Final Farewells: Every TV Show Coming to an End in 2020
Everyone has a favorite show — or two or three. With streaming services competing with basic and premium cable for viewers, there's more to watch than ever before. However, as this new era of television continues to expand, it’s inevitable that many of your old favorites will be canceled to make room in budgets and lineups for potential new hits.
From ABC to HBO to Netflix, all the networks and streaming services have announced shows that won’t be back next fall. Grab some tissues and get ready to say goodbye to all the television shows that will be coming to an end in 2020.
13 Reasons Why
Based on author Jay Asher's hit novels, Netflix's 13 Reasons Why will be coming to an end after its upcoming fourth season in 2020. Executive produced by singer Selena Gomez, the show follows the fallout at a high school after the suicide of a girl who left tape recordings for 13 different students who all played a part in her death.
The 100, the CW's post-apocalyptic sci-fi teen drama (a mouthful, to be sure), will conclude after its seventh season next year. Set 97 years after nuclear fallout destroys much of civilization (and the planet along with it), the series follows 100 juvenile delinquents forced to return to earth for sentencing — and potential repopulation.
Another one of the CW's hit television programs will be ending in 2020: Arrow. Credited with kicking off their now-massive DC universe comprised of such shows as The Flash, Supergirl, Batgirl and Legends of Tomorrow, the very first of their comic book adaptations will have put in eight seasons by the time the series finale airs.
A mystery-thriller of a different breed, NBC's Blindspot has been a captivating little drama since premiering back in 2015. Ever since Jane Doe appeared in Times Square — memory wiped, completely nude and covered in tattoos — the FBI has stopped at nothing to figure out who she is, where she came from and what her many tattoos might mean to a larger web of organized nationwide crime.
One of Netflix's earliest original series, BoJack Horseman is an adult cartoon that lampoons the lifestyles of the rich and famous — more specifically, the lifestyles of washed-up former stars. Starring Will Arnett as the titular BoJack, the show follows a horse who used to star in a sitcom but now spends his days searching for meaning in Hollywood.
Comedian Niecy Nash has been entertaining audiences ever since her very first episode of Reno 911! back in 2003. TNT's original series Claws finally gave her the opportunity to return to TV.
Plenty of comedies come and go, especially on Comedy Central, but every once in a while there's one that stands out above the rest. Corporate — a dark, cynical look at the ins and outs of a Junior-Executive-in-Training at a generic multi-national corporation — happens to be one of them.
Clocking in at a whopping 15 seasons, Criminal Minds — one of CBS's most popular original series — will be concluding in the spring of 2020. Following the cases of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, the show examines how the team is able to profile dangerous criminals in an attempt to anticipate their next moves.
Surprisingly, a German series made a huge impact on American audiences a few years ago. Titled Dark in both the U.S. and Germany, the show is a family drama with a gritty, supernatural twist. Even though it just premiered in 2017, the show will wrap up after its third season in 2020.
Dear White People
Based on the 2014 feature film of the same name, Netflix's Dear White People follows a group of black students trying to navigate college life at a predominantly white Ivy League school. After premiering in 2017, the show will finish its run after a fourth and final season in 2020.
FOX's music dynasty drama Empire completely shattered expectations during its first season back in 2015. At first growing exponentially unlike any other series at the time, Empire eventually leveled out and remained steady.
Fresh Off The Boat
When Fresh Off the Boat premiered in 2015, it was the first network comedy focused on an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho’s show All American Girl in 1994. The show, based on Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, follows a Taiwanese family as they open up a steak restaurant.
Netflix really caused quite a stir when it brought back hit family sitcom Full House for a sequel series titled Fuller House in 2016. Despite pulling in huge viewing numbers and bringing back the entire cast — except the Olsen twins, who have retired from acting and moved on to fashion design — Fuller House will be concluding after its fifth season in 2020.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg established themselves as two serious talents back when they released their film Superbad in 2007, but it wasn't until 2016's Preacher that they were respected as legitimate TV producers. Hulu's Future Man was their second TV project, and it’s coming to an end after the third season in 2020.
GLOW, inspired by the 1980s' cheesy sports program Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is Jenji Kohan's second Netflix production to premiere (and the second to come to an end). Considering the success of Orange Is the New Black, it's no wonder Kohan was given another show, and GLOW proved to be nearly as successful.
When Amazon first started producing dramatic TV shows in 2015, skeptics weren’t sure whether any program would succeed. And then came Goliath. Billy Bob Thorton has been praised for his performance as the brilliant but down-and-out lawyer Billy McBride, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama.
The Good Place
It may sound bizarre in theory, but a fantasy comedy that frequently explored ethics and philosophy turned out to be a critical darling for NBC. The Good Place has received plenty of praise for its originality and writing, but sadly, will come to a close in late January.
Grace and Frankie
Over a decade after its finale, fans continue to demand NBC's hit sitcom Friends return for another season. Series creator Marta Kauffman vows to never dip back into that well, insisting that fans should focus on her current projects instead — shows like Netflix's Grace and Frankie.
Back at the start of the decade — smack-dab in the middle of the boom of Prestige TV — Showtime released its CIA drama Homeland to plenty of praise and criticism. Starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, the show will have aired eight seasons by the time the series finishes next year.
How to Get Away with Murder
Shonda Rhimes has done so much work over at ABC that they actually invented a word for her extensive list of programs: Shondaland. How to Get Away with Murder was one of her first non-Grey's Anatomy-related projects to air back in 2014, and it will soon be wrapping up at the start of 2020.
Netflix is known for reviving shows that get canceled on other networks. Naturally, those revived shows eventually end up being canceled a second time. Lucifer, which premiered on FOX in 2015 and then moved to Netflix in 2018, is one such example. It will wrap up after its upcoming fifth season.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Considering the immediate success of the launch of Disney's streaming service, Disney+, and its extensive list of Marvel-related programs, it's not at all shocking to learn that their earliest attempt at a live-action MCU series will be coming to a close next year. Starring a revived Agent Coulson, the show followed the ins and outs of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
ABC's Modern Family made stars out of almost every one of its (several) leads. Following three very different families, all linked together in the larger family tree, the series has been beloved for more than a decade and has aired more than 250 episodes. The show is definitely a bonafide hit.
When thinking of the premium cable networks with the most notable original series, Starz might not be one that comes to mind first. With that being said, the series Power, which has aired since 2014, proves that the network has the potential to put out some really great content.
Netflix's Danish series The Rain is a real oddity — both in the subject matter and in the production. Following two siblings in search of safety after a nasty virus wipes out a vast majority of the population, The Rain proved to be a hit because of its thrilling sci-fi elements.
Netflix found itself a goldmine when it first released The Ranch in 2016. Set in the fictitious small town of Garrison, Colorado, the show follows the events of the Bennett family, a dysfunctional bunch of ranchers who are trying to keep the family business afloat.
Thanks to Netflix, Pop's Schitt's Creek managed to be a much bigger success than it had any right to be on such a small network. Compared to channels like FOX or HBO, Pop certainly pales in comparison. Still, with its popularity online, Schitt's Creek catapulted to new heights.
The Spanish Princess
While initially envisioned as a limited series for Starz, The Spanish Princess proved to be a big enough success that the network granted it another installment in order to see the story through to a fitting conclusion. This means that, despite its popularity, it will still be coming to a close in 2020.
Cinemax might not be cranking out as many originals as its rival premium cable networks, but the shows that it does make definitely deserve some high praise in their own right. Strike Back, which dates back to 2010, is one such program.
Jared Padalecki made a great impression when he played Rory's love interest on the CW's classic dramedy Gilmore Girls in the early 2000s. As a result, he scored a leading role on their upcoming sci-fi fantasy series Supernatural in 2005. An impressive 15 years later, Supernatural is just now on its way out the door.
Often, international television networks team up with American streaming services to distribute their shows to brand new global audiences. That was the case with Amazon's Tin Star, which is a co-production with Britain's Sky Broadcasting. Unfortunately for fans, this also means the show — in typical British fashion — will be done after season three.
Believe it or not, Shoplifters Anonymous is actually a thing. Stealing small items from stores is addictive enough to merit a support group for recovering addicts, which is undoubtedly a good way to tackle a serious problem. It's what Netflix's Trinkets is all about.
It would be wrong to call History Channel's Vikings a Game of Thrones knockoff. The two might bear similarities in their style, but they couldn't be more different. For starters, Vikings is a lot more grounded. Plus, the time periods are pretty far apart. Still, both are worth watching — especially considering Vikings doesn't have much time left.
Will & Grace
An updated version of a classic ‘90s sitcom, Will & Grace has been called all sorts of things: a revival, a sequel, a continuation, a reboot. One thing is for sure, though. No matter what you want to call it, this version didn't last nearly as long as its original run.
You Me Her
Often billed as “TV’s first polyromantic comedy,” You Me Her has broken down barriers of typical sitcom relationships since its debut in 2016. Over the course of 4 seasons, Jack, Emma and Izzy explore what it means to themselves and to prying neighbors to share their love openly with the world.