Every year, new television series are born and old series die. And 2022 has already begun the inevitable march of canceled TV shows, starting with Amazon Prime Video removing I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Not only are shows canceled, but some are terminated due to natural causes, after a long life, or by choice of creators. Among this set are fan favorites like Ozark, Black-ish, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, and Peaky Blinders.
It’s not just primetime shows that are ending. Ellen DeGeneres is wrapping up her daytime talk show after the current 19 season.
Here are the biggest canceled TV shows and series ending in 2022.
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I know what you did last summer
Seasons: 1 | Ended: November 12, 2021
The series based on the Lois Duncan novel did not captivate the spirit of the times as its predecessor film did in 1997. Like the film, the show followed a group of teenagers who are harassed by a murderer a year later. to cover up a fatal car accident. The attempt to bring the story into the TikTok era received negative reviews, and worse, it never seemed to be trending on social media. Compare that to another series featuring teenagers in dire circumstances – the critically beloved Yellowjackets – and it’s easy to see why Amazon pulled the plug.
Seasons: 5 | Ended: Jan 7, 2022
The wild ride that is Search Party had to come to an end at some point. And what an exciting five seasons they have been! The show began with Dory (Alia Shawkat) and her friends searching for a missing classmate; concluded with Dory as a guru who sells enlightenment to the world. Along the way, Search Party took amazing twists and turns, while still being completely fun.
Seasons: 6 | End: January 14, 2022
The Expanse has already survived a cancellation (by Syfy after season 3), so it’s not entirely unreasonable to think that the space drama could find a new docking station after its “final” season on Amazon. Writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck have said that they consider this a “pause point” for the story. It remains to be seen what that really means.
Seasons: 3 | End: January 14, 2022
Ricky Gervais doesn’t like to stay longer than his welcome; none of his series has lasted more than a few seasons or a couple dozen episodes. So it is with his black comedy After Life, which concludes his exploration of pain with a road trip to dispose of the ashes. When you consider hits like The Office (UK) and Extras that left us wanting more, you have to admit that it’s a pretty good strategy.
Seasons: 4 | End: February 6, 2022
Not even a manicure from Desna Simms (Niecy Nash-Betts) and her Florida salon kit can last forever. The wickedly funny and very dark comedy has seen manicurists make their way from painting nails to laundering money to running a criminal enterprise. TNT is moving away from scripted content, which may be why the show is closing the store. But the head of the chain promised that it will be “a little crazy, a lot of fun and the exciting end of a great series.”
A witch discovery
Seasons: 3 | End: February 18, 2022
The fantasy drama is ending for a very simple reason: It is a reflection of Deborah Harkness novels. Season 3 addresses the final entry in their trilogy, The Book of Life, in which the witch Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) and the vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) fight for their lives and those of their unborn twin babies. They must take down the manipulative Congregation, stop the blood-raging vampire feasting on humans in London, and find the missing pages in the magical tome.
Seasons: 5 | Completion: April or May 2022
Must all good things come to an end? Well fuck that because we’re extremely sad to see Pamela Adlon’s acclaimed series conclude. The fifth and final season of the FX comedy will pave the way for Sam Fox and his three daughters to discover themselves in the next phase of their lives. There is some hope that we can see you all again sometime along the way. Adlon herself said, “This is going to be a Sam Fox recap (for now).” Hope to see you play again, Sam.
Seasons: 4 | End: April 11, 2022
The cat and mouse game between Eve (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle (Jodie Comer) should have an exciting ending. For three seasons, the intelligence agent and the killer have danced around each other. In the final act, they begin in very different places, with Eve seeking revenge and Villanelle living in a new community, but we have a feeling that they will find their way into each other’s company once again.
Seasons: 6 | Completion: Early 2022
While season six may be the last in the Peaky Blinders series, it won’t be the end of the story of crime boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his gang of misfits. Creator Steven Knight is planning a follow-up movie, which will begin filming in 2023. Not only that, there may be additional shows set in the Peaky Blinders universe. As for the flagship’s farewell, expect blood and mayhem as WWII approaches.
Seasons: 8 | Completion: March or April 2022
Black-ish may be closing its doors after eight seasons, but several windows are opening. The ABC family comedy has already launched two spin-offs (Grown-ish and Mixed-ish) and is preparing another (Old-ish). But it’s still bittersweet to wait for the final delivery of the flagship, following the antics of Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as heads of the Johnson family.
This is us (NBC)
Seasons: 6 | Completion: likely May 2022
Stock up on tissues, because the Pearsons will be saying goodbye soon, and you know the tears will flow. The NBC drama is ending in 2022 after six seasons, which was creator Dan Fogelman’s plan the entire time. Heading into the final chapter, we expect great emotions from Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and the rest of the cast.
Better call Saul
Seasons: 6 | Termination: TBA
We all knew that AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel finally had to catch up with the events of the original series, but that doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier. The story of Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) has been gripping. While it’s been intriguing learning more about familiar characters like Saul, Mike (Jonathan Banks), and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), the best part has been meeting Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). His fate has been a concern of us since the premiere of Better Call Saul, and we have a bad feeling ahead of the final season.
grace and frankie
Seasons: 7 | Termination: TBA
Today, it’s rare for a Netflix series to reach a fourth season, much less a seventh, which is a testament to Grace and Frankie’s staying power. The deliciously wacky chemistry between stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is a big part of that. The first four episodes of the final season were released last year, and the other 12 will be released sometime in 2022.
Seasons: 3 | Termination: TBA
Irish teen comedy is a bloody delight, one we’ve been missing for what seems like eons (since April 2019). Creator Lisa McGee has said the plan was always three seasons, short but nice. Well, it’s bittersweet goodbye to Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), and James (Dylan Llewellyn). On the bright side, McGee has hinted that the characters might “come back in some other costume one day.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated)
Seasons: 19 | Termination: TBA
The prom queen of the day is giving up her crown. Ellen DeGeneres is choosing to end her show after nearly two decades, saying The Hollywood Reporter, “When you are a creative person, you need to be constantly challenged, and as good as this show is and as fun as it is, it is no longer a challenge.” The end of the talk show comes after he was haunted by allegations of a toxic work culture. The final season will begin this fall.
Seasons: 7 | Termination: TBA
Ava DuVernay’s drama about a black family in Louisiana has been an unwavering and thoughtful exploration of racism, injustice, class, and gender dynamics. The Bordelons have been through a lot in the past six seasons, but are heading to the final chapter on the boom after welcoming a new baby, getting engaged, and achieving a victory over corrupt businessman Sam Landry.
Seasons: 4 | Termination: TBA
The award-winning crime drama will conclude with a large season, which “spells huge trouble for the Byrdes,” according to star Jason Bateman. Ozark season 4 will have 14 episodes divided into two halves. The first batch drops on January 21, while the second installment could launch in late 2022.
The Walking Dead (AMC)
Seasons: 11 | Termination: TBA
Who else thought the AMC drama, like the zombies that populate it, would never die? Until its middle years, The Walking Dead was a smash hit that spawned two spin-offs and possibly more. But more and more cast members have left (including star Andrew Lincoln) and viewership ratings have dropped. For everything there is a final season and the time has come for this one-time giant, with The Walking Dead temporada 11 being his last run.
Dead to me (Netflix)
Seasons: 3 | Termination: TBA
Creator Liz Feldman’s decision to end her Netflix show after three seasons was inspired by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s short run of Fleabag. “It felt like the right amount,” he said. Term. Stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini will return to sum up the story of two friends united by murder.