Popular TV Shows Ending For Good in 2018

Though it may be hard for fans to say goodbye, every TV series must come to an end eventually.  Unfortunately for some viewers, several notable TV shows — from veteran favorites like Game of Thrones to critically acclaimed comedies like Veep  are set air their final seasons next year.

Below, check out all of the popular shows that are ending for good in 2018.

1. Game of Thrones

Daenerys and Jon Snow stand next to each other in a field in front of the water from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones | HBO

After plenty of brutal battles and bloody deaths, HBO’s flagship drama is coming to an end. The show will air an abbreviated eighth and final season, consisting of only six episodes. The network is still figuring out the production schedule and has yet to announce a premiere date, although it’s expected (as of now) that Season 8 will air in late 2018.

Though it may be at least a full year between Season 7 and 8, it will be worth the wait. The network has promised a “monumental” and extremely cinematic final season.

2. The Middle

Two kids sit next to their dad on a couch

The Middle | ABC

The long-running ABC sitcom will end after its upcoming ninth season, which kicks off in October 2017 and wraps up in 2018. Though the series has never been a huge ratings breakout, it’s been a steady mainstay on the network’s schedule since 2009.

ABC announced the decision to cancel the series in August 2017, with co-creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline stating: “It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye.”

The show will reach its 200th episode milestone in its final season.

3. Scandal

Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope stands next to a desk in a red coat in a scene from Scandal

Scandal | ABC

In May 2017, it was announced that Season 7 of ABC’s veteran political drama will also be its last. Producer Shonda Rhimes has long made it clear that she envisioned the series as a seven-season show and it seems the network will stick to that plan.

The seventh and final season will consist of 18 episodes, premiering in October 2017 and wrapping up in 2018.

4. New Girl

Nick presses his hands together while talking to Jess in front of doors

New Girl | Fox

Fox is giving its longest-running live-action comedy series one more season. In May 2017, the network announced the show will return for an abbreviated seventh and final season.

Costar Jake Johnson revealed the upcoming season will be far shorter than the preceding ones. “#NewGirl has been picked up for 8 final episodes! Very excited to be able to finish what we started,” he wrote on Twitter.

5. The Americans

Keri Russell stands in front of Matthew Rhys in a scene from The Americans

The Americans | FX

FX’s Russian spy drama will also come to a close next year. The show’s sixth and final season will only run for 10 episodes, as opposed to the previous 13-episode seasons.

Though the season will be shortened, showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields promise it will be “action-packed and emotion-packed.”

“There are a lot of pieces hanging out there, a lot of stories …” Weisberg said, per The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s going to be a lot happening both in the story world and the emotional world.”

6. 12 Monkeys

Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull pose together in a scene from 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys | SyFy

This sci-fi drama will end with Season 4. In March 2017, SyFy opted to renew the series for one more season, which will officially close out the time travel story. The final season will consist of 10 installments, although it’s unclear whether they’ll air on a weekly basis (Season 3 aired over a three-night period).

“We couldn’t be more excited to see where Terry [Matalas] takes us with the final chapter of this fabulous story in the fourth season,” president of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Jeff Wachtel said.

7. Star Wars Rebels

A group of animated characters stand in line in Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels | Disney XD

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels will end its fourth and final season in 2018, as announced at a panel for Orlando’s Star Wars Celebration in May 2017. Series creator Dave Filon noted that he made the decision to end the series, with the hopes of ensuring that it goes out on a high note.

“I really appreciate that love from you guys. I think I can make this story as meaningful as can be,” he said, per IGN.

Season 4 will consist of 15 episodes and begins airing in October 2017.

8. Adventure Time

A group of animated characters jump in a field

Adventure Time | Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network announced in September 2016 that Season 9 of the cult hit Adventure Time will be its last. According to the Los Angeles Times, the final season will include a number of special episodes (although an exact count is still undetermined), concluding in 2018.

Pendleton Ward, the show’s creator, said in a press statement: “We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”

9. Portlandia

Writer/actor Carrie Brownstein and actor/producer Fred Armisen attend Sag Foundation's Conversations with Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein held at SAG Foundation Actors Center

Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein | Angela Weiss/Getty Images for SAG Foundation

IFC renewed this comedy, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, for an eighth and final season in 2018. The decision to conclude the series — at least, for now — didn’t come as much as a surprise, as both stars previously vocalized their plans to wrap up the show.

That being said, Armisen suggested there may be room to return to the future. “I don’t like to say anything is final, like ‘This is it,’” he said, per the Los Angeles Times. “We all love each other, we all get along. Basically this is our last season, but who knows?”

10. Clarence

Two animated characters talk to each other in front of lockers in Clarence

Clarence | Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network’s animated series is ending next year. The show’s third season, airing in 2018, will double as its last, although the network has yet to announce an exact premiere date.

According to voice actor Spencer Rothbell, the upcoming new episodes will feature a bunch of surprises, including a few guest stars, the return of past favorite characters, and more.

11. Sense8

A man sits at a restaurant table while a group of characters stand behind him

Sense8 | Netflix

Netflix’s costly sci-fi series, led by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, will get an official series finale sometime in 2018. The streamer axed the show in June 2017 after two seasons, causing an outpouring of disappointment from its dedicated fans.

In response to the viewers’ outcry, Netflix opted to give the show a special finale episode that will complete the show’s storyline.  “Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought Sense8 back to life,” series co-creator Lana Wachowski said in a letter announcing the news.

The finale will be two hours long and will air sometime in 2018.

12. Veep

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Veep on the phone at a desk

Veep | HBO

HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy series will also conclude its run in 2018. The network announced in September 2017 that Season 7 of the popular, critically acclaimed series will be its last.

Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus explained the decision to end the show, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “It became clear that this season should be the last season. We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”

13. The Originals 

Elijah, Klaus, and Hayley stand together in a room looking down on The Originals.

The Originals | The CW

The CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff will end after its upcoming fifth season. Showrunner Julie Plec made the announcement on Twitter in July 2017, just days before the cast and creators hosted a panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

The final season will begin airing in spring 2018.

14. Fixer Upper 

Designers Chip and Joanna Gaines pose in a kitchen in front of a platter with a pitcher of lemonade on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

Fixer Upper | HGTV

After four highly-rated seasons on air, HGTV’s super popular home renovation series, hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines, is coming back for one final round of episodes. In September 2017, the couple announced that the show’s upcoming fifth season will be its last.

“While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with,” the parents of four wrote in a blog post on their official site, adding, “How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”

Season 5 will kick off in November 2017.

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