When a TV show comes to an end, we don't have anything to look forward to. There won't be any new jokes from funny characters, exciting new relationships, or mind-blowing twists. At least we can take comfort in the fact the television show was "wrapped up" rather than unexpectedly canceled and leaving us hanging forevermore. If we continue to focus on the positive side, the ending of the shows means that we don't have to wait for a new season to begin, we can just rewatch the series from the beginning and relive the magic.
So, keep thinking those positive thoughts as you check out 16 amazing TV shows ending in 2019.
Elementary's seventh season will be its last after becoming CBS' lowest-rated drama. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Elementary was only able to last this long because of foreign sales and a Netflix deal making bank for CBS Television Studios, and its sixth season was aired at a weird time in between the normal broadcast schedule and summer programming where it didn't matter as much that basically no one actually watches Elementary anymore. Still, the show will be missed, if only because everyone needs more Lucy Liu in their lives. The seventh season marks the end of Liu and Johnny Lee Miller's contracts, so the show was likely planning to end after seven season anyway.
Batman is finally going to show up on Gotham. The prequel series focused on (not-yet-commissioner) James Gordon, played by The O.C. icon Ben McKenzie, as he tries to solve the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. The series has featured tons of beloved (and not-so-beloved) characters from the comics like Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, Poison Ivy, and Harvey Dent before their full spiral into darkness, and it made a ton of money for Warner Bros. when it became the first exclusive streaming deal the company made with Netflix. The fifth and final season will show how angry orphan Bruce finally become angry orphan, Batman.
Vikings, aka the only reason anyone knows that the History channel makes scripted dramas, will be ending in 2019 with a twenty-episode sixth season. The series was guaranteed a sixth season before its fifth season even aired, and fans were super heartbroken to learn that it would be the last season in early January 2019. Thankfully, series creator Michael Hearst is already working on a follow-up series, and seeing as he wrote literally every episode of the original series, the new show will probably be very similar to the Vikings drama (and super hot men) that fans tune in for every week.
This Syfy series isn't the best-known entry on this list, but fans have known its upcoming fifth season will be its last since Killjoys received a final two-season renewal in 2017. With all this time to plan out an ending for the well-reviewed cult favorite, the final ten episodes will give the space bounty hunters Dutch, Johnny, and D'avin an epic, intricately planned send-off helmed by series creator Michelle Lovretta. It's awesome that Killjoys is the product of a female creator, showrunner, and executive producer, proving definitively that Canada (the series' original home) is better than the U.S. in every conceivable way.
Fans have seen this one coming for a while, but on January 25th, USA officially canceled Suits. The series will finish with a ten-episode ninth season airing in 2019 without two of the series original leads, Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. Yup, *that* Meghan Markle. While Suits is now best known as the last show the Duchess of Sussex did before trading in cameras for crowns, the series has been one of the crown jewels of USA Network since its release at the beginning of the decade, and its story will continue in the Gina Torres spin-off Pearson.
Netflix is known for experimenting with television formatting. Exhibit A: Bandersnatch. Exhibit B: Easy, the romance anthology that will be ending with its third and final season later this year. It's been known that crime and horror anthologies can do well in a television format (American Crime Story, American Horror Story... come to think of it, maybe Ryan Murphy is the common thread here), but a streaming-based romance anthology was a risk Netflix was willing to take. The series had basically no budget and a ton of improv (like, truly, a ton of improv), and has featured stars like Dave Franco and Elizabeth Reaser.
Fans thought Arrow was safe after The CW renewed the OG DC Comics television series for an eighth season. So when series star Stephen Amell announced on Facebook Live, Twitter, and Instagram that Arrow would actually be ending next season after only ten more episodes, everyone was shook. Stephen thanked the fans for their love and support but shared that he came to the decision along with executive producer Greg Berlanti that this was the right time to end the series. Stephen is a father now, and the once-popular series has been slipping in the ratings. Stephen said that he would rather the series end with a bang than slowly drag across the finish line.
Freeform, or the channel formerly known as ABC Family, has axed a lot of fun shows recently including Alone Together and Famous In Love. The most recent show to be cut is Shadowhunters, which will finish its third season in 2019. Shadowhunters is based on the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and was also made into a movie with Lily Collins in 2013. Not long afterward, Freeform decided to make their own interpretation of the source material. Shadowhunters was well-received by fans and was only cut by Freeform due to budgetary constraints. Amazing that a series whose central issue is whether or not the romantic leads are siblings or not has had so many adaptations.
FX comedy You're The Worst will end this year after its fifth season. The series' fourth season ended with its leads, Jimmy and Gretchen, getting engaged after four years of struggling to make a relationship between a narcissist and a self-sabotager work. The final season will explore the idea of commitment and if marriage means the end of being cool. The annual "Sunday Funday" installment will be returning for the final season after its fourth season absence, as a gift to both the fans and cast members. Viewers will finally get to see how far the characters' development has gone, along with one truly horrible thing the characters will do that blows all of the other stuff viewers have seen on the show out of the water, according to Hollywood Reporter.
It was announced in 2016 that the sixth season of The Amazing World of Gumball would be its last, and unless series creator Ben Bocquelet somehow changes his mind and decides to continue on Gumball instead of focusing on Elliott From Earth, the last fourteen episodes of the forty-four episode season airing in 2019 will be Gumball's final installments. Ben has teased the possibility of a movie multiple times in 2018, but until there's something more concrete than a tweet, fans will have to savor these last episodes under the assumption that this is the last they'll hear from Gumball, Darwin, and Penny.
iCarly and Drake and Josh creator Dan Schneider is still making iconic kids' television shows for Nickelodeon, showing that there's hope yet for Gen Z. Game Shakers follows tweens Babe and Kenzie as their school project turns into a multi-million dollar company, featuring Kel Mitchell (as in Keenan and Kel, an OG Nickelodeon classic also created by Dan) as the rapper trying to take them down. Game Shakers will be ending during its third season, but Dan will surely be back with another live-action show about tweens becoming widely successful. He's currently working on The Adventures of Kid Danger, for all of the animation fans out there.
TV Land canceled Teachers halfway through its third season, but have no fear! They'll still be airing the last ten episodes of the series in January 2019. TV Land seems to be getting rid of all of its original content, moving Younger to Paramount Network and getting rid of Teachers, its last original show. While TV Land moves back to its roots (only airing classic sitcom reruns), the critical darling Teachers will finish up and the showrunners and stars, the Katydids troupe, will probably go back to doing improv at iO and excelling at branding. They'll probably be back on our television screens very soon.
How anyone could cancel a television series starring national treasure Gabrielle Union is a mystery. The series about a broadcast journalist looking for love was canceled way back in 2017, but its two-hour movie finale was pushed back in 2018 to air in Spring 2019. Patrik-Ian Polk, who wrote the finale, posted on Instagram that the movie would finally be aired on April 11. Being Mary Jane was BET's first hour-long scripted drama and debuted as the network's highest-rated show. Being Mary Jane will be replaced by BET's upcoming series Boomerang, a comedy remake, and American Soul, a drama following the rise and fall of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius.
There will be no season three for Friends From College. The Netflix ensemble comedy starring Colbie Smulders (of How I Met Your Mother fame) and Billy Eichner was canceled on February 18, 2019, after its eight-episode second season was released on the streaming platform in early January 2019. The cancelation isn't shocking after Netflix canceled more than twenty-four programs in the last year, especially considering reviews where Entertainment Weekly called the series a waste of talent and The Guardian wrote, "the sheer charmlessness of the group is hard to overstate." Yikes.
Krysten Ritter is a national treasure. Her superhero Netflix drama, Jessica Jones still has one more season to air in 2019 before it ends for good, a casualty of Netflix ending its five-year relationship with Marvel. Because Netflix had no ownership stake in Jessica Jones, it just didn't make financial sense to keep the popular series on its subscription service, but don't get too emo about it just yet. Disney's direct-to-consumer chairman Kevin Mayer teased to The Hollywood Reporter that a revival on the Disney streaming channel is a real possibility.
Another casualty of Disney's Marvel ownership, The Punisher's cancelation was announced in tandem with Jessica Jones'. Hopefully, both series will have a second life on Disney+, or maybe the characters will find a second life on Hulu once the streaming competitor is officially owned by Disney through its acquisition of Fox. It's too bad that two great shows were caught in the middle of what is simultaneously an ownership battle and a sour working relationship between the Disney and Netflix CEOs. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg as Warners and Comcast begin to develop their own streaming services in the near future.
Yet another Marvel television show coming to an end in 2019, Legion's final episodes were a decision by the series' showrunner, Noah Hawley. Legion was doing very well and Marvel was interesting in keeping the show on air, but head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb clarified to Decider that it was always up to Noah to decide when the series would come to an end because he'd known the end of this story from the very first day he pitched it to Marvel execs. Now, fans can see the show end exactly how Noah intended it.
Amazon did a one-two punch when it announced that season four of The Man in the High Castle would be its last on the same day it released the first teaser trailer for the final season, which will be released onto its streaming service in fall 2019. The Man in the High Castle was the most popular show on Amazon Prime when it was first released and Reuters estimates that it brought over a million new subscribers to the Amazon Prime network by early 2017, but it hasn't received the same critical praise as the service's new crown jewel, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Counterpart is over. Starz announced that its season two finale would be its series finale only six days before it ended on February 17, 2019. The show is being shopped to streaming platforms, as the creator/executive producer Justin Marks hasn't given up on hope for a second life for the spy thriller. The series followed J.K. Simmons as his character Howard Silk found a parallel dimension where the only person he can trust is himself (which is meant very literally — his ally is his alter-ego in the new dimension). The series was canceled despite a 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.
There are only eight episodes left of Into The Badlands, but no one is surprised. The series was renewed for its second and third seasons in 2017, the third season was filmed a hot second ago, and most of the cast has taken on new acting jobs since their contracts were released. Viewers can look forward to what Deadline calls "an epic battle to end all battles" in the series' final episodes, as the show likely knew it wasn't coming back and planned its finale accordingly. The final half of the second season airs beginning March 2019.
Another unsurprising AMC cancelation, The Son will air its second and final season beginning April 2019. The series starred Pierce Brosnan aka the hot dad from Mamma Mia 2: Here We Ago Again, and like most movie stars, he only signed a short-term contract for the television series. The Son had a decent viewership (even though it was mostly old people), but the Pulitzer Prize-nominated source material lent itself to a well-received, short-lived run on the small screen. Pierce is in pre-production for three films at the moment, so a third season was never really a possibility.
Amazon never ~officially~ told viewers that the fourth season of its epically good comedy Catastrophe would be its last, it just hinted at it heavily in the season's official trailer. Writer and star Sharon Horgan confirmed the sad news on a radio show in late 2018, and the fourth season already aired in its native Britain on Channel 4 ahead of its March release on Amazon Prime. The final season will include a touching tribute to Carrie Fisher, who appeared on the series as one of her final acting appearances before her death.
Criminal Minds has been airing for nearly fifteen years, making it one of the longest-running scripted drama series ever. The confirmed ending date of the series isn't confirmed yet, but the show is going to end with its fifteenth season. The final season is going to air during the 2019-2020 broadcast season and will only have ten episodes, meaning that 2019 will likely be the show's final year. The final season is set to include a challenging opponent for the BAU profilers and their leader, David Rossi. Showrunner Erica Messer has also teased to Deadline that some favorite past villains will be returning to the police procedural before its final bow.