between seasons three and four, viewers felt that too much time had past and that there just wasn't enough substance in the final season to regain interest. The last episode was aptly titled "The Final Problem," and as one writer put it, "'The Final Problem' is an anticlimactic ending to a weird, weird show."

    Agreed.

  • 'Entourage'

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    Kevin Dillon, Adrian Grenier, and Kevin Connolly in Entourage (2004)
    HBO

    Entourage was an instant hit when it premiered on HBO in 2004. It starred Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase, an up-and-coming Hollywood star who navigates the rough terrain of show business with his trusty band of lifelong friends -- aka his entourage -- by his side! Aside from the four friends, Jeremy Piven, who played agent Ari Gold, was definitely the breakout star and gave us many memorable moments throughout out the show's eight-season run!

  • Why People Hated It

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    Kevin Dillon, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, and Jerry Ferrara in Entourage
    HBO

    Fans were bummed at the anticlimactic plot of the show's final season. It was predictable and often boring -- void of the charm we originally loved that seemed to go down the drain. "I'm guessing that if you remained a regular viewer of Entourage, there were probably very few surprises in the finale," a writer for Entertainment Weekly noted about the end of Entourage. "You just knew these guys were going to remain loyal bros to the very end."

  • 'Prison Break'

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    Prison Break captivated audiences from the start. When Michael Scofield, played by Wentworth Miller, gets wrongly sent to prison -- due to a political coverup -- his only hope of survival is to break out. His brother purposefully gets sent to the same jail so he can help him escape. With the prison plans tattooed all over his body, he and his brother make a daring escape, but what happens next?

  • Why People Hated It

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    Prison Break premiered in 2005 and went off the air in 2017, giving us five seasons. Fans were relieved to finally have a conclusion to the story; however, it just didn't fit with the series -- and with so much time having gone by, interest definitely waned. Plus, the main character seemingly died and was brought back to life. Sure it kinda made sense, but was just too far-fetched for many!

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