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 be coming to an 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.” Maybe it was just a natural time for the show’s story to end.
Haters Back Off!
After running for just two seasons, Netflix made the decision to cancel Haters Back Off! However, the fans are not too torn up about it. Seeing as the creator and star of the show is none other than the popular YouTuber, Miranda Sings, they won’t be short on content anytime soon.
Her YouTube channel has roughly five million subscribers at the moment, so maybe her fans can expect a version of the show to air on her own channel over time. Either way, this show is one you can say goodbye to.
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. He winds up relocating to Norway to start a new life after he betrays his own crew. It seems to be that the show was canceled because of business issues.
Despite being canceled by Netflix, the company that owns the rights to this television show has remained optimistic through the whole ordeal, saying that maybe a fourth season could be made in the future.
Netflix Presents: The Characters
This show centered around stand-up comedians, allowing them to write and star in their own episodes. After it ran for just one season it was canceled, most likely because of low ratings that didn’t pick up. Nevertheless, there are many stand-up comedies on Netflix.
While the show was a great opportunity for the up-and-coming comedians, it just didn’t take. We’re sure they will be able to make their careers take off in another way. After all, they were on Netflix!
Unfortunately, Netflix didn’t market Atelier all that much according to ScreenRant. This show centered around a woman trying to succeed in her career in the Japanese fashion industry. She works in a fashion house named “Emotion” in which she struggles to find her own place.
Due to little to no marketing, this show was left with little amounts of views. As a result, the show was canceled after its first season. It’s a shame, really, because the story sounded promising.
Another international show, Netflix seemed to miss its mark with this one too, ending it after just one season. Based on the novel, Hibana, the show centered around the stand-up comedian, Tokunaga.
He begins an apprenticeship with an experienced comedian to get his own career going. Another failure on Netflix’s part due to lackluster marketing. Just think of how well it could have done if it had a proper marketing campaign!
Longmire followed the life of a small-town sheriff in Wyoming, and went on for six seasons. This American western crime drama was based on the novel series ‘Walt Longmire Mysteries’ written by Craig Johnson.
Due to the struggle with low viewership, this show was canceled after a total of six seasons. The show ended up streaming on Netflix for three out of its six seasons before getting canceled for good.
House of Cards
Due to the sexual assault allegations made against actor 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.”
Even though the show was a great success, the producers knew the right thing to do was wrap it up after the sixth season once the allegations against the star of the show came up.
Despite the fact that the show has been canceled, the fans responded very strongly, protesting its cancellation. Because of the heated response, Netflix decided to bring it back – temporarily – with a two-hour finale episode.
This solution would give the fans the closure and ending to the show that they wanted. 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 on Netflix, the show starring Kathy Bates was canceled in February of 2018. It had a 22 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the show was not a critical favorite, to say the least.
It seems that the public very much agreed with the critics on this one, seeing as the show ended up getting canceled. Not to mention, the show has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100 on Metacritic.
The King Of Queens
When The King Of Queens premiered back in 1998, fans fell in love with the hilarious Kevin James and Leah Remini. The show eventually came to a close in 2007, and no one could believe it.
Meanwhile, Netflix has made some vague and unfulfilled promises of bringing the show back to life on their network, but it seems that it never actually happened and might just never happen.
The psychological thriller, Gypsy, was canceled after just one season on Netflix. People seem to think the reason was that it was too similar to another Netflix show, GLOW. Not to metion that both shows targeted the same audiences.
It’s safe to say that when it came to winning over the same exact audiences, GLOW won and left Gypsy to get canceled. To top it off, the season got a rating of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes.
After a three-season run on Netflix, Judd Apatow’s show will be coming to an end. While it might be sad for the fans and the stars alike, 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. The show focused on the world of dating from a down-to-earth perspective, portraying the real-life struggles of building a relationship.
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.
He said, “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.”
The show centered around the stand up comedian and actor, Maria, who moves back to Los Angeles after spending six months away in recovery for bipolar disorder. She tries to rebuild her life from scratch.
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 with the show. As it turns out, the show just didn’t live up to the viewership expectation that the executives had for it, which resulted in its cancellation after one season.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Vanity Fair that show cancellations happen for many reasons but, “mostly, it is how many people watch.” People didn’t seem to like the book come to life in the show; the show got a 32 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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.
As it turns out, the show was one of the most expensive shows to film, and it resulted in a $200 million loss for Netflix, so it’s understandable why they canceled it when it didn’t do well.
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 popular show to a proper close and serve as the show’s finale.
The show focuses on 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to her new life in New York City. She was rescued from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she was held captive for 15 years.
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 its second season.
It turns out that despite its exciting premise and positive reviews from critics and fans alike, the show had too low a viewrship for Netflix to continue with it onto another season.
The Break With Michelle Wolf
The Break with Michelle Wolf was a show that blended sketch comedy, live comedy, as well as guest interviews, all in a variety show format. It was meant to “take a break from the seriousness of late-night comedy”.
To top it off, the show was supposed to have a different take on current matters; “instead of making the news fun, she’ll make fun of everything and everybody. There will be no preaching or political agenda — unless it’s funny.” The show ended up getting canceled after its first season.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
After three seasons, this popular television series naturally came to a close. The show played out the entire story from the original books it’s based on. Throughout the action-packed seasons, the producers of the show were careful not to leave anything behind.
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, stating that he was satisfied with the show’s run.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
This popular 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”.
Unfortunately, Netflix seems to think it’s time for the beloved series to finally come to an end after running for two years. It’s no secret that the fans are more than upset about it, but at least Netflix is ending the show properly.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
This Marvel series has been canceled after its second season. It follows the story of former convict, Luke Cage, who, after a sabotaged experiment, has unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. As a result, he becomes a fugitive when trying to rebuild his life in Harlem, New York.
Sadly, even though it was met with positive reviews on its release, this show won’t be returning for a third season. The show wasn’t canceled because of negative reviews, rather because of creative differences between Netflix and the series’ writers.
After just two seasons, this mockumentary has been canceled by Netflix. The show was a parody of true crime documentaries which followed teens who investigated vandalism in high schools. It truly had a unique sense of humor.
However, the fans shouldn’t lose hope just yet, as it was reported that the producers were looking to bring the show to other companies. So who knows, maybe it will come back sometime.
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.
After the first season premiered in 2017, the show received generally negative reviews. However, another season was aired in 2018. While critical reception improved for the second season, it must not have been enough, as Netflix canceled the show.
All About The Washingtons
This show was initially produced by ABC studios but was later bought by Netflix. It focused on husband and wife, Joey and Justine, as they raised their family after Joey retired from his long career as a hip-hop artist.
However, after just one season, Netflix made the decision to cancel the show. The multicamera comedy received very poor reviews and low ratings which ultimately 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 and was sent to prison.
After his parole, he moved in with his son, an obsessively good cop, and the two became unofficial partners. The show is based on an Israeli show of the same name, created by Erez and Tomer Aviram and produced by Yoav Gross.
Yet another Marvel TV show that has been 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 any harm as criminals wreak havoc. By day, Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer, and as soon as the night comes, he’s out fighting crime.
This comedy is set to air its third and final season in 2019. While audiences seemed to like it a lot, Netflix looks to be on a path to refine their content, ridding of many TV shows and movies along the way.
The show follows several characters living in Chicago who are to navigate issues like love, relationships and general knowledge. One review described it as “a microscopic portrayal of the different varieties of modern love.”
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.
The crime drama went on for three seasons before season four took a turn. The directors announced in 2018 that season four would “reset” and act as a season one of a new Netflix series, titled “Narcos: Mexico”. The new series will take place in Mexico in the 1980s.
Marvel’s hit show Jessica Jones had season 2 air in March of 2018 and has already aired season 3 in June, 2019. So get ready for some serious binge-watching. The show follows Jessica Jones, a super-powered woman who is a former superhero.
After an unfortunate incident, she decides to retire and instead opens her own detective agency. The action-packed show has gotten great reviews over the seasons, leaving fans anxious for the next seasons.