End Game: TV's Best and Worst Series Finales

From 'Lost' to 'The Sopranos,' these are last episodes that got it right — and very, very wrong

Best: 'Justified'

Each year, FX's wry, badass Elmore Leonard adaptation ended its season with a cover of Darrell Scott’s "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" — an ominous suggestion regarding the fate of the town's favorite son, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Sure enough, in the finale, the song plays at a moment when it looks like Raylan's number may in fact be up. Instead, the show confidently closes its series-long case, complete with the backwoods action and deadpan one-liners that defined it. The episode also features one last scene between stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, playing two mountain boys on different sides of the law and the same coal dust in their blood. Justified ends as it started, with a keen understanding of how where you're from can permanently affect who you are. These men may leave Harlan, alive or otherwise — but it never leaves them.