Post Mortems
The Family Series Finale

The Family: Find Out What Would've Happened in Season 2

Calling all fans of The Family: We would like to apologize, on behalf of ABC, for the ultimate knife-twist that you just experienced.

Not only was the freshman thriller axed last Thursday, as part of the Alphabet Net’s massive cancellation spree, but Sunday’s episode — now a series finale — left viewers with a whole slew of cliffhangers, never to be resolved.

Claire, still reeling from the knowledge that Ben may have murdered her son, spent the better part of the hour revisiting the bunker where Adam and Ben were kept — at which point she realized that the boys were treated like animals down in that hole. If Ben eventually turned into one himself, and it prompted him to either hurt or kill Adam, how can Claire and the rest of the Warrens fault him when he was just trying to survive?

But just when Claire and Willa decided to accept Ben for who he really is, and the Warrens seemed to find peace for the first time in a while — well, with the exception of Danny, who left town when Willa informed him there was an impostor living under their roof — Ben received a phone call from the real Adam: alive and well and on a mission to get his life back from the boy that stole it.

Other developments in the crucial hour: After turning in her cover story on the Warrens and quitting her job at the Red Pines Gazette, Bridey was revealed to be dead — and though we never saw who killed her, it’s strongly hinted that Willa had something to do with it; Nina finally, finally located her missing colleague (at last, a victory!); and Hank, no longer receiving the injections that suppress his pedophilic habits, just barely resisted the urge to violate a young boy that he drove home from the park.

Oh, and that entry on our May Sweeps Scorecard involving a character getting shot in the penis? That would be Doug, who, just before getting apprehended by the police, received a bullet to the groin, courtesy of Adam.

Mere hours before The Family‘s cancellation was announced, TVLine caught up with showrunner Jenna Bans, who broke down the biggest moments of the finale and shared what would have unfolded in a possible second season. Read on for her insights.

TVLINE | You’ve said before that when you pitched the series to ABC, you already knew how it would end, including that Adam would still be alive. Tell me why you felt this reveal was the best way to end the season — and was there ever a time when you didn’t plan to “resurrect” Adam?
[Bringing Adam back] was always part of the pitch, and it was always a way for me to give the series longevity and not just make it about this central mystery. That was important to both ABC and me — when you’re pitching a series, you want to have more in mind than just the first 13 episodes. A big part of the show, moving forward, is having Adam out there and having these two boys circling each other, with both of them being in the family’s life. I’m trying to remember if we ever had second thoughts about [resurrecting Adam]. In the writers’ room, we probably had second thoughts about when to reveal it. It was on the board an episode earlier, and we were going to jump forward in time in the season finale. But with a twist like that, it’s hard not to leave it until the final moments.

TVLINE | And when Ben picks up the phone to hear Adam on the other line, it’s the first time in a while the family has seemed OK-ish.
Yes, absolutely. They’ve come, emotionally, to this place of accepting Ben. I love what Claire says when she comes back from this experience in the bunker, which is that he was treated like an animal down there, and we can’t really judge. It’s not his fault if he turned into one. Claire and Willa both hear that, and they’re looking at Ben like he’s a survivor of this horrible trauma, too. They’re going to accept him into their lives no matter what really happened, and they are at this peace. Claire has won governor, everyone’s on board — it really feels like the family has had this victory, both emotionally and politically. And then that phone call comes, which is clearly going to shatter everything, moving forward.

We always knew we wanted to end it on Claire’s question — “Who was it, honey?” — and then abruptly cut to black. I love her face, so full of love and happy and calm. There’s no stress on her back right now, and it’s one of the few moments we see that in the series. There’s this irony of Claire just making pancakes and washing dishes, and she has no idea what’s about to happen — that’s what we were going for.

TVLINE | Now that Adam is back in the picture, how will the show evolve in a possible Season 2?
The tone of the show will always be a fast-paced, twisty-turny thriller, in a way that doesn’t hold answers back from the audience. We’ll have a lot more going on next season, which is why I’m really excited. We’ll still have our flashbacks, but they’re going to be telling a very different story in Season 2. They won’t be surrounding the time of the disappearance. We’re going to have a riveting murder mystery going on, because as you see at the end of the season finale, Bridey has been murdered, and it heavily implicated Willa. You’ll see in Season 2 that that answer isn’t so clear-cut. A lot of the flashbacks will revolve around Bridey, and I said to Floriana [Lima, who plays her], when we made the decision to go this way, that this is the one show where you might actually have a bigger part, having been killed off. [Laughs] We do take place in more than one time period. She was excited about that. She’s definitely not off the show, and we have some good stuff coming up with her. And, of course, we have the Adam storyline. He’s out there, and it won’t be late into the season that he makes his reappearance into the family…. The season opener will begin with Claire seeing the real Adam. We’re not going to wait. It basically happens in the teaser. [Laughs] We have this great, dramatic way of opening. It will be in the first two minutes of the show.

The Family Series FinaleTVLINE | Speaking of Bridey, why did you decide to kill her off, given how integral a role she played in Season 1?
We had gotten to the end of the season, and we realized, “Wow, this reporter has all of the cards.” So we went down two paths. One path was that we could keep her out there — Willa makes this offer to her in the finale that if she keeps her mouth shut and doesn’t publish the story, she will basically have all access, all the time, to what goes on in the governor’s mansion. We did go down that storyline and looked at what that would be, and for me, it was our biggest struggle to tell fun, organic Season 2 stories with Bridey. We had so much going on with all of the other stories.

Then we said, “What if we killed her off, but she’s not off the show? And we showed next season how she was into way more things than we thought she was into, in terms of her investigative reporting?” That option became all the more interesting for us, because A) it gave us a lot of story, but B) it also gave the character more to do, ironically, in death. We thought about how to best serve this character that we all really like, and it’s so hard when you have so many storylines going on. We really wanted to find a cool way to use her, and we realized flashbacks would be a better way to explore everything we thought we knew about this character next season, because we didn’t know everything.

TVLINE | Flashbacks played a really big part in showing us the Ben/Adam relationship this season, and we saw quite a few flashbacks indicating Adam was either very sick or possibly dead. Did you want to leave room for the audience to suspect Adam was still alive?
It’s a fine, fine line to walk. We didn’t want to cheat the audience in terms of showing a fake death. We really didn’t show him die. If you look back in Episode 7, their escape route in this tunnel is foiled, and then in the next flashback, Adam is lying there all sweaty, and Ben is helpless and doesn’t know what to do. And then in the finale, you actually see the injury that happens and the escape attempt and that Ben doesn’t help him in the moment Adam needs him most. You see how that injury has occurred, but you still don’t see him actually stop breathing. You just see Ben on the ground, staring at this wound, and then Doug comes down and says, “I did everything I could.” Savvy audience members were probably going, “Wait, we didn’t see him actually die. We didn’t see a burial.” Fans out there are definitely guessing, but at the same time, you want to lean as much as possible into the idea that he’s gone, because you don’t want to ruin that cliffhanger. I’m hoping we delivered a finale where, even if the fans know [Adam’s return] might be coming, it’s still satisfying for them to see how and when it happened.

TVLINE | The last couple of episodes have laid the groundwork for Hank to revisit some of his old habits, since he hasn’t been getting his injections. And, of course, we see him get very tempted by a young boy in this finale. Why did you want to have Hank backslide a bit?
The thing that’s really interesting about Hank is he’s determined to distinguish himself from Doug, from the monster that actually took Adam. Here’s the man that has been blamed and incarcerated for what happened to Adam, and he didn’t do it, but he’s still not a saint. He’s still a pedophile, and we didn’t want to shy away from that. While people do have overwhelming sympathy for him — and I love that, because I do, too — we wanted to make it more complicated than that. We wanted to say to the audience, “Listen, this is a guy who struggles with this, and it is a problem, and he has a very, very hard time fixing it.”

The Family Series FinaleThe storyline in the finale — it’s the ultimate temptation for Hank. He’s off his meds, and this quest to exonerate himself for the crime — in terms of helping Nina solve it and being publicly praised for it — has all gone awry. Going into the finale, Hank’s like, “Screw it. If everyone thinks I’m a monster, I’m going to be a monster.” And he runs into this kid and does the worst possible thing he can do, which is drive him home. He doesn’t offer; all those moments were so carefully crafted. We were like, “Should he offer? No, the kid has to ask!” And then it’s bad enough that he agrees, but there’s this moment where he’s looking at the kid in the car, and we fully realize that this isn’t just a light yearning for this man. This is who he is, and he hates himself for it, and we hate him for it. We’re so relieved when he says, “Get out of the car.” The conversation with John [which happens later in the episode] is really about Hank needing to prove to John that he’s not Doug. They’ve been looking at Hank like he did it, and he really wants to draw the difference between wanting things and taking them. That’s what Hank ultimately tells himself every morning in the mirror, and that’s how he gets up and lives with himself as a person. He thinks, “I don’t take it. Even though I’m broken in this way, I am not the monster that other people are.” We wanted to serve the complexity of the character and not shy away from it, but at the same time, really show that there is a difference between him and Doug. It had been building all season as he’s been looked at by this family as “just the guy that took Adam.”

TVLINE | I found it so interesting that, upon Doug getting taken in by the police, John chooses to celebrate with Hank, of all people.
I love the idea that John founds out they got the guy, and he thought that would be the answer. He thought that would make him feel better, and it just doesn’t. He goes over to Hank’s house because he needs to know how it happened. He needs to have some closure, and even though the guy’s in the hospital with his penis shot off — [laughs] — it still doesn’t make John feel better about what happened to his son. He turns to the most unlikely source for closure, and the two of them are always really interesting together. We had fun with that scene.

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2272 Comments
  1. I really hate ABC for cancelling this one.

    I wonder if Danny was really the one who killed Bridey?

    • Pauline says:

      ooohhh good point.. he could have, she was sleeping with them both but only Willa knew all the info she had. but anything is possible.

      • Cheryl says:

        I want a season 2!!!

      • Raymond Frederick says:

        Danny definitely did it. Went to her house after leaving the bar with Willa, found Bridey’s work and article laying on the table and in an alcohol-fueled rage commented the crime!!! All kinds of back stories, what about Ben’s real mom? Who’s body did they dig up at Doug’s house? Is Adam going to be as sweet as Ben or real mad that his parent’s did not search harder for him, is Adam going to be a dark character? Will they ever focus on the fact that if Claire didn’t railroad Hank, than the search would have continued??? Adam and Ben’s situation continued because she forced everyone to believe Hank was the man who did this….. HOW COULD ABC CANCEL THIS SHOW?? MAYBE A DIFFERENT STATION WILL BUY THE RIGHTS…. I HOPE!!!!

        • Karen Helm says:

          I hope too

        • Karen Helm says:

          I hope so too

        • LaMonica says:

          I am crushed and cant believe the show was canceled ! I am so disapointed

          • cgood0730 says:

            Well everyone Mom and I fill your pain, my mom is totally heart broken that her show got cancelled on abc. So, on a count of 3 let’s say something inappropriate to the network. Get ready, 1, 2, and 3 , screw you stupid abc, Go to heck.

        • Jen Minniti says:

          Yes – what about Ben’s real mom? She HAS to be able to re-connect with her long lost son after losing him in the foster system…And Doug’s wife is an interesting character…Please please bring back this show! Does Doug die? Does Hank stay on the up & up? So many questions…I would LOVE to see Claire’s reaction to seeing Adam for the first time after 10 years!….

        • THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING.

          • mark r. says:

            Thinking? Why assume there was thinking involved? No thinking. Just ratings, money, and…money.

        • Barb says:

          Raymond Frederick, I love your comments!! I’m so sad that the show is over. :(

      • Melissa Neumann says:

        Now we will never know!

      • Kris cevala says:

        PLEASE….PLEASE….PLEASE…..
        I LOVE THE FAMILY!!!

    • I thought the same thing and I am pissed! Never watch another series on abc again! And will tell everyone I know not to! That’s betrayal to your viewers ! Bad for business!

      • Dawn says:

        Completely agree
        I ferl robbed

        • Julie says:

          You’re not the only one who feels robbed…ABC really messed up.

          • RJM says:

            I completely agree. I could not wait, each week, to watch the next episode. I have no idea why this show is not returning, but I think ABC has made a big mistake.

      • Dina Manriquez says:

        BOYCOTT ABC!!!!!!!!!!

        • Lisa says:

          Abc stinks! They always cancel the best shows and keep stinky ones on. I’m getting tired of ABC. No sense to start watching a series on ABC cause they only cancel them…well at least the best shows.

          • Paige says:

            ABC just cancelled my favorite show, and I was going to get my friend into The Family. Me and my family loved to watch this show together and it was so fun….

        • lisa says:

          I Am going to!

        • Deb Walsh says:

          That’s an excellent idea…

        • Theresa says:

          I’m with you

        • Julie says:

          Me too Chelsea…

        • Sandi Tewes says:

          I totally agree, and mentioned in my post that I will probably boycott ABC. ABC has become unreliable and doesn’t seem to care.

          • Julie c says:

            💥CAUTION-Rant Ahead💥
            Seriously ABC you canceled this show!????? Wtf??? this is one of the best shows I’ve seen on TV (especially network tv) in I don’t know when maybe ever! writing & suspense & plot twists finominal! I was on the edge of my seat the whole hour of what I thought was just the season finale in fact ironically just moments before discovering it was canceled I was just thinking to myself, “ABC finally hit one out of the park with this show” there’s no way they’re gonna cancel this show and replace it with another cookie-cutter cops or dr show! NO WRONG!
            …ABC I seriously hope you know how much you suck & that ur stupid & whoever gave the final call 2 axe “The Family” needs 2 be axed immediately because clearly said individual must have their head way 2 far up their own ass to do their job properly.

            Get it together already ABC!

            Oh & an extra special thanks for the gigantic plot twist in the story that you won’t be following up on season two because you CANCLED IT!!!

            Dumb Asses!!

      • Laura S says:

        I agree. Why would they do that!!!

      • Mel Harket says:

        Agreed!!

      • wiggins says:

        I agree! I thought the same exact thing. Every time I like a series…it gets cancelled! Then, they keep shows that I could care less about. I like Quantico, but I loved The Family. So sad to see it go.

      • Tiffany says:

        I totally agree! Why show us it at all? We look forward to watching it and the next season and they cancel all the good series! Totally dislike ABC. Guess I’ll start watching NBC instead.

      • Hailee says:

        I cannot believe that cancelled this show it was amazing and I am pissed as well!

      • Patricia L Mengel says:

        I agree 100%

      • Is there a petition we can sign to get The Family renewed? This show is great, and I know a LOT of people who like it and watch it.

      • Danny Las Vegas says:

        I agree, they shouldn’t have canceled it. But let’s be honest here… You know you’re going to keep watching ABC, and so are the people you know.

      • Kelly MacKenzie says:

        I don’t understand why they’d cancel this show! They keep the junk, but get rid of the quality TV shows! They need to keep this! This show is SO good, it’s amazing that it’s even on mainstream TV!

      • I boycotted ABC prime time for over 2 years after they cancelled “Pushing Daisies”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, and “Eli Stone”, the 3 best shows they had in their lineup (other than “Lost”, which I didn’t start and catch up on until right before the final season). all in one fell swoop on a day in Nov. 2007.
        Then they cancelled “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” which I had watched since childhood.
        Basic advice and rule of thumb with ABC: Don’t watch any of their new shows until they confirm a 2nd, or even 3rd season. Obviously, this is a catch-22, because if people do this, those new shows won’t get the ratings they need to keep from being cancelled, but ABC needs to grow up, join the 21st century, and stop relying on the outdated ratings system. It’s not just that they can’t deal with the changes in viewer habits, they (and NBC and CBS) are corporations that are too big that listen to marketing people, advertising people, ratings people, etc., instead of artistic people. They don’t care about nurturing niche shows, loyal fans, or creators that have a vision for a show. I’m annoyed because I had read that The Family was going to be a limited series, so I thought it was only meant to be one season and that the whole story was going to be wrapped up by the end. My mistake. 12 hours (mostly) wasted (though there were some great performances). ABC should try doing the kind of weekly mini-series type of show I thought this was going to be, as well as anthology series like Fargo and American Horror Story that wrap up by the end of the season, especially until they figure out how to choose shows they will commit to airing until completion. At least other networks (Fox has been very good about it) give some shows an extra half-season to wrap things up when they decide to cancel them, so fans aren’t left hanging.

        End-of-season cliffhangers also need to go! If a show is good, I’m happy when it comes back in the fall (or whenever) and I tune in. More than half the time I can’t even remember the cliffhanger that happened months before and have to re-watch the finale or be reminded by the “previously on…” (Does anyone think that a single viewer wouldn’t have tuned into the premiere of Game of Thrones if it hadn’t ended the last season with Jon Snow’s “death”? Ridiculous!). I’m not saying every season has to tie up all threads – that would be terrible- but the last episode before months off the air shouldn’t be a “To Be Continued…” episode. ABC started this horrible practice with the successful use of “Who Shot J.R.?” on”Dallas” decades ago, and it’s just annoying as all h***. I hate this time of year when all of these shows are airing season finales that are airing are just incredibly unsatisfying episodes. I’ve been saying all of these things about ABC (and cliffhangers) for almost a decade and it’s frustrating that nothing changes. At least there are wonderful cable and online (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) shows to watch. Screw ABC!

        • I boycotted ABC prime time for over 2 years after they cancelled “Pushing Daisies”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, and “Eli Stone”, the 3 best shows they had in their lineup (other than “Lost”, which I didn’t start and catch up on until right before the final season). all in one fell swoop on a day in Nov. 2007.
          Then they cancelled “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” which I had watched since childhood.
          Basic advice and rule of thumb with ABC: Don’t watch any of their new shows until they confirm a 2nd, or even 3rd season. Obviously, this is a catch-22, because if people do this, those new shows won’t get the ratings they need to keep from being cancelled, but ABC needs to grow up, join the 21st century, and stop relying on the outdated ratings system. It’s not just that they can’t deal with the changes in viewer habits, they (and NBC and CBS) are corporations that are too big that listen to marketing people, advertising people, ratings people, etc., instead of artistic people. They don’t care about nurturing niche shows, loyal fans, or creators that have a vision for a show. I’m annoyed because I had read that The Family was going to be a limited series, so I thought it was only meant to be one season and that the whole story was going to be wrapped up by the end. My mistake. 12 hours (mostly) wasted (though there were some great performances). ABC should try doing the kind of weekly mini-series type of show I thought this was going to be, as well as anthology series like Fargo and American Horror Story that wrap up by the end of the season, especially until they figure out how to choose shows they will commit to airing until completion. At least other networks (Fox has been very good about it) give some shows an extra half-season to wrap things up when they decide to cancel them, so fans aren’t left hanging.

          End-of-season cliffhangers also need to go! If a show is good, I’m happy when it comes back in the fall (or whenever) and I tune in. More than half the time I can’t even remember the cliffhanger that happened months before and have to re-watch the finale or be reminded by the “previously on…” (Does anyone think that a single viewer wouldn’t have tuned into the premiere of Game of Thrones if it hadn’t ended the last season with Jon Snow’s “death”? Ridiculous!). I’m not saying every season has to tie up all threads – that would be terrible- but the last episode before months off the air shouldn’t be a “To Be Continued…” episode. ABC started this horrible practice with the successful use of “Who Shot J.R.?” on”Dallas” decades ago, and it’s just annoying as all h***. I hate this time of year when all of these shows are airing season finales that are airing are just incredibly unsatisfying episodes. I’ve been saying all of these things about ABC (and cliffhangers) for almost a decade and it’s frustrating that nothing changes. At least there are wonderful cable and online (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) shows to watch. Screw ABC!

      • Susan Green says:

        I totally agree with your angry loyal watchers of this terrifically wonderfully written show

    • Ann says:

      I was thinking the same thing! I don’t think Danny left town, as the article states. I think he sought out Bridey because of everything Willa has just told him. He was drunk. And he killed her, either by accident or on purpose. I really wish another network would pick this show up. It’s soo good!

      • jasmine says:

        CANCELLED !!!!!!!!! That is awful . Please ABC dont cancel the show

        • Kathy says:

          I loved this show. I had stopped watching new series because I’d get involved in one and then it would be cancelled. So frustrating. This show was well written and acted and always kept me guessing. Please bring it back!

      • Mary taylor says:

        I hope so too

    • Heather A. says:

      I thought the samething

    • cinemaddictionweb says:

      Me too!!!! There are way too many unanswered questions!! Like, where had Adam been all that time? Living with Jane? Why didn’t he go home? I am so confused. I really liked this show- it seems like every time I find one I like it gets axed!!

      • Ashley Bostwick says:

        They did show that just before Doug came back she heard him banging on the walls of the shed outside of the cabin. He was then hiding w/ the shotgun when Doug got there. I think season 2 would have been amazing and I’m very disappointed!!

        • cinemaddictionweb says:

          So why wouldn’t he have escpaed when Ben did? Still confusing lol..I mean was he in there for years? why?? ugghhh..maybe someone will start a petition and bring the show back!!!!

          • Jane Manning says:

            Maybe you need to rewatch the show from the beginning. Adam wasn’t in the bunker when Ben escaped. Doug told Ben he was dead, but now we know he wasn’t dead. Doug took Adam from the bunker and locked him up at the cabin location. And you are if you are asking ‘why’ he kept him locked up for years, I don’t even know where to begin.

          • Jessica says:

            There is a petition on change.org search it “the family needs a season 2”

          • Julie c says:

            I am all about starting up a petition. Bc now that I’ve recovered from the shock of learning the show has been cancelled after watching the Finminal edge of ur seat thriller of a Season finale I’m outraged that abc could & would cancel one of the best shows I’ve ever watched. This was by far the best drama / thriller I’ve ever watched on a network station & abc needs 2 know they seriously dropped the ball on this one! & hopefully if enough peeps voice their outrage & disappointment they will bring back the show or some other network or station will jump at the opportunity 2 pick this cinomatic masterpiece. Fingers crossed, God I hope so

      • Barb Rhoades says:

        Yes!!! Where was Adam all this time???!!!! These questions need to be answered for those of us who faithfully watched this show. So unfair!!! Come on ABC. Do the right thing!

    • Letscheck says:

      This show deserves another season. Do not let it go.

    • Tammy says:

      Highly possible, and I wondered the same thing. If he did, Willa knows, but is protecting Danny.

    • Pennie Wilhelm says:

      I never considered that, but it’s possible. I would have thought it was Willa. But, unfortunately, we’ll never know :( I really liked the show.

    • steph says:

      sign this petition and pass it on, hopefully we can get a season two with a better conclusion to the story

    • Tammy young says:

      Me too and going to start watching other networks. They do this to often.

    • Lala says:

      ABC SUCKS!

    • Meme Stevens says:

      I had that thought too! I LOVED this show!

    • Lauren says:

      No it looked like Willa was having flashbacks of her being dead

    • Aser Paras says:

      The Jane’s babyboy is Adams kid!

    • nellez05 says:

      I think it was Willa who was never going to really give up the thing she loved most. I think she loved Bridey, but loved power more. I mean think about it, now that her Mom is the governor, and she basically controls her mom, so she basically IS the governor herself. I didn’t think she was capable of murder, but i thought wrong.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good point. I just assumed it may have been willa since it looked like she was having some type of flashback of brideys body in the woods. This is why I try not to get into shows, horrible cliffhangers equally horrible series finales. I was never going to watch this show because of my fear of getting unanswered questions but I came home from school one day and my mother was watching it in the living room and I just kept looking at it trying to figure out what was going on so she end up putting it from the beginning for me . I regret getting into that show. Worse cliffhanger.

    • Ron Nicholls says:

      I hate ABC too for taking this brilliant show away from me. I hope those responsible lose their jobs soon.

    • Tiffany Olberding says:

      i didnt even keep that in mind.

    • Tonya says:

      Me and the girls at my work watch this show at lunch. We love it!!! We are so disappointed that there isn’t going to be a season 2 especially with the way it ended. We think that if ABC doesn’t want it then maybe Netflix might. It could be a Netflix original. At least then we could watch it.

    • Brooke says:

      I thought the same thing! If Danny killed her because he now knows that Ben isn’t Adam and what damage it could to the dad as well as the family now the mom was elected governor

    • Shannon G says:

      I don’t think so. Willa had everything to lose.

    • Anthony says:

      I want a Season 2!!!!! ABC What have you done, WHAT – HAVE – YOU – DONE?!? Shame, shame!! Here’s an Idea, if you don’t think it’s worthy of National TV (Foolish Decision) put it on…Ohhhh, I don’t know…maybe NETFLIX!! I would turn my phone and clear my schedule to binge season 2!!…

    • Libby says:

      The Family is my absolute favorite show!! Was looking forward to season 2!!! Bring it back, !!!!

    • Laurie says:

      Willa had the flash back not Danny. Unless they did it together. I guess we will never know since once again a show viewers enjoy is canceled.

    • Jaclyn says:

      i agree! i can’t remember the last time i anticipated an ABC show each week.
      Yes, Danny definitely killed Bridey!

    • Deborah Curreri says:

      That makes more sense than Willa.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I need a season 2. So many unanswered.

  2. Austin says:

    I’m SO upset that this show was cancelled! It always kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot was interesting and the acting was amazing. From this interview, season 2 sounded amazing. I really hope The Family can find a new home on Netflix because I feel like the show’s vibe would be perfect on there.

    • Kristin says:

      I was thinking the same thing! Same thing happened to another amazing show… The Killing! It got canceled from a network and Netflix picked it up and finished with a few more seasons! It needs to happen with The Family!!!

      • Yoli says:

        Did you know Liam James (Ben aka Adam) was also on The Killing?

        Who played the REAL Adam in the finale?

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    I knew he was gonna get a call from Adam. Can’t really blame ABC for cancelling. Wish more people would have watched.

  4. Chester Czerepica says:

    I say fail cause it not coming back we are left with no answers an nothing to look forward to why bother maken Adam return shoulda just let the live happy ever after

  5. Stacey says:

    Great but so disappointed that it will not return for another season!!

    • Vickie Morrow says:

      I am soooooo disappointed – why do you take good ones off and leave us with nothing to enjoy.

  6. Cheryl Kresevic. says:

    Another network needs to pick up this show. Every single episode has been a cliffhanger. Need a season 2!

  7. Elizabeth Winkel says:

    I am really upset that ABC decided to cancel this show. It was well written and acted, quite edge of your set stories, what a waste!!

    • Jim says:

      Sadly the false premise (for money or art?) that this show was meant to go on for more than 1 season ruined not only the ending, but the power that many parts of the show brought. With fantastic casting, at times smart, intense writing and superb acting all-around, 1 dynamic season might have just gone down in the history books. Instead, ridiculous plot twists such as the final murder (what a joke), the weak writing of the kid asking for ride and then just hanging in the car and more forced writing when it was all said and done, just leaves me wondering what could have been, instead of being upset there will not be a 2nd season.

      • Joan says:

        Totally agree with you, Jim. If anything the last show revealed how useless a few of the characters were (the dad and Hank). Both the detective and journalist were just dim, one dimensional characters. And a Season 2 would have just dragged needlessly. They should have just concentrated on telling one good story for a strong season.

  8. Jackie says:

    Well, this sucks. The show was well done, and it is a perfect show to binge watch. Other viewers would have found it over the summer. I think it was too dark for a Sunday night and following OUAT. I wish they would have swapped this with Nashville.

  9. Kat says:

    I can’t even tell you how much I despise ABC for cancelling this fascinating series. The characters and twisty plot were so well written, directed and acted. I guess the network just wants us to buy the drivel they’re selling on all their other lame shows. #bringbackthefamily

  10. tiffany says:

    There has to be a way to nring this shiw back i am so sick and tired everytime you get to watch a great show they have to find aome way to cancelling it… WHAT THE HELL

  11. GaPeach says:

    Can’t believe this show was cancelled!! Loved it!

  12. Joe says:

    I wish that some other network or Netflix would pick it up for another season. I love this show and it was left on a cliffhanger.

  13. Linda says:

    VERY DISAPPOINTED ! !!!!

  14. Lucia says:

    Really over?. So many of us waited every week. I enjoyed it every week But not knowing and guessing and so many loose ends to see needs closure. I do hope there’s more.

  15. Rain says:

    WTF why did they cancel this show it was awesome, So many good shows got canceled recently like this Nashville, Agent Carter what’s going on

  16. cbasiles says:

    Love the show! So upset it is being cancelled, I want to see Adam go home!! ABC should definitely reconsider. Every show needs at least two seasons for people to get on board!

  17. Nancy beaupre says:

    I hope some other net work picks up this show i loved it

  18. Jim says:

    Leaving All questions is B.S.
    It is unfair to leave us guessing.
    It was extremely entertaining.
    As long as someone is watching a show should continue.

    • leah says:

      you can’t say that
      theres not enough time on a schedule t keep every show because someone is always watching a show and thinks its awesome
      add sometimes it is, this show was good and maybe deserved a second season but not enough people watched it so its not a finically sound decision to renew it even though i really wanted to see a second season

  19. A.J. says:

    The only question I have is, did he have Adam locked up by the cabin in all the years since the head injury and did the wife always know Adam was there or she only just found him?

    • Kat says:

      It was only 3 months since the head injury according to the flashbacks. I guess we’ll never know the answers to your questions thanks to the shortsighted execs at ABC.

    • Dawn says:

      My take was adam was in the shed for 3 months. It seemed like she discovered him right there. Who knows so disappointed

    • Shaun says:

      Adam is probably the father of her baby

  20. Des Kessler says:

    Please bring back The Family ! This show was awesome and should be a crime the way you guys ended it soooo juicy .. I feel robbed !!!

  21. C says:

    Upset the show is cancelling. Hopefully it will be picked up by Hulu or Netflix

  22. Susan Stuart says:

    How can we get ABC to bring back this show?!? It is the FIRST drama I have ever watched on ABC and I am beyond upset that this is cancelled!!! I was hoping everything would be wrapped up, and now there’s even MORE drama to come and now we don’t get to see it? Please advise!

  23. Bobbi says:

    Amazing finale absolutely love this show!! Most suspenseful shows are too obvious and not really all that suspenseful. I’m extremely upset abc let such a winner go but I’m also very hopeful they will get picked up somewhere else so I’m glad they didn’t just rush to resolve everything and end it because then there’d be no chance.

  24. DALE ARMSTRONG says:

    THE SHOW WAS VERY GOOD AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ADAM RETURN IN SEASON 2. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SHOW TO continued ON. PLEASE KEEP THE SHOW GOING.

  25. Debbie says:

    I love this show and I am so disappointed to hear about the cancellation. I really wish some other station would pick it up. I don’t think it was the show I think it was thd night. Maybe another night it would have done better than Sunday?

  26. JoAnne Lopez says:

    Why are you cancelling it? This show is one of the best in a long time. You need to give shows a chance before you cancel them. I feel like so many shows have gone too soon without being given a chance!

  27. Jo Rodgers says:

    Actually thought it ended really well with everything that had to be solved on short notice. I’m satisfied. Joan came through for us.

  28. Sandy says:

    I’ve really enjoyed watching this show and hate that it’s been canceled. Great cast – especially Andrew McCarthy – and a storyline that kept us guessing. RIP The Family.

  29. crystal bowling says:

    The ending was great, especially for a new season!! So mad that it was cancelled, be a perfect show for Netflix to pick up.

  30. Robert says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ABC BRING THIS BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON!!!!!!

  31. Gary fitzgerald says:

    Why take my time to get into a show for it to be pulled off TV. It will be hard to give new abc shows a chance in the future knowing they have no problem taking them off the air once people are into the shows plot abc sucks. NBC and CBS rock.

  32. Kevin Frawley says:

    Absolute stupidity on the part of ABC to cancel this excellent show; interesting storyline, good character development, and many friends of ours were into this show as well. What out of touch decision makers.

  33. Bill Goetz says:

    I am EXTREMELY upset with ABC cancelling this show. They should have given it another season maybe at a different time slot. They really blew it on this one by cancelling it.

  34. Patty Colon says:

    Why on earth would you guys cancel this! Finally a good show! Come on! They need to reconsider!

  35. Lisa says:

    Please bring it back for season two

  36. Wendy Simon says:

    It was a great show….one of very few these days!!! So disappointed. There is such horrible tv shows on and every time a good one appears….it never lasts!!!

  37. Kathy says:

    So disappointed this was the series finale, hope another network picks this up! I HATE ABC FOR CANCELLING THIS, RESURRECTION, AND TWISTED!

  38. JBC says:

    Wow, that was a really good episode. HOPE some other network/cable/internet co.will pick it up. I would love to see the scene where Claire sees her grown son for the first time. I have enjoyed the suspense in this show. The whole cast is amazing. Most notably Joan Allen and Andrew McCarthy.

  39. Tiffany says:

    I didn’t find out The Family was cancelled until I finished watching the finale. I was hyped about the ending and wanted to know when it would be back. I hate that it was cancelled. I do so hope someone else picks it up, whether it’s another network, Netflix, or Hulu. I don’t know what show will take the same time slot next season, but I’ve already boycotted it.

  40. Donna says:

    I’m really sorry this show has been cancelled. I don’t know what makes the powers that be decide if a show needs to end. I have to record the show and watch later. I’m really upset that it’s over, especially with no true closer.

  41. Carolyn Seward says:

    This show was so well done and ABC is wrong to cancel it. I am in shock! Many successful series in TV’s past had first seasons that did not attract huge audiences, but networks gave them more time to develop and grow that. For such a high quality drama to be cut down so soon is a real travesty. Shame on ABC – please some other network recognize that this series is deserving of more seasons and pick it up. How about you, A&E or AMC or Netflix or Amazon? Come on, this show needs to continue, it’s just too good!

  42. Martha Zunker says:

    I’m greatly disappointed that The Family has been cancelled. It’s one of the few quality series currently on network tv. I’ve recommended this show to several friends who usually only watch cable drama and they’re all hooked, as am I. Why would you let this gem slip away?

  43. jasmine says:

    I hate ABC cancelled the show how could they do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Amanda walling says:

    I want it to come back on. It has too.

  45. We are pissed that u guys cancelled! Will never and will tell everyone not to watch another series on abc!

  46. Please return this show, it’s the best show I ever seen in my entire life. Think about the fans.

  47. Isis says:

    I say the Finale was only OK, because it wasn’t as long or question-answering as I thought it would be. But PLEASEEEEE Let There Be A Guaranteed SEASON 2 🙏🙏🙏🙏..

  48. Kay says:

    Bring The Family back. Please don’t cancel.

  49. D McLennan says:

    Super pissed there isn’t a season 2…WTF ABC!

  50. Dawn says:

    I feel robbed. I was enjoying this show and all we get is Adam calling at the end? I want details. We deserve a final episode. Netflix please buy the rights and give us a final episode or season!

    • Peggy says:

      yes! I will be happy to see it on Netflix too. I just want to see the endings to all the loose ends.

    • I didn’t realize it was Adam calling at the end, until reading all these pists. I DVD’d it, so I need to go vack and watch. Whatca bummer being canceled. I thought something was wrong with my DVR, what a shame. No more ABC watching for me!