50 Netflix Shows That Weren't Renewed For Another Season
Since 1997, Netflix has given viewers like us original television series directly from their personal library. Some of these shows were based on existing series, while others were a clear attempt at trying something new. The segment is known as A Netflix Original, and you see it every time you sit down with your blanket and remote. Yet, some of these awesome shows were placed on a hit list and shut down. Take a look at the 50 Netflix shows that weren't renewed for another season and see if some of your favorites are on it.
The Get Down
The Get Down (2017) was a well-anticipated show as it exhibited the life of young African American and Afro-Latino teenagers that took the chance to try something new by scratching their parent's records in the South Bronx. You would think the show that showcased the beginning of hip-hop would have more of an impact; unfortunately, it didn't even put a dent in it.
According to Vanity, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes drama that caused a true disturbance with the cast and production crew. The drama was also costing Netflix too much money, so they shut down The Get Down indefinitely.
All About the Washingtons
Rev. Run rarely runs out of ideas of how to stay relevant, not just in music, but in acting and reality T.V. as well. In 2018, he and Netflix developed his latest creation, All About The Washingtons, which starred him and his (real) wife, Justine (top right), as she focuses on her career and Joey (Rev. Run/top left) becomes a stay-at-home dad after retiring from the music business.
Even with his star power, the show still received weak reviews. Critics claimed that the show was "typically good" but lacked plot depth and connection to today's society and youth. After only ten episodes, Netflix sent Rev. Run back to his day job.
The Good Cop
The Good Cop (2018) was the type of show that used fast-paced talking and witty banter to draw the viewers in. Starring Tony Danza (right), Josh Groban (left), and Isiah Whitlock Jr., the odd father-son couple use their resources at the NYPD to stop bad guys and find missing clues to the case at hand.
As you can see, The Good Cop didn't make it to season two and many vague reasons were given by the creator, Andy Breckman. It looks like these New York detectives didn't see the boot coming for them.
In today's society, can we handle any more breakouts? Netflix thought so when they released V Wars in 2020. As you can probably guess, the title sounds, plus the topic of an outbreak, only brings one idea to mind... zombies. You're right, just replace the zombies with vampires which is where the "V" comes from in V Wars.
Character Luther Swan is the physician/scientist that chooses to handle the pending deadly battle between humans and vampires. With help from his friends, the war would last one season until Netflix jumped in and ended V Wars for good.
Daybreak (2019) was cancelled after one season and after looking at the reviews, it's easy to see why. Based on the name alone, you can guess that the show is based on zombies, and you'd be correct. Let's also add that the concept was compared to a "watered down The Walking Dead" by some critics.
The plot follows Josh Wheeler as he searches the mountainous plains for his missing girlfriend in a post-apocalyptic world. According to Netflix, "There's simply not enough people watching to justify another season."
American Vandal (2017) was the satire series that was created based on a high school prank of vandalizing 27 cars that belonged to the teachers with graffiti of private parts. Funny to most, but two students did not like the antic that took place, and decided to investigate the humorous, but unnecessary prank.
The concept was appreciated by many viewers, which is why it made it to a full two seasons. Yet, the analytics team noticed a drop in viewership and pulled the plug. Netflix gave a sentimental statement before moving on to their next mockumentary shows.
If you're a fan of demons and paranormal activity, then October Faction (2020) would have been a great show for you. However, the show was canceled after one season due to poor reviews from critics and fans alike, and lack of viewership, despite minor promotion for the millennial sci-fi series.
The plot was interesting enough; a monster-hunting couple and their two teenagers move back to their hometown, where they become haunted by past demons that still reside there. Nonetheless, the delivery was not as exciting as the storyline portrayed it to be.
Oh yes, the show about a man appearing from the abyss and claiming to be Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The show stirred up quite the frenzy when viewers found out that Netflix was creating such a bold series based on the number one religion in the world.
Tomer Sisley and Mehdi Dehbi starred in the religious series and caught major flack for it. Muslim viewers were not happy after seeing the trailer and viewers of other sectors were not keen on watching something they didn't believe in. Overall, the show was canceled because it didn't resonate with viewers of other religions.
The Society (2020) is a special case when it comes to Netflix Originals not being renewed. The show followed four teenage girls who try to leave their city when they realize that their entire town has disappeared. They come to realize that a forest has randomly encased their community and that there is no way to the outside world because it no longer exists.
Sounds intriguing, right? That's because it is and the series was approved for a second season! Yet, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the studio changed its mind and decided to remove the show from its originals catalog.
The Big Show Show
If you're a fan of wrestling, then you're aware of who The Big Show is. The colossal former wrestler shows a more sensitive side of himself via his series, The Big Show Show (2020) where he played the loving father to three teenage daughters and husband to his wife who all live together under one roof.
Despite being canceled with a Christmas special after one season, the series received mostly positive reviews. Common Sense Media referred to it as "a little rough, but mostly sweet." The Big Show expressed his appreciation to Netflix after the series was canceled.
Netflix released Cursed in 2020 and it was a great show for those who are into the medieval times and heroic quests. The show centered on the character Katherine Langford, a teenage sorceress who joins the legendary King Arthur with the goal of saving her people. The journey may have been qualitative, but it was short.
The only season of one of the latest Netflix Originals received mixed reviews from critics including whether the show was good or "quarantine good." Either way, Katherine has no choice but to put her sentimental journey on hold.
Netflix Presents: The Characters
Netflix Presents: The Characters: (2016) was one of the earlier attempts at creating a totally saturated improv special in which the actors and comedians had full autonomy to improv as they pleased for 30-minutes. The characters that were developed had all types of quirks that you would think would please an audience, but that may not have been the case.
The routines created laughter with the audience, but not enough based on how Netflix decided not to renew it for another season. Many critics continue to speculate, but Netflix never released an official statement as to why it ended.
Jupiter's Legacy aired on Netflix in 2021 before being cancelled, which made many superhero fans upset because on the surface, the show seemed super cool (pun intended). It starred Josh Duhamel (center) as The Utopian, the leader of a team of super powered individuals who are also his family and friends.
However, the cancellation leads to a bigger stake. Creator Mike Miller described how Jupiter's Legacy ended so that their spin-off show focused on villains called Supercrooks could begin. It seems that the Jupiter's Legacy universe will be expanding!
Country Comfort (2021) portrayed itself as a wholesome T.V. show, and it was! Which is part of why many viewers saw it as a moderate disappointment. Sure, Country Comfort won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series, but if using a lot of cameras was the best attribute, the rest of the show must've lacked.
Positives are the show was considered funny with witty banter and an easy-going cast. Yet, the negative side basically called the show "typical and predictable." Long story short, the show was not interesting enough for a second season.
Crime dramas are a popular genre for many Netflix users, and Seven Seconds (2018) was one that made a huge splash when it dropped. In the wake of social injustice, this series showcased a young African American in a hit-and-run with a Caucasian American police officer.
Regina King was the star of the show as she played the mother of the slain boy and investigated his murder to the fullest. Even with positive reviews and a Primetime Emmy Award for Regina, the show was still canceled, but on a high note.
Everything Sucks! (2018) was a coming-of-age story that followed three high school students and the antics they experienced including peer pressure, dating and relationships, and, of course, style and fashion. The series was compared to Freaks and Geeks or Degrassi, two popular shows with similar premises.
The show received good reviews from both critics and those who watched. The only issue is that it failed to capture more of the target audience that was needed to sustain the show. For that only reason, the show was put to rest.
Girlboss was canceled in 2017 for many significant reasons including mixed reviews, loss of screen direction, lack of story plot, and uncooperative moments from both the producers and the cast. The show was created to fit the social movement of women and entrepreneurship, but it wasn't the best fit.
Additionally, after the show was canceled some of the actors wanted to go their own way and focus on "creative control." So, the chances of a second season was no longer a choice, and Girlboss got fired.
The Greenhouse Academy
When the drama series, Greenhouse Academy (2017) dropped, it was met with open eyes and ears from viewers. The complex plot of two siblings getting roped into investigating eerie earthquakes after the explosive death of their mother was made simple by the cast, which is why the show made it a full four seasons.
However, the producers informed the cast that although two more seasons were supposed to be created, they wouldn't be, which caused a major shock for the entire cast considering great ratings and quality reviews.
Disjointed (2017) was one of the more enjoyable and fun-filled Netflix shows that gave laughter and life lessons through the eyes and minds of potheads. As the story goes, a lifelong advocate for the legalization of marijuana lives her dream of opening a cannabis dispensary in the fair city of Los Angeles, California.
Unfortunately, even with all the laughs it created, the series began to plateau and become stagnant, despite two "season premieres." This came as a big shock to prolific producer Chuck Lorre, who's known for his long-running popular shows.
Hit & Run
The Netflix series that was somewhat promoted to and was anticipated to be a solid thriller was Hit & Run. The plot was simple: A man's wife was killed in a hit-and-run experience and her husband does what he can to find out who his lady's murderer is. Along the way, he finds out that his wife was into some heavy business.
The issue with the show wasn't the plot, it was the acting and scene sequences that threw much of the viewing audience off. Watchers have given the show mixed reviews and described the show as "suspenseful, yet dull", depending on which episode you watch.
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (2018) is a long title that was only seen on Netflix from February to August. This was Netflix's first attempt at a weekly topical series to discuss happenings in society, politics, and entertain the viewers with comedy sketches, trending video clips, and celebrity guests.
The problem lay in the show's delivery format. Producers wanted to release one episode per week, which negates Netflix's platform of being able to binge-watch. The studio then canceled the show and learned from their premier attempt at weekly news shows.
The Break with Michelle Wolf
In addition to Joel McHale, Netflix thought it a good idea to have a second running weekly news show called The Break with Michelle Wolf (2018). Both shows ran at the same time and had similar synopses like celebrities, sketches, and witty banter, but Michelle had a certain flair that Joel did not... femininity.
Viewers were happy to see a woman hosting a show, talking politics, AND being funny! Although her show had more buzz than Joel's, the show didn't have a large enough audience to keep it on air, and her series fell flat.
It's challenging to not watch a Marvel Studios adaptation series, which is why many viewers were disappointed to know that Iron Fist (2017) was not being renewed for another season. Watching Danny Rand reconnect with his past and kick major butt along the way was exciting while it lasted.
Yet, after two seasons, the production team stopped due to viewership slowly decreasing. Netflix reps made a statement of appreciation to the fans and crew for their diligent work and continue to promote the series on their platform.
Turn Up Charlie
Idris Elba starred as a burned-out former DJ that finds his way back into musical success by becoming a "manny" to a famous friend's daughter in the show Turn Up Charlie (2019). The show caught much attention at first because... well, it's Idris Elba; but also because the plot was interesting enough to bring a solid amount of views.
Yet, in the eyes of the Netflix producers, the viewership was not enough to keep the show alive. Unfortunately, Charlie had to be turned down, which resulted in the loss of a second season.
Merry Happy Whatever
Merry Happy Whatever debuted in 2019 and featured Denis Quaid (top center). Don portrayed a patriarch who is doing what he can to stay sane during the hectic holiday season. Luckily, he has his family to help him stay afloat. What he didn't have, however, was a lot of views.
Per Netflix's cancellation algorithm, the show barely moved the needle towards being popular enough for another season. The producer stealthily placed the image on Instagram which proved that show had been laid to rest.
It's intriguing how critics barely had anything to say about the 2019 musical series, Soundtrack. The premise followed various Los Angelenos as they maneuver through life via songs from their hearts and dance from their soul. The series had a great plot and a strong cast, but it did nothing for anyone.
After the premiere episode, there was nothing; small amounts of reviews, no comments, and extremely low viewership to where Netflix users didn't even know the show existed. The creator, Joshua Safran, claimed "we felt like we had made a show that all but disappeared."
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
Monique Moses, Ray Cordova, James III, Shawtane Bowen, Caroline Martin, Monique Moses, Jerah Milligan, and Keisha Zollar; these are the names of the comedians that built a huge following for their live comedy shows, then came together to be the cast of the would-have-been hit comedy show, Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show (2019).
It was announced on Twitter that the comedy show would not be renewed by Netflix, despite the positive reviews that it received from critics alone. Viewers were baffled that after six months of laughing their butt off at the social experience sketches, the show was stealthily abandoned.
Haters Back Off
YouTube is a starting point for many influencers, including the fictional YouTube sensation Miranda Sings, who earns her stripes in the vlogging community by discussing hot topics like pop culture, societal happenings, makeup, and anything else that popped into her overconfident mind.
With such pizazz, Haters Back Off (2016) could have given its counterpart shows a run for their money. But that's what Netflix was trying to save when they canceled the show due to it costing more money than what it was bringing in.
AJ and the Queen
If you know star drag queen, RuPaul, then you know that he is one of the more famous queens that had finally received their just due by being awarded with his own show, AJ and the Queen (2020). The synopsis stands at RuPaul as a struggling drag queen trying to make her way to the top while traveling across the States with a 10-year-old boy named AJ, who sneaked onto his van.
Viewership must've been low because, after only eight weeks of airing, both RuPaul and the creator of the show announced via Twitter that "Netflix has decided to not extend our trip across America."
Next in Fashion
Tan France is one of two halves when it came to the one-and-done reality show, Next in Fashion (2020). Tan and his co-host were able to round up some of the latest diamond-in-the-rough fashion designers and give them a chance to showcase their skills and become the next big name in fashion!
The issue is that viewership was very low. Probable reasons for the lack of audience may have been due to poor marketing or complete disinterest in watching others make clothing. Nonetheless, these designers were put on permanent hold with little explanation as to why.
I Am Not Okay With This
Imagine being in high school with powers that are challenging to control, having to deal with your family drama on a daily basis, all while having a secret crush on your best friend but being too awkward to do anything about it. That was the concept for I Am Not Okay With This (2020) and it was so good, that Netflix commissioned another season!
And then, bang! COVID-19 progresses and becomes a logistical nightmare for Netflix. Via an interview with Insider, it was announced that although a second season had already been shot, it was not substantial enough for the money it cost to make.
Have you ever been to therapy and found your therapist to be rather attractive? That happens all the time and the 2017 show Gypsy poked good fun at it. The plot twist is that the New York psychologist, starring Naomi Watts, would become intrigued with some of her patients and formulate relationships with them!
Although the show had a great premise and the legendary musician, Stevie Nicks, sang the series' theme song, it still wasn't good enough to last. The aired episodes received mixed reviews and the show was canceled after only six weeks on Netflix.
Away (2020) showcased the turmoil that many astronauts face when they go to outer space. The spacecraft crew came from all over the world including India, Russia, the USA, and China to explore the depths of space for the next three years... as long as they stayed alive.
Cool concept, right? Indeed. However, even with strong reviews and decent ratings from third-party analytics, Netflix has its own means of determining the quality of a show after airing, and with four weeks in rotation, their algorithm told them to pull the plug on the space drama.
Chambers (2019) revealed the trials that are connected to getting a transplant. The new-age drama series starred star actress Uma Thruman, along with Tony Goldwyn and Sivan Rose. The show follows a young woman who received a heart transplant and simply wants to thank her donor. The thing is, she finds out some eerie, dark facts that disturb her soul.
Unfortunately, the newly-made show was canceled from the popular streaming service in June of the same year. Why? Lack of series promotion and lack of viewership.
No Good Nick
You may not have heard of No Good Nick (2019) because this short series did not receive a drop of marketing! Here's the plot: a young girl arrives at the doorstep of the Thompson's home revealing that she is an orphan and related to the couple. The truth is, however, she is lying and is actually there as a plot of revenge against them!
We aren't sure what the Thompsons did to upset this young girl, and we'll never find out. The show had one of the smallest viewerships of any debut Netflix Original and didn't receive the best reviews either.
Marvel's Luke Cage
When Marvel's Luke Cage (2016) was released, fans from all around became intrigued by seeing the live-action version of this dramatic character. The reluctant ex-con becomes a neighborhood celebrity by fighting off those that pose a threat to his city of Harlem and protecting the people. Unfortunately, his heroics only lasted for two seasons.
Netflix producers relayed that there were "creative differences in the direction that the show would take." For that reason, Netflix decided that Luke Cage would not be rendered for a third season... bummer.
Victorian London has a popular space on T.V. because of the language, history, and ghoulish demons that may or may not pop out of nowhere. That's what three teenagers had to encounter as they were coerced into solving mysteries for the infamous Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.
The Irregulars (2021) had mystics, dark fantasy, a strong plot, and was based on a popular story. Yet, that wasn't enough for the Netflix analytics team to approve it for another season. The news was broken via a publication and described low viewership as the reason for the dismissal.
Brooklyn is the basis for many iconic films and shows, which is why Grand Army (2020) was a highly anticipated show. After releasing in late 2020, the co-stars of the show portrayed their best characters and received average reviews and critiques for their thespian skills. Moreso, the plot was decent, but the typical coming-of-age story.
Outside of predictability, the show didn't have too many negative comments. Yet, their positive comments were lacking as well. As a result, Grand Army was disbanded and their opportunity to seize the future is no more.
Kublai Khan was a ruthless ruler in China during the progression of civilization throughout Asia and is the basis for the almost hit show, Marco Polo (2014). Marco himself was an explorer who engaged in many exciting feats related to political power and persuasion, sexual encounters, and war that brought death to many soldiers.
Marco Polo had s solid run of two full seasons, then Netflix decided to cut it and not renew it for a third. Speculations ran rapid as to why the popular show was canceled; perhaps it had something to do with the fact that Marco Polo lost the studio almost $200 million in production costs.
Spinning Out (2020) circled out of control when Netflix producers decided to cancel the original show that was supposed to air the first week of 2020. Spinning Out had a positive trajectory considering the plot of an Olympic figure skater who tries to balance her professional dreams with her personal life.
However, the show was canceled after one month of airing! Mixed reviews are abundant, but Netflix didn't feel the show would succeed as well as its counterparts that it was going up against, so they simply let it fall and crash.
Intergalactic wars, solar system bounty hunts, and a group of great friends are what made Cowboy Bebop (2021) a decent show. The star cast of the comic-adapted series including Mustafa Shakir (center), John Cho (left), and Daniella Pineda (right) had critics praising them for their stellar delivery of the not-so-stellar writing.
Critics, and fans, criticized Cowboy Bebop because although they did their best to stay with the storyline, the editing, writing sequences, and special effects were deemed "not good enough." These criticisms are what sent this series directly to the black hole.
With two seasons under her belt, comedian and talk show host, Chelsea Handler, was applauded for her work on her show, Chelsea (2016), which was the first talk show on the Netflix platform. Like other weekly shows, Chelsea covered many topics from politics, society, pop culture, and even the latest antics of superpower leaders.
Even with her witty humor, the turmoil that she was reporting on her show became too overwhelming for her to continue, which is why she chose to step away from her own show.
Friends from College
Decreasing views are most likely the reason for the cancellation of Friends from College (2017) after two full seasons. The series followed a group of friends that are approaching their forties, as they reminisce about the good ole days and formulate new quarks in their long-term friendships.
Watching and learning about the experiences of success and failure is what kept the steam pumping for this show. Yet, everything comes to an end and in 2019, Netflix decided to terminate the show and not renew it for a third season.
One Day at a Time
According to producers and the creator of the show, Netflix had to make a "very difficult" decision to cancel their family-oriented series, One Day at a Time (2017). The show featured a Cuban-American family and their freshly single mother as they maneuver through life with a newfound perspective and new location.
Although there were not many reasons as to why, despite the good reviews it received over three seasons, according to Netflix "there just weren't enough people watching to justify a fourth season." Yet, the show was transferred to a different network called Pop and continues to air there.
She's Gotta Have It
Famous producer Spike Lee created the original movie for the series She's Gotta Have It (2017) in 1986 and it featured a Brooklyn-based young woman who tries to find, or create, the balance of family, friends, navigating through the art industry, and, of course, finding the right man to support her through her journey.
The series lasted a strong two seasons but failed to keep up its viewership amongst different demographics and men. Nonetheless, Spike Lee was praised for his adaptation and the series even won a few awards for acting and cinematography.
The creativity behind The OA (2018) was that it was created by the same person who starred in the show, Brit Marling (featured). Marling developed the plot to follow her fictional character as she is poked and prodded for information by her family, and the FBI, for information concerning her seven-year disappearance.
With 16 chapters and two seasons under its belt, The OA was let go of with stealth by the Netflix producers. Even though they enjoyed making and watching the show, it cost more money than it was making and slumped to low numbers of viewership for Netflix's liking.
Insatiable (2018) had one of the more shocking story plots amongst many of the other originals that weren't renewed for another season. As the story goes, overweight Patty Blandell chooses to go on a liquid diet to stop others from bullying her. Of course, she's successful, and comes out a complete bombshell!
She then decides to take revenge on all those who offended her in very creative ways. Netflix did not deliver a straight reason for why the show was canceled, but speculators assume it's because the numbers were not high enough to merit a third season.
White Lines (2020) only lasted one season before Netflix pulled the plug on the drama series. Why? No one truly knows because Netflix only told the cast, who then had to share the information with their fans. Speculation is that the algorithm, once again, revealed ratings that were not good enough, and shipped the show off into the abyss.
The show was praised for its plot though. A young woman leaves her home to investigate her brother's disappearance. After finding him, she realizes that she is now involved in a chaotic mess of crime, fear, and action that wasn't effective enough for a second season.
One of the coolest sci-fi shows to hit Netflix had to have been Altered Carbon (2019). Joel Kinnaman played Takeshi Kovacs in season one and Anthony Mackie played the same character in season two. Both seasons kept the integrity of the cyberpunk series as it followed Kovacs and his reluctant mission to find out the truth behind what the elites were planning for future demise.
Many fans were excited in anticipation of a third season and who would be the new Takeshi Kovacs, but that didn't happen. Netflix has yet to release a significant reason as to why the show ended, so your guess is as good as anyone else's.
If you're a fan of mystics, magic, and werewolves, then you surely watched The Order (2019). The show placed emphasis on a group of magicians or the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose who is at odds, and sometimes at war, with those who are triggered negatively by it, the werewolves.
Jack Morton, played by actor Jake Manly (right), was the star of the show and followed his journey through both societies. Many fans were disappointed to hear that the show would not be extended to a third season, but if you're up for it, watch it now on Netflix and see what you've been missing out on!