Netflix has become major competition for cable and other streaming networks, and that’s in part thanks to the quality content the subscription service delivers. And while it’s sad to see certain shows go away, the streaming service wouldn’t have room for new shows (Netflix plans to release 700 new shows and movies by the end of 2018 alone) if it didn’t ax others along the way.
Since launching in 2007, Netflix has canceled some of its original programs for a variety of reasons.
Here are the shows that have left Netflix or will leave it soon. Be sure to stream the ones you can before they’re gone for good!
In April, 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.”
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.
Judd Apatow’s “Love” will end after a three-season run on Netflix. For those of you who’ve kept up with the show, this may be alarming to you. But, apparently, you don’t have to worry about the show ending on a bad note.
“[Season 3 is] our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way,” Apatow has 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.
“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.
“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.
“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 will continue 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 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” will end after its third and final season. 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. “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!
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.”
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.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
After four seasons, the Tina Fey-created series will come to an end in May 2018. Before you get too sad, however, there’s reportedly a movie in the works that would serve as the show’s final goodbye.
What’s Been Renewed?
But 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.
Season 2 of the Marvel hit “Jessica Jones” debuted in March 2018, and has officially been renewed for a third season. In other words — get ready for some binge-watching!
“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.
The second season of “GLOW” became available to stream on June 29. The series follows a fictional women’s wrestling group and has already gotten rave reviews online. So, if you didn’t spend last weekend watching this — you know what you’ll be doing this weekend!
“Orange Is The New Black”
Not only is OINTB back for season 6 (premiering July 27), the hit show is already signed on for a seventh season as well.
This hilarious cooking show is for anyone who’s ever experienced a Pinterest fail in the kitchen! The second season became available to stream on June 29, so if you haven’t watched all of the joys of these kitchen fails — you’ve got two full seasons to keep you busy.
“Making A Murder”
Netflix has said there will be a follow-up to the super-successful documentary series about the questionable murder convictions of two men, however details about the second season of the show — including a possible release date — have been thin.
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.
What’s your favorite Netflix original?