Launched in 1997, Netflix has become serious competition to cable TV and streaming networks ever since. Netflix began their long route as a DVD rental service by mail. They switched to a subscription basis model in 1999, with a flat rate for rentals with no late fees or shipping costs. As time went on, the company went into the streaming business in 2007 and began their online subscription-based streaming plan. Although they started out with a relatively small selection of movies available to stream for subscribers, by 2009 they had a library of about 12,000 movies to stream.
Even with their ups and downs, Netflix is now one of the biggest digital media companies in the world, almost reaching Disney status. With original series and movies and a seemingly never-ending variety of TV shows and movies to stream instantly, Netflix has definitely proved their worthy place in the entertainment industry. Nowadays, Netflix’s service seems to be going nowhere but up, with their popularity growing and them expanding internationally more and more. With easy access and affordable subscription monthly price, Netflix has established their place as a massive digital media company, with over 74.8 million subscribers as of 2016. Since then they’ve only grown in their numbers. Netflix began the trend of dropping a season on a TV show at once rather than spreading out the release dates over a matter of weeks. The convenience of binge-watching shows has now become a norm when watching a TV show, as opposed to having to wait a week in between the release of each episode.
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. As TV shows run through their seasons, their ratings can fluctuate with their popularity, which in turn can affect whether they’ll continue or not. Even with movies, their popularity can decrease over time, resulting in their removal from the library. Whether you don’t want to see your favorite show come to an end, or you’re waiting to see if it will be renewed for another season, we’ve compiled some shows that just didn’t make the cut to move forward to a new season.
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.
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”.
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.