4 Shows Ending for Good in February
While several new shows make their debuts on the small screen this month, others are officially coming to an end. Here are four series finales to catch this February.
1. Red Band Society, February 7
Fox’s freshman medical dramedy will wrap up its first — and only — season this month following lackluster ratings. The show, which stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, follows a group of teens in the pediatric ward of Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital and the nurses and doctors who tend to them. The network decided to stop further production on the series in November, ending its run after only 13 episodes. The final three unaired episodes of the drama will run on two consecutive Saturdays: one hour on January 31, followed by two back-to-back episodes on February 7.
2. The Mentalist, February 18
After seven seasons, the CBS police procedural starring Simon Baker as former “psychic” and FBI consultant Patrick Jane will officially come to an end this month. The network first confirmed this season would be the show’s last in November, also revealing that the series’ final run would comprise only 13 episodes. The drama will officially wrap up its shortened season with a two-hour series finale.
3. Two and a Half Men, February 19
After surviving the firing of its main star and a switch in leading men, the longest-running comedy on broadcast TV is finally concluding its run. The show’s 12th and final season began airing at the end of October, kicking off a How I Met Your Mother-style season-long event. The CBS series will finally conclude this month, with a one-hour series finale that some are speculating may feature an appearance from original star Charlie Sheen. Creator Chuck Lorre has refused to confirm or deny the rumors of Sheen’s potential return.
4. Parks and Recreation, February 24
Back in May, NBC officially announced that the much-beloved comedy starring Amy Poehler would be drawing to a close with its seventh season. Though the show has established cult status following during its run and a largely positive critical reception (with past nominations at the Golden Globes and Emmys), recent seasons saw declining ratings. Though this season has consisted of back-to-back new episodes every week, that format will change for the last installment. According to TV Line, the network has scheduled the hour-long series finale to air directly after The Voice in order to reach the largest audience possible.