Something is definitely wrong with 2021! The year has already or is going to mark the end of several great TV series, some of which have been our favourites for a decade or more. Even the primetime shows that have started airing in the recent last years only, have suddenly planned to depart from the TV screen. Though the news might upset the fans of these respective programs, we already knew this day was going to come sooner or later. After all, all of us cry a river when our favourite show ends. All we can do is to wish that the series does end on a happy note and not on a cliffhanger.
Although we are not really ready to let go of these treasures, we should be grateful for all the content they have given us. Here are the top twelve TV series that have been cancelled in 2021. Have a look at them.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Total number of seasons: 20
Focusing on the personal as well as professional lives of the blended family of Kardashians and Jenners, the reality show has been entertaining millions of fans since 2007. People have enjoyed watching these icons grow in many possible ways as they have been experiencing their roller coaster life including the sibling tiffs, the on and off romantic relationships with their partners and the introduction of the next generation. However, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, Kylie and Kris have decided to shift their business to Hulu, for obvious reasons.
The series completed airing the last season just the last week. The show has paved paths for many other spin-off shows including ‘Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,’ ‘Khloé & Lamar,’ ‘Kourtney and Kim Take New York,’ ‘Rob & Chyna,’ ‘Life of Kylie,’ ‘Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons,’ and others. You can find the parent show online on Netflix and Prime Video.
Total number of seasons: 8
Created by Kenya Barris, ‘Black-ish’ revolves around the lives of an upper middle-class African-American family, led by Rainbow Johnson and Andre Johnson as they cope up with various personal and sociopolitical issues. The show has been praised by the critics constantly ever since it premiered along with amassing loyal spectators but now it is time to bid farewell to it. The show is finally coming to an end with its upcoming season which has been officially renewed the last month.
However, the loyal viewers of the show need not be upset as ABC has already launched two spin-offs based on the show, titled ‘Grown-ish’ which focuses on a girl who steps into her college life and ‘Mixed-ish,’ revolving around Rainbow Johnson in her childhood years. Moreover, the third spin-off of ‘Black-ish’ titled, ‘Old-ish’ is already in talks. You can definitely watch all the seasons of the original show on Hulu and Prime Video.
Total number of seasons: 11
The comedy-drama television series, ‘Shameless’ which had been inspired from a British series by Paul Abbott bearing the same name, has ended with its last season having aired in April, this year. Featuring an ensemble cast with William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum as the leads, the show centres on the lives of a foul-mouthed family of Frank, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and others, who are scrappy and feisty and live their lives unapologetically. Over the years, the show had been taking us on a roller coaster ride of emotions and the way the storyline has been executed by the actors are worth praise indeed.
The viewers are going to miss the seamless movement between comedy, serious and deep plotline, absurd situations and dark themes, which is something very rare to accomplished. In case you haven’t yet watched the series but would love to try something really exciting, realistic and problematic, you should definitely give it a go. It is available to watch on various streaming platforms including Netflix and Prime Video.
The Walking Dead
Total number of seasons: 11
The Walking Dead is a phenomenal television show which has never failed to entertain its spectators. After going non-stop for eleven long years, the series had reached its end in April 2021, with the eleventh season. The show was a massive hit for years before the ratings began to fall and the major cast members (including Andrew Lincoln) started to leave midway.
Moreover, the series got affected during the situation of Covid-19 which led the creators of the show to announce its cancellation last year. Nevertheless, the show will remain iconic for years to come that even paved the path of some spinoffs series (Talking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond). The plot of the series revolves around a large ensemble cast consisting of survivors of a zombie apocalypse who have been trying to sustain themselves among the constant threat of attacks coming from the zombies. All of the seasons are available for stream on Netflix and Prime Video.
Total number of seasons: 25
One of the longest-running arbitration-based reality court show, ‘Judge Judy’ is going to be adjourned soon when our own Judith Sheindlin, will give her last verdict on it. The former Manhattan family court Judge adjudicates real small-claim disputes in the show within a simulated courtroom. If you have been a loyal fan of the show and are worried about missing it then no worries, since it will continue to broadcast the reruns. Moreover, a new show with Judy Sheindlin as the judge is already under development called, ‘Judy Justice’ and will be airing sometime in 2022.
Last Man Standing
Total number of seasons: 9
The show starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, portraying the role of Mike Baxter, who is a director and senior executive of marketing for a chain of sporting goods store, has bid goodbye to us this year in May with its last season. The show initially followed his wife, grandson and his life as the father of three children, trying to have his grip in the society getting dominated by women gradually, flipping around the storyline of the classic sitcom ‘Home Improvement’.
However, in the later years, the focus shifted to the young men who dated his daughters and the ones who got married to them. It is a thoroughly middling sitcom that features jokes considered alternately dated or hostile. In case you want to check the show out, find it on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+ and Fox.
Total number of seasons: 6
After returning alive from the dead for this many times (a little pun intended), showmakers have finally decided to let Lucifer rest in delight. If not for Netflix, Fox would have ended the show with the third season only. After getting cancelled in 2020 with season 5, Netflix reconsidered its decision and had again decided to renew it for some more devilish entertainment. Inspired by the DC Comics character from the comic book series, ‘The Sandman,’ ‘Lucifer’ follows the Devil Lucifer Morningstar played by Tom Ellis who has abandoned Hell and has been running a nightclub named Lux in Los Angeles, eventually becoming a consultant to the Police Department of LS.
We are definitely going to miss the uncanny humour of the show with an added touch of the eternal theme. You can start with Lucifer on Netflix and Prime Video you haven’t watched it yet. The sixth season has been scheduled to air in the last quarter of 2021.
Total number of seasons: 6
From the last of the surviving Kryptonians, Superman’s cousin, Supergirl is on her way to take her final flight this year. Starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El or the costumed superheroine, the show has been receiving mostly positive reviews from the critics as well as the fans, and has been praised greatly for the performances, creative direction and themes addressed in it. The renewal of the sixth and final season of ‘Supergirl’ was announced last year in January and has been airing on The CW from March 30, 2021.
Melissa Benoist has earlier addressed that the ongoing season of the series will have a great ending while the co-showrunner, Jessica Queller has stated that we should be prepared for an emotional ending, featuring quite a handful of familiar faces. You can watch the series online on Netflix and Prime Video.
Total number of seasons: 5
So MacGyver reboot has finally been wrapped up. The fifth and the last season of the show has ended on April 30, 2021. An official reboot of the ABC series going by the same name that aired between 1985 and 1992, the series features an undercover government agent, Angus MacGyver who would rather fight injustice with ingenious feats of engineering than using lethal force. Last year the show became a subject of controversy when Peter Lenkov, the executive producer of the show was fired by the network for creating a toxic workplace. Even the show star, Lucas Till admitted how he was made to endure verbal abuse, body-shaming and bullying on the set.
Although the series has come to an end, Peacock channel is planning on having a parody series based on the same franchise. So there is at least something that the MacGyver fans can look forward to. You can rewatch the show on Prime Video and the official website of CBS.
Total number of seasons: 3
Focusing on the crew and passengers of a commercial airliner, with Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, J. R. Ramirez, Athena Karkanis and others in lead, ‘Manifest’ has been the newest venture to recapture the magic of Lost, attempting to combine supernatural mystery and melodrama. The show follows the people on-board the aeroplane who, after a short but acute turbulence, land on the ground apparently after five years, during which they were assumed to be dead.
Although the series was planned to have six seasons, it has got cancelled with three seasons only, and there is no way the show can be renewed again unless some other streaming platform or network picks it up. The third season, after being renewed last year in June, has officially ended airing all its episodes on June 10, 2021. You can watch all the seasons of the series online on Netflix, Prime Video and Hulu.
Total number of seasons: 5
Issa Rae began with this show according to her own plans and is about to end it on her own terms as well. From the very first, ‘Insecure’ was meant to explore the plot through five seasons and on January 13, 2021, HBO confirmed the conclusion of the series with its fifth and final venture. The show follows the racy tribulations and awkward experiences of a modern-day black woman, who struggles with her career advancements, love life, and some random acts of her daily life.
The loyal viewers of the show must have been upset over this, but it is too soon to sit with sulky faces since the fifth season of ‘Insecure’ will be hitting the screens by the end of this year and we will be witnessing more of Issa, Molly and Lawrence for the time being. The show has been a recipient of numerous awards along with 108 nominations in major categories.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Total number of seasons- 18
So after an amazing period of eighteen years, the dancing queen of daytime has finally decided to let go of her variety talk show with the nineteenth season of it airing this fall. With numerous awards by its side earned over the years including 61 Daytime Emmy Awards as of 2020 out of 171 nominations, Ellen DeGeneres has stated that as a creative person, the show doesn’t seem to challenge her anymore and it is no fun to work on something where there is no scope of growth.
The show has had many celebrities appear on it as guests and the witty and funny remarks made by her never fail to amaze the masses. There’s a reason why she has been on the show for years— she talks about social issues, tries to remove negativity and makes the guests feel comfortable and cool. You can tune in to the official website of NBC to watch the complete episodes of the show. Some short video clips are available to watch on YouTube. A few months back, the show was accused of having a toxic workplace culture followed by a lengthy apology from the host.