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 Scandal 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. House of Cards
After star Kevin Spacey faced allegations of sexual harassment, Netflix cut ties with the actor and pulled the plug on the show — after one final season that is.
The sixth and last season of the critically acclaimed series — which served as a launching pad for Netflix’s scripted originals — will go on without Spacey, making Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood the focal point of the series’ final episodes.
2. The Middle
The long-running ABC sitcom ended after it’s ninth season which kicked off in October 2017 and wrapped 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 aired its 200th episode milestone in its final season.
In May 2017, it was announced that Season 7 of ABC’s veteran political drama was also its last. Producer Shonda Rhimes has long made it clear that she envisioned the series as a seven-season show and the network chose to stick to that plan.
The seventh and final season consisted of 18 episodes, premiering in October 2017 and ending in April 2018.
4. New Girl
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.
The eight final episodes kicked off in April 2018.
5. The Americans
FX’s Russian spy drama also comes to a close this 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. Fixer Upper
After four highly-rated seasons on air, HGTV’s super popular home renovation series, hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines, returned for one final round of episodes. In September 2017, the couple announced that the show’s fifth season would 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 kicked off in November 2017.
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?”
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.
9. 12 Monkeys
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.
In late 2017, CMT announced the country drama’s sixth season would be its last. Nashville‘s first cancellation came at the hands of ABC after the show’s fourth season. CMT swiftly picked it up and furthered the plot for a fifth season, killing off fan-favorite Rayna James, played by Connie Britton.
Nashville will end during summer 2018. Executive Producer Marshall Herskovitz promised the final season will celebrate “all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made Nashville such an exciting journey,” according to E Online.
11. Once Upon a Time
The fantasy series became the No. 1 drama launch of 2011, premiering on ABC to 12.8 million viewers. Although Once Upon a Time garnered a passionate fan following, its viewership dropped to 4.5 million by its sixth season. A move to Friday night and a cast overhaul likely contributed to season seven’s even lower ratings.
ABC announced the fairy tale will end in 2018. Network President Channing Dungey explained, “Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, but Once Upon a Time will forever be part of the ABC legacy and we can’t wait for fans to join us in this epic final chapter.”
Cartoon Network’s animated series is ending this 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.
The finale will be two hours long and will air sometime in 2018.
13. The Originals
The CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff will end after its 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 began airing in April 2018.
14. Star Wars Rebels
Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels ended 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.
15. Adventure Time
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.”
Additional reporting by Ali Harrison.