‘Warehouse 13’ Ends Long Series Run Tonight

Warehouse 13
Tonight, SyFy will air the final episode of Warehouse 13, ending the show’s nearly five-year run. Initially, the plan was to have the series end at the conclusion of its fourth season, which would have left many cliffhangers for fans of the show to debate. However, the fan outcry and petitions to save the show caused the network to renew the series for one final season. At the announcement of the finale season, SyFy’s President of Original Content Mark Stern praised the efforts of the fans.

Warehouse 13 has been an incredible signature series for us. We are grateful to the loyal and passionate fan base and know that Jack Kenny, his gifted creative team, and outstanding ensemble cast will give them an amazing finale season,” said Stern.

The Syfy series follows the exploits of two ex-Secret Service agents, Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Peter Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), who have been recruited to serve as agents for a secret government-run facility known as Warehouse 13. They, along with noted hacker/inventor Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) and human lie detector Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), travel across the country to retrieve dangerous artifacts from the unsuspecting public. The warehouse is home to numerous artifacts, most of which have abilities that would be too dangerous for the public to know about. It is overlooked by its caretaker Irene Frederick (C. C. H. Pounder) and the Special Agent in Charge Arthur “Artie” Nielsen (Saul Rubinek).

Some artifacts relate to historical figures, like John Wilkes Booth’s boot, which allows the wearer to get away with any act, including murder, but only for 12 days. Others relate to legends and fairy tales, such as William Tell’s crossbow, which allows the user to hit any target they are aiming at, no matter how far away the shooter is from the target. Still others have no relation to any event or person, but are simply powerful, magical artifacts. An example of such would be a giant pepper mill, said to have the ability to disintegrate all forms of solid matter.

Warehouse 13 first premiered in 2009, earning 3.5 million viewers for its first episode. The number only increased as the first season progressed, earning a network record at the time of 4.4 million viewers for the show’s sixth episode, “Burnout”. The combination of historical events and science fiction thrilled viewers when the show first premiered, earning favorable comparisons to both the X-Files and Indiana Jones, but ratings dropped as seasons went by. Efforts were made to increase the viewership, including crossover episodes with other popular SyFy programs, but eventually, the decision was made to end the show’s long run.

The show’s five-season run make it one of the longest-running SyFy original series on the network currently, only behind the reality show, Ghost Hunters, which began in 2003. The seires was unable to beat the record for longest-running comedy-drama on SyFy, held by Eureka and its six-year run. Warehouse 13 ends its long run tonight at 9 ET, with the episode aptly titled “Endless”, and though this six-episode season is more than the network originally planned, it will likely be a bittersweet ending for fans of the show.

By Jonathan Gardner


14 Responses to "‘Warehouse 13’ Ends Long Series Run Tonight"

  1. Erika   May 20, 2014 at 5:25 am

    What a shame to cancel such an excellent series, when there was so much more life to be had in the series. Best show ever.

  2. Riley   May 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    What makes me so mad, enraged even, is that shows like Eureka and WH13, that have great characters, a great mix of heavy and light moments get cancelled while SyFy churns out their hideous original movies like Sharknado or Stonado or any of the other dreck…
    I guess this is what happens when money is the only thing that matters.

  3. Lulu   May 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    With Eureka gone and now Warehouse13, there is only one good show left on SyFy to watch and that is Haven. Please don’t take that one too!

    • Jonathan Gardner   May 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Good news, Lulu. Haven was renewed for a fifth, 26-episode season in January. The only catch is 13 episodes will air in 2014, and the other 13 in 2015. It’s still earning a decent amount of viewers, though it does seem to be reaching a point in the series where the fifth may be its last.

  4. Noneof Yourdamnbusiness   May 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I like the show. It’s one of the good ones that Syfy has done, along with Eureka. I hate that it’s ending. I do like the fact that Pete and Mica got together though it’s about time. Im just hoping that SyFy can come up with something good to replace it, instead of all these damn stupid shows there coming up with now. I do have to say I like Metal Hurlant though.

  5. Brian   May 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Great show, fun to watch. Now syfy channel can have room to run some lame sharknado spin-off or a horrible zombie series that has been done a thousand times. I miss Eureka and I am going to miss W13.

  6. Joshua Adkison   May 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Ghost Hunters is most certainly not their longest running show. Look back at Stargate Sg-1 for that.

    • Jonathan Gardner   May 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Appreciate the comment, Joshua, but notice that it states that Ghost Hunters is the longest running original series currently. Stargate Sg-1 stopped airing on SyFy in 2007. For their longest running non-original series, they still run old Twilight Zone episodes, starting a few years before Sg-1 began.

    • Andrew M. Barber   May 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Sadly SG1 didn’t start out on Syfy it was originally on showtime

      • Jonathan Gardner   May 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

        Right you are. Good catch.

  7. Michael Heyes   May 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Endless wonder? Perhaps. I’m counting on my DVD collections, fandom, and my dreams to keep it that way. There won’t be another show like it.

  8. SmokeySteve   May 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Good riddance to the lady with the fish lip implants!

  9. Vikki   May 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Why, it’s like losing a family? I hate you people for stopping this program. I loved all the people that played parts in this series…………it’s a friggin’ shame….Vikki

    • Jonathan Gardner   May 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      I agree that the series ended too soon, but I understand the reasoning behind it. It just couldn’t keep the ratings needed to compete with SyFy’s more recent shows. The final episode was a great one though. Perfect way to end the series.


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