The gold standard in TV farewells, from ‘Friends’ and ‘The Shield’ to ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ and… our No. 1 of all time!
There was never going to be any way to wrap up every last hanging story line from six seasons of serialized Island mayhem, but Lost‘s two-and-a-half hour finale proved to be a high-energy epic romp, even with plenty of questions unanswered. The revelation that the Sideways world was a purgatory-ish afterlife led to a parade of tear-inducing reunions (Charlie and Claire, plus Aaron!), while the Island story line ended with a final showdown between Jack and Smokey. We dare you not to cry at the final moments, with their shot-for-shot callback to the very first scene of the series. —Darren Franich