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So with the end of HIMYM rapidly approaching, it got me thinking about what recent shows ended that left a hole in my heart and viewing schedule. These shows are ones that knew the end was coming and had time to wrap everything up (mostly). Abruptly cancelled shows is a whole other topic.

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Burn Notice 2007-2013 7 seasons




Had me from the pilot on. It was fast paced and funny. After 7 seasons it was time for it to end and the last season was pretty epic, going very dark but still tying up loose ends and giving a sense of closure. The death of Maddie was particularly sad.


Eureka 2006-2012 5 seasons



Eureka will forever be one of my favorite shows and to me the end of it signaled a definite change in the SyFy network. Ordinary Sheriff Jack Carter dealing with wacky scientists and experiments gone wrong made for hilarious TV.


Flashpoint 2008-2012 5 seasons



A lesser known show (particularly in the US) but represented one of the first times a Canadian made show continued after the American network decided to drop it. It was a genuinely good procedural and since this show the trend of Canadian shows staying on Canadian networks whether or not it did well on the US network continues. The finale was heartbreaking.


Numb3rs 2005-2010 6 seasons



This show had me at "using math to solve crimes"! The Epps family dynamic was fun to watch and the math twist on a FBI procedural made it unique. Luckily it had time to tie up all the loose ends before it went off the screen.


The end is Near!

How I Met Your Mother 9th season finale March I believe



This is obviously one of the biggest departures we will see this season. With this whole season being about tying up all the possible loose ends and questions, which in a complex show like this after 9 seasons is a ton! I know that some people say that the show has seen better days but regardless it will be sad to see it go.


Warehouse 13 final 6 episodes this summer



Mixes history with a sci fi twist. The Pete/Myka dynamic is hilarious and I will miss it. With only 6 episodes left to tie up the can of worms opened in the season 4 finale.


Psych 8th season




We knew it was likely the last season, just announced though. The question is did the writers plan for the end when they started filming. Shawn and Gus's antics will be sorely missed!

Which shows do you miss? Any you are dreading the end for?
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La Femme Nikita (Peta Wilson) and Nikita (Maggie Q). Most underrated shows ever !
And i'm dreading the cancellation of Revolution.
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CHUCK. I have never grieved for a show like that, usually i just start the next thing in my netflix list and im happy. But with chuck i watched 4 pilots and none of them lived up. I sat around for days writing fan-fiction, deeply searching the internet for chuck cast panels, comic-cons, and any news on a movie. It took me a week to start something new!
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Alphas, Blue Mountain State, Breaking Bad, Breaking In, Chuck, Dexter, Entourage, Leverage, The Office (US)
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Oh and I miss "charmed". There's a show that needs a spinoff.
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Even though it made me crazy i do miss "lost".
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I've just caught the beginning of the film Sunshine and it reminded me of a series that I really miss... Defying Gravity.
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I'm not gonna go to the past, otherwise I have an enormous list, but recently I think I was okay with most of the send-offs because they were endings, like Burn Notice, Leverage... But I was upset that The Glades got cancelled with a cliffhanger.
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I haven't been watching The Glades, but I can sympathize. I understand (roughly) the business decisions that networks have to make about canceling and renewing shows, but I often think it's dishonest and unfair to viewers not to provide them with an acceptable conclusion to the series, especially not an ending that NEEDS more story. I think that most of the time networks and show-writers do a fairly good job collaborating to make sure that their story gets some kind of ending, even if it's not the ideal one, for their audience, but sometimes there's just such a complete failure that it's glaring. My sense is that at some point before production ended A&E should have given The Glades' creative team a heads-up that it might not be renewed so that they would have a contingency. After that, it's on the writers.
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I think if they'd given the writer's any type of head's up on The Glades, it woul've been easy. They just would've had to cut the last scene and the series would've had some sort of acceptable ending, haha. Maybe I can just pretend I didnt watch it. :)
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I'd wish they had made more seasons of Life! Such a great show :)
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Yes! But at least "One" was an emotionally satisfying conclusion to the series, for me at least, especially as it prioritized the partnership between Crews and Reese over the details of the series primary conspiracy through-line.
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I'm dreading for the end of: HIMYM, Warehouse 13 and True Blood!!!! I will miss them a lot...


I will never get over the end of EUREKA, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, BREAKING BAD!


I'll always miss: Friends, The X-files


I didn't want them to end but they had to: Fringe, Dexter, Lost, Damages


Flash Forward didn't actually end, it was cancelled over V (for crying out loud!!!) and I am not going to forgive the stupid network, not for the next 500 years!
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If you're still alive in 500 years we should meet up for a beer!
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I didn't realize Flash Forward was cancelled! I thought they only did a one season run. That show needed to continue it was freaking genius!
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Oh, letting go of Flashpoint was real hard. I loved that show! And I never could get it why it received so little love.
I'm sad, but somewhat ready to say bye to HIMYM - it's had a good run, just give me some time to enjoy the Mother and we'll part ways friends forever ;)
Another is Psych. Awesome and really fun show, but somewhat lackluster since the last season, so maybe it's for the best it's ending until is still good if not great anymore and not just some all messed up dragged nonsense.
But the biggest loss of all times to me was cancellation of Wonderfalls. One season of utter awesomeness and that's it.
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Yes! I still miss Wonderfalls to this day.
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Wonderfalls was another one that was cancelled well before it could be given warning, but it had a really good ending already written into the original episode order, so it feels complete even though I would have loved more. Especially more Aaron Tyler.
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24, Smallville and Fringe are still missed by me (although 24's coming back! WHOOP!). I currently dreading the HIMYM ending but think that's more a long wait after a bad episode than anything else.
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After Warehouse 13 and Being Human (whenever it happens) goes off I'm done with SyFy. I will forever be butthurt over their shoddy treatment of Eureka.

Off the top of my head, I'm upset over is Ripper Street. There are more than a few but my mind is swimming with so many I can only think of one.
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'Copper''s cancellation was a bummer. BBCAmerica had two great shows in 'Orphan Black' and 'Copper' and they killed the excellent story about life in Five Points after the war after another fantastic summer season. Should have kept 'em both. Hopefully word of mouth will get 'Orphan Black' enough of an audience to stick around.

'Psych' pretty significant because it signals the end of what was once a good network. The last two great ones are going to be gone and all that is left are some old timers that haven't well in 'Covert Affairs' 'Royal Pains' and 'White Collar' all of which had seasons that were indistinguishable from any of their other seasons, except 'Royal Pains' which has just sucked ever since Jill Flint decided to quit acting. The other USA cancel that was dumb was 'The 4400' that was a real good show about people with superpowers. I hope they choke on the show about the problems of a rich douchey stereotypes abound 1%er family that they sold their soul for; 'Modern Family'.

'Caprica' Great cast, great stories - then Sci-Fi changed their name and decided to buy quality Canadian and go reality. 'Caprica' had such a great cast, great look but unfortunately, (sarcasm) wasn't 'Battlestar Galactica' so it lost a lot of that audience and because it was tied to 'Battlestar Galactica' it didn't attract enough of 'BSG' averse fans. Such a dilemma - people missed a real good show 'Helix' if it survives has been very good and they have nothing else of their own that is as good. 'Warehouse 13' has been good/bad for a while now (Polly Walker and James Marsters - didn't give either enough) i hope the final episodes give it a proper send off and not a lot of short bus Pete.

The other one that made no sense was 'Swingtown' that was the best family drama CBS had in ages, a perfect 12 episode summer show that had something the majority of their murder-porn-cedurals lack,, a heart. Before it became the murder porn and overrated network laugh track sitcom channel the used to have at least one family drama. It was the first great Mike Kelley created show; before the next one ABC stole from him and drowned in the bathtub - 'Revenge'. 'Swingtown' had a great cast that were brilliant together. It was when people first saw how awesome Lana Parrilla is. They canceled it after one summer because they were scared of it - CBS is afraid of any sex in a drama that doesn't involve dead female victims. Two of its cast are in that dumb piece of sh1t "Under the Dome' which did get a second season?????? Rachel LeFevre and Brittney Robertson both had it better - were better -in 'Swingtown'.

'Angel' - it just needed one more season to go out as good as 'Buffy' went out. The way they pulled the plug after the Fifth season ended didn't let them do the finish right.

Two of the best shows I watch both got early renewal news recently which is always a relief during the season to not have that nagging worry. Great news for 'Banshee' and 'Reign'. Hopefully 'Helix' will get good news but SyFy put it in suddenly very crowded Friday 10pm time slot. 'Hannibal' is going to be joining ''Helix', Banshee', 'Real Time With Bill Maher' still going strong!,, and 'Blue Bloods' and the mustache still has his fans - in two weeks.
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As far as past shows go, Friends and Breaking Bad both ended at the perfect place, but it was still really sad to see them both go. But the hardest for me was Merlin. There was so much more they could have done with the show, and it broke my heart into pieces when it ended.
How I met your mother needs to end, but I will be sad to see it go. After all, I've been watching it every week for like... five years now.
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Oh, I know of a show that its cancellation came out of no where. I just can't remember it.

Chuck, No. It had 5 seasons and I was ok with letting go. The same with Leverage. I got my Chuck DVDs to enjoy and Leverages on ION TV. Monk would've been perfect making it to 10 seasons (The Monk Way).

I'll be super different and say Young Blades that was on the PAX channel. It was a good and funny take of the musketeers. Only got 1 13 episode season.
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I do not know what my summers are going to look like once True Blood ends this year.... where am I going to get my weekly ASkars fix?!
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The West Wing, Quantum Leap, Homicide:Life on the Street, NYPD Blue
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Fringe, Secret Circle, Legend of the Seeker, Caprica. TSC still hurts as CW has never had a show with the ratings of the TSC finale since they cancelled it. Seeker too - loved that show and its still one of the highest rated shows on Netflix / here / Itunes.
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After another rewatch of The Secret Circle on Netflix, I'm STILL devastated over that one. SO MUCH POTENTIAL. I don't think I'll ever get over it. CW is on my list now and forever.
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Limiting my list to shows that weren't given a fair amount of time (too few seasons), I still miss "American Dreams", "Joan of Arcadia", "Jericho", "No Ordinary Family" and "Birds of Prey", for starters.
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Friends and Gilmore Girls! :(
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Its been a year since Fringe ended and I'm still missing my weekly dose of Walter Bishop and Co.

HIMYM ending is indeed going to suck.
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I'm with you on that one !!!
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Southland. So painful to watch it go.
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Stargate Universe for sure, loved that show! And The 4400, so much more story to tell.
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Fringe, Burn Notice, HIMYM. even Nikita sometimes, Angel can't let them go so easily!
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Angel, as in buffy the vampire spinoff. you know recently they started continuing those show's via comic books.
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Fringe, The West Wing, and The pretender.
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I am going to miss Psych when it ends. I miss Leverage a lot. It deserved more seasons it was a great show. I think TNT doesn't know a go show if it bit them on the nose and SyFy too. Warehouse 13 is a great show. Five seasons just doesn't seem enough for that show. I will miss Pete's dorky personality. I also miss Numb3rs it was an interesting show and David Krumholtz and Rob Morrow were awesome. I miss Monk to.
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You speak right from the bottom of my heart!
I was about to write pretty much exactly what you wrote :-)
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Veronica Mars. But we get the movie soon!
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I am dreading the end of True Blood and Mad Men, which both end this year too.

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"Star Trek Enterprise" ended WAY too soon. Looking back, I am upset that UPN (later CW) cancelled the show even though it was the highest rate show on their network at the time. They also didn't like it that each season was one big story line....something that almost EVERY GREAT show on TV now does.

I am going to miss HIMYM. I am afraid of the ending though. Worried that they are going to end it with Ted or the mother dead...or it was just some big dream,

The new "Battlestar Galactica" was incredibly awesome. It ended when it needed to, but still sad to see it go.

"Journeyman" and "New Amsterdam" were two shows that should have last A LOT longer than just one season each. Those two still upset me. I still can't believe that "Chuck" stayed on the air and those two shows were cancelled.

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you get major kudos for the New Amsterdam shout out :)
Journeyman too, but NA truly rocked like a crack ho right after a trick!
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And I haven't been able to find New Amsterdam anywhere either. Man I loved that show.
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From the list above I will miss Warehouse 13 the most! I will always be upset about all the FOX shows that got cancelled before their time. (Firefly, Dollhouse, Terminator, Tru Calling, Dark Angel, the list goes on) The show that still makes me the most depressed, even after all these years, however, is Stargate. Any show that will get me back to that universe will always be welcome!
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Fox sux, loved tru calling, recently got into firefly so that pisses me off too
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Angel, Firefly, Eureka, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. I'll really miss Warehouse 13.
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If I think about the shows that I had a hard time letting go of when I knew the end was coming, I would definitely say Buffy and Angel (although I consider Angel an abrupt as well). They were such a huge part of my life for such a long time that it was extremely difficult to not have them on anymore.

I don't know that I have any that we know are ending this year that I'm dreading to see go. HIMYM has run its course and it is time to say goodbye to it.
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Sons of Anarchy. That's it, Sons of Anarchy!
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Burn Notice. Good thing it ended beautifully. What am i gonna do this summer?
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I agree with lots of the suggestions in the article and below but I'd like to add Nikita, The Newsroom and Californication.
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FRINGE!
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It survived the odds for years and at least it got a proper send off but yes I miss it too
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If showrunners actually have an opportunity to wrap up the show well, I might miss a show, but I usually enjoy the ending. I would rather a show go out on a high note than drag out in indefinite mediocrity. I tend to find the five- to seven-season sweet spot a good rule.

So I miss (to some degree) shows like Fringe, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, The Wire, or even something lighter like Chuck, but they all got the endings they deserved. And Arrested Development proved why you shouldn't go back.

Some shows were cut off a little short, like Deadwood, Veronica Mars, or Pushing Daisies. Others really felt abbreviated, most notably HBO's criminally overlooked Carnivale.

Of the shows whose final seasons have been announced, I'm generally pleased even if that means I will miss them. At least the showrunners seem to have a solid plan for finishing them up—hopefully better than Dexter.True Blood will get a chance to remind us that it was once consistently fine television. And although it's another year out from its announced final season, I have great love for Justified and trust it to end well.
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Agree, i also prefer five great seasons than ten mediocre.
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Has no one else noted the absence of Firefly on this list? Shame on you all!

Of the list above, I will definitely be mourning the loss of Pete and Myka this year with Warehouse 13 disappearing. Eureka was a joy to watch through it's tenure, and I also agree with shows like Kyle XY, Legend of the Seeker (if only it was as accurate as Game of Thrones), Alphas and the Secret Circle.
A few mentions of Stargate here, SGU for definite should have been around longer and I'm still waiting on the sequel films for Atlantis and Stargate Continuum; basically any excuse to see my fav. archaeologist Dr. Jackson.
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Stargate Atlantis will forever bug me. They ended it with the intention of wrapping it all up in a movie, which they never did/will because the company went bankrupt. There could definently be a whole other topic on sci fi shows alone that got canceled way to quick/left us hanging lol
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Firefly would soundly fall under the "abruptly cancelled shows," which the OP specifically excluded as "another topic". It didn't get to finish airing the episodes it produced, much less have a chance for the showrunners to write the ending they wanted.
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Fair enough, though when it asks "Which shows were tough to let go?" Firefly is at the very top for me.
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What I didn't know warehouse was finishing dam.
I love my fantasy and Sci-fi series so when they come to an end I just wallow.
Stargate Atlantis, The secret circle, The Legend of the seeker, Dark angel, and Kyle XY where the shows I miss the most they ended to soon, especially Kyle XY, the secret circle, and the legend of the seeker they ended with such open ending and left me going what the hell yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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As a sci-Fi lover, the hard to let go of shows were (all have been over for at least a couple of years):
dark Angel
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Universe
Odyssey 5
V

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Flight of the Conchords and Happy Endings.
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Fringe and Nikita
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Flashpoint! Finally someone else who liked it;-)
24
Southland
Terriers
Spartacus
and so many more.
I dread the ending of Boardwalk Empire, Justified, and Wilfred;-(
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The final season of Southland started here last night, I'm really dreading the ending, it's the best cop show on TV - Chicago P.D. is a steaming pile of dog poo in comparison (not that it's all that terrible). I've not seen the final season of Spartacus yet either. Also, Terriers was great, I just wish they'd bring out a fracking DVD already!
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good thing we're getting another season of 24 in that case, although not exactly part of the original 8 seasons
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Terriers was just so good. And I only watched it recently on Netflix, so I feel like I'm partially to blame.

I'm also dreading the end of Boardwalk and Justified... should I give Wilfred a shot? I always figured it was just too weird, but I haven't even watched the pilot.
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You should definitely give Wilfred a try, at the very least, as Vicky suggested, give it the 4 Episode Test.
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a pothead dog who is kind of a dick but sarcastically funny, paired with a fairly wimpy/insecure (not confident) guy with issues (losing grip with reality). I like the dark sense of humor. I enjoyed it but preferred The League, Legit and Archer for comedies. I liked Wilfred a lot but I go for dark comedies--no romcoms here and very few sit coms.
It's worth it just to watch wilfred hump big stuffed animals. lol
It's more of a stereotypical guy comedy but apparently I like stereotypical guy shows (except project runway….lol).
Wilfred is like the mean friend who picks on the weaker friend but obviously (kind of) care for him. Yeah, it's pretty awesome;-)
Give it the 4 episode test…they are just 20 minutes long (I think)
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Alright, you've got me. I'll give it a shot! Now to figure out when, with The Americans and Orphan Black and many other great shows suddenly on the verge of returning...
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I really miss 30 Rock. I've been watching the early episodes on Netflix. Genius.
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OMG I forgot about Dead Like Me! And Flash Forward and...yeah I better stop now :)
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Dead like me!!!! OMG! It was soooooooooooooooo good, I´d always thought it was so underrated...

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Lost and The X-Files were the ones I still can't let go.

Medium was as tough as Veronica Mars for me and I'm just no ready to let go of True Blood yet (I need this season much like I needed the last season of House M.D.)

And I already dread the end of Game of Trones & The Big Bang Theory (I don't care howmany more seasons they have left, I'll neverbe ready for it)-
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I also miss Eureka. The other one that I don't see listed that I miss is Leverage. I could have easily watched at least a spinoff of that one. I am not a fan of any of the others listed.
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I agree with Leverage! If i put every show I missed the list would be way to long lol
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Especially since Leverage seemed to get so much better every season.
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True, but there's a point of diminishing returns. Even though it was sad to see it end I was glad it got time to wrap things up and go out on a high note. Sometimes even a beloved show can overstay it's welcome, CSI, Grey's Anatomy etc
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I miss Burn Notice, and I am dreading the end of Psych. I will add Justified even though it has this and the next season to go yet. I will miss the Raylan and Tim and the Raylan and Boyd interactions. :(
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