It’s been a big week for TV series finales, what with both The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones wrapping up for good.
Considering all of the cancellation news lately though (more than 50 series have been cancelled so far this year), it’s kind of a good thing when shows are able to go out on their own terms, isn’t it? At least then the writers get to end the story the way they see fit, without any unintentional cliff-hangers or open-ended storylines. And for us viewers, it’s a chance to say goodbye to beloved characters we’ve welcomed into our homes for years. Considering the cancellation alternative, it’s kind of a nice way to go out.
Here are 18 TV series ending in 2019 that, in the words of Frank Sinatra, got to do it their way.
18 TV shows that won’t be coming back next year
Game of ThronesLove or hate the way the finale went down, you have to admit that this show was unlike anything else we’ve ever seen on television. So while yes, we may have been a little underwhelmed at how it all wrapped up, it was also very cool watching it all go down as a community.Crave
The Big Bang TheoryAs far as series finales went, this one was pretty much perfect. Now the only question that remains is, which of the leading characters would actually go ahead and do a spinoff show? Raj and Cinnamon, we’re looking at you…CTV
Crazy Ex-GirlfriendRachel Bloom is, was, and will forever be our fearless female crush. We’re thankful for the series she created, wrote and starred in, and given how it all ended we can’t wait to see what she’s going to do with her talents next. (Now imagine that sentence performed as a song.)The CW
HomelandWho are we supposed to gif for ugly cries when Claire Danes wraps her run on this series later this year? This is another show that kind of started to fizzle out in terms of fanfare and watercooler reaction, but boy we can’t wait to see how the writers wrap it all up. Showtime
Mr. RobotEven with Rami Malek having just secured an Oscar we’re more than okay with this mind-boggling series wrapping up later this year. Especially since we’re now getting 12 episodes to wind it all down, as opposed to the originally ordered eight. Now here’s hoping we actually understand the ending.USA
The AffairThe jury is still out on how we’ll process the final chapter in this sordid, time-jumping love story, but thanks to the way it’s presented conflicted character perspectives we’ll never look at memory on television the same way again.Showtime
The DeuceA period piece about sex workers in New York, as told by the guy who brought us The Wire? This one sounded great on paper, and it certainly delivered thanks to some fantastic acting by a one Maggie Gyllenhaal. In the end, wrapping the series later this year after a three-season run is in line with what the creators always envisioned anyhow.Crave
Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtWe debated including this one, because even though the flash-forwarding series finale devoted lots of time to each of its characters and left us with a sense of well-being, the show is unrolling one final wrap-up movie in 2020. But, since movies aren’t technically TV we’ll give this one a positive, Kimmy-inspired spin and allow it a place on our list.Netflix
VikingsSome feel like this show should have ended once Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) died, but it isn’t officially wrapping until sometime this fall. Until then we can’t help but celebrate the fact that it featured one of the best, fully formed female leads of all-time in the Lagertha character, and we owe a large chunk of that to portrayer Katheryn Winnick.History
Broad CityWithout Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer and their web-series-turned-Comedy-show, would we have people like Amy Schumer, Maya Erskine or Anna Konkle in our lives? Probably not. So it was with bittersweet feelings that we said farewell to this series last March, and watched our favourite female duo consciously uncouple.MUCH
ElementaryLucy Liu was our entire reason to watch this series when it debuted back in 2012, because who doesn’t love it when a classic literary character (Watson) is reimagined as a female? Fast forward to season seven and the dynamic she shares onscreen with Jonny Lee Miller is gold. So we’re more than happy these guys get to go out with a bang.CBS
iZombieWe suppose a person can only ingest so many brains before calling it a day, and so we’re happy that we got to follow along with creator Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Liv (Rose McIver) throughout this bloody journey.The CW
Jane the VirginWhere will we turn for soapy romantic love triangles now that this series, which put star Gina Rodriguez on the map, is ending for good? We’re sure we’ll find something suitable, but that doesn’t make losing Jane, Xiomara and Alba any easier. The CW
KilljoysThe best part about knowing we had two seasons to wrap up the storylines on this sci-fi series was the fact that the creatives knew it too… and they went all out in last year’s season four finale. So now, as we wait to see what happens following that game-changing twist, we feel like we’re in really good hands for the last run of episodes.Space
Orange is the New BlackWas it time to end the harrowing tale of Litchfield prison and the women within its cracking walls? Probably. But there’s no denying that when it comes to shows that changed the game, this one counts as being among the best. Now if only the series had been consistently good throughout.Netflix
TransparentWe have so many conflicting feelings about this show ending. It was ground-breaking when it debuted, and then it just felt icky when revelations about Jeffrey Tambor came to light. So even though he’s no longer a part of the show, we’re okay with it ending later this year… with a musical episode, by the way.Amazon
GothamWhat would the coming-of-age story of Batman be without some real closure? We loved the way this heroic tale wrapped up last April, especially since it gave us the flash-forward we all needed in order to know that everything was going to be okay.Fox
VeepIt was a rough couple of years for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she publicly battled cancer and then went on to film the final season of her award-winning series. But you could barely tell when it came to her character, Selina Meyer. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if JLD went on to win yet another Emmy for this thing, which would be record-breaking indeed.Crave