All The Shows Netflix Has Canceled
Which of your favorites have left Netflix for good?
Netflix has made a huge push in recent years to not only stream content but to become a leader in content creation. From original TV shows to movies (including the 2019 awards show favorite “Roma”), Netflix has become a go-to source for many viewers in search of quality programming.
But as the streaming platform evolves, not every new show the streaming service introduced has stuck around for the long haul. Whether the show had run its course or the show’s viewership wasn’t up to snuff, here’s a list of all the original Netflix shows that came to an end.
Be sure to stream the ones you can before they’re gone for good! And stay tuned to the end of the list for some of your Netflix favorites that are definitely coming back for more seasons.
“The Get Down”
The hip-hop musical was unfortunately met with production delays from the very beginning. That, coupled with a large budget, probably has a lot to do with why the show was canceled after just one season. But the show’s director is confident that “The Get Down’s” story will live on — thanks to the fans.
“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,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Hemlock Grove” came to an end after three seasons in 2015. Thankfully for fans, the show creators knew going in that the third season would be the final season, so they were able to deliver for fans.
“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 in a statement. “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.’”
“Bloodline” ended after its third and final season, which aired in 2017. But, according to Netflix president of content Cindy Holland, the show had a great run.
“‘Bloodline’s’ season three will be the show’s final season,” she said in a statement released to Variety back in 2016. “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!”
The show created by YouTuber Miranda Sings may have been canceled after two seasons on Netflix, but considering the YouTube channel has over five million followers — there’s a chance fans could see the show live on in some capacity on YouTube in the future.
“The Killing” has had an interesting lifespan. It first existed as an AMC production and was previously canceled — twice. Then, Netflix continued to create new episodes when it took ownership of the series. Then the show was ended in the way it was meant to be before leaving Netflix.
Showrunner Veena Sud told The Week, “After coming back from the dead twice, it absolutely feels like a victory lap,” she said. “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.”
What an interesting ride for fans!
Back in 2015, Netflix canceled “Lilyhammer,” which starred Steven Van Zandt as a mob boss who relocates to Norway after flipping on his crew, and it seems as though it was due to some difficult business matters.
“Netflix Presents: The Characters”
The sketch comedy series that offered stand-up comics the chance to write and star in their own episodes was canceled after just one season, likely because of low viewership. However, there are plenty of stand-up comedy specials available to watch on Netflix as a way to make up for it!
According to ScreenRant, Netflix didn’t heavily market “Atelier,” a show surrounding a woman trying to make it in the Japanese fashion industry, which could have left the show with low viewership numbers.
This was yet another international show that Netflix seemed to have a hard time selling to a broad audience. As a result, it ended after one season.
Low viewership led to the cancelation of this show that followed the life of a sheriff in small-town Wyoming. The show streamed on Netflix for three of its six total seasons after being dropped from A&E after season three.
“House of Cards”
The sixth season of “House of Cards” will be its last due to the sexual assault allegations that were brought against Kevin Spacey. The sixth season, which became available in November 2018, continued without Spacey.
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos has said, “We are excited to bring closure to fans.”
After “Sense8” was canceled, there was an onslaught of responses from fans. They didn’t want to see the show go, and Netflix heard their pleas. The show’s not continuing with a final season, but it will return for a two-hour final episode.
“Your love has brought Sense8 back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you!),” the show’s creator announced in a tweet.
The drama starring Kathy Bates was canceled after just one season back in February of 2018. As Variety reports, the show was far from a critical favorite, with a 23 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Gypsy” was canceled after only one season on Netflix, and Decider has some thoughts as to why. They hypothesize that “Gypsy” and “GLOW,” another Netflix series, were vying for the same audience — and “GLOW” majorly won out.
Judd Apatow’s “Love” ended after a three-season run on Netflix.
“[Season 3 is] our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way,” Apatow said.
So at the very least, there’s a happy(ish) ending in it for fans.
The coming-of-age tale “Everything Sucks” will not be returning to Netflix. Show creators and fans alike were disappointed to hear the news.
“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,” the show’s executive producer, Jeff Pinkner, said.
The autobiographical comedy series from Maria Bamford will not be continuing on after two seasons on Netflix. But there are no hard feelings about this from the show’s creator, who tweeted that, “we didn’t get much but what we got was great in every way.”
In 2017, Netflix pulled the plug on the show based on the book “Girlboss,” which followed the life of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Vanity Fair that canceling a show can happen for “a mix” of reasons, but “mostly, it is how many people watch.” So, for “Girlboss,” it could be the case that the viewership just wasn’t what Netflix had hoped for.
In April 2018, Netflix canceled “Seven Seconds,” the show revolving around the death of a teenage African American boy, after just one season. But it seems as though this was meant to be a standalone season from the beginning.
“We loved working with Veena, Regina and the cast and crew of ‘Seven Seconds,'” said Cindy Holland, VP, Original Content, Netflix in a statement. “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.”
“Marco Polo” was canceled after just two seasons and, according to the New York Times, budget could have had a lot to do with it. The company reportedly poured $180 million into the making of this series — so if it was underperforming, even slightly, the need to pull the plug would make sense.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
This award-winning hit Netflix show decided to call it quits. After four seasons — which included a split final season, the second half of which will air starting in January 2019 — the Tina Fey-created series will come to an end. Before you get too sad, however, there’s reportedly a movie in the works that would serve as the show’s final goodbye.
In this case, it was the talk show host herself who chose not to continue on with the show. Chelsea Handler posted a tweet explaining her decision:
“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”
The funny show that made fun of the latest pop culture news hosted by none other than — Joel McHale — won’t be coming back to Netflix now that its initial run is over.
“The Break With Michelle Wolf”
This blend of sketch, live-comedy and guest interviews was canceled by Netflix after just one season.
“A Series Of Unfortunate Events”
The series naturally came to a close after three seasons. Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Count Olaf, told TVLine that the seasons covered the books the series was based on, leaving nothing behind.
“We’re three seasons, all in. We’ve intentionally been very truthful and factual and loyal to the books,” he said.
“Voltron: Legendary Defender”
Season 8 will be the final season for this animated series. The show centers around five heroes who fly on robotic lions and “protect the universe from evil,” according to Netflix.
“Orange Is The New Black”
This hit series has had a great run, but it will not be returning to Netflix after its seventh season. The seventh season is scheduled to air in 2019. The series was one of the first scripted Netflix originals, and it will be sorely missed.
The show’s creator penned a send-off writing, “After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison,” Jenji Cohan reportedly said in a statement. “I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but… fade to black.”
The most recent Marvel series to be released on Netflix has come to an end after just two seasons. Netflix announced it was canceling “Iron Fist” shortly before cutting even more from the Marvel universe. According to SyFy, “Iron Fist” being the first to go makes sense, and it was widely viewed as the least popular series.
The second Marvel series on the chopping block came as more of a surprise. Netflix has also canceled “Luke Cage” after two seasons just one week after announcing the cancellation of “Iron Fist.” Mike Colter, who played Luke Cage, however, isn’t letting this get him down.
“I am forever grateful to Marvel and Netflix for letting me portray such a prolific character, and I thank you amazing fans. As one door closes, another has opened, with the birth of my daughter this week. A lot of great memories. Time to make more,” he wrote on Twitter.
“All About The Washingtons”
The scripted comedy series will not be returning to Netflix after just one season. The show was originally created by ABC, but landed a spot on Netflix when ABC passed on the show, according to Variety. It starred Joseph Simmons, a.k.a Rev Run, and his real-life wife Justine Simmons, who played fictionalized versions of themselves. The plot centered around their fictional family and post-retirement life.
The next of the Marvel shows to bite the dust was “Daredevil.” Netflix announced that after three seasons, the beloved show would not be continuing.
“Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the streaming service said in a statement released to Deadline. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note.”
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) November 30, 2018
The comedic true-crime “mockumentary” will not be returning to Netflix for its third season, according to a statement from Netflix.
“‘American Vandal’ will not return for a third season,” the streaming service shared. “We’re very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix, and to the fans and critics who embraced its unique and unconventional humor.”
However, there could be good news for fans of the series — according to Deadline, the production company behind the show, CBS, is “fielding incoming interest in the Funny Or Die show from other potential buyers.” So, there’s hope this show could continue on another platform in the future.
“The Good Cop”
After first becoming available to stream in September 2018, Netflix announced that the show would not be returning for a second season in November 2018, according to TVLine.
In “The Good Cop,” Tony Danza played the role of a former NYPD officer living with his now-NYPD detective son, played by Josh Groban. Netflix thanked the producers for bringing this father-son moment to screens in their official statement.
“‘The Good Cop’ will not return for a second season,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re grateful to creator Andy Breckman and his fellow producers, writers, the incredible crew and especially stars Tony Danza and Josh Groban for bringing this classic odd couple father-son story to Netflix.”
The Marvel show’s third and final season will air 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.
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.
WHAT’S COMING BACK TO NETFLIX?
It’s not all bad news for Netflix fans. Some of the most beloved shows have gotten renewed for even more seasons, including “Narcos,” the show that follows Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The show “reset” into “Narcos: Mexico” for what would have been its fourth season, and it looks like season two of the respun series is already in the works.
“Santa Clarita Diet”
The show about an average couple who experience a change that leads them “down a road of death and destruction — in a good way,” according to Netflix, got picked up for a third season. So you won’t be saying goodbye to this show just yet. Seasons one and two are available to stream now, by the way.
Netflix has committed to a third season of “GLOW,” though its release date hasn’t been announced. The series follows a fictional women’s wrestling group, and you can binge on seasons one and two as you wait for the third.
This hilarious cooking show is for anyone who’s ever experienced a Pinterest fail in the kitchen! The show’s third season aired in December, and Netflix has yet to announced whether a fourth season will air or not.
The true crime show about serial killers is signed on for a second season. It’s expected sometime in 2019, so enjoy your nightmare-free sleep until then!
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— MINDHUNTER (@MINDHUNTER_) December 19, 2017
The supernatural-psychological show that had fans on the edge of their seats in season one is slated to return for a second season in 2019.
“Alexa & Katie”
The show focusing around to high school-aged best friends returned for a second season in December 2018. Not only is Alexa entering high school, but she’s also battling cancer. Thank goodness she’s got Katie by her side through it all!
Set in a world where a human’s mind can be digitized and stored, a prisoner is given a new body and must solve a mystery to earn his freedom. This plot was interesting enough to stick around for a second season, though apparently, it’ll have a brand-new cast to accommodate its shifting storyline.
Tackling topics of such as bullying amongst teens, the Netflix series “Insatiable” has been granted a second season.
“13 Reasons Why”
This show follows a teenager who’s on a journey to find out why his classmate, Hannah, decided to end her life. It’s been given the green-light for a third season on Netflix in 2019.
A fan favorite, this series that explores the good and bad aspects of technological advances will move forward with its fifth season in 2019.
Following the dramatized events of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, “The Crown” is a fan-favorite that’s getting renewed for a third season on Netflix.
If you’re feeling a little confused, it makes sense! ABC had pulled the plug on the Kiefer Sutherland drama after its second season, but Netflix decided to scoop it up this fall and bring it back for a third season (the timing of its release is TBD).
What’s your favorite Netflix original?