Over the last few years, Netflix has cemented its place in Hollywood as a premium entertainment provider.
As the streaming platform continues to evolve, it’s clear that not every new show it introduces can stick around for the long haul — even if it has legions of devoted fans. As they say, you can’t please everyone, even when producing new shows and films at the rate Netflix is!
Whether the show simply ran its course or the show’s viewership wasn’t up to snuff, here’s a list of all the original shows that Netflix has canceled in the last year, including those canceled in 2020. We’ve also included some shows that are on the bubble and for which we’re awaiting news of a next season, plus those that have been renewed and are definitely coming back — at least for one more season.
Updated June 23, 2020
‘V Wars’ (Canceled)
Netflix has canceled this freshman sci-fi drama after just one season. The show starred Ian Somerhalder as a scientist whose best friend becomes infected with a mysterious disease that transforms him into a murderous predator.
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It’s a very sad day today. I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no season 2 of #messiah I wanted to say to all the fans thank you for your support and love. We loved our Netflix home. I wish things were different. #noseasontwo #messiahnetflix #cancelled #devestated #netflix #wewillmussyou
Netflix has canceled “Messiah” after one season.
Series star Wil Traval shared the news on Instagram, writing, “It’s a very sad day today. I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no season 2 of #messiah I wanted to say to all the fans thank you for your support and love. I wish things were different.”
‘October Faction’ (Canceled)
After only one season, Netflix axed sci-fi series “October Faction,” which starred Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie as a married couple who also work together as monster hunters. The show debuted in January, earning lackluster reviews among both critics and viewers.
‘Spinning Out’ (Canceled)
Netflix’s figure skating drama won’t return for season two. The series premiered in January 2020 to middling reviews, and the streaming service confirmed the show’s cancellation about a month later. The decision sparked outrage from fans, who have already started a petition to save the show.
‘AJ and the Queen’ (Canceled)
“AJ and the Queen” has been canceled after a single season at Netflix. The series featured RuPaul as Ruby Red, a down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown RV with her sidekick AJ. RuPaul confirmed the cancellation via Twitter, writing, “End of the road for ‘AJ and The Queen.’ Netflix has decided to not extend our trip across America. Thank you for all the love & support. We’re so very proud of the work.”
It’s one-and-done for Netflix’s “Soundtrack.” The musical, lip-syncing drama has been canceled after one 10-episode season. Series creator Josh Safran previously revealed that he had plans for a second season, although he constructed the freshman season as a complete close-ended story.
“There’s definitely more. When you get to the end [you’ll see]. I did close it though because it is a big swing and it’s weird and I didn’t want to leave an audience in the lurch,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in December.
Netflix has also ended the French horror series, “Marianne.” The show ran for one eight-episode season. Director Samuel Bodin confirmed news of the cancellation on Instagram writing, “There won’t be a second season for MARIANNE. We are very sorry and sad about that. But we will see you in other stories…”
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“Osmosis” premiered in March 2019, a full year before Netflix confirmed its cancellation after a single season. The French sci-fi series follows a group of single people who sign up for a new dating app that matches them with their soulmates by mining their brain data. The show only ran for eight episodes.
‘Ozark’ (On The Bubble)
The Jason Bateman and Laura Linney starrer’s third season drop coincided with much of the country entering stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, which may have contributed to the show’s surge in popularity. Nevertheless, Netflix has yet to announce whether the show will return for a fourth season.
“Mortel” hit Netflix in late November 2019, but it failed to gain much attention and was canceled only two months later. The show followed two teens who try to solve the murder of one of their siblings after coming into contact with a supernatural being who gives them superpowers.
‘Designated Survivor’ (Canceled)
“Designated Survivor” has been canceled for the second time. The former ABC series was saved from cancellation by Netflix. But after dropping a 10-episode third season this year, the streamer has decided against producing a fourth season.
“We are proud to have offered fans a third season of ‘Designated Survivor,’ and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come,” the statement from Netflix read.
‘Tuca Bertie’ (Canceled)
Netflix also axed its adult animated series, “Tuca Bertie,” after only one season. The show, which featured Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong in lead vocal roles, earned strong reviews from critics, but that apparently wasn’t enough to draw in viewers. Netflix announced the cancellation in July 2019, with creator Lisa Hanawalt confirming the news on Twitter shortly after.
‘No Good Nick’ (Canceled)
There’s no good news for “No Good Nick.” The dramedy, starring Siena Agudong, Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin, was canceled after only one season. The show followed a 13-year-old girl who infiltrates a family with the intention of getting revenge — only to realize she actually cares for them.
‘The OA’ (Canceled)
“The OA” is over at Netflix. The mystery drama, starring Brit Marling, was canceled after two seasons. The streamer confirmed the news in August, several months after the release of the second season, releasing a statement that read, “We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of ‘The OA,’ and are grateful to Brit [Marling] and Zal [Batmanglij] for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry.”
‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (Canceled)
“She’s Gotta Have It” landed on Netflix’s chopping block. The streamer canceled the Spike Lee-helmed adaptation less than two months after its second season premiere. But it may not be over for good — Lee was hoping to shop the series to other platforms.
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"I was inspired by the heady world of 70s/80's horror (the golden age in my opinion!) fused with the technicolor psychedelic poster art of the 60s and 70s. A lot of my work draws elements from these worlds, but when I first watched Chambers, I really wanted to merge the intensely eerie, supernatural atmosphere (which recalled some my favorite vintage horror) with the trippy, lysergic dreamlike sequences and colors." – Artist @lukeinsect on his Chambers poster series (1 of 3)
Netflix’s canceled its freshman YA series, “Chambers.” Despite featuring a star-studded cast led by Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn, the supernatural drama premiered in April to only lukewarm reviews and lackluster viewership. The streamer confirmed the end of the series in June 2019, stating in part, “’Chambers’ will not return for a second season,” the streaming network said in a statement. “We’re grateful to creator and showrunner Leah Rachel for bringing this story to us.”
‘Santa Clarita Diet’ (Canceled)
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A note from Creator and Executive Producer Victor Fresco and Executive Producer Tracy Katsky: Like our audience, we were all-in on Sheila and Joel. Their relationship, in the face of incredible adversity, was inspiring to write and to watch. Mostly, they were funny, which in a comedy is important. Working with Drew and Tim, along with the immensely talented Liv and Skyler, was a joy and a once in a lifetime experience. Netflix took a chance on this odd show and for that we will always be grateful. They were supportive, ever positive, and appreciative of our work. Until about noon [yesterday]. Still, they were just one phone call away from being a perfect studio. Not bad. Everything ends. This was a thing. And so it ended. We’ll miss it but are proud of the work we did and will always appreciate the love and enthusiasm we felt from our audience. It if was up to them, Sheila and Joel would continue for another 10,000 years. From Star and Executive Producer Drew Barrymore: Of all of the characters I’ve ever been, Sheila Hammond is one of my favorites. She and Joel were an amazing couple, who had shared goals. And I am lucky to have worked alongside Tim Olyphant. It was an honor to get to do something so delightful. Sheila lives forever in me. And I am grateful to Victor Fresco, who created a world so unique. From Star and Executive Producer Timothy Olyphant: I loved working on this show. I’m going to continue coming in and doing scenes. If they don’t want to film it, that’s up to them.
“Santa Clarita Diet,” the zombie series starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, is another Netflix series to get the ax. The cancellation came shortly after the premiere of the show’s third and final season — to the dismay of fans.
‘One Day at a Time’ (Canceled)
Another Netflix cancellation fans weren’t happy about? “One Day at a Time,” which the streamer axed in March 2019, about a month after the launch of its third season. The family sitcom earned critical acclaim in each of its three seasons, but it ultimately failed to earn the widespread viewership that Netflix was looking for.
‘The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell’ (Canceled)
I’m very sad to say, I've been told there won’t be another season of The Curious Creations 😔
Thank you to everyone who watched and has supported the series. Thank you to Henson, Wilshire, Netflix and the amazing people who made the show with me.
I'm so grateful ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tLC0eC7rPt
— Christine McConnell (@CHMcConnell) April 2, 2019
There will be no second season of “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell.” The star tweeted out the news in early April 2019, writing, “I’m very sad to say, I’ve been told there won’t be another season of The Curious Creations. Thank you to everyone who watched and has supported the series. Thank you to Henson, Wilshire, Netflix and the amazing people who made the show with me. I’m so grateful.”
‘Friends From College’ (Canceled)
Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!
— nicholasstoller 🇺🇸 (@nicholasstoller) February 19, 2019
Joining Netflix’s long list of now-canceled shows? “Friends From College,” which featured a star-studded ensemble cast, including Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Cobie Smulders, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse and Jae Suh Park as Harvard alumni who reunite in their 40s.
Showrunner Nick Stoller announced the news in February 2019, tweeting, “Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it.”
Netflix also canceled this sci-fi series, which took place hundreds of years in the future and followed the last surviving humans as they discover how to send consciousness back to people in the 21st century. The series ran for three seasons before getting axed.
Star Eric McCormack confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, ‘Look, if this is it, what a moving and surprising and profound ending it is.’” Well, I’m afraid it is. Who knows what the future holds, but Travelers Program 1, as we call it, is complete … Much love from 3468 in the 21st.”
‘Jessica Jones’ (Canceled)
The Marvel show’s third and final season aired on Netflix in 2019. The news of the “Jessica Jones” final season didn’t come as a surprise to TV insiders, given that Disney is launching a competing streaming service and owns the Marvel franchise. While it’s possible the show will continue on another platform in the future, fans of the female superhero show will certainly lament the show’s demise.
‘The Punisher’ (Canceled)
Another Marvel show to meet the same fate as “Jessica Jones,” it was announced in February 2019 that the second season of “The Punisher” would also be its last on Netflix. The show based on a Marvel character who seeks revenge for the death of his family may see future seasons on Disney’s streaming platform after its Netflix cancellation, but that remains to be seen. The first and second seasons are currently on Netflix.
‘Another Life’ (Renewed)
— Katee Sackhoff (@kateesackhoff) October 29, 2019
It’s not all bad news for Netflix fans. Plenty of the streamer’s original shows have managed to snag a renewal, including the sci-fi series “Another Life.” Though the show earned less than stellar reviews from critics, it apparently drew enough viewers to get another season. The news was confirmed by star Katee Sackhoff with a tweet, reading, “Another Life is coming back for Season 2 on Netflix! Can’t wait to see you all back in space.”
‘GLOW’ (Final Season)
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are getting ready to hang up their spandex. Netflix has renewed the critically acclaimed dramedy for a fourth and final season. The announcement was made on the show’s official Instagram page, with a caption that read, “All good things must come to a GLOWing end. We’re coming back for a fourth and final season!”
‘Stranger Things’ (Renewed)
Get ready for another trip to the Upside Down. Netflix has renewed “Stranger Things” for a fourth season. The streamer released a teaser that confirms the next season of the series will be at least partially set outside of Hawkins, Indiana, stating, “We’re Not In Hawkins Anymore.”
‘Grace and Frankie’ (Final Season)
Netflix also confirmed that”Grace and Frankie” will return for a seventh and final season. The concluding season will feature 16 episodes, bringing the total episodes of the show to 94. That makes the comedy the longest-running Netflix original series of all time.
‘Lucifer’ (Final Season)
“Lucifer” will return to Netflix for one more season, as the streamer confirmed in June. The streamer has yet to announce the final season’s premiere date. However, star Tom Ellis did recently reveal that the season will consist of two parts, with each half including eight episodes.
’13 Reasons Why’ (Final Season)
Netflix isn’t done with “13 Reasons Why” just yet. The streamer renewed the teen drama for a fourth and final season. Season four — which does not yet have a return date or episode count — will reportedly feature the cast’s graduation from high school.
‘The Crown’ (Final Season)
Centered on dramatized events of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, “The Crown” is a fan-favorite that has plenty more stories to tell. Netflix has preemptively renewed the historical drama for both a fourth and fifth season. The fifth season will also be its last.
‘The Rain’ (Final Season)
The Danish original drama “The Rain” will also return a third and final season. The show takes place six years after a brutal virus carried by rain wipes out almost all the human life in Scandinavia. Netflix confirmed the renewal in June 2019 with a promotional poster that reads, “You Can’t Survive Alone.”
Netflix has renewed the young adult series “Trinkets” for a 10-episode second and final season. The show, based on Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith’s young adult novel, follows three teenage girls from different social circles who form an unlikely friendship after attending a mandated Shoplifters Anonymous group. Sarah Goldfinger joins the series as the new showrunner for the second season, which will premiere later in 2020.
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And it‘s official! We are working on Dark Season 3. It is the final cycle of this great journey. We always had three season in mind when we developed Dark and are happy to tell you that we will start shooting the third and final season in 4 weeks so we can deliver you guys the final chapter of Dark next year. Thank you Netflix for trusting us! Thank you to ALL THE DARK FANS AROUND THE WORLD! You are amazing! We love you! @darknetflix @netflix @louishofmann @lisa.vicari @gina.stiebitz @moritzjahnofficial @paullux1234 @andreaspietschmann @joerdis_triebel #darknetflix
A few weeks before the premiere of its second season, Netflix confirmed that “Dark” will return for season three. Though the show has been an unexpected hit for the streamer, the upcoming season will mark the conclusion of the story. Showrunner Baran bo Odar confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “And it’s official! We are working on Dark Season 3. It is the final cycle of this great journey.”
‘The Umbrella Academy’ (Renewed)
Netflix has ordered a 10-episode second season of the live-action superhero series, “The Umbrella Academy.” Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min will reprise their roles in season two, with new guest stars also expected to join the cast.
‘After Life’ (Renewed)
If you love the Ricky Gervais starrer “After Life,” we have good news: Netflix has announced it has renewed the series for a third season. The show starts the comedian as a middle-aged journalist whose seemingly perfect life is shattered after his wife dies of cancer.
The show’s second season was released on Netflix in April 2020, and Deadline announced its return for a third season in May 2020.
What failed to work on Lifetime became a bonafide hit on Netflix. The thriller series, which stars Penn Badgley as a bookstore manager/serial killer, earned a second life after moving from the cable network to the streamer. Given the huge response it has garnered online in both its freshman and sophomore seasons, it’s no wonder Netflix opted to move forward with a third season. Bagdley and co-star Victoria Pedretti are set to reprise their roles in season three.
‘The Order’ (Renewed)
Netflix has ordered another season of the supernatural thriller series, “The Order.” The show follows a college student who sets out to avenge his mother’s death by pledging a secret order and “lands in a war between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic.” The freshman season earned rave reviews from critics. Season two will arrive sometime in 2020.
‘The Haunting of Hill House’ (Renewed)
The spooky drama, which premiered last fall, will return for a second season, but don’t expect to see the same characters. Netflix has renewed the series as an anthology, so season two will focus on an entirely different story. The sophomore season, titled “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” will be based on Henry James’s gothic novella “The Turn of the Screw.”
‘Sex Education’ (Renewed)
Only weeks after the sophomore season of this series, starring Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield, premiered, Netflix decided to bring it back for more. The streamer ordered a third batch of episodes of the show, which centers on an awkward high school student with a sex therapist mother who sets up an underground sex therapy clinic for students. The streaming service announced the news with a quirky trailer, captured below.
Locke and Key (Renewed)
Netflix has renewed its adaptation of the comic book series “Locke and Key,” which debuted in February 2020. The streamer confirmed the news on social media, writing, “More keys, more demons, more aloha.” According to Deadline, the upcoming season will see heightened stakes for the Locke siblings as they adjust to their new roles as the Keepers of the Keys.
‘Love Is Blind’ (Renewed)
Netflix issued a two-season renewal for its new hit reality series, “Love Is Blind.” The streamer is currently holding online casting and auditions for the show. The third season will reportedly premiere in 2021.
‘The Circle’ (Renewed)
Also coming back to Netflix’s slate of reality shows: “The Circle,” which received a two-season renewal from the streamer in March 2020. The social experiment competition series earned plenty of word-of-mouth following its premiere in January. Season two of the show will premiere sometime in 2021.
Netflix has ordered a 10-episode second season of its romance drama series “Virgin River,” starring Alexandra Breckenridge. The show is based on the bestselling book series by Robyn Carr. Season two will premiere later in 2020.
‘Queer Eye’ (Renewed)
The Fab Five will be back! Ahead of its season five debut this summer, Netflix has preemptively picked up “Queer Eye” for a sixth season. After two seasons set in Georgia, two seasons in Missouri, and an upcoming single season in Philadelphia, the streamer has confirmed that season six will be based out of Austin, Texas.
‘Turn Up Charlie’ (Canceled)
Netflix has opted not to renew the Idris Elba comedy, “Turn Up Charlie,” which stars the actor as a struggling DJ who becomes a “manny” to his best friend’s daughter. The decision comes more than a year after the release of the show’s first season.
“’Turn Up Charlie’ will not return for a second season,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re especially grateful to star and executive producer Idris Elba, who turned his passion for DJing into a witty, heart-warming comedy series.”
‘Merry Happy Whatever’ (Canceled)
Hey everybody. I wanted to let you know that Merry Happy Whatever will unfortunately not be coming back for a second season. Sad news, but I am so happy and grateful that I got to make the episodes we did with such a… https://t.co/gMO57k2MSs
— Tucker Cawley (@TuckerCawley1) March 27, 2020
After one merry season, “Merry Happy Whatever” has been canceled. Netflix axed the holiday-themed comedy after the show earned a lukewarm reception last year.
Creator Tucker Cawley made the announcement on Instagram and Twitter, writing in part, “Sad news, but I am so happy and grateful that I got to make the episodes we did with such a lovely, talented group of actors, writers, directors, producers and crew.”
‘Next In Fashion’ (Canceled)
Netflix has canceled its fashion competition show, “Next in Fashion,” after only one season. Hosted by fashion guru Tan France and style icon Alexa Chung, the 10-episode show featured a group of designers who faced off in different challenges centered on different trends.
‘Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show’ (Canceled)
Seems like a good time to mention #AstronomyClub was sadly not renewed by @netflix. Thank you 🙏🏾 to all the fans who watched! Hoping that more black artists & comedians are given the platform to have voices in the future ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 https://t.co/1yOtbBZQou
— Astronomy Club (@ClubAstronomy) June 3, 2020
“Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show,” which is executive produced by prolific showrunner Kenya Barris, has been canceled at Netflix after one season. The show, which launched in December 2019, featured sketches from the Upright Citizens Brigade’s first all-black troupe, Astronomy Club.
Netflix is bringing back its Latinx dramedy, “Gentefied.” The streaming service has ordered a second eight-episode season of the show, which is based on the digital series of the same name. Executive produced by America Ferrera, the show centers on three Mexican-American cousins who are chasing the American drama in a rapidly changing neighborhood of Los Angeles.
— Diana Gómez (@dianagmz7) June 12, 2020
Netflix has renewed the Spanish language show “Valeria,” based on the popular books by Elisabet Benavent. The show, described as Sex and the City set in Spain, centers on a writer in crisis navigating a tough time in her marriage, with the help of her three best friends. Season two will follow Valeria as she decides whether to move forward with publishing her novel under a pseudonym.
Star Diana Gómez also confirmed the renewal on Twitter.
‘The Witcher’ (Renewed)
We traveled to lands far, and traveled to lands near, #TheWitcher Map Of The Continent is officially here.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) January 10, 2020
“The Witcher” is getting a second season. Netflix renewed the drama, based on the book series of the same name, in late 2019, more than a month before the release of its freshman season. The eight-episode sophomore season was expected to start production in 2020, with an expected debut in 2021, although it’s unclear if the premiere will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Blood & Water ‘(Renewed)
— NetflixSA (@NetflixSA) June 15, 2020
Netflix is bringing back the South African teen drama, “Blood & Water,” for season two. The second season will follow Puleng and Fikile as they deal with the consequences of their explosive confrontation. Stars Khosi Ngema, Ama Qamata, Natasha Thahane, Gail Mabalane, Cindy Mahlangu, Thabang Molaba, Arno Greeff and Dillon Windvogel are all expected to return for the highly anticipated season.
‘Lost in Space’ (Renewed But Ending)
Me, finally being able to tell you season 3 is coming pic.twitter.com/eYJFezlgw2
— Lost In Space on Netflix (@lostinspacetv) March 11, 2020
Netflix has renewed “Lost in Space” for a third season, likely to be released in 2021, which will also double as its last. Season three of the family sci-fi series will chronicle the conclusion of the Robinson family’s space journey towards Alpha Centauri, as envisioned from the start of the show.
“From the beginning, we’ve always viewed this particular story of The Robinsons as a trilogy,” showrunner Zack Estrin told Deadline. “A three-part epic family adventure with a clear beginning, middle and end.”