We’re sorry to say that all good things must come to an end, and these are all the shows airing their final seasons in 2019. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve shouted at our screen (both in joy and in anger), and now, we anxiously await the end. Mysteries will be solved, will-they-won’t-theys will be resolved, and we can’t wait to see what happens before the big series finale.
1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Created by Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt first seemed like a salve for the 30 Rock-shaped hole in our lives. The humor was so distinctly Fey, and so excellently delivered by the perfectly cast Office veteran Ellie Kemper. But Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt showed everyone that it had its own voice, and that was voice was wonderfully hilarious.
With the last season streaming on Netflix and on its way to a satisfying series finale, we say goodbye to Kimmy, her outlandishly dramatic roommate Titus (listen to his hit song “Peeno Noir” if you are unfamiliar), and all of their friends. Kimmy Schmidt survived fifteen years in the bunker of a doomsday cult, learned how to not only live but thrive in New York City, and in the last season, finally found real success. She really was unbreakable!
2. Homeland (Showtime)
You can’t say that Claire Danes’ CIA Agent Carrie Mathison hasn’t been through the ringer on Homeland. So, after seven insane conspiracy-filled seasons, we can’t blame Carrie if she wants to take some time away from the field. But before she does, Saul is sending her on what is sure to be an intense Taliban-related mission.
Joining Danes’ Agent Mathison for a multi-episode arc is her real-life husband, actor Hugh Dancy, and we have to imagine having him on set will make saying goodbye just a little easier. But before you have a Mathison-style emotional meltdown over the end, remember: there’s plenty of action still to come when season 9 starts in the fall.
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and A Series of Unfortunate Events will be concluding its run on Netflix with its highly bingeable third season. But before we say goodbye, we have to know — do the Baudelaire orphans finally solve the mystery of the sugar bowl?!
The books the series is based on ended with more questions than answers, but we’ve been told that the finale will handle the Baudelaires’ farewell a little differently. And if that’s not enticing enough, the spectacular sets, flamboyantly spectacular costuming and prosthetics are a real visual delight, and destined to be bigger, better, and more bonkers than ever before.
4. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Haven’t you heard? Orange is out, or it will be, when Orange Is the New Black bows out at the end of season seven. And there’s still a lot of plotlines to wrap up. At the explosive end of season six, Piper is released early from prison, Taystee was found guilty of a murder she didn’t commit, and Blanca is brought to an immigration detention center.
The fates of the inmates have never been more uncertain, and we wonder how Piper will adjust to life on the outside — prison changes people. So get out your black mourning garb for the series finale, it’s time to say goodbye to the ladies of Litchfield.
5. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
It’s been one wild ride on Jane the Virgin. Over the last four seasons there have been kidnappings, amnesia, identity changes, accidental insemination, deaths, marriages, breakups, babies, and the list goes on. Now in its last season, fans are anxiously awaiting the resolution of the show’s long-standing love triangle.
With each of Jane’s suitors equally likely to win her heart and ride off into the sunset, it’s Team Michael vs. Team Rafael going into the finale. Seeing as Jane the Virgin is modeled after traditional telenovelas, there will definitely be plenty of twists and turns as the show moves towards its dramatic conclusion, closing out on the 100th episode of the series. Stay tuned!
6. Criminal Minds (CBS)
It’s hard to remember a time before Criminal Minds was on the air. Alas, after an impressive 14 seasons, it’s been announced that season 15, airing in the fall of 2019, will be the show’s last. Having caught countless serial killers, the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit will be disbanding.
The final season is set to launch with a two-part opener, and will consist of ten episodes in total. The series, which has always featured plenty of dark and twisted plotlines, will be as action-packed as ever, before bowing out in a touching finale that might even see a few familiar faces of past favorite FBI agents making a sentimental return.
7. Transparent (Amazon Prime)
Just because it looks different doesn’t mean it’s not as good. We are of course talking about a Jeffrey Tambor-less final season. (Why, what did you think we were referring to?) The groundbreaking series, which follows a family adjusting to life after the reveal that their father is transgender, is going to be ending with season five.
While an official end date hasn’t been decided upon, the last episode is definitely going to be a musical. Show creator Jill Soloway described the grand finale as “Jesus Christ Superstar mixed with La La Land mixed with Flight of the Conchords,” and for good measure, “A little Yentl.” That combination sounds crazy, and we can’t wait!
8. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
We have a theory that The Big Bang Theory could have continued well into the future, and fans would have loved it just as much as they have for the last eleven seasons. But the season twelve finale will be the big end, and those lovable nerds (plus cool-girl Penny) are going out with a bang.
Despite initials talks of a 13th season, star Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, decided it was time to move on from the long-running sitcom to pursue other projects. Naturally, there was simply no way for the show to progress without him. But have no fear: once The Big Bang Theory says goodbye, the prequel series Young Sheldon can satisfy your theoretical physics fix.
9. The Affair (Showtime)
It’s been a dark and emotionally draining road, full of conflicting narratives, betrayals, lies, and murder, but we may finally get some answers from The Affair in its fifth and final season. Set to air later in 2019, the season opens with a fresh face and multi-decade time jump.
It’s been reported that Anna Paquin of True Blood fame has joined the cast as an adult Joanie (daughter of Alison and Noah), who comes to a time-ravaged Montauk to find out the truth behind her mother’s murder. It seems as though the mistakes and mysteries of the past might finally be resolved once and for all before The Affair is over for good.
10. Vikings (History)
Who says history has to be boring? Because we can all agree that the History show Vikings is as far from boring as it could possibly be — it’s been four seasons of non-stop action, epic battles, and shocking deaths, and now, our Vikings are setting sail on one last voyage.
The epic drama will be bowing out after season five. Vikings showrunners believe they’ve told Ragnar and his sons’ stories to completion. However, this isn’t the end of the historical drama as we know it, since there is already a spin-off in the works. We wonder if the Seer saw which characters will live long enough to make it to the sequel series.
11. Elementary (CBS)
The game is afoot for the final season of Elementary, and Holmes and Watson are hot on the case. With only 13 episodes left, the detectives have one last major mystery to solve, but will they catch all the clues, or will the series finale end on a cliffhanger?
The seventh and last season will see Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) and Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) starting out as consultants for Scotland Yard, before returning to their beloved New York City for a case that will hit close to home. The two detectives have certainly come a long way since season 1, so it’s anybody’s guess where they’ll close out the crime-solving series.
12. Poldark (BBC/PBS)
Who doesn’t love a good period drama? Renewed for a fifth and final season, Poldark is coming to the close of the century and the close of its run on television. Set in the late 18th century, the books the series is based on go well into the 1800s, so we have to wonder, will season five see a time jump?
After losing his longtime unrequited love and mistress, Elizabeth, Ross Poldark will be left to try and keep his marriage intact back in Cornwall. With their love child’s parentage increasingly suspect, we can’t wait to see the aftermath of season four.
13. Mr. Robot (USA)
Too many television shows have limped along, well past their expiration date, and by the time the series finale airs all anyone is left thinking is: “It was about time!” But that won’t be the case for the critically-acclaimed psychological thriller Mr. Robot, which is coming to a close with season four.
According to Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, this is the ending he’s always had in mind for cyber-security/hacker Elliot. Esmail revealed that his Emmy-winning series, led by man-of-the-moment Rami Malek, will go out with a twelve-episode season that is designed as one long Christmas special. We can’t even imagine what that will look like, but we are waiting breathlessly to find out.
14. Gotham (FOX)
They’re the characters we’ve all grown up with our whole lives. Only now, after four seasons getting to know the earliest iterations of Gotham’s most notorious villains, as well as the increasing urgency of Bruce Wayne’s instincts for justice at any cost, the fight for Gotham feels a lot more personal.
We’ve watched Bruce Wayne grow up before our eyes on Gotham. Now, from a helpless young orphan, he’s become the vigilante we know he will one day become. Will Bruce form his Batman identity before the series finale? It’s an all-out war in Gotham, and we’re going to gamble that the good side wins out, but we’ll have to wait and see.
15. The Deuce (HBO)
Leave it to the man who gave us The Wire to have the foresight for delivering a finale for The Deuce that’s bound to surpass what anyone might have expected. Yes, the show about the rise of the porn industry in New York City will be ending with the season three series finale, but it was always going to go down this way.
Creator David Simon intended for the series to be a trilogy, following the saga of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy and James Franco’s Vincent and Frankie Martino through 1970, 1977, and now, taking on the early ’80s. The show will bow out with New York City at its grittiest, and we’re ready to get downright grungy with The Deuce.
16. Modern Family (ABC)
They’ve made us laugh, they’ve made us cry, they enlightened an entire nation about alternative family structures. Modern Family is set to air its series finale in the fall of 2019 — for the last time. A family-based sitcom with a sharp sense of comedy and a whole lot of heart, Modern Family has been a critical and commercial darling from the very beginning.
With over 200 episodes under its belt, Modern Family will close out the Dunphy/Tucker-Pritchett/Pritchett-Delgado family’s stories with a slightly shortened season of 18 episodes. The finale will air in 2020, so we still have some time to mourn the loss of these much beloved characters.
17. Catastrophe (Amazon Prime)
Sharon Horgan’s truly excellent series Catastrophe is coming to a close, which means season 4 is your last chance to catch the comedic repartee between series creators and stars Horgan and Rob Delaney. For the uninitiated, Catastrophe chronicles the relationship between couple Sharon and Rob, who come together over an accidental pregnancy.
The final season will also include an episode honoring frequent guest star Carrie Fisher, whose last-ever appearance on film before her death was in Catastrophe‘s third season. Often so relatable that it makes us cringe, but in the most hilarious way imaginable, Catastrophe is can’t-miss television. So if you’re still out of the loop, it’s time to catch up.
18. Fuller House (Netflix)
Calling all Fannerinos, Fuller House’s season five will also be its last. Netflix is taking us back to San Francisco to catch up with the Tanner family, and almost all of our favorite stars from the original series will be popping up to help close the book on this chapter of Full House.
Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos (have mercy!) have already revealed they’ve stopped by the season five set. It’s sad we know, but given that Fuller House was already a revival, who knows what the future holds. Even after the series finale, perhaps there will be a Fullest House somewhere down the line?
19. Supernatural (The CW)
For all those Supernatural superfans, we are sorry to say that after a decade and a half, the Winchester brothers and the angel Castiel will be battling their last demons. Supernatural hasn’t been cancelled by the network, it’s just that sometimes successful shows have to say goodbye.
It seems as though the decision to stop after season 15 was made by series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins, albeit with heavy hearts, but happy to have been of part of Supernatural for so long. But before you start sobbing into your Sam and Dean approved plaid flannel shirt, there’s still lots of action ahead when the series finale premieres this fall.
20. Veep (HBO)
Vote Selina Meyer for president in 2020! After a brief hiatus while series star Julia Louis-Dreyfus beat cancer (like a total boss), everyone on Veep is back and hitting the campaign trail one last time. Working on her umpteenth comeback, Selina Meyer looks like she might actually have a shot at being the first female president before the series finale.
Do you need a break from the incessant news cycle coming out of Washington D.C.? We recommend entering the world of Veep, as the show takes one last stab at skewering and satirizing American politics. The last season promises to have the same acerbic wit and of course, Louis-Dreyfus’ pitch-perfect comedic timing.
21. Suits (USA)
It’s the show that introduced the public to Meghan Markle (pardon us, we meant Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex), and now, after eight seasons, it’s time to suit up for the very last time on Suits season 9. And there’s still so much left to resolve!
When series stars Patrick Adams and Meghan Markle departed after season seven, the show soldiered on without them, but now that the Specter Litt law firm is closing up shop, will Mike and Rachel make a brief reappearance? And will Harvey and Donna finally figure out that they’re meant to be together? We’re anxious to see it all go down.
22. Empire (FOX)
For giving us one of, if not the fiercest, feistiest family matriarchs on television, Cookie Lyon, we will forever be thankful to FOX. Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard deliver as Cookie and Lucious (respectively), and watching them grapple for power and control of Empire Entertainment has been a dramatic delight.
We’re on the edge of our seats waiting for the debut of the sixth and final season of Empire, which FOX CEO Charles Collier described as “a large television event…We are going out guns-a-blazing.” Can Cookie and Lyon see past their turbulent history to be together? Will Empire Entertainment see its CEOs in an all-out brawl?
23. Broad City (Comedy Central)
What’s the opposite of “Yaassss queen”? Alas it’s true, though we wish so badly that it wasn’t: the fifth season of Broad City is sadly its last. Although we could have watched Abbi and Ilana’s hilarious antics forever, the co-creators have decided that they wanted to go out on a high note, while Broad City was still on top.
Broad City costars and co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer agreed that it was time for their characters, and themselves personally, to take another step into adulthood, and move on to new projects. Thankfully, they’ll be going out with a bang as only Broad City could deliver, i.e. their signature wacky and wonderfully over-the-top way.
24. Arrow (The CW)
It was the first show to spawn the “Arrowverse,” a part of DC Comics, and now, Arrow is coming to its close with season eight. The final season will start in the fall of 2019, with the series finale scheduled for early 2020, so you still have some time to prepare before saying goodbye to your favorite small-screen superhero, Green Arrow.
Having saved Starling City for the last seven seasons, it’s time for Green Arrow to hang up his bow and arrow. While the last season saw the departure of one of the show’s most beloved characters, Felicity Smoak, the show will wrap up without her, though we’ll keep holding out hope for one last appearance.
25. Speechless (ABC)
Well, this one sure came as a bit of a surprise. We’re sorry if you had been excitedly waiting for the fourth season of Speechless, but after season three didn’t produce the same sort of viewership numbers ABC had hoped for, they decided not to renew the series.
The show focused on JJ DiMeo, a young man living with cerebral palsy, and his high strung mother, played by an always excellent Minnie Driver. While the show won’t see another season, it still went out on a high note. Although we won’t spoil it for anyone, we will recommend everyone watch Speechless for a feel-good family comedy — it’s truly top-notch.
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