Best: 'The Shield'
For seven seasons, we watched LAPD renegade Vick Mackey — one of the baddest "difficult men" of the Golden Age of TV Antiheroes — act as if he were above reproach and above the law. This is a guy who shot a fellow strike-force member for being a department mole...in the very first episode! Finally, after a stellar last season in which he lost his family, his partner-in-crimefighting (and crime) Shane, his team, his authority and his dignity, Michael Chiklis' adrenaline-junkie cop is in the exact opposite place we found him in — chained to a white-collar desk job. So many series feel the need to service fans in their finales, but Shawn Ryan and co. took the road less traveled by actually making Vic pay for his myriad of sins in the least going-out-with-a-bang way imaginable. The look on his face as the camera slowly pulls in and he sits there, stuck in his version of prison (though not without access to a firearm), is both priceless and perfect.