Sad news for Adventure Time fans. It looks like Cartoon Network has decided to pull the plug on this animated comedy series about a boy and his canine best friend. While the show was believed to be getting a tenth season, it will now come to an end with Season 9.

Adventure Time is beloved by fans worldwide. The show is both an Emmy and Peabody Award winner. But that hasn't stopped the axe from coming down. The only saving grace is that the show will continue to air new episodes until 2018.

Adventure Time is currently in Season 7. And it is still getting a Season 8, to debut in 2017, and a Season 9, which will wrap things up in 2018, with the finale roughly two years away. The show has been a staple on Cartoon Network since it debuted way back in 2010. When it concludes, it will have aired 142 half-hour episodes. Says creator Pendleton Ward in an official statement obtained by TVline.

"Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I'm really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It's a special thing, I think."

Said Cartoon Network CCO Rob Sorcher.

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"Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids' TV series could be, and it's had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world. Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation."

Over the years, there has been talk that Adventure Time is getting a movie. Some believe this could even be a live-action version of the show. But nothing has been announced yet, and it won't happen until the show wraps up in 2018. While it will be sad to see the show go away, there will still be plenty of Adventure Time merchandise on store shelves. And we have the inevitable revival to look forward to in 2028.

B. Alan Orange