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All shows eventually come to an end, and the past year has seen several sci-fi TV series taking their final bow. Some of these shows have been around for over a decade, and some were only around for a season or two.
But sadly for fans, all of them will not see another new episode (barring one of those exceedingly rare "Save Our Show" campaigns, of course). Yet while these series may not get future seasons, we at least have the episodes that have already aired for us to rewatch. Which is at least better than nothing!
So in case you just need to catch up on which shows are calling it quits this season, or get a reminder on a few you may have forgotten were axed over the past several months, let's dig in.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The CW pulled the plug on the quirky ensemble show back in April, leaving fans hanging with a major cliffhanger at the end of the series’ seventh season. The move came on the heels of news that ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia are reportedly looking to sell The CW off and are looking to trim down its slate of shows.
Another Arrowverse show that got canceled in light of the potential CW sale is Batwoman. The show was the first in the Arrowverse to get canceled after just 3 seasons and went through two Batwomen — Ruby Rose as Kate Kane in Season 1 and Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder in the last two.
After a long run, The Flash on The CW will be ending after the upcoming shortened ninth season. The news isn’t unexpected — the show is the longest running Arrowverse series — and also comes on the heels of The CW canceling most of their shows in the lead-up to ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia selling off the network.
In that vein, the CW has seen a slew of additional shows canceled since the first round of cuts listed above. In addition to The Flash, The CW has also canceled Naomi, Charmed, Legacies, 4400, Tom Swift, and Roswell, New Mexico.
Another sci-fi show that likely fell victim to a network’s shifting strategy is TNT’s Snowpierecer. We found out in June that the series will end after its fourth season as the network looks to move away from original scripted shows after its parent company, WarnerMedia, merged with Discovery.
Raised By Wolves
Another apparent victim of the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger is HBO Max’s critically acclaimed series, Raised by Wolves. In June, the company announced that the show about two androids trying to raise humans on a new planet after Earth became uninhabitable, would not get a third season.
Hulu’s adult stop-animation about everyone’s favorite D-list villain sadly only got one season on the streaming platform. The show, created by Patton Oswalt and Jason Blum, got strong reviews and was one of the last Marvel projects outside the oversight of Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler’s Wife, a series adapted by Steven Moffat and David Nutter from the eponymous book by Audrey Niffenegger, only got one season on HBO. The show, which starred Desmin Borges and Natasha Lopez, followed a man who had a genetic disorder that caused him to travel through time asynchronously and meet his wife at different moments in her linear timeline.
Netflix canceled its horror hit Archive 81 this March — a mere two months after its first season's release. The news was surprising to fans not only because of the show’s popularity, but because the first season ended on a cliffhanger.
Archive 81 isn’t the only Netflix sci-fi show to get canceled recently. The streaming platform also announced that the high concept comedy show Space Force had a failure to launch after Season 2 despite its all-star cast led by Steve Carell.
Despite being one of Netflix’s most popular releases of 2019, the streaming platform also canceled the superhero show Raising Dion after its second season. The show followed a single mother who works to protect her son after he gains superpowers, and was based on the Dennis Liu's 2015 comic book.
Netflix also canceled the Katee Sackhoff-starring space drama, Another Life, this year. The show, which ran for two seasons, focuses on an astronaut (Sackhoff) who leads a crew searching for alien intelligence. The show was not received well critically, which may have been part of the reason for its cancellation.
The Walking Dead
After 12 years, the original Walking Dead series is ending after 11 seasons. While The Walking Dead is ending, there are still several other series airing or in the works in the same universe, so the good news is there will be no lack of zombie apocalypse fare for you to watch on AMC.
The space drama The Expanse ended this year after six seasons. The show is one of the best dramas out there, sci-fi or not, and hewed closely to the nine-book series by James S. A. Corey. While the show ended with some closure, there are still those three final books that fans would love to see on-screen in some form. Perhaps a movie down the road?
Lost in Space
The Netflix family sci-fi show Lost in Space also ended after its third season, which dropped in December 2021. According to showrunner Zack Estrin, however, the plan was always to have the show end after three seasons, and the Season 3 finale gave the series some closure.
A hotly anticipated Netflix sci-fi series that got canceled soon after its first season was Cowboy Bebop. The show — an adaptation of the beloved anime of the same name — got mixed reviews and apparently not enough views on Netflix for the streamer to greenlight a Season 2.