20 of the Best Closing Scenes in Television

After recently taking a look at some of our favorite TV pilot opening scenes, we decided it would only be fitting to look at some of our favorite closers across history. Some are wholly satisfying for their sense of closure after a long ride with characters we came to know and love, while others are equally poignant for their ambiguity, often thanks to early cancellation. Although these are just the final moments, revisiting these scenes has been enough to make us laugh, cry, and get thoroughly freaked out all over again, and we hope that perhaps they can provide you some healthy catharsis, too. Have a favorite we missed? Let us know in the comments — and beware that this post is, for obvious reasons, full of spoilers.

Six Feet Under

It was only fitting that a show so unabashedly about death kill off its starring cast in the final moments. As Claire Fisher drives off to New York City (to Sia’s tear-jerking “Breathe Me”) we see the deaths of her family members, all of whom pass away relatively peaceful in old age, with the exception of poor Keith, who we learn is gunned down on a job. This final sequence was the perfect way (despite some questionable aging makeup) to give this series closure: heading down an open road, facing death straight on.