Feeling sad when your favorite show ends? It might be post-series depression.

Monday, June 5, 2023 - 05:03 in Psychology & Sociology

Succession finally came to a close—never again will we see Jeremy Strong play sad son Kendall Roy. Peter Kramer/HBO It’s that time of year when TV shows finish forever. Succession’s nasty media scions ended their backstabbing and bickering. Midge concluded her journey in search of comedic stardom on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And the May 30th episode of soccer dramedy Ted Lasso was probably the last. Maybe you watched these finales and found the resolutions satisfying. Even so, if you’re a superfan, perhaps you also experienced a bit of despair. It’s not unhappiness with the ending of a narrative, necessarily, but unhappiness that the narrative was ending.  If you’ve felt deflated once a favorite show has wrapped up, you’re not alone. There’s even an unofficial term for it: post-series depression, or PSD.  “It’s...

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