Every year audiences all over the nation lose their television guilty pleasures. Be it that the story has come to an end and all the plot twists straightened out with a nice bow on top, or the networks cut them from existence abruptly, sometimes we just have to say goodbye. We have compiled a list of eight shows we must leave behind in 2017, knowing they will not easily be forgotten.
Please note that there may be spoilers ahead.
The Vampire Diaries
Serendipity may bring people such as Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley back into each other's lives
at random, but Elena Gilbert and Stefan and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) have all met their ends. The Vampire Diaries
brought to the small screen what Twilight
brought to theaters, a supernatural love story that fans of vampires, witches and the like could get behind. After eight seasons, it had everything to show for it, including a spin-off. (The Originals
was also canceled this year.)
The last episode of The Vampire Diaries aired in March of this year.
The controversial writer, actress and creator of Girls
, Lena Dunham drew from her own life experiences during the six-season course of the show. About four women in New York City, Girls
found a receptive audience and countless award nominations with a handful of wins under its belt. Fans appreciated the sense of feminism and female empowerment
that Dunham portrayed in such a realistic way. Many can probably also thank Dunham for introducing the world to this generation's Star Wars
villain in Adam Driver.
The Girls finale aired exactly five years and one day after its original April 2012 premiere.
After becoming FOX's longest running scripted show with a whopping 12 seasons, Bones bid fans farewell this year. The crime procedural drama followed the lives of an FBI Special Agent and a forensic anthropologist as Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) delivered human remains to Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) during each episode. From Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, to Angel, then Bones, Boreanaz continues to keep things moving and giving his fans something to look forward to, though. You can now see him in SEAL Team on CBS.
The final season of Bones ended in March.
2 Broke Girls
The half-hour CBS comedy followed two waitresses, played by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, and raked in steady viewer rankings for six seasons, but thanks to failed renewal negotiations was canceled earlier this year. Like many working Americans, the girls had aspirations of making it big, but one simply can't live off of dreams. Viewers enjoyed a comical take on a very relatable problem. Ironically enough, the "broke" girls just could not continue a money-making streak and fell short of their seventh season.
The finale episode of 2 Broke Girls aired this April.
The unmistakable talent seen in Emmy Award winning actress Tatiana Maslany as she portrays numerous hunted clones, identical only in appearance, in BBC America's Orphan Black
will be greatly missed. From conspiracies to murder and plot twists to superb storytelling, this sci-fi drama kept viewers coming back with hopes that Sarah Manning, daughter Kira and her "sestrahood" of clones would find the answers to their creation. Week after week they fought to topple the groups looking to control and manipulate them before all hope, and their lives, are lost. Fortunately, fans were given the chance to see the story come to a satisfying end
The fifth and final season of Orphan Black came to an end August 12.
ABC Studios seemed to have struck it big with this heavy-hitting drama that tackled such sensitive topics as crime, sexual misconduct, immigration and financial inequality. American Crime
took television to a place that wasn't very pretty, but some corners of society were well-reflected and various academies recognized that by awarding the show with numerous accolades. Emmy award winners Felicity Huffman, Regina King and Timothy Hutton along with a talented ensemble and crew worked together on the project for three seasons. Word of the fourth season surfaced earlier this year before the cancellation was announced. Society would have been mirrored once more when TVLine reported that the overall theme was proposed to be sexual harassment in the workplace
Season 3 of American Crime last aired in April.
In a time of a genre reboot shared with the likes of the Twilight phenomenon and The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf played to audiences of a darker kind. Not only do you have teenage angst and the everyday struggles of adolescence and hormones, but there is the lingering presence of supernatural elements. With six successful seasons behind it, MTV found a massive hit with viewers, but all good things must come to an end. An open-ended end, but an ending just the same. Or is it? There are speculations that the series finale left clues of a possible reboot.
The Teen Wolf finale aired this September.
Pretty Little Liars
After what seemed to be a wild goose chase, at times, for killers, stalkers, liars, dopplegangers, secret groups and the like, Pretty Little Liars, based on a book by Sara Shepard of the same name, came to an ultimate end this year. Leaving behind countless conspiracy theorists, wide-eyed romantics and fans who just love a good mystery, viewers looked on as the reveal of A.D. was finally reached six seasons after Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson) and Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) discovered the mysterious death of their friend Alison DiLaurentis. Luckily for fans, Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish will reprise their roles as DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal in the upcoming spin-off Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
The series finale of Pretty Little Liars aired in June.
Honorable Mention: Sense8
Yeah, I know this list is about shows we're losing this year, but there was one show worthy of our spotlight that will see its final two hours in 2018, Sense 8.
While the show covered many different subjects connected to various walks of life as represented by eight gifted individuals (played by Toby Onwumere, Tina Desai, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Jamie Clayton, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, Brian J. Smith, and Max Riemelt) who share a very intrusive bond, the conversation sparked by the show's cancellation proved even more interesting. When Netflix made the decision to end Sense8 after only two seasons, and with an incredible cliffhanger, fans took to their posts. A petition was signed and passed around, urging the media streaming monster to re-instate the show. In the end, Netflix responded, not with renewing the beautifully blended show, but giving the fans a full-length movie to tie up all lose ends.
The Sense8 two-hour feature will drop sometime in 2018 on Netflix.
This is merely a handful of the many shows canned this year. Which shows will you miss? Which shows are you shocked to see end before their time? Add your favorites in the comments and join the conversation!
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