Launched in 1997, Netflix has become serious competition to cable TV and streaming networks ever since. Unfortunately, in order to keep new content coming in, Netflix has to cancel some shows and remove some movies. There is a variety of reasons why Netflix will cancel TV shows, from bad ratings to the neat finale of a series. Here we’ve compiled some shows that just didn’t make the cut for a renewal of their next seasons.
The Get Down
Canceled after just one season, this hip-hop musical was initially met with production delays. Also weighed down by a large budget, the show didn’t last more than a season. Despite all this, the show’s director is sure the story of the show will live on along with the fans. Posting to Facebook, he wrote, “As for the real future of the show, the spirit of ‘The Get Down,’ and the story it has begun to tell … it has its own life. One that lives on today and will continue to be told somewhere, somehow, because of you, the fans and the supporters”.
When Hemlock Grove ended in 2015, it was not as big of a tragedy for the fans as it could have been, due to the fact that the creators were aware it would be the final season, so they came through for the fans with the storyline. “We are so grateful to the fans of Hemlock Grove who have championed the series so intensely over two seasons,” executive producer Eli Roth said, “We are looking forward to taking the last and final season into some dark and unexpected places, and to giving viewers the killer finale you’d come to expect from Hemlock Grove.”
After its third season, Bloodline will end. Even so, according to Netflix president of content Cindy Holland, the show did great. “Bloodline’s season three will be the show’s final season,” she said to Variety in a statement. “Together, with our collaborative partners at Sony Pictures Television, they created a seductive show that Netflix viewers worldwide love and continue to discover.”
Haters Back Off!
Although the show created by YouTuber Miranda Sings was canceled after two seasons on Netflix, it is likely that the fans will get a version of the show on her YouTube channel in the future seeing as her channel has over five millions subscribers.
Having been a rollercoaster ride for the fans, this show had been canceled not once, but twice while it was in the AMC production company. Afterward, it was picked up by Netflix and they continued making new episodes, with the third season being the final one. Although the show ended, its ending was just what it was meant to be, leaving the fans with a proper ending. Veena Sud, the showrunner had said: “After coming back from the dead twice, it absolutely feels like a victory lap, not only were we able to come back twice, but this final season is how I wanted to end the story of Sarah Linden from the very beginning.”
Canceled by Netflix in 2015, Lilyhammer was a show starring Steven Van Zandt who played a mob boss that relocates to Norway after betraying his crew. It seems to be the show was canceled because of business issues.
Netflix Presents: The Characters
This show centered around stand-up comedians, allowing them to write and star in their own episodes. After just one season it was canceled, most likely because of low ratings. Nevertheless, there are many stand-up comedies on Netflix.
Netflix didn’t market Atelier all that much according to ScreenRant. This show centered around a woman trying to succeed in a career in the Japanese fashion industry. Due to little to no marketing, this show was left with little amounts of views.
Another international show, Netflix seemed to miss its mark with this one, ending it after one season.
Struggling with low viewership, this show was canceled after six seasons in total. Following the life of a small-town sheriff in Wyoming, this show streamed on Netflix for three of its six seasons before getting canceled.
House of Cards
Due to the sexual assault allegations made against Kevin Spacey, the sixth season of the show will be its last, wrapping up the season without Spacey. As the Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said, “We are excited to bring closure to fans.”
Although the show has been canceled, the fans responded strongly, protesting its cancellation. Because of the heated response, Netflix decided to bring it back with a two-hour final episode to end it. The show’s creator was ecstatic, tweeting, “Your love has brought Sense8 back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you!)”.
Lasting for just one season, the show starring Kathy Bates was canceled in February of 2018. Having a 23 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the show was not a critical favorite by far.
The King Of Queens
When The King Of Queens premiered in 1998, fans fell in love with the hilarious Kevin James and Leah Remini. The show eventually came to a halt in 2007, and no-one could believe it. While Netflix made some unfulfilled promises of bringing the show back to life on their network, it seems that never actually happened.
Having been canceled after just one season, people believe Gypsy and another Netflix series, GLOW, were both targeted the same audience, with GLOW winning.
After a three-season run on Netflix, Judd Apatow’s show will come to an end. While it might be sad for the fans, Apatow said they don’t need to be too alarmed, saying, “[Season 3 is] our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way,”. A rather bittersweet ending for everyone involved with the show.
Fans and show creators alike were disappointed to hear that the coming-of-age tale was not returning to Netflix. The show’s executive producer, Jeff Pinker, had a few words to say about the topic: “We’re super proud of the show we made — and very proud that it found an audience of very passionate fans, for many of whom it became an important personal touchstone: either reflecting their current life, or an echo of their own teenage years. We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity, but are very disheartened we won’t be continuing to tell these stories”.
Maria Bamford’s autobiographical comedy series won’t be coming back after two seasons on Netflix. Still, there were no hard feelings from the show’s creator, who took to Twitter to say, “we didn’t get much but what we got was great in every way.”
Following the life of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, Girlboss was based on the book of the same name. In 2017 Netflix announced it will not be continuing. Turns out, the show just didn’t live up to the viewership expectation that the executives had for it, which resulted in its cancellation. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Vanity Fair that show cancellations happen for many reasons but, “mostly, it is how many people watch.”
Even though Netflix canceled Seven Seconds in April of 2018 after just one season, it seems that this show was meant to be a standalone story from the start. Centering around the death of an African American boy, the show captured its audience flawlessly. “We loved working with Veena, Regina and the cast and crew of Seven Seconds,” the VP of Original Content at Netflix, Cindy Holland, said, “Together they created a compelling, timely and relevant crime drama. The first season is a complete, stand-alone story that we are proud to feature on Netflix for years to come.”
According to the New York Times, the cancellation of Marco Polo after just two seasons may have been related to the budgeting of the show. With reportedly $180 million poured into the making of the show, if it underperformed even a bit, the production would have to be stopped, and understandably so.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Running for four seasons, Tina-Fey’s original series will be coming to an end in May 2018. Reportedly, there is a movie in the making to bring the show to a proper close and serve as the show’s finale.
Surprisingly enough, in this case, the star of the show is the one who chose to discontinue it. Explaining her decision, Chelsea Handler Tweeted: “Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me,” she wrote. “From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation. For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of ‘Chelsea,’ and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me.”
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale
Now that its initial run is over, the comedy show hosted by Joel McHale that makes fun of the latest pop culture trends will not be returning to Netflix for another season.
The Break With Michelle Wolf
A blend of sketch comedy, live comedy, and guests interviews, The Break with Michelle Wolf was canceled after its first season.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
After three seasons, this series came to a close naturally as it played out the entire story from the books its based on. They left nothing behind, as actor Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Count Olaf, told TVLine. “We’re three seasons, all in. We’ve intentionally been very truthful and factual and loyal to the books,” he said.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
This animated series will be coming to a close after its eighth season. The show centers around five heroes who fly on robotic lions and according to Netflix, “protect the universe from evil”.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
This Marvel series has been canceled after its second season. It follows the story of Luke Cage, who after a sabotaged experiment has unbreakable skin. As a result, he becomes a fugitive when trying to rebuild his life in Harlem, New York. Sadly, this show won’t be returning for a third season.
After two seasons, this mockumentary has been canceled by Netflix. This show followed teens who investigated vandalism in high schools. It truly had a unique sense of humor.
Marvel’s Iron Fist
This Marvel show also got canceled after just two seasons. It centered around the hero of the show, Danny Rand, who is a billionaire that fights crime with the mystical power of the iron fist.
All About The Washingtons
This show was initially produced by ABC studios but was bought by Netflix. However, after one season, Netflix made the decision to cancel the show. The multicamera comedy received poor reviews which led to its cancellation.
The Good Cop
This feel-good show only lasted one season. It showcased the story of a father-son duo that both worked in the NYPD. The father, however, became a disgraced cop who lost his job. He moved in with his obsessively good cop and the two became unofficial partners.
Yet another Marvel TV show canceled. After three seasons on Netflix, Marvel decided to pull the plug on Daredevil. The hero, Matt Murdock, lives in the same world as Luke Cage and Iron Fist. He too is a superhero intent on helping his city and keeping its people safe from harm.
This comedy is set to air its third and final season in 2019. While audiences seemed to like it, Netflix looks to be on a path to refine their content, ridding of many TV shows and movies along the way.
Coming Back To Netflix:
Thankfully, Netflix fans have some good news coming. Several of the most popular shows have been renewed for more seasons, such as Narcos: a show following a Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Marvel’s hit show Jessica Jones just had season 2 air in March of 2018 and has already been renewed for a third season. So get ready for some binge watching.
Santa Clarita Diet
With its first two seasons available for streaming, this show centers around an average couple that experiences a change, leading them down “a road of death and destruction – in a good way” according to Netflix. Having been renewed for a third season, this is one show you don’t have to say goodbye to just yet.
This series follows a fictional women’s wrestling group. With its second season available to stream, this show has gotten incredible reviews already.
Orange Is The New Black
Having been renewed for a sixth season, Orange Is The New Black has already been signed for a seventh season as well, meaning the fans are absolutely raving about it.
If you’ve ever experienced a Pinterest fail when baking, this show is for you. Hilarious and entertaining to no end, this show has its second season on Netflix already.
Making A Murder
A super successful documentary following the questionable murder convictions of two men, Netflix said there will be a follow up to the series. Details of the second season have been slim, so we’ll need to be patient till we find out more.
Said to make a return in 2019, this supernatural-psychological show has had fans on the edge of their seats from the very beginning of season one.
Alexa & Katie
Renewed for a second season, this show focuses on two high school best friends. With Alexa beginning high school, she also has her battle with cancer to face. Thankfully she has her best friend Katie by her side to help her through it all.
In a world where a human mind can be digitized and stored, a person must solve a mystery to earn his freedom after being given a new body. With this fascinating plot, this show has been renewed for a second season.
Continuing onto its second season, Insatiable is a Netflix original that tackles topics such as bullying amongst teens.
13 Reasons Why
Following a teenager who is determined to find out why his classmate, Hannah, ended her life, this show has been renewed for its third season on Netflix.
A series that explores the good and bad sides of the advancement of technology, Black Mirror is truly a fan favorite which will go on to its fifth season.
Getting renewed for a third season on Netflix, The Crown follows the dramatic events of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
This animated comedy series has been renewed by Netflix and will return for a third season. Its plotline centers around the process of going through puberty during the teen years.
A German supernatural thriller, Dark has been renewed for its second season by Netflix. It follows the story of a small fictional town in Germany in which there is an ongoing investigation working to find several children who have gone missing.
This feel-good show has been renewed for a third season to air on Netflix. The show focuses on the heroes that the Fab Five make over in each episode in an effort to improve their quality of life.
This hit series has been renewed for its sixth season. An animated series focusing on a humanoid horse who is ready to make a comeback in the acting world, this comedy is definitely not for the little ones.
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
This spooky series has been confirmed to have two seasons right from the get-go. With Riverdale being such a success, Netflix decided to give Sabrina a two-season run. The show centers around a teenaged witch who has a rather significant decision to make in her life.
Just after its second season was released, Ozark was renewed for a third season. This show was one of the big breakouts in 2017, following a family attempting to navigate life within a dangerous drug cartel.
The End Of The F***ing World
A dark dramedy, this show has been renewed for a second season to air on Netflix. It follows the story of two teens determined on escaping the impending doom of adulthood and want to find a better life for themselves.
Dear White People
With two successful seasons under its belt, Dear White People will be coming back for a third. The series deals with all kinds of important issues such as race and class in a college campus setting.
Lost In Space
After a successful first season, Netflix has renewed Lost In Space for a second season. The show is a reimagining of the 1960s science-fiction series. It’s set 30 years into the future and follows the Robinsons as the struggle to build themselves a better life among aliens.
The spinoff series to the classic Full House has been renewed by Netflix for its fourth season. Fans will be able to continue and see how the story of the Tanner-Fuller family unfolds.
She’s Gotta Have It
This series has been renewed by Netflix for a second season. The series is based on a film that became this TV show. It focuses on the main character, Nola Darling, who is a Brooklyn-based artist struggling to find herself and dividing her time between her job, her friends, and her three lovers.
The popular sci-fi drama has been renewed for a third season exclusively on Netflix. The show centers around the last remaining humans years in the future attempting to help people in 21st century save humanity from its tragic future.
Having been renewed for a second season by Netflix, this series is set in the 1970s. It explores the beginning of criminal psychology and profiling.