Last updated: 12/18/19
All TV series must eventually come to an end, no matter how hard it may be for fans to say goodbye. This year has marked the conclusion of several popular shows, including some that have only recently been canceled (like “Designated Survivor” and “Sunnyside”) and others will simply call it quits after the 2019-2020 season (such as “Mr. Robot” and “The Good Place”).
So which shows should you prepare to say a final farewell to? Here’s a look at the TV comedies and dramas fans have had to say goodbye to for one reason or another.
Sorry “Suits” fans — it looks like the franchise is officially done on the USA Network. The channel has officially canceled “Pearson,” the “Suits” spinoff starring Gina Torres’ character, Jessica Pearson. The cancellation comes about six weeks after the show’s 10-episode run, which simply couldn’t capture the expansive audience that its parent show had. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Pearson” only averaged about half the viewership of “Suits” during the initial airing of each episode, making it USA’s least-watched scripted series of the year.
AMC has canceled “Lodge 49” after two seasons, making the second season finale its series finale.
“We are so proud to have had Lodge 49 on our air,” the network said in a statement. “This wonderful show gave audiences fresh and unforgettable characters in a world that did not exist anywhere else on television.”
NBC’s freshman drama “The InBetween,” starring Harriet Dyer, has been canceled after only one season. According to Deadline, the news was not unexpected. Upon its release, “The InBetween” drew some of the lowest ratings of NBC’s summer lineup, and several of the creators and executive producers behind the show have already moved on to new projects.
Grand Hotel is closing its doors. ABC has opted against renewing the show for a second season, following middling ratings in its freshman run. The show, executive produced by Eva Longoria, was based on a Spanish format and followed the exploits of the owners and staff of a Miami Beach hotel.
‘She’s Gotta Have It’
“She’s Gotta Have It” is also over at Netflix. The streamer canceled the Spike Lee adaptation less than two months after its second season premiere. But it may not be over for good — Lee is expected to shop the series to other platforms.
CBS canceled the revival of “Murphy Brown” in May after only one season. The much-buzzed-about reboot brought Candice Bergen back to the iconic titular role that won her five Emmys. But though ratings started strong enough, they quickly started to decline, leading CBX to ax the series after just 13 episodes.
Also not getting a second season: the Marcia Clark-produced legal thriller, “The Fix.” Co-written and executive produced by the O.J. Simpson prosecutor, the series focused on a Los Angeles attorney who gets a second chance at prosecuting a celebrity, eight years after she fails to convict him for murder. ABC canceled the series shortly before the freshman season’s finale episode.
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’
After 17 years, Carson Daly bid adieu to his late-night series, “Last Call with Carson Daly.” The TV host explained on Twitter that he was leaving the series to focus on some of his other projects.
“I want to focus more on @TODAYshow and @NBCTheVoice & other areas I’m passionate about within our company,” he wrote. “For example, The Golf Channel has always been a favorite & we have a few exciting things in the works. I look forward to building on that.” He added that his family will always remain his top priority.
After getting temporarily saved by Netflix, “Designated Survivor” has been canceled — again. The former ABC series was brought back to life by the streamer for a 10-episode third season, but has decided against a fourth season. “We are proud to have offered fans a third season of ‘Designated Survivor,’ and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come,” the statement from Netflix read.
The Kiefer Sutherland-led series followed a trajectory similar to another fan favorite, “Longmire,” which Netflix saved after A&E gave it the ax following season 3. The show aired for three more seasons on Netflix, with its final season hitting the streaming service in 2017.
It’s over and out for Holmes and Watson. CBS’ crime procedural “Elementary,” starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller, aired its final season over the summer of 2019. The series came to an end after seven seasons.
In July, CBS axed “Ransom” after three seasons. The cancellation was announced via the drama’s official Twitter account. “#Ransom fans: We’re joyful & lucky to have shared these past three seasons with you. Unfortunately, we have to bid the CriRes team farewell,” the tweet read. “We loved telling stories about strong, smart characters resolving conflicts with words instead of violence. Thank you for watching.”
Netflix’s “The Ranch” was also renewed for a fourth and final season back in August. The Ashton Kutcher-led series was the first from the streamer to introduce the model of 20-episode seasons, split into two halves. The first half of the last season, billed as “Part 7,” became available to stream on September 13, while the final 10 episodes will launch in 2020.
This award-winning sitcom premiered its 11th and final season in fall 2019. Since the series debuted in 2009, it’s won numerous awards and become a beloved staple for fans eager to see a modern family with contemporary issues depicted on TV.
‘The Good Place’
All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately for fans, that also includes NBC’s well-reviewed sitcom, “The Good Place.” Creator Mike Schur told TVLine he has long envisioned the show as a four-season run, with the ending planned out since season two. On the bright side, fans will have a little extra to look forward to this season — the final season will consist of 14 episodes, rather than the usual 13, with the series finale extended to an hour-long runtime.
Fans of “Fuller House” and its predecessor, “Full House,” will have to say goodbye to the Tanners and their crew of friends once again. Netflix announced that the fifth season of “Fuller House” will also be its last.
The final season will air in late 2019, and it’s reported that Lori Loughlin, the “Full House” actress who resumed her role as Aunt Becky in the spin-off and who is currently facing fraud and money laundering charges related to the massive college admissions scandal, will not be involved.
‘Last Man Standing’
Now, this is a complicated one. ABC canceled the Tim Allen-led sitcom in 2017 after the sixth season. Amid fan outrage and online petition-signing, Fox ended up picking the show up for a seventh season. The eighth season is set to air in early 2020. So, while this show did technically get the ax, fans are glad to see back in action on a new network.
‘I Feel Bad’
Even executive producer Amy Poehler couldn’t save “I Feel Bad,” the freshman comedy that aired earlier this year on NBC. The series aired only 13 episodes, failing to gain any real traction with viewers. Add in the mediocre reviews, and it’s no surprise NBC decided against ordering any additional episodes of the season.
The freshman comedy series “Fam,” starring Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell, won’t be returning to CBS for a second season. The midseason show failed to draw much of an audience during its run. The show reportedly ranked seventh among CBS comedies, making it one of the channel’s lowest-rated series.
It looks like CBS and star Damon Wayans Jr. weren’t so “Happy Together” after all. The low-rated comedy was axed in May after only one season. The sitcom only ran for 13 episodes, airing its season finale in January.
‘The Kids Are Alright’
ABC pulled the plug on “The Kids Are Alright” in May. Though the 1970s-set series had a loyal fanbase, it apparently hasn’t large enough to motivate the network to keep it. ABC President Karey Burke later elaborated on the decision, telling TVLine, “…We really looked at it… from a ratings perspective, and we just did not see enough upside.”
‘The Cool Kids’
“The Cool Kids” won’t be returning to Fox. In May, the network canceled the comedy, which starred David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence and Leslie Jordan. The series only aired for one season, premiering last fall to solid numbers before fading in viewership in later episodes.
Fox’s “Proven Innocent” was canceled abruptly in May. The announcement was made only a day after the legal drama aired its freshman season finale, making it the last episode of the series. The show starred Rachelle Lefevre and Kelsey Grammer.
Showtime’s “SMILF” became marred with controversy in late 2018 after staffers from the show filed complaints of race-based separation and improper crediting and compensation against showrunner and star, Frankie Shaw. Shaw had her creative deal with ABC Studios suspended during an investigation into the alleged conduct. Meanwhile, Showtime ultimately opted to cancel the series, stating, “After weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that SMILF will not move forward for a third season.”
‘Santa Clarita Diet’
“Santa Clarita Diet” won’t be back for season four. Throughout its run, the show developed a cult following that started a #SaveSantaClaritaDiet Twitter campaign in an attempt to convince Netflix to release another season. Despite their’ best efforts to save the show, the steamer made its cancellation official in April, less than a month after the release of its third season.
It’s over and out for Cole and Murtaugh. After three seasons, Fox pulled the plug on its adaptation of “Lethal Weapon.” The move came after a tumultuous year for the series, which fired co-star Clayne Crawford in 2018 over issues with on-set behavior. Though the network hired Sean William Scott as a new lead, the series continued to see a dip in ratings, and star Damon Wayans later suggested he was considering leaving the show. Fox ultimately opted to ax the series once and for all in May.
Netflix also announced the upcoming end of Joe Swanberg’s episodic anthology series, which follows a set of diverse residents in modern-day Chicago. Following two well-reviewed seasons, the showrunners decided the third season would be its last.
“Sunnyside” is officially over. NBC canceled the Kal Penn comedy in October, making it the first new series of the fall to get axed. The series got off to a rocky start, with its September premiere earning the lowest ratings of any freshman broadcast series this season. When viewership continued to dip, the writing was clearly on the wall. NBC will air its remaining episodes on the NBC app and NBC.com.
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Netflix’s cancellation spree continued with its freshman YA series, “Chambers.” Despite featuring a star-studded cast led by Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn, the supernatural drama premiered in April to only lukewarm reviews and lackluster viewership. The streamer confirmed the end of the series in June, stating in part, “Chambers will not return for a second season,” the streaming network said in a statement. “We’re grateful to creator and showrunner Leah Rachel for bringing this story to us.”
After three seasons, ABC’s “Speechless” also reached the end of its road this year. The network opted to cancel the sitcom in May, about a month after the end of its third — and now final — season. Throughout its run, “Speechless” earned generally positive reviews and drew some award season attention, winning an “Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming” prize at the 2017 Television Critics Association Award.
‘Splitting Up Together’
ABC and “Splitting Up Together” have split up for good. As part of a slew of cancellations in May, the network opted to pull the plug on the family sitcom, which starred Jenna Fisher and Oliver Hudson as a couple who decide to continue living together after divorce. Despite its star-studded cast, “Splitting Up Together” failed to get much attention from audiences, making it one of ABC’s lowest-rated comedies during its run.
‘One Day At a Time’
Fans were left shocked and dismayed when Netflix canceled its critically acclaimed sitcom, “One Day at a Time.” The Latinx-themed version of the classic 1970s hit earned rave reviews and garnered a devoted following. Despite that, Netflix suggested the show didn’t draw enough viewers to warrant another season. Luckily for audiences, it’s not all bad news. Pop TV has since picked up “One Day at a Time,” with a 13-episode fourth season now planned for 2020.
In February, just a month after its second season aired, Netflix canceled one of its last remaining Marvel series, “The Punisher.” The series, starring Jon Bernthal, was one of the few remaining shows from the comic book conglomerate left on the streamer.
Netflix confirmed the news to Deadline, stating, “’Marvel’s The Punisher’ will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew and exceptional cast, including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come.”
In conjunction with news of the end of the “The Punisher,” Netflix also revealed that the pending third season of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” would be its last. Its cancellation, along with that of “The Punisher,” signals the official end of a multi-series deal between Marvel and Netflix that first started in 2013.
“We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others,” Netflix said in a statement.
‘Friends From College’
Say goodbye to your “Friends From College.” The Netflix series, starring an ensemble cast that included Keegan-Michael Key, Colbie Smulders, Fred Savage and several others, has been canceled. The show’s co-creator and director confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!”
The show, which earned middling reviews, is the latest casualty as Netflix continues its efforts to clean house in 2019.
‘The Big Bang Theory’
Season 12 of “The Big Bang Theory” was also its last. Though the sitcom was continuing to bring in huge ratings in later seasons, Entertainment Weekly reports that star Jim Parsons was ready to walk away from the show and opted out of extending his contract for another two years.
Parsons, along with the other main cast members, posted heartfelt notes to their social media accounts, paying tribute to the show and expressing gratitude to those who worked on it.
‘Orange Is the New Black’
Fans had to say farewell to those orange jumpsuits this summer. In 2018, Netflix confirmed that its Emmy-winning prison dramedy would end with its seventh season. The final season premiered in July, earning rave reviews from critics and viewers alike.
After delaying production to allow star Julia Louis-Dreyfus time to undergo treatment for breast cancer, “Veep” returned for one last season in March 2019. The final run follows Selina Meyers as she faces off against opposing candidate Jonah Ryan to get back into the Oval Office. Though season seven only consists of seven episodes, it’s still packed with plenty of crazy campaign antics.
Season five marked the end for Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning drama, “The Affair.” According to the network, a five-season run was always the plan for the series. However, the last season, which kicked off in August 2019, included some significant changes. Original star Joshua Jackson did not return as a series regular, and Anna Paquin joined the cast as a new, key player.
FX’s “X-Men” spin-off returned for a third and final season in June. The season determined the fate of David Haller, the powerful mutant played by Dan Stevens. It also featured notable guest stars, including Harry Lloyd as X-Men founder and Haller’s father, Professor X.
SyFy took a big shot with the costly George R.R. Martin drama, “Nightflyers,” which the network co-produced with Netflix. Unfortunately, its investment didn’t pan out as envisioned. The ambitious show was canceled in February after only one season, despite initial plans for a multi-season story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, low ratings are primarily to blame, with the series failing to break out in an already crowded space of original TV content.
Starz is not bringing the spy drama “Counterpart” back for a third season. Showrunner and creator Justin Marks revealed the cancellation on Twitter, although he also hinted that producer MRC will look for a new home for the series.
“Thank you to everyone who made this journey so special for us. Your tweets, podcasts, and intricate conspiracy theories have made it all worthwhile. Fingers crossed that our wonderful studio, MRC, can find a way to keep the dream alive!” he wrote.
Hulu’s “The First,” starring Sean Penn, centered on an astronaut crew attempting to be the first humans on Mars. While the buzzy concept and notable cast earned some attention in the lead-up to its premiere, the freshman series never established the viewership that Hulu was hoping for while on air. The streamer announced its official cancellation in January 2019 after only one season.
HBO’s ’70s-set drama “The Deuce” has also recently completed its final season. The show, which earned solid reviews but modest ratings, wrapped up its story with a third and final season that premiered in September and concluded in late October.
‘I Love You, America’
Hulu canceled this Sarah Silverman-fronted show after only two seasons. The show, which tackled current events and featured notable guests like Roxane Gay, Patton Oswalt and DeRay Mckesson, earned strongly positive reviews and some award season attention (including an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series). But in the end, the decision reportedly came down to viewership.
“We’re proud of what Sarah Silverman did on ‘I Love You, America,’” Hulu chief Craig Erwich said of the series. “I think the show grew creatively between Season 1 and Season 2. It didn’t acquire a large enough audience despite the critical acclaim.”
‘Trial & Error’
It looks like the jury is out on “Trial & Error.” In January, NBC confirmed that the goofy legal comedy is officially not getting a third season. The series, featuring Nicholas D’Agosto, John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd, centers on an earnest attorney from New York who relocates to a small South Carolina to defend a professor accused of killing his wife. Following its cancellation at NBC, producing company Warner Bros. TV is reportedly shopping the show around to other networks and streamers, though there have been no takers so far.
“iZombie” also took its final bow in summer 2019. Star Rose McIver tweeted out the news to fans, writing, “So the fifth season of #iZombie will be our last. I am therefore committed and excited to make it the best one yet! Really proud to be on a show that celebrates the misfits and I pinch myself every day that I get to be a part of the iZombie world with you guys.”
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” also came to an end in 2019, with the second half of its final season airing early this year. All four seasons of the show have above a 95% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Another show to recently get axed at Netflix is “Travelers,” the sci-fi drama that starred Eric McCormack as the leader of a team of highly trained operatives from the future who travel back to the 21st century. McCormack made the announcement in a video posted to social media in early February, saying, “A lot of you have been asking about the possibility of a Season 4, but many of you have been saying, ‘Look, if this is it, what a moving and surprising and profound ending it is.’ Well, I’m afraid it is [the end].”
SyFy also opted to pull the plug on its horror anthology series, “Channel Zero.” Showrunner Nick Antosca first revealed the news on Instagram, sharing artwork from across the show’s four seasons and writing, in part, “After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY. I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with.”
Showtime’s veteran drama “Homeland” will wrap up soon with 12 final episodes. The farewell season, which has been delayed to February 2020, will reportedly kick off with a “fairly big time jump,” according to Entertainment Weekly. Rather than jumping between different countries, Carrie Mathison’s final adventure will also reportedly center mostly in Israel.
“Mr. Robot” will conclude in fall 2019. Season four of the USA series, which kicked off in early-October and is set to wrap up in mid-November, will serve as the final chapter.
Star Rami Malek has promised an ending that won’t disappoint. “It’s going to be a very, very climactic ending to what I think has been four great seasons of television,” he said, per Digital Spy.
‘The Man in the High Castle’
Amazon is ending its acclaimed series based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel of the same name. According to Deadline, the cast, crew members, producers and showrunners were notified of the decision while filming and working on the show’s fourth season.
Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke confirmed that the upcoming season would be its last, stating, “With production ongoing on our fourth and final season, we can’t wait for fans to see how this final chapter in the story unfolds.” Season four will premiere on November 15.
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“Criminal Minds” will be coming to an end after its 15th season. The long-running drama is wrapping up with a 10-episode final season, set to air during the 2019–2020 season. The CBS series confirmed the news via its official Twitter account, writing, “Get ready for a momentous ride: Season 15 will be our epic final season.”
Season four of “Poldark” is currently airing its final season in the U.S. PBS has confirmed that the show’s upcoming fifth season will double as its last. The show, as well as several cast members, shared photos of the final days on set on Instagram.
“And that’s our final wrap!” the official “Poldark” account wrote in a caption alongside a cast photo. “Thank you for all your support, we can’t wait to show you #Poldark S5 later in 2019.”
‘How To Get Away With Murder’
It’s time for the Keating Four to graduate. After years of twists and turns, “How To Get Away With Murder” will end after a sixth and final season that kicked off in late September. The show’s final run consists of 15 episodes, appropriately dubbed “the Killer Final Season.” But the real question is: Will everybody make it out alive?
Also coming to an end soon is Netflix’s “The Ranch,” which was renewed for a fourth and final season back in August. The Ashton Kutcher-led series was one of the first multi-cam comedies produced by Netflix and the first from the streamer to introduce the model of 20-episode seasons, split into two halves. The first half of the last season, billed as “Part 7,” became available to stream on September 13, while the final 10 episodes will launch in 2020.
Season 5 will also be the last for Netflix’s “Lucifer,” as the streamer confirmed in June. A premiere date for the final season has yet to be announced. However, star Tom Ellis did recently reveal that the season will be split into two parts, with each half consisting of 8 episodes.
The Danish original drama “The Rain” will also be returning for one last season. Netflix confirmed the news on social media in June, alongside a promotional poster that reads, “You Can’t Survive Alone.” The show takes place six years after a brutal virus carried by rain wipes out almost all the human life in Scandinavia. Season two consisted of only six episodes (down from eight in its freshman season), but the streamer has yet to confirm the length of its third and final season.
After getting off to a promising start ratings-wise, “The Passage” ended its freshman run with season-low viewership. The decline led Fox to rethink the thriller, which was based on Justin Cronin’s novels and starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar. The network opted against bringing the series back for a second season, canceling it for good in May.
Netflix has canceled its new adult animated series,“Tuca Bertie,” after only one season. The show, which featured Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong in lead vocal roles, earned strong reviews from critics, but that apparently wasn’t enough to draw in viewers. Netflix announced the cancellation in July, with creator Lisa Hanawalt confirming the news on Twitter shortly after.
Fox’s ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ reboot, ‘BJ90210,’ has been canceled after a single season. “We are so proud to have reunited in a very special summer event one of the network’s legacy series and casts with 90210 fans across the country,” FOX said in a statement, per US Weekly. “Profound thanks to and respect for Brian [Austin Green], Gabrielle [Carteris], Ian [Ziering], Jason [Priestley], Jennie [Garth], Shannen [Doherty] and Tori [Spelling], who, along with the entire crew and everyone at FOX and CBS Television Studios, poured their hearts and souls into this truly inventive and nostalgic revival.”
Green later confirmed the news on Instagram, sharing a photo of the Peach Pit alongside the caption, “What a fun trip back. Thanks to the fans.”