How To Cope When Your Favourite TV Show Ends

In the early hours of the morning, after back-to-back binge watching, your laptop screen dims following the last ever scene of your favourite TV show, to which you’ve devoted countless hours of your life. A silent and sombre tear trails down the side of your cheek and you catch a glimpse of your shambolic reflection in the grease-smudged screen. You think to yourself, “what have I become?”

OK, a tad dramatic, but breaking up with our favourite shows can be rough, and even comparable to ending a long-term relationship. They were there for the good times, and the bad. They provided the LOLs, the tears and most importantly, the drama. All hope may feel lost, but you’ll pull through – here’s how.

Acknowledge that it’s over

It’s over, donezo, finito, ended, kaput, finished, wrapped up, no more – take a minute, a few deep breaths and let that sink in. It might be easy to sink into a state of denial, endlessly watching reruns to cope with the loss.

Think of your recent loss like any breakup you’ve ever had: the second you missed your ex, did you run back to them for a visit? The answer is no, bad move, don’t do it – ever. I get it, every episode is so easily accessible, but it’s important to move on before returning for a friendly visit.

Step away from the remote

Whether you’re salty because the show was cancelled or it was a long, joyous journey that you just can’t bear saying goodbye to, it’s important to cut your losses. It’s okay to be bummed and shed a few tears, but only for a hot minute.

Your first thought might be to jump straight into something new to fill the void, but it’s probably best to step away from the remote.

Let’s be real, anything you choose to watch right now couldn’t possibly stack up to what you’ve just lost – so consider taking a break from TV all together. Go outside, pick up a book, discover a new podcast or do literally anything else that’s productive and fills the void.


Arguably the best way to get through any crappy circumstance is to talk it out with someone. If you’ve got mates who are also fans of the show, give them a buzz and ask them to come over so you can talk through every detail – chances are they’re just as pissed as you are.

If none of your friends watch the show, oh god, please don’t be the guy who bores them to death with details they literally couldn’t care less about – they are your friends, but nobody should have to be subjected to that kind of torture.

Consider taking your concerns to the place where you’re bound to find at least one person who will listen to you – the internet. There you’ll find comfort within your fandom and be able to vent to your heart’s content, releasing all of your built up sadness, frustration and anger in the process. You might even make some new friends while you’re there.

Move on

Eventually, it’s going to be time to move on. I get it, you made a commitment and may have proclaimed it was the only TV show for you, but they would have wanted you to move on and be happy. Much like there are other fish in the sea, there are other shows on Netflix.

Now it’s time to select a new show that will consume way too much of your time. I remember when I finished The Office (US), when it came to an end I felt lost and just wanted the exact same humour. I started watching Parks and Recreation and it was literally the easiest and best transition ever. It’s the same genre, similar humour and the same mockumentary-style setup.

Opt for what you’re used to, or take the opportunity to diversify your taste and try something completely different. 

If all else fails, just watch reruns

I know I said not to, but if all else fails and you’re still bummed – just watch reruns. 13 years after its finale and I’m still watching Friends reruns, so who am I to judge?

Bradley is a writer from Newcastle who enjoys Tina Fey comedies, is an avid cheese advocate and a connoisseur of cheap red wine. 

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