- Netflix often sees little value in long-running TV shows, which has led to some critically acclaimed series getting the boot early in their runs.
- We looked at 26 Netflix originals beloved by critics that were canceled, from “Glow” to “Teenage Bounty Hunters.”
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Netflix doesn’t love long-running TV shows and sometimes that means great shows get the ax early.
The streaming giant has canceled plenty of shows that upset fans but were panned by TV critics, such as “Everything Sucks!” and “Gypsy.” But it’s canceled ones that were critically acclaimed, too.
Netflix often doesn’t see the value in shows that exceed 30 episodes (usually two to three seasons) because they become too expensive and too difficult for new viewers to jump into, Deadline reported last year. That means shows like “American Vandal,” “One Day at a Time,” and more have been given the boot earlier than fans, and critics, would have hoped.
On Monday, Netflix canceled “Glow” after three seasons, scrapping plans for a fourth and final season that was announced last year.
“COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show,” the series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch told Deadline. “Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of ‘Glow.’ We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that’s gone.”
The streamer also canceled “Teenage Bounty Hunters” after one season on Monday. Other Netflix critical darlings to get the ax this year were “The Kominsky Method” and “Dead to Me” after their upcoming third seasons and “Ozark,” which was renewed for a fourth and final season after season three was its best reviewed yet.
We’ve rounded up 26 great TV shows that Netflix has canceled. We highlighted shows that received an average score over 85% on Rotten Tomatoes or whose final seasons were above 85%, and ranked them based on the average scores. We broke ties with audience scores and if those were the same, with the final season score.
We limited the list to shows that ended with four seasons or fewer on Netflix, which didn’t include “BoJack Horseman” and other shows. In the case of a show like “Lucifer,” which Netflix revived for a fourth season after Fox canceled it, and has renewed for seasons five and six, we included it because it received just three new seasons on Netflix.
In the case of “Patriot Act,” it aired six “volumes” but only lasted two years, so we counted it. It didn’t have enough reviews for an average score on Rotten Tomatoes, so we ranked it based on just its season one critic score.
To fans’ and critics’ delight, though, a couple of these shows have been revived elsewhere.
“One Day at a Time,” which Netflix canceled after three seasons, debuted its fourth season on the Pop network this year. “Tuca and Bertie” was revived for a second season by Adult Swim.
Below are 26 canceled Netflix shows that critics loved: