On any given night of the week, any day of the year, we’ve all said, “there are 1000 channels on television, but there’s nothing to watch.” First of all, there are more than 1000 channels, but when our favorite television shows come to an end, whether the storyline is just finished and the producers decide it’s time to move on or the network decides it’s just dunzo, finding something to watch can be incredibly frustrating. When your favorite show is no longer on television, there’s never anything as good… Until you find your favorite new show.
There are a lot of shows that viewers will miss in 2015. Here are ten that will end in 2015 (these are not predictions, all of the series finales have already been planned or announced) or have recently ended in the final days of 2014. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this list is that these are all long-running series with large fan bases. Most of the viewers probably aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet.
Another observation is that several of these shows are on the same networks, which hopefully means your favorite channels will come out with some new and exciting projects that you will be enthusiastically devoted to. But alas, they probably won’t be spinoffs, as it’s been confirmed most of these shows won’t have them. But, it’s certainly not goodbye forever… most of the shows on the list are already in syndication. Enjoy the reruns!
The final episode of NBC’s Parenthood is set to air on January 29th, 2015. The ensemble hit with 74 season regulars debuted in 2010, and has run over 100 episodes. The emotionally charged show is set to have a finale that will surely bring tears to viewers. For fans who are on the edge of their couches, show runner Jason Katims gave a few spoilers (sort of)- “It’s about life going on. One of the things that has been really powerful about the show is that it has been about several generations and the idea of seeing [things] moving to the next generation. There is something sort of sad and difficult about that but I think that it is ultimately hopeful and uplifting.” We can’t wait!
11. Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy, which was a huge hit for FX, ended in December 2014, after a seven-season run. However, the finale was not as loved by the fans as the rest of the show was. Spoiler Alert: In the finale, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) commits suicide by driving head-on into a truck. Executive producer Paris Barclay, responded to the backlash, telling E! Online, “What surprised me the most is when they disliked it, what I hear in their voice is largely the sadness of losing these characters and their expectation that Jax would die and their disappointment that that’s what actually happened… I knew that he wasn’t going to end up at a carnival buying snow cones for his sons and that was the last shot. I always knew this was going to end badly.” And many people felt it really did.
10. Mad Men
From the beginning, fans were mad about AMC’s Mad Men. Fans will be very sad when the show ends on May 17, 2015, but so will Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, co-writer and executive producer, “You know what, I’m a little sad as I always am when the show goes off the air.” And sadly for fans, no spinoff are planned, unlike other AMC favorites including Breaking Bad, whose spinoff Better Call Saul debuts in February and The Walking Dead’s spinoff, Cobalt, which is set to debut in 2016. While Mad Men never had huge ratings, it was critically acclaimed and won multiple awards.
Frankly, when star Cory Monteith died, so did Glee. Ever since, there’s been nothing really gleeful about the show. Fox originally planned to air a full season, but they cut it down to 13 episodes and moved it to a time slot on Friday night. The network is even trying to get the show over with, as soon as possible, by airing two episodes consecutively. Because many of the characters are no longer in high school and Mr. Schue is nowhere to be found, while producers and writers have tried, the show just doesn’t work anymore and hasn’t for a long time.
8. Late Show With David Letterman
The Late Show With David Letterman is officially dunzo on May 20th, 2015. In all fairness, David Letterman has been hosting the show for an astounding 22 years. CBS President Leslie Moonves spoke to Letterman’s legacy and the impact he has left on comedy, “David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast.”
New host, Steven Colbert will most certainly breathe new life into the time slot and Colbert Report fans will definitely rejoice.
7. Nurse Jackie
Why, oh, why does Showtime’s brilliant Nurse Jackie have to go? Following the crazy life of a slightly bitter, but ultimately loving nurse, who happens border on being fatally addicted to Vicodin, fans of this show are just as addicted to her. In what is Edie Falco’s brilliant follow up to her hit show, The Sopranos, Jackie Peyton, like Carmella Soprano is an iconic character, who has bigger guts than all the mobsters in New Jersey. The trailer for the final season has been released and while we will be sad to bid Nurse Jackie adieu, it’s still extremely hard to wait until April 12th to see the premier.
After seven seasons, FX’s Justified will end its run. The final season’s premier is on January 20th and there will be 13 episodes. While it’s bittersweet, the season opener is already garnering good reviews from critics. Hopefully, the public will feel the same way. The neo-western crime drama was based on Elmore Leonard’s novels Pronto and Riding The Rap, as well as his short story, Fire In The Hole. After five seasons, the show received multiple Emmy nominations and for the show’s third season, Jeremy Davies won for Outstanding Guest Actor. Perhaps the show’s greatness will be justified with awards for the final season.
5. Hot in Cleveland
After five seasons, TV Land decided to cancel Hot In Cleveland. The final episode airs on January 28th. While series creator, Suzanne Martin originally said she would love to do eight seasons, perhaps Hot In Cleveland wasn’t so hot anymore, or star Betty White (who won an Emmy for her role) is just about ready to retire at 93 years young. The show ran for over 100 episodes, is licensed in 210 countries and is syndicated in 96 percent of the US. Ironically, TV Land’s newest show is called Younger and stars former Disney star, Hilary Duff.
4. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
A lot of late night shows have been shaken up in the past few years and unfortunately, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson had its run and ended quietly in December of 2014. The Late Late Show has actually been on for a total twenty years and was hosted previously by Criag Kilborn (seriously, what ever happened to him?) and Tom Synder (who passed away in 2007). But, The Late Late Show isn’t late, just yet. It will be resurrected on March 23rd 2015 with host James Corden.
3. Snooki & JWOWW
Jersey Shore was a huge hit for MTV and it’s been fun to see co-stars Snooki and Jwoww go from party girls, to wives and mothers, on their spinoff. But unfortunately, all parties at some point need to come to an end. After 4 seasons and 46 epodes, even people who weren’t Jersey Shore fans, found these two loud mouth, gross-out, immature, but kind of adorable best friends endearing, myself included. But, as both woman are now mothers, another season will be more New Housewives than New Jersey, even if their kids are totally adorable. The finale is set to air on February 4th. Fist Pump!
2. Parks & Recreation
After seven seasons and 114 episodes, it’s time to bid farewell to Pawnee when hit show Parks and Recreation, comes to an end. The Amy Poehler vehicle debuted in 2009 and put a lot of its stars on the map, including Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza (who recently voiced Grumpy Cat in a Lifetime movie), Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari. So, why was the show cancelled? According to executive producer, Michael Schur, he felt the journeys of the characters were pretty much complete. But, fans don’t have to say goodbye to their friends forever, the show is in syndication on Esquire, WGN America, FXX and many local stations.
1. Anger Management
Infamous Charlie Sheen vehicle, Anger Management ended on December 22, 2014, after over 100 episodes (just enough for syndication). The show debuted in 2012 and was the most watched sitcom premier in cable history, with 5.74 million viewers. So, why so many episodes in such a short period of time? The first season had only 10 episodes and the second season had 90 episodes, which is pretty much unheard of. The show had a lot of “behind the scenes drama” because what production involving Charlie Sheen doesn’t? Selma Blair was fired in 2013 and ratings ultimately declined. But, Sheen was proud of what he accomplished and said, “I am beyond proud of what we accomplished over the course of 100 episodes of Anger Management. We created something uniquely special with some of the most talented individuals I have ever had the privilege to work with. My sincere thanks to all for their unwavering love and support. Here’s to the next chapter.” We don’t know what Charlie Sheen is going to do next, but it will probably surprise us.