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TV Obituaries: Shows we lost this year

May is a rough time of year for TV fans. May Sweeps brings with it hook-ups and weddings and deaths, but it also brings a slew of cancellations. Promising freshman shows are slaughtered for the promise of better pilots to come. Veteran shows are put out to pasture after long runs. Bubble shows wait with bated breath to hear their fate. Some shows are lucky enough to receive notice the end is near; they can prepare for what’s coming. But for others, the end is quick and sudden; cliffhangers are left unfinished and questions unanswered.

For those unlucky shows that get the ax, petitions are signed, creators shop around for new homes, and disappointed fans do lots of crying. So in memoriam of those shows we’ve lost this year, the EW Community says goodbye to those that won’t be joining us in the 2015-2016 TV season.

Glee (2009–2015) lived a long and impressive life. It reintroduced the TV musical and made its cast into household names. Glee experienced a mid-life crisis in season 4—moving across the country and shaking up its entire cast. But through tragedy on- and off-screen, Glee persevered. In the end, Glee regained its confidence by marching to the beat of its own jazz-band drum. It died the way it lived: singing and hopeful and surrounded by friends. —Samantha Swank

Glee finale

Mad Men (2007–2015) ended its 92-episode run, leaving behind questions (Did Don “create” the Coke ad?) and answers (Steggy!). While the impending passing of Betty Francis saddened many, the birth of Holloway Harris was widely celebrated. Mad Men served as a history lesson, cultural analysis, creative inspiration, and fashion awakening to viewers. Its absence will surely be felt for years to come. Karen Belgrad

Mad Men finale

Parks and Recreation (2009–2015) passed away after a lifelong battle against low viewership. Despite the constant battle, P&R lived its life with all the confidence and enthusiasm of Leslie Knope, all the swagger of Tom Haverford on a red carpet, and all the majestic, unicorn-like beauty of Ann Perkins. P&R was preceded in death by Lil’ Sebastian, may he rest in peace. Surviving are special friends Champion the dog, Johnny Karate, and Ron Swanson’s mustache. In lieu of flowers, P&R requests you make a donation to your nearest mall as you Treat Yo Self the way Donna would have wanted you to. Or donate to Jean Ralphio so he doesn’t have to get run over by any more Lexuses.Cara Cooper

Parks and Rec finale

Forever (2014–2015) had been ailing for some time, but a rise in ratings toward the end of the season led many to believe it was going to make it through. Sadly, this was not the case and Forever passed away in May 2015 after just one year on the air. Despite lower ratings, Forever had a devoted following of fans who appreciated the show for its charm, its love, and its smarts. Forever is survived by thousands of fans who continue to hope that another network will serve as the show’s East River and allow it to be reborn after death, as Henry Morgan was so many times. Tamar Barbash

Forever finale

The Following (2013–2015) took its last breath on Monday, May 18 after battling serial killers, declining ratings, and a bunch of inept FBI agents. Throughout the course of its short life, in traditional Joe Carroll style, the show developed a loyal cult following. Fans took to Tumblr and Twitter to declare their outrage over The Following‘s unthinkable passing. The show will be remembered for its excessive Poe symbolism, bloody massacres, trust issues, and the ever-awesome Rogue Hardy. The Following is survived by Max Hardy, Mike Weston, Dr. Gwen (and her unborn child), and—yes—Ryan Hardy. Someone tell Claire Matthews. Joanna Skrabala

The Following finale

About a Boy (2014–2015) passed away suddenly in February 2015 after its network (NBC) abruptly pulled the plug despite the life it had left (six episodes). Just over a year old, About a Boy lived its short life to the fullest and was adored by many who appreciated its humor, wit, and heart. About a Boy is survived by Minnie Driver (CBS’s Happy Life, fall 2015), David Walton, and Benjamin Stockham, among others. Michelle Newman

About a Boy finale

Hart of Dixie (2011–2015) left this world on March 27, 2015. It lived a wholesome life on The CW for four seasons. Fans will remember its southern charm, persnickety community, and Wade Kinsella’s abs, chin, and forearms. Hart of Dixie made the necessary arrangements to ensure that all cliffhangers were resolved and all love stories were secure. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you write a strongly worded letter to the network, threatening to boycott if the time slot is filled with a show about vampires or anything supernatural. Lincee Ray

Hart of Dixie finale

Looking (2014–2015) ended suddenly after a brief 18-episode run. With Patrick and Kevin torn asunder, Patrick’s impromptu Richie haircut, Dom serving Portuguese chicken, and Eddie and Agustín coupled off, there was still a sense of longing for additional closure from viewers. Thankfully, viewers will be able to say goodbye when it returns with a wrap-up special in 2016. Karen Belgrad

Looking finale

Covert Affairs (2010–2014) lost its battle win December 2014. After five years of field operative work, the CIA closed its doors just as Annie Walker was about to make a life decision. Many believe this decision was to refrain from fighting bad guys in four-inch Louboutin pumps. Sadly, we will never know the truth. Covert Affairs is survived by a hot billionaire Ryan McQuaid and everyone’s favorite handler, Auggie Anderson. May it rest in peace. Lincee Ray

Covert Affairs finale

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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