TVLine's May Season Finale Calendar: What's Ending When?

Oh, how this time of year hurts for the TV-phile. The month of May is just around the corner, meaning that no less than 71 (!) season-enders — including at least one particularly super series finale — are coming our way.

When will How I Met Your Mother let slip a glimpse at the wedding? On what day will Fringe reveal the fates of our and their universe? When will The Office parade its bevy of very special job candidates?

When will the next American Idol be crowned? On what day might a certain Smallville hero fly up, up and away? And when should we mark the calendar for whatever twistiness Grey’s Anatomy has planned?

TVLine has compiled the season finale dates for all of the shows from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW. Yes, our pretty calendar looks tiny below — but click on it, and you’ll find something printable to keep on the coffee table next to the remote. (Unless your clicker is lost, or jammed under the sofa cushion. We can’t help you with that.)


My DVR just let out a plaintive wail looking at Thursday, May 19.

NOTE: If there’s something that doesn’t finale in May (and it isn’t denoted in the shaded box on the calendar), drop a note in Comments and we’ll do our best to help you out with a date or timetable. As for cable fare, I’ll tell you this much: FX’s Justified concludes its second season on Wednesday, May 4.

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  1. AJ says:

    Do you know the end date for American Dad?

  2. PTippett says:

    “My DVR just let out a plaintive wail looking at Thursday, May 19.”

    Gotta love time shifting!! That’s how I’m getting through Finale Month!

  3. Julie says:

    My DVR decided to die this weekend… the satellite company is shipping a new one so hopefully I’ll get it really soon! Otherwise I may have to dig out the VCRs and buy some tapes so I make sure I don’t miss anything!

    Everything we had recorded on it was lost, luckily though we stay current enough where we really didn’t miss anything, just an episode of Desperate Housewives and my husband’s UFCs (but I didn’t cry over that)!

  4. Jack S says:

    Any word on the season finale date of ‘Body Of Proof’?

  5. Andrew says:

    Is Idol actually going back to Tues/Wed for their final week, or is that a mistake?

  6. karen barrington says:

    can you please give some more scoops on the finale of house? please dont tell me the rumours are true about cuddy dying in a car crash!!!! shes my fav

  7. Alex says:

    How come American Idol is Tuesday and Wednesday for the finale? I was finally getting used to Wednesday/Thursday….

  8. MM says:

    Do you know when the last episode of Friday Night Lights will air on NBC? I was looking for this information yesterday in order to plan a watch party / cry-fest.

  9. Patty says:

    Thanks so much much Matt for this very handy calendar :D

  10. Brusimm says:

    LOL… my DVR just ejected it’s circuit breakers when it saw this list on the computer monitor.

    Cripes, SMALLVILLE will be missed, that’s for sure. And though it’s not a cable net, STARGATE UNIVERSE will also be missed.

  11. Becca says:

    I’m crying just a little knowing I have to wait a week for the second part of the 2 parter finale on Community. What ever happened to them having it an hour long?

  12. Debbie says:

    What about when Breaking In? When does that have its finale?

  13. Heather says:

    I very much love you for making this calendar for me so I don’t have to. :D I don’t have a DVR (poor college student) so thanks a billion!!

  14. Peter says:

    Is ABC burning through ‘Happy Endings’? They plan to air all 13 episodes by May 10th? Such a shame… it’s without a doubt, the best mid-season show this year.

  15. Jake says:

    Isn’t Cougar Town having a one-hour finale this season?

  16. luke says:

    how about a summer premiere calendar? when is rookie blue coming back?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Yes, a summer premiere calendar is on my to-do list. ROOKIE BLUE is back June 16, I can tell you that.

  17. TamIAm says:

    I thought there were supposed to be five new episodes of Gossip Girl after the hiatus. There are only four?

  18. Susola says:

    Why is Justified’s season finale not on this calendar!?!?!?!?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      The calendar is for broadcast network programs, plus JUSTIFIED is singled out in the above coda :)

  19. Sarah says:

    Whoa. May 16th is going to be rough.

  20. Kira says:

    What am I gonna do 19 May!?! Bones, Grey’s, and The Mentalist all start at 9 pm. Damn networks!!!

    • Allie says:

      I know!! How are we supposed to choose, this is cruel and unusual punishment!!

      • Lana Randall says:

        I’ll watch “Grey’s” even though I love “Bones” and “The Mentalist”. My VCR is not functional with DirecTV. It could be, if I knew how to make it work.

    • Kayce says:

      If AT&T U-verse is offered in your area get their DVR system. I can record up to 4 shows at the same time! Its been fabulous. DVR is one of my top 5 favorite inventions.

  21. Lyss says:

    Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice season finales, both on my birthday (: How fitting for two of my favorite shows… of course, I have my choir concert that night too– oh joy!

  22. Lorie says:

    Thanks for the calendar!

  23. Mike says:

    Any word on Law and Order: LA…..I love this show

  24. Mindy says:

    Even with Tivo I have to give thanks for Hulu. Sometimes this scheduling just gets insane.

  25. Carissa says:

    You need to have this bookmarked with the other headlines, it is a pain to go searching for it.

  26. Lana Randall says:

    Any chance of reviving “Brothers & Sisters”? I didn’t watch any of the others, anyway.

  27. gail says:

    you forgot that Mike and Molly got engaged in the season finale

  28. kellman says:

    Is V series 3 cancelled? What a shame if yes. Can we expect a finale series? Thanks

  29. rachelle says:

    Happy Endings’ finale is actually this upcoming Wednesday (5/25).

  30. Jerri says:

    Why is it all the good shows like V, Human Target, and Flash Forward are always cancelled. Instead we get basic Porno with reality shows like Bachelor or Bachlorette. Like your really going to find your soulmate when we have all seen how the person trying to find (LOVE) is making out with everyone their!!! I am SICK of regular television because you continue to get rid of the good programs for crap. Human Target was a great action show and V, well all I can say is I am pissed that the network is leaving us hanging from the last show. You would think that the network could get someone to at least do a final show to answer all the questons left or even movie. Anyway, REGULAR TV stinks! I am glad I have satellite.

    • Ed Ward says:

      I think when a Network gets your interest in a series & decides to cancel the show they owe it to the viewers to do a series finale.

  31. Tricia says:

    I loved the season finale of Chuck. I thought it was a great wrap-up & they have successfully kept the main love interests together w/o ruining the show. Amazing!

  32. Carol J Evans says:

    We’re very upset to learn that “Human Target” “The Good Guys” are cancelled. Those were two really good shows. Human Target kept us on the edge of our seats & The Good guys always kept us laughing. PLEASE bring them back.
    Carol & Kevin Evans

  33. colinscotland says:

    Can anyone email me about what Fox channels plans are for renewing Dexter?. Its the. best