Queer representation in mainstream media is already scarce, and unfortunately, lots of LGBTQ+ shows have already gotten canceled or are ending in 2022.
Some of these series have come to an abrupt end after not reaching the expectations of its network or streaming service. Others had already planned to come to an end and air their final seasons this year.
In any case, a lot of these LGBTQ-inclusive titles will certainly be missed by fans!
Scroll through to see which TV shows have already been canceled or are coming to an end in 2022.
Batwoman had a rocky journey ever since it premiered on The CW. After the show’s poorly-received first season, lead actress Ruby Rose (who played lesbian superhero Kate Kane) chose to suddenly exit the series. The show then had to introduce a new character as the new Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, who was portrayed by Javicia Leslie in seasons two and three.
Unfortunately, it seems like Batwoman didn’t live up to the same hype as other Arrowverse shows such as The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow, which all ran for several seasons. In April 2022, The CW officially canceled Batwoman after three seasons.
The unassuming but wildly hilarious Grace and Frankie series aired its final set of episodes in 2022. Despite the fact that not too many people have seen this show in comparison to hits like Bridgerton and Squid Game, it turns out that Grace and Frankie is Netflix’s longest-running series of all time.
After 94 episodes throughout seven seasons, Grace and Frankie came to an end in April 2022 with its final batch of episodes. We’ll certainly miss the wonderful husbands Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterson) bickering about married life and getting into the craziest situations with their ex-wives Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin).
The 2020 reboot of Saved by the Bell on Peacock provided plenty of nostalgia for viewers of the original show and was very LGBTQ-inclusive as well.
Peacock announced the official end of the Saved by the Bell reboot in May 2022, meaning that it only lasted two seasons. Unfortunately, the reboot failed to capture the same mainstream hype that the OG Saved by the Bell series from the 1990s had.
Love, Victor was a spinoff series from the hit LGBTQ+ teen rom-com Love, Simon. The show was originally slated for Disney+, but it then moved to Hulu with the justification that it would deal with adult themes that might not cater to the younger audiences of Disney+.
In July 2021, Hulu renewed the series for a third and final season, which will air in 2022. Oddly enough, though, the Disney conglomerate went back on its original decision. Besides coming out on Hulu, all three seasons of Love, Victor will be available on Disney+ after all.
After 19 seasons on the air, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is officially coming to an end in 2022. The last episode of the series has already been filmed and is scheduled to air on May 26.
Back when Ellen DeGeneres landed her own daytime talk show, it was pretty revolutionary for an out lesbian celebrity to enter a space that was almost entirely occupied by straight women and men. On the other hand, the “toxic” work environment behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show came to the surface in recent years, which prompted the decision to end the show in 2022.
Netflix rebooted The Baby-Sitters Club dramedy in 2020 and featured characters that came out as LGBTQ+. Alas, the reboot didn’t pick up enough steam to keep going for several seasons.
After two seasons, The Baby-Sitters Club was canceled by Netflix in March 2022. This means that certain loose ends from the second season will never get the closure they deserved, but the decision has already been made.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been yet another casualty in The CW’s Arrowverse. However, unlike Batwoman, this series did run for as many as seven seasons, which is a pretty long time for any TV show.
With that said, ending Legends of Tomorrow in season seven wasn’t exactly planned by the team spearheading the Arrowverse. Instead, The CW announced in April 2022 that the series was canceled and wouldn’t be coming back for season eight. Overall, LGBTQ+ fans are certainly upset that a show featuring the fierce Sara Lance (a.k.a. White Canary) is getting canceled.
Many viewers loved to keep up with the character of Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan) on Derry Girls, but the British sitcom has now been canceled by Channel 4 – as well as international distributor Netflix – after airing for three seasons.
There was a long delay for season three of Derry Girls to come out, but these final episodes are finally being released in 2022. The series finale is scheduled to air on May 17, so fans still have a bit of time to catch up on third season before the grand finale.
Killing Eve is one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed shows in TV history, but its series finale was massively upsetting to LGBTQ+ fans.
In 2021, producers confirmed that the fourth season of Killing Eve would be its last. As expected, the series’ final episodes aired between February and April 2022. On social media, many longtime viewers complained about the very upsetting Killing Eve finale in terms of LGBTQ+ representation.
The I Know What You Did Last Summer show on Amazon Prime Video wasn’t well-received from the very beginning. Despite the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters, this TV adaptation just didn’t work on certain levels. After the series aired its first season in 2021, many wondered if Amazon would renew it for a second season.
An official statement came in January 2022, when Amazon Studios announced that I Know What You Did Last Summer was canceled after just one season.
The CW had rebooted this iconic '80s soap opera, making it gayer than the original. Not only did it feature Steven Carrington as a main, gay character for the first two seasons, but added other queer characters like Cristal Carrington’s brother Beto Flores, and long-lost Carrington relative Amanda Carrington. The current fifth season is the last.
This spinoff of The Vampire Diaries featured several queer characters, including Josie Saltzman, played by out actress Kaylee Bryant. Saltzman was a twin witch and a “siphoner,” and was the series’ first pansexual character. While she left the show, the fourth, and final, season featured a new same-sex couple, Jed, an Alpha werewolf, and Ben, also known as the demigod Prometheus. That fourth season is now its last.
Another show canceled by the CW after four seasons, the reboot of Charmed, about a family of witches known as the “Charmed Ones,” featured a Latina lesbian main character, as well as a couple of trans characters, including a trans woman witch played by Mareya Salazar.
In the Dark will also air its fourth and final season starting June 6. The show follows blind character Murphy Mason who “has gone from a lazy receptionist, to a drunken vigilante detective, to a drug front proprietor, and now, she’s a woman on the run.” Her roommate and best friend Jess, is a lesbian.
This reboot of the 2004 series, The 4400, about the titular number of people who have mysteriously vanished over the last century suddenly reappearing with no memories of what happened, was also canceled after just one season. The show featured trans characters Dr. Andre Davis and Noah, as well as several lesbian characters like Keisha Taylor, Soraya Voss, and Jessica Tanner.
The fourth, and final, season of this sci-fi reboot premieres June 6. The show featured bisexual characters like Isobel Evans-Bracken and Michael Guerin, as well as Alex Manes, and Forrest, two gay characters who used to date.