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'

6. The Shield, 'Family Meeting' (2008)

Ah, corrupt cops. . .always giving us something to talk about. And the series finale of this gritty show, which followed a grossly unethical four-man anti-gang unit of the LAPD and aired on FX from 2002-2008, is no different. After spiraling out of control for seven seasons, their collective malfeasance (murder, extortion, drug trafficking, you name it) finally caught up with them. At the center of it all was Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis), who was more than willing to throw his comrades under the bus to gain immunity and keep his job: one commits murder-suicide while another winds up in prison. In the end, Vic winds up all alone when his family is sent into the Witness Protection Program and he's demoted to a desk job, stuck in his own self-created circle of Hell. Or is he? He is still a cop, after all.

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