9 TV Show Finales to Watch in February
In addition to a slew of new TV series premieres, February will bring several notable TV finales to the small screen. Over the next few weeks, both freshman and returning shows, from PBS’s Downton Abbey to Fox’s The X-Files revival, will wrap up for the season. Here are nine TV finales to tune into over the next month.
1. Madoff, February 4
The upcoming ABC miniseries will follow the Ponzi scheme-aided rise and $50 billion fall of Bernie Madoff, with Richard Dreyfuss taking on the role of the now-imprisoned financier. Erin Cummings, Tom Lipinski, Frank Whaley, and Blythe Danner also co-star. The miniseries will air over two nights, starting on February 3 and ending on this day.
2. War & Peace, February 8
The six-part miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace will come to a close this month. The show, which stars Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, and Jessica Buckley among others, chronicles the fortunes and the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in the waning days of imperial Russia. The series is a BBC production but is airing as four two-hour episodes on A&E, Lifetime, and History Channel in the United States.
3. The Expanse, February 9
The 10-episode freshman season of SyFy’s space opera drama wraps up this month. Based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey, the show is set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System. It follows police detective Miller (Thomas Jane), ship’s officer Jim Holden (Steven Strait), and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that threatens peace across the System and the survival of humanity. The series has already been renewed for a second season, which is set to air in early 2017.
4. Downton Abbey, February 21
The British historical period drama ends its hugely popular six-season run this month. The critically acclaimed show will conclude with a holiday episode that originally aired on Christmas Day in the U.K. The series finale will arrive to the states a little later, airing on Masterpiece on PBS in February.
5. Mercy Street, February 21
The period medical drama is set during the Civil War and follows two volunteer nurses from opposing sides who work at the Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria, Va. After kicking off on PBS earlier this year, the show will air its sixth and final episode this month. Josh Radnor, Hannah James, Shalita Grant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jack Falahee, and Suzanne Bertish co-star.
6. Superstore, February 22
The NBC sitcom, starring America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn and Nico Santos, follows a group of employees working at a fictional big-box store called “Cloud 9″ set in St. Louis, Mo. The 11-episode freshman season of the series will conclude this month. As of now, the network has not revealed whether the show will get another season or not.
7. Telenovela, February 22
Another of NBC’s new sitcom will also its freshman season finale this month. The series, starring Eva Longoria, Jen Carlos Canela, Diana-Maria Riva, and Amaury Nolasco, chronicles the daily life of a telenovela star who does not speak Spanish, despite being the center of attention from her co-stars and the crew around her. The freshman season was originally expected to be 13 episodes long, but was cut down to 11 episodes prior to its premiere. The network has not yet announced whether or not the show will be renewed.
8. The X-Files, February 22
Fox’s upcoming revival of the classic sci-fi horror drama will air its finale this month. The six-episode miniseries will once again feature David Duchovny as FBI special agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as doctor and FBI agent Dana Scully. As in the original series, the show will follow the two as they team up to investigate the strange and unexplained.
9. Code Black, February 24
CBS’s latest medical drama takes place in an overcrowded and understaffed emergency room in Los Angeles. The show, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffey, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, and William Allen Young, will air the finale of its 18-episode freshman season this month. The network has yet to announce whether the series has been renewed for a sophomore season or not.