The Grim Reaper certainly put in some overtime this year: With only a few weeks left in 2021, more than 80 series have aired their very final episodes.
December is already off to a finale-filled start, with Netflix’s Lost in Space and Money Heist, USA Network’s The Sinner and Hulu’s PEN15 all wrapping in the first week of the month. Below, we’re taking stock of 81 others (so far!) that have concluded, whether they planned a final season in advance or had their runs unceremoniously cut short.
Several broadcast-TV veterans aired swan songs in 2021, among them NBC’s Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The CW’s Supergirl and CBS’ Mom, NCIS: New Orleans and — yeah, this one still hurts a bit — MacGyver. But cable and streaming said goodbye to plenty of their own fare, including — but definitely not limited to — Showtime’s long-running Shameless, FX’s tear-jerking Pose and Netflix’s really-really-done-for-good-now Lucifer. (And there’s still more farewells to come this month, for shows like HBO’s Insecure and Apple TV+’s Dickinson.)
Speaking of Netflix, the streaming giant has the highest tally of departed shows this year (22, to be exact!), including one-and-done series like Jupiter’s Legacy, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! and The Irregulars. Meanwhile, The CW’s Canadian import Trickster — which was cancelled in January due to offscreen controversy — has the lowest episode count on our list, with just six installments, while the syndicated Judge Judy comes in with a high of more than 6,000 (!) episodes.
NOTE: Our list does not include A) shows that were cancelled in 2021 but aired their final episodes in 2020, such as HBO’s Lovecraft Country, or B) shows that announced a final season this year but actually wrap in 2022 or later, like NBC’s This Is Us.
Scroll through the list below to see all of the shows that have ended so far this year, then drop a comment with the one(s) you’ll miss most!