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Quite often, a series manages to wrap up the story in an epic fashion by the last episode. However, there are some productions that don't feel content with just concluding the series with a normal episode, so they decide the show should reach its conclusion in a feature-length film.

Contrast Pilot Movie, which is when a feature-length film is intended to serve as the beginning of a television show. Compare Big Damn Movie, The Resolution Will Not Be Televised and Sequel in Another Medium.

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Not to be confused with the last movie in a series of movies.


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  • ALF: The show itself ended on a cliffhanger in 1990, so in 1996 a movie was made to finally wrap things up.
  • El Camino technically serves as the Grand Finale to Breaking Bad by wrapping up Jessie's story.
  • CSI ended with a movie-length finale called "Immortality".
  • Deadwood was concluded by a film ten years after the final episode.
  • Although the classic incarnation of Doctor Who aired its last television episode in 1989, a movie was made in 1996 in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to revive the series. After the show began airing new episodes in 2005, the BBC and Big Finish (among others) have since viewed the movie as this for the classic era. This is probably because; 1) the movie picked up from where the series left off (something which the revival didn't do), and 2) there was much less time between it and the last classic TV episode than the first episode of the revival.
  • Firefly received a deserved ending after being cancelled with the movie Serenity, which serves as the finale for the series.
  • The finale of House of Anubis came in the form of a Made-for-TV Movie titled The Touchstone of Ra.
  • Perhaps the Trope Codifier is the final episode of M*A*S*H, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", during which the Korean War finally comes to an end and the 4077 disbands. It runs an astonishing two-and-a-half hours, with sad and endearing moments abound. To this day, it holds the record for most-watched non-Super Bowl broadcast television program in history.
  • Stargate SG-1 had its remaining major plots concluded with Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.
  • Transparent was wrapped up with a movie titled Transparent: Musicale Finale, which had the titular trans parent Maura Pfefferman killed off and focused on her family reacting to her death, a decision that was necessitated by Jeffrey Tambor (Maura's actor) being dropped from the show after facing sexual harassment allegations.
  • The 2000s version of Battlestar Galactica had two. The Grand Finale, Daybreak, ran between 140 to 200 minutes depending on the cut. Although it was divided into three episodes, it is essentially one big movie that wraps the story up. The feature-length interquel, the Plan, chronologically took place in Seasons 1 and 2 but it was the last production of the show to air and served as a thematic finale, wrapping up certain elements that were not addressed in Daybreak.
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