It’s the time of year that faithful TV fans dread: renewal season. Each year, many shows end up on the chopping block, while others continually make it through to see another year. To help put your mind at ease, here’s a list of some of the major TV shows we’ve come to know and love and that will be around for another season.
This supernatural drama has been renewed for its fourth season. The show’s success can be attributed to a loyal fan base that continues to tune in to watch the series live, said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, per a Zap2it article. Grimm is inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Portland Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a descendant from an elite line of criminal profilers, known as “Grimms,” meaning it’s up to him to take on an assortment of ancient evils.
Throughout the show, Burkhardt works to protect his fiancé, Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch), and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), from the dangers of his job, which becomes increasingly harder to do. Watch as Burkhardt continues to harness his inner Grimm and face off against royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, the Brothers Grimm.
2. Chicago Fire and Chicago PD
It’s a great time to be an NBC television show with “Chicago” in the title. The firehouse set drama will move on to its third season, and the police spinoff will be around for its second season. Both shows have a loyal fan base and showed strong numbers throughout their seasons.
Chicago Fire follows the lives of the firefighters and paramedics working at Chicago Firehouse 51. Viewers can follow team members as they continuously find themselves in stressful and dangerous situations. The show also focuses on their personal lives. When a tragedy claims the life of one of their own, Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) must deal with the guilt and sorrow that they feel.
Chicago PD is a police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s District 21 who risk their lives daily to protect the community. The show focuses on two police groups: the uniformed officers who patrol the streets and the Intelligence Unit that combats Chicago’s organized crime, drug trafficking, and high-profile murders.
3. The Big Bang Theory
Fans of the CBS comedy can breathe a sigh of relief: The show, starring Kaley Cuoco, is safe for at least three more seasons. Watch as socially awkward physicists Leonard and Sheldon interact with Penny, their beautiful neighbor who wants to teach them a thing or two about real life. Despite their differences, Penny and Leonard are (usually) head-over-heels for each other, and even Sheldon has found a girlfriend in neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler. No matter what’s happening in their personal lives, Leonard and Sheldon and their two friends, Koothrappali and Wolowitz, still make time to take trips to the comic book store and participate in fantasy role-playing games.
4. Mike & Molly
Melissa McCarthy’s comedy will return for another season on CBS. According to Buddy TV, Mike & Molly will reach its 100th episode next year. Mike, a Chicago police officer, and Molly, a former fourth-grade teacher turned writer, are a working-class Chicago couple who live with Molly’s mom, Joyce. The couple originally met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and now work together to try and live a healthier lifestyle, save money, and start a family.
5. Two and a Half Men
Who needs Charlie Sheen anyway? Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher are doing just fine in the comedy series, and fans can enjoy it for at least one more year. Two and a Half Men is about Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire who expects others to take care of him. After a failed attempt to drown himself in the ocean after his wife kicked him out, a suicidal Walden stumbles into a Malibu beach house, where he meets twice-divorced chiropractor Alan Harper and his underachieving teenage son, Jake. The two had been living with Alan’s now-deceased brother for the past eight years. Walden ends up buying the house and invites Alan to remain there.
6. NCIS and NCIS:LA
CBS has renewed the original show and the successful spinoff for another season. NCIS is an action drama that focuses on the complex and amusing dynamics between a team forced to work together in stressful situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs leads the team, which includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled; the youthful forensic specialist Abby Sciuto; NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee; and Ziva David, a former Mossad agent-turned-Probationary Agent and newly sworn-in U.S. citizen.
NCIS:LA is a drama about the division of NCIS that is responsible for apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security. This team pulls out all the stops by assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology to go deep undercover. Special Agent “G” Callen regularly transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld, and his partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The tight-knit unit is regularly sent into life-threatening situations and relies on each other to get through each mission.
7. Person of Interest
The American crime drama is returning to CBS for its fourth season. Person of Interest is about a presumed dead former CIA agent, Reese, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire, Finch, to prevent violent crimes by using vigilante justice. Reese uses his special training in covert operations, which impresses Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. The two work outside of the law — a move that begins to draw police attention.
Fo diehard CSI fans, fear not: It has been renewed for Season 15. In CSI, forensic investigators solve crimes by examining the evidence. The investigators are always on the case, working to find the missing piece to the puzzle. D.B. Russell, the CSI supervisor for the grave shift, is a family man and scientist, and leads his team through a new crime scene day after day.
9. Hawaii Five-0
Here’s another CBS show that made the cut for another year. Hawaii Five-0 features an elite federalized task force with a mission to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s governor persuades him to lead the new team. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny Williams, a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop, and Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-Honolulu police detective.
10. Blue Bloods
Tom Selleck’s family cop drama will return with a new season. Blue Bloods consists of a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan is the New York Police Commissioner and runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as chief. Frank’s eldest son is Danny, a seasoned detective who has been known to occasionally use questionable tactics to solve cases.
11. Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds revolves around a team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminals, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU. The team is lead by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, a strong profiler who is able to gain peoples’ trust and unlock their secrets. Hotchner’s BAU team is filled with unique individuals who each bring one-of-a-kind expertise to the unit.
12. The Good Wife
CBS has renewed the hit legal and political drama for its sixth season. The Good Wife stars Alicia Florrick, a wife and mother who re-enters the workforce after her husband’s public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Alicia decides to pursue a career as a defense attorney and starts as a junior associate at a Chicago law firm. Each day, Alicia works on transforming herself from a politician’s scorned wife to a tough career woman, especially for the sake of her kids, 14-year-old Zach and 13-year-old Grace.
13. The Amazing Race
The reality program will return with another season. The TV show has teams of two people, who have some type of personal relationship, race around the world while competing with other teams. The show is hosted by Phil Keoghan and pits 11 teams against each other. Lasting approximately 25 days, the show has team members compete in a series of challenges at every destination. When the tasks are completed, the teams then learn where their next location is. Teams who fall the farthest behind are eventually eliminated, and the first team to arrive at the final destination wins $1 million.
14. Undercover Boss
CBS has renewed the Emmy Award-winning reality show. Undercover Boss follows high-level corporate executives as they anonymously begin to work with their employees. Each week, a different executive will leave their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of the company.
15. The Mindy Project
Fox has renewed the comedy, starring Mindy Kaling, for a third season. Mindy is an OB/GYN who is trying to balance her personal and professional life. She shares a practice with two male doctors, neither of whom make things any easier for her. Mindy also struggles to find the right guy but insists on continuing to search for love, all while juggling a busy social calendar.
16. New Girl
Zooey Deschanel’s comedy will return for its fourth season on Fox. New Girl follows a group of friends, their romantic exploits, and their attempts to find their places in the world. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and her roommate, Nick, are in an exclusive relationship but realize it may not be as perfect as they assumed it would be. Schmidt and Winston attempt to juggle their own relationships, which often don’t end quite like they’d like them to. But through it all, the friends always have each other.
17. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Winning a Golden Glob probably helped this Fox hit get renewed for a second season. Andy Samberg and great comedy — what’s not to love? Brooklyn Nine-Nine is about what happens when a carefree detective and his diverse group of colleagues get a new captain with a lot to prove. Jake is a fairly gifted detective, but he’s never had to follow the rules too closely. Then Captain Holt arrives and things begin to change. Holt believes in rules and regulations; Jake and Holt often disagree, yet eventually seem to form a pretty good relationship.
18. The Following
Kevin Bacon’s psychological thriller will be around for a third season. There will be plenty time for more drama to unfold between Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy. Ryan is obsessed with finding Joe, a serial killer who always has a group of loyal followers close behind. In the second season, Ryan and Mike Weston consult with the FBI as they work to find Joe, who was once presumed dead. New this season is Ryan’s niece, Max, who helps him find Joe while working to keep him from doing anything too drastic. As the show continues, more secrets are unveiled.
The CW has renewed the freshman drama Reign, a historical fictional series, for a second season. The show follows the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1557 France. Arriving in France with four close friends, Mary has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French king’s son, Prince Francis. But the match depends more on politics, religion, and secret agendas than finding true love. Prince Francis is intrigued by Mary but is hesitant to give up his freedom. Foes work to conspire against Mary’s marriage to Francis, and danger seems to always be lurking near the castle.
20. The Originals
A spinoff from The Vampire Diaries, this first-year series has been picked up for Season 2. The Originals follows the original vampire family, who have a strained relationship due to thousands of years of tragedy and disloyalty. Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to New Orleans, the city his family helped build, and the place he and his siblings, Elijah and Rebekah, were exiled from a century ago by their father. Drawn back to New Orleans by a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him, Klaus is surprised that the city still feels like home to him despite the decades he’s been away. Elijah follows his brother and learns that werewolf Hayley, Klaus’s onetime flame, is carrying Klaus’s child.
21. The Vampire Diaries
Vampire fans can relax: The CW is giving The Vampire Diaries a sixth season. Which Salvatore brother will Elena fall for in the coming year? During season five, Elena and Damon focus on their relationship, only to find that they bring out the worst in each other. It doesn’t help that the couple, along with Damon’s brother, Stefan, and their other supernatural friends must deal with travelers who are causing major disruptions in Mystic Falls, as well as in the afterlife. Even worse? The travelers begin to force Stefan and Elena to have romantic dreams about each other, causing more tension in Elena and Damon’s already strained relationship.
The CW has awarded its veteran series with its 10th season on the channel. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent the last eight years battling mysterious forces. Over the years, with the help of the fallen angel Castiel (Misha Collins) and the king of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), the Winchesters have straddled the line between good and evil. Last season, the brothers worked to close the gates of Hell. With the help of the prophet Kevin Tran, Sam and Dean set forth to perform the trials required to close the gates. Meanwhile, the gates of Heaven also close, forcing the angels to return to Earth — another major problem for the Winchesters to deal with.
The superhero show has been renewed for a third season. It’s based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime fighter. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who returns home to fight crime after being stranded on an island for five years. When Oliver return to Starling City, his mother, Moira; sister, Thea; and best friend, Tommy, welcome him home, but they can all tell that Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. Oliver seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance, while creating the persona of Arrow, a vigilante who works to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore peace to Starling City.
24. Parks and Recreation
NBC’s president unofficially announced at the Winter TCAs that Parks and Recreation would be getting a seventh season, according to a PopSugar article. Parks and Recreation follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her town a little bit more fun. Leslie is surrounded by quirky office mates, including Chris Traeger, a health nut who wants to live to be 150 years old; Tom Haverford, a fashion-obsessed wannabe player who wants to own his own nightclub; and Leslie’s boss, Ron Swanson, who hates the very government he works for.
25. House of Lies
Showtime has approved the comedy for a fourth season. House of Lies follows Marty Kaan and his team of management consultants, who know how to play the corporate game better than anyone. Kaan and his team use every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals — corruption is business as usual in this satire of corporate America.
William H. Macy’s series has also been renewed for a fifth season on Showtime — though it’s hard to imagine what type of new drama the show can come up with for its next season. Chicago resident Frank Gallagher is the single dad of six kids, who would probably be better off without him. Frank can usually be found at the bar spending what little money he has or passed out on the floor. Despite their dad, the kids have found ways to grow up, and they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.
27. The Simpsons
What would we do without The Simpsons? We won’t have to think about it for at least another year, as the cartoon will return for another season. The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. Homer works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant, Marge tries to keep peace in the somewhat crazy family, Bart is the mischievous 10-year-old, and 8-year-old Lisa is the intelligent, vegetarian member of the family. Don’t forget Maggie, the baby in the family, who conveys her feelings through her pacifier.
28. The Blacklist
NBC has ordered a second season of the James Spader-starring thriller, which dives into the life of a federal agent who deals with criminals, a questionable husband, and possible breaches within the FBI. For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Red has mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an interesting offer: He will help the FBI catch criminals, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), an FBI profiler. Week after week, new criminals are caught and more secrets are unveiled.
The romantic-forensic procedural will be around for a 10th season. Follow Dr. Temperance Brennan, a highly skilled forensic anthropologist, who helps law enforcement read clues left behind in victims’ bones. Temperance is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and writes novels on the side. When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless, law enforcement calls on Brennan. She works closely with Special Agent Seeley Booth of the FBI’s Homicide Investigations Unit.
The History Channel renewed the series for Season 3. Vikings is a family saga, following the fortunes of Ragnar, his extended family, and the people he represents now that he is an earl. Ragnar’s own desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms, in alliance with King Horik, leads to a storm-tossed landing on the coast of Wessex, a Saxon kingdom ruled by a king not unlike Ragnar.