10 Netflix Series That Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled

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A Netflix series is a show which is either an original produced and distributed by Netflix or a third party series co-produced and licensed for distribution. Netflix has a tradition of ordering 10 episodes per season with at least two seasons.

If you are part of the million-strong subscribers of Netflix, you surely have your favorite Netflix series you keep close to your heart (or pocket, if you watch on your mobile device). This is why it’s always a bummer whenever Netflix does a housecleaning. No series is safe, even popular ones.

Netflix cancels shows for business reasons, but it doesn’t stop viewers from raising voices in protest. Even critics feel that some series should not have been canceled.

Top-Rated Netflix Series

Before we tackle our list of Netflix series that got the boot, we’ll give you a run-down of the most acclaimed Netflix series. The scores were taken from online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.


Score: 89%

Release dates: August 28, 2015 – present

Number of seasons: 3

Number of episodes: 30

Narcos is a crime drama show based on the story of the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. The show is set and filmed in Colombia, where Escobar ruled his drug empire. The series focuses on the life of Escobar and his rise to the top of the crimeunderworld,as well as his dealings with other drug cartels and drug enforcement agencies.

BoJack Horseman

Score: 89%

Release dates: August 22, 2014 – present

Number of seasons: 4

Number of episodes: 49

BoJack Horseman is an adult animated drama series starring Will Arnett. Set in an alternate reality Hollywood, the show features the washed-up actor-horse BoJack Horseman. The show is popular for its satirical but realistic take on issues like politics, current events, depression, addiction, and show business.

Orange is the New Black

Score: 90%

Release dates: July 11, 2013 – present

Number of seasons: 6

Number of episodes: 78

Orange Is The New Black is a comedy-drama set in a minimum-security prison. The series is based on the 2010 memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.” The show highlights the prison life of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her 30s sentenced to 15 months in prison for drug smuggling.

Marvel’s Daredevil

Score: 88%

Release dates: April 10, 2015 – present

Number of seasons: 2

Number of episodes: 26

Marvel’s Daredevil is an action series based on the Marvel superhero character Daredevil. The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and the masked vigilante Daredevil by night. This series is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Other notable top-rated Netflix series are 13 Reasons Why, Anne With An E, W/ Bob and David, and Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

10 Netflix Series That Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled

Here are 10 Netflix series we feel should not have gotten the boot.

1. House of Cards

Score: 80%

Release date: February 1, 2013

Cancelation date: Sixth season will be the last

Number of seasons: 5

Reason for cancelation: Kevin Spacey

Political thriller drama House of Cards shot into popularity because of its gripping story and the performances of its actors, notably Kevin Spacey who portrayed the manipulative politician Frank Underwood. The show gained critical acclaims, including 33 Emmy nominations and a Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Spacey.

Interestingly, what Spacey built, Spacey destroyed. The series crumbled like a house of cards due to his involvement in sexual misconduct allegations. It forced Netflix to fire him, sealing the fate of the series for a sixth and final season, which will be shown on November 2018.

2. Sense8

Score: 84%

Release date: June 5, 2015

Cancelation date: June 8, 2018

Number of seasons: 2

Reason for cancelation: Cost of production

When it was first released, sci-fi drama Sense8 baffled viewers because of its confusing premise and dragging pace. But as the episodes picked up, the series gained positive responses, leading to 2 Emmy nominations. This Netflix series features a multinational ensemble cast about a group of 8 individuals known as “sensates”: humans who are linked mentally and emotionally, which allows them to communicate with and sense each other.

Netflix axed the series after two seasons despite the show’s popularity. The network cited high production costs.

3. Gypsy

Score: 36%

Release date:  June 30, 2017

Cancelation date: June 30, 2017

Number of seasons: 1

Reason for cancelation: Poor reception

The psychological thriller Gypsy earned itself the reputation as the fastest Netflix series to be canceled. The show only premiered for one season, due to the cold-shoulder treatment it got from the viewers. The series stars Naomi Watts, who played Jean Holloway, a psychiatrist who invades the private lives of her patients.

4. The Get Down

Score: 80%

Release date: August 12, 2016

Cancelation date: April 7. 2017

Number of seasons: 1

Reason for cancelation: High costs and production issues

The musical, historical drama The Get Down gained traction because of two things: the birth of hip-hop and director Baz Luhrmann. This Netflix series is set in New York during the 1970s and follows the lives and musical career of a group of teenage boys.

The first season earned positive responses from viewers and critics. Props were given to the show’s music, cinematography, and production design. However, due to personal commitments from Luhrmann and the cost of production, the series was canned after only one season.

5. Disjointed

Score: 23%

Release date: August 25, 2017

Cancelation date: January 12, 2018

Number of seasons: 1

Reason for cancelation: Bad reviews

Stoner comedy series Disjointed got nipped in the bud (pun unintended) before it can spread the good vibes. This high-roller sitcom penned by Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre starred Kathy Bates as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a marijuana legalization advocate, and her team of “budtenders.” The show features the misadventures of Feldman and her marijuana business’ run-ins with drug enforcement agencies.

Netflix snuffed out the fire from the show after receiving mostly negative reviews from critics. The series only lasted for 20 episodes.

6. Marco Polo

Score: 62%

Release date: December 12, 2014

Cancelation date: July 1. 2016

Number of seasons: 2

Reason for cancelation: Losses for Netflix

Marco Polo chronicles the famed adventurer’s early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire in the 12th century. The show stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo and Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan. This Netflix series became popular with its creative re-imagining of the encounter between Polo and Khan.

The show’s journey only lasted for 2 seasons as Netflix took the wind out its sails. The high production costs reportedly cost Netflix $200 million on losses.

7. Everything Sucks

Score: 72%

Release date: February 16, 2018

Cancelation date: April 6, 2018

Number of seasons: 1

Reason for cancelation: Unknown

High school-themed shows are boom-or-bust kind of shows to make. Unfortunately for Everything Sucks, it sucked, and Netflix had to close the show’s doors.

This teen comedy-drama Netflix series is a parody of the teen culture during the 1990s. It is set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon and focuses on the lives of a group of teenagers as they grapple with issues of growing up. According to reviews, while the show originally showed promise, it failed to set itself apart due to its poor character development and use of cliches.

8. Lady Dynamite

Score: 97%

Release date: May 20, 2016

Cancelation date: November 10, 2017

Number of seasons: 2

Reason for cancelation:  Unknown

Lady Dynamite is a comedy series loosely based on the life of stand-up comedienne Maria Bamford, who plays as herself. The series follows the life of Bamford as she moves back to Los Angeles after six months of recovery from a hospitalization in which she wrestled with her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This Netflix series is notable for the use of flashbacks to supply information about Bamford’s personal and social life.

Netflix did not renew the series for a third season for unknown reasons.

9. Lilyhammer

Score: 63%

Release date: January 25, 2012

Cancelation date: December 17, 2014

Number of seasons: 3

Reason for cancelation: Netflix decision

Lilyhammer is a Norwegian-American produced tv series about the life of Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano as an exiled former New York gangster. The series follows his life in the Norwegian municipality of Lillehammer and his relationships with its residents.

Lilyhammer was marketed as Netflix’s first exclusive content. It paved the way for other Netflix originals to follow. However, this claim was not enough to save the series from the cutting table as the company canceled the show after 3 seasons. The series gained fame for its subtle humor and portrayal of the scenic ski town Lillehammer.

10. Seven Seconds

Score: 78%

Release date: February 23, 2018

Last airing: April 18, 2018

Number of seasons: 1

Reason for cancelation: Netflix considered it a “limited series.”

Seven Seconds is a crime drama about an investigation of the death of a young black boy and his family’s coping with the loss. The series bravely puts the spotlight on sensitive issues such as racial tensions, violence, and injustice. The show stars Beau Knapp and Clare-Hope Ashitey.

The series was not renewed for a second season as Netflix announced that it will be a “limited series.”


When your favorite Netflix series gets canceled, it’s a real bummer. But if it is any consolation, Netflix is producing original contents like crazy, with about 700 shows to be streamed in 2018 alone. So fret not, for your next favorite might come soon.

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