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Were the last six seasons of catfights, hookups and eye-rolling all staged? Did it matter? The MTV reality hit gave viewers a Hollywood ending – literally! – with the final scene shot on a studio backlot. "Nothing you see on TV is real," Kristin Cavallari told PEOPLE while celebrating the series finale with past and present costars Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port.
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After six seasons of smoke monsters, time travel and never-ending mysteries, ABC's groundbreaking series about a group of plane crash survivors came to an emotional end with Jack (Matthew Fox) and his fellow Oceanic 815 passengers reuniting in the hereafter – and Lost fans still wondering about the island's many unanswered twists.
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LAW & ORDER
Twenty years and a slew of spin-offs later, Dick Wolf's original ripped-from-the-headlines New York City cop drama ended its run in May with an explosive finale, where partners Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson) intercept a bomb threat. Luckily, Law amp Order: SVU, Law amp Order: Criminal Intent and Law amp Order: L.A are still on-air.
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AS THE WORLD TURNS
"Everybody worked their buns off," Kathryn Hays, who played fictional Oakdale's Kim Hughes, told EW of the 13,858th and final episode of the beloved soap opera, which ran for 54 years and helped Meg Ryan and Julianne Moore get their starts. "When it came to the end, it felt that we had done our best."
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TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN
After an ugly dispute with NBC and his Tonight Show predecessor Jay Leno, O'Brien used his final show in January to thank his fans, who "made a sad situation joyous and inspirational." While Leno returned to the Tonight Show in March, Team Coco moved over to TBS for Conan, which debuted Nov. 8.
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Bye-bye, Betty! Four seasons after a poncho-clad Betty Suarez strutted into the chic offices of Mode magazine, America Ferrera and staff closed the final issue of their award-winning comedy. "I couldn't imagine a world coming along that would entice me enough to sign away years and years of my life to one character," Ferrera told Parade. "Then Betty came around. I was 21 when I started and I've learned so much and grown so much as a person."
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NBC's sci-fi series – which introduced audiences to a cast of ordinary people with superhuman abilities (most notably Hayden Panettiere's indestructible cheerleader) – ended its four-season run with the unbreakable teen jumping off a Ferris wheel, revealing her supernatural secret to the world.
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It may have been a show that unveiled the underbelly of plastic surgeons ("Tell me what you don't like about yourself"), but in the end it was about the underlying bromance between business partners Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh), who put their practice to rest after six unforgettable seasons of nips, tucks and a whole lot of sex.
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THE TYRA SHOW
After five years, 810 episodes and two Emmys, a teary Tyra Banks bid farewell to her daytime talk show, where she famously went weaveless, braless, makeup-less and even told critics to . "Sometimes you gotta leave when you're on top," the model turned media mogul said.
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"Shut it down," Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) poignantly tells Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer in the farewell scene of the eighth season of 24. "This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible," said the actor, who will reprise his character in a forthcoming 24 movie.
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