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'Better Call Saul,' 'Superstore,' 'Dear White People' and 18 More TV Shows Ending in 2021
Not every TV series is lucky enough to be given the time to craft one final chapter.
For showrunners, it's a gift to know in advance that a show has an official endgame. That allows everyone involved the ability to deliver a proper ending and share one last farewell with the audience (as well as with their fellow cast, crew and creatives). Such is the case with the below comedies and dramas, whose networks and streamers have blessed them with a formal pat on the back for a job well done and greenlit a final chapter.
While the novel coronavirus pandemic has "unrenewed" many series and thrown productions for a logistical loop, the programs below are on track to wrap their runs in 2021. And, given the state of the world, pandemic-related production delays could mean some could wind up calling it a day in 2022. Read on for a look at all the shows that will wrap their runs in 2021. (THR will add to this list as more shows learn that their upcoming seasons will be their last.)
The Netflix series about a young man (Keir Gilchrist) on the autism spectrum searching for love and independence will conclude after four seasons — and a prestigious Peabody Award nomination. "It's my hope that the legacy of Atypical is that more unheard voices continue to be heard and that even after this series ends, we keep telling funny, emotional stories from underrepresented points of view," creator and showrunner Robia Rashid said.
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Breaking Bad prequel will wrap its run after six seasons and 63 total episodes on AMC. The tally means it will outpace the flagship series by one season and a total of one episode as the story of con man-turned-lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) officially turns into Saul Goodman.
Black Lightning (The CW)
The fourth season of the Greg Berlanti-produced DC Comics drama starring Cress Williams will be its last. The drama, from creator Salim Akil and originally developed for Fox, already has a spinoff in the works, Painkiller, featuring Jordan Calloway.
One of the retail giant's first scripted originals, the drama starring Titus Welliver and based on author Michael Connelly's best-selling books wraps its run after seven seasons and two executive regimes at Amazon.
The Florida-set crime drama starring Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston and Judy Reyes comes to a close after four seasons, a somewhat short run for a basic-cable network. Sources say the decision to wrap the series, a sturdy performer at a time when linear networks are struggling, was a mutual one between the drama's creative team and TNT. Rashida Jones exec produces the Warners drama alongside showrunners Sharon Lee Watson and Emily Silver.
Dead to Me (Netflix)
Creator Liz Feldman's twisty dramedy starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini wraps up its run after three seasons, a feat for a live-action Netflix series from an outside studio (CBS). Feldman, though, will remain in business with the streamer with a lucrative overall deal there.
Dear White People (Netflix)
Renewed for its final season in October 2019, the college comedy based on Justin Simien's feature film will wrap after four seasons. The Logan Browning and Ashley Blaine Featherson starrer popped again over the summer in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide protests. Simien has been vocal about ways the critical hit could live on with spinoffs, though it's unclear if Netflix and producers Lionsgate will bite.
The Expanse (Amazon)
The sci-fi drama — based on one of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' favorite books — will know this time that the end is in sight. After Syfy shockingly canceled the expensive space drama following a three-season run, Amazon stepped up to revive the drama. The series will come to an end after its sixth season, having spent equal time at both outlets.
F Is for Family (Netflix)
Created by Bill Burr and Michael Price, the animated comedy is based on Burr's childhood growing up in the 1970s. The series ranks as one of the streamer's longest-running animated shows and hangs it up after a five-season run. It's notable that only a handful of shows on Netflix have reached the five-season marker.
Feel Good (Netflix)
Here's another little-watched hidden gem that the streamer is bringing back in order for the series to, well, provide a proper feel-good ending. The critically acclaimed series about addiction and relationships is getting a second and final season as the streamer looks to expand its relationship with series star and creator Mae Martin.
Originally called The Trial, the legal drama developed by David E. Kelley will call it a day after four seasons and nearly as many different showrunners. Kelley famously walked away from Goliath after calling then-Amazon head of originals Roy Price's regime "a bit of a gong show." Since then, the Billy Bob Thornton-led series (that Kevin Costner famously passed on) has seen Clyde Phillips (Dexter) pushed out and Lawrence Trilling take over as showrunner.
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
The comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen will hang it up after seven seasons. The series, from Skydance Television and showrunners/co-creators Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, will end as the streamer's longest-running original series. With its additional three-episode order, the show tops Orange Is the New Black with a total of 94 episodes.
His Dark Materials (HBO/BBC)
The fantasy drama based on Phillip Pullman's novel trilogy will close out its run with as many seasons as there are novels. The eight-episode final season will cover the third book in Pullman's trilogy, The Amber Spyglass.
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Here's something you don't hear every day: a series created by Chuck Lorre is ending after only three seasons. That's the case with Kominsky Method, the first series from the prolific producer created specifically for a streaming service. Meanwhile, original co-star Alan Arkin will sit out the final season and his departure will be written into the series.
Last Man Standing (Fox)
Tim Allen's multicamera comedy has been through a lot in its nine-season run. The family comedy was originally developed by 20th Century Fox Television and aired on Disney-owned ABC, which canceled the show after six seasons amid rising licensing fees from a rival studio. Fox would soon revive the show for a seventh season by which time the studio ownership had transferred to … Disney. (Either way you read this, it's expensive to produce since Fox no longer owns the show.)
Lost in Space (Netflix)
"From the beginning, we've always viewed this particular story of the Robinsons as a trilogy. A three-part epic family adventure with a clear beginning, middle and end," showrunner Zack Estrin said in March when the streamer announced the update would conclude after three seasons. Estrin will remain in business with an overall deal with Netflix.
What a journey this DC Comics-inspired drama has had. The series, from Warner Bros. TV, aired its first three seasons on Fox before being canceled as the network changed creative course. Netflix revived the series for a fourth and then fifth and final season before reversing course and announcing a sixth and "FINAL final" season for the Tom Ellis starrer.
"We're so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes' saga right," showrunner and exec producer Chris Mundy said of the dark family drama adding four more episodes to its fourth and final season. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Emmy winner Julia Garner star in the series, which will see its last season split in half.
Yes, the 11th and final season launched in December, but the family dramedy from John Wells doesn't officially air its series finale until 2021. The most-watched scripted series on the premium cable network has already had its final season upended by COVID-19, with the first half of the season totally re-written. Still, Showtime is going to celebrate the show's decade-run with a six-episode retrospective.
Supergirl (The CW)
The former CBS drama will come to an end with its sixth season. The Berlanti-produced DC Comics entry starring Melissa Benoist was the second spinoff from Arrow and leaves The Flash as the longest-running DC show on The CW at seven seasons.
A critical darling since the start, the NBC workplace comedy will close up shop after six seasons after original star America Ferrera opted to leave the series. When the show wraps after 113 episodes, it will have touched on a number of cultural topics and completed a final season that was heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.