Readers' Poll: The 10 Best TV Series Finales

See what show managed to top the last episodes of 'The Sopranos,' 'Newhart' and 'Sons of Anarchy'

2. M*A*S*H, 'Goodbye, Farewell and Amen' (1983)

For a series known for its laughs, M*A*S*H went down in history with a real tear-jerker. More than 30 years after the wildly popular Korean War-based dramedy, which starred Alan Alda and aired on CBS for 11 seasons from 1972-1983, signed off, its series finale still holds the record-breaking title of highest-rated single television broadcast ever. The emotionally charged two-and-a-half-hour episode was watched by a whopping 125 million people – unheard of in this day-and-age – and delved into the fates of the members of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital as they went their separate ways. One of the most memorable moments came when Hawkeye Pierce (Alda), committed in a psych ward, recounts a tale of being on a bus when a woman smothered a squawking chicken so that they could stay hidden from an enemy patrol, only to learn the "chicken" was a crying baby.

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