Popular TV Shows That Ended for Good in 2017
All TV series must come to an end eventually, no matter how hard it is for fans to say goodbye. Unfortunately for some viewers, several notable shows — from veteran favorites like Pretty Little Liars to cult series like Orphan Black — aired their final seasons this year.
Below, check out 18 popular TV shows that ended for good in 2017 (and what to watch next). We’re pretty devastated about No. 9.
1. The Leftovers
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After over a year off the air, the HBO drama returned this spring for its third and final season. Season 3 consists of a total of eight episodes, relocating all of the action to Australia and picking up just days before the seventh anniversary of the Sudden Departure.
Next: This show ended at the hands of Amazon.
2. Hand of God
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The drama’s second season was also its last. Amazon canceled Hand of God after earning mostly negative reviews in its freshman season. The series’ final run of episodes was released on March 10 and is available to stream for Amazon Prime subscribers now.
Next: AMC ended this popular drama.
3. Halt and Catch Fire
Watch next: Silicon Valley for a comedic take on tech innovation
AMC‘s Halt and Catch Fire officially came to a — wait for it — halt. The channel’s acclaimed drama aired its fourth and final season this year. The show’s final run consisted of 10 episodes, designed to “write the series focused on the dawn of the computer industry in the 1980s in Texas and California to conclusion.”
Next: The final season of this series continues its creepy theme.
4. Bates Motel
Watch next: Hemlock Grove for small-town thrills and mother/son dynamics
A&E’s Bates Motel closed after Season 5. The move didn’t come as a surprise, as executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin made it known they envisioned the series having a five-season run. Luckily, the last season was memorable, with Rihanna making an unexpected guest star appearance. The fifth and final season consists of 10 episodes.
Next: This TV show is no longer the comeback kid.
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After a lengthy hiatus, the Showtime comedy — starring Matt LeBlanc as a charming, but arrogant actor trying for a comeback — aired its fifth and final season this year. Though LeBlanc earned four well-deserved Emmy nods for the series, the show was never a big ratings earner, leading Showtime to ultimately pull the plug.
Next: Show expenses were too much for Netflix to handle.
Watch next: Ozark for a dysfunctional family who takes things too far
Netflix’s thriller drama, following a Florida family who grapples with dark secrets, concluded this year. The streamer pulled the plug on the series due to production costs and Season 2’s somewhat lackluster reviews. One of only seven cancellations Netflix has ever made, this marked the beginning of the company’s new, tougher approach to finalizing its lineup.
Next: The CW tightened the reins on this period drama.
Watch next: The Crown for royal drama
The CW’s period drama, chronicling the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, began airing its fourth and final season in February 2017. According to Variety, the decision to make this season the last was not totally unexpected, as the network had conversations about the show’s ending with producers. The final season consists of 16 episodes and concluded on June 16.
Next: This show’s success was “strained.”
8. The Strain
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FX brought its vampire thriller drama to an end. The show follows as the city of New York is plagued by a mysterious viral outbreak. It got a fourth and final run that executive producers Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, and Chuck Hogan promised to be “exciting and climatic.”
Next: This procedural crime drama finally came to an end.
Watch next: Elementary for a crime-fighting duo who solve mysteries
After 11 years on air, Fox wrapped its long-running drama, following dipping ratings in recent seasons. The 12th and final season not only concluded the storyline of Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz), and the Jeffersonian FBI team, it also brought back favorite guest stars and featured a wedding.
Though the show concluded in late March, there may be hope for the show’s loyal fanbase. Rumors of a potential revival circulated.
Next: This show was “orphaned” by BBC America.
10. Orphan Black
Watch next: United States of Tara for one talented actress playing multiple characters
BBC America’s cult series earned critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase, but its story concluded in 2017. Tatiana Maslany starred in Orphan Black, which aired one more 10-episode season that brought an “epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters,” as explained by co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.
Next: This show’s chance of survival looked “grim.”
Watch next: Once Upon a Time for fairy tale characters in modern times
NBC‘s fantasy drama aired its final installments this year. The sixth and final 13-episode season followed as Nick (David Giuntoli) and his allies use their full force to find a way to bring peace to the city. Grimm kicked off its last season in January, with the series finale airing in late March.
Next: This series may live on.
12. Black Sails
Watch next: Vikings for a well-produced historical/fantasy drama
The Emmy-winning Starz prequel to Treasure Island concluded after four seasons on the high seas. Season 4 marked Black Sails’ final run, with the April finale doubling as its last-ever episode. Though this iteration is over, co-showrunners Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine hinted that a spinoff could be in the works, although nothing has been officially confirmed.
Next: HBO’s millennial series ends after five seasons.
Watch next: Master of None for a candid take on love and life in the city
Viewers said goodbye to HBO’s Girls this year. After earning critical acclaim in its first five seasons, the comedy-drama aired its sixth and final season this year. The 10-episode season followed Lena Dunham’s Hannah as she learns she’s pregnant and grapples with the idea of motherhood.
Next: These liars finally faced the truth.
14. Pretty Little Liars
Watch next: Riverdale for well-executed teen drama
Pretty Little Liars ended after its seventh season. The hit drama, starring Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse, aired its last 10 episodes this year. After seven seasons of twists and turns, these episodes delivered long-awaited answers to fans, including the identity of their harasser, A.D. The final season wrapped with a special two-hour series finale on June 27.
Next: An MTV drama ended its transformation.
15. Teen Wolf
Watch next: The Vampire Diaries for a complex, supernatural teen drama
As announced at 2016’s San Diego Comic-Con, the MTV drama’s sixth season was its last. The show concluded after its 100th episode — a milestone both cast members and producers described as a “good place” to end. Production split the final season of Teen Wolf (which premiered in November 2016) into two 10-episode arcs, instead of telling a single story.
Next: Fans mourned the loss of this vampire show.
16. The Vampire Diaries
Watch next: Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a throwback to the original vampire drama
Though The CW fantasy drama was once one of the highest-rated shows on the network, its viewership dipped in later seasons. Luckily for its dedicated viewers, the channel decided against abruptly canceling the series and instead gave it one more 16-episode run.
The eighth and final season kicked off in fall 2016 and wrapped up this March, with original lead Nina Dobrev (who exited the series after Season 6) returning as a guest star in the series finale.
Next: These workaholics finally retired.
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The seventh season of the Comedy Central series was also its swan song. Workaholics stars, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm decided to end the series after making a name for themselves in feature films and other arenas since the series first debuted. But it’s not the last time the three actors will work together. The trio is already teaming up on a new Netflix movie, Game Over, Man!.
Next: Freeform ended one of its popular family dramas.
18. Switched at Birth
Watch next: The Fosters for another ABC Family drama
2017 also marked the end for this veteran Freeform series. The family drama kicked off its fifth and final season in January, following a lengthy, year-long hiatus. The 10-episode farewell season featured plenty of memorable moments for fans, including the show’s 100th episode and a special 90-minute series finale.
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