The Most Frustrating TV Cliffhangers of 2017

These drove us nuts.

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Dec 29 2017, 5:00pm

Lia Kantrowitz

The entire purpose of a TV show cliffhanger is to leave you guessing and in anticipation for the next season. Time was that would've meant "three months after the finale," but new models and the changing ways of the TV world mean that sometimes we have to wait an entire year—or more!—until we find out what happens next. How rude! Here's a few from this year that drove us crazy:

Rick and Morty

Though not officially the final episode, "The Ricklantis Mixup" was the ultimate bait and switch: In the first few seconds, it sent our titular heroes on an adventure off-screen that would last its duration, instead treating us to an all-encompassing deep-dive into the parallel sub-storyline of the Citadel of Ricks following Rick's all-out assault on it in the fraught third season's first, and best, episode. Ricksican standoffs and Stand by Me sendups aside, the social inequality-skewering second-best gave a whole new insight into the depths the Rick and Morty universe is capable of, and the kind of plot-twist-callback-cliffhanger that suggests Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's sci-fi shitshow is only getting started. — Emerson Rosenthal

Bojack Horseman

Bojack Horseman didn't even appear in the first episode of his own show this year. Instead, the supporting characters of his life showed that Hollywoo can tear itself apart just fine without his alcoholic, narcissistic influence. If you thought you were going to dip your toes into season four with a quick episode before bed, chances are you threw the remote at the TV when the credits rolled. After the third season ended with Bojack gazing across a majestic herd of wild 'n' free mustangs, galloping through the desert, his life was at an all-time low after witnessing the death of a close friend. Would this be the straw that broke the camel's emotionally numb back? With that question burning in the background, Bojack's best frenemy Mr. Peanutbutter runs a disastrously successful run for governor, and his on-again-off-again ex self-sabotages her first healthy relationship in ages. It's super compelling, but the confounding cliffhanger, for lack of a better word, hangs over the whole episode. It's shameful how quickly I smashed that "play next episode" button. — Beckett Mufson

The Good Place

Every single episode of Michael Schur's loopy, feel-good-feel-bad afterlife sitcom is a goddamn cliffhanger. It's created an addict out of me. If this show ever gets canceled, I'll probably have a heart attack. — Larry Fitzmaurice

Santa Clarita Diet

If you didn't make it to the end of this better-than-you-think Netflix cannibal sitcom from earlier this year, you probably forgot about it already—but if you did, I'm sure you're consumed with "What's next?" This show ended almost too abruptly, proving that a cliffhanger isn't always a good thing. Luckily, it was recently renewed, so we'll find out soon what's next in this domesticated and bloody program. — Larry Fitzmaurice

Twin Peaks: The Return

Eat your heart out, The Sopranos. I'll be thinking about this scene for the rest of my life. — Larry Fitzmaurice

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