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 recent history, 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.
‘The Order’ (Canceled)
Netflix’s horror-drama series “The Order” will not be returning for a third season. Series creator Dennis Heaton announced the news on Twitter.
“For two seasons I was honored to work with an incredible cast and crew on ‘The Order’ for @Netflix,” Heaton wrote. “It was one of the best experiences of my career. Unfortunately, we aren’t returning, but I will always cherish the memories and the props I stole. Thank you all for watching.”
Netflix has opted not to renew “Away,” the space drama series starring Hilary Swank. The streamer announced the cancellation in October 2020, about a month after the first season premiered. According to Esquire, the show’s costly budget may have been a contributing factor in the decision, with each episode reportedly costing Netflix over $6 million.
‘Space Force’ (Renewed)
“Space Force” will return for a second season. The comedy stars Steve Carrell as a decorated pilot who finds himself in charge of a newly formed Space Force, despite his longstanding dream of running the Air Force. Per Variety, season two will begin filming in 2021.
‘Emily In Paris’ (Renewed)
Netflix is officially heading back to Paris. The streaming service has renewed “Emily in Paris” — which comes as a surprise to nobody — for a second season. Though the show, starring Lily Collins, earned somewhat mixed reviews from critics, it garnered significant buzz on social media. Production will reportedly resume in Paris next spring.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ (Renewed)
Netflix’s comic book adaptation, “The Umbrella Academy,” will return for a third season. Like the two seasons before it, the show’s third run will include 10 hour-long episodes. Season three will start filming in February 2021, with the series likely set to premiere later that year.
‘Narcos: Mexico’ (Renewed)
“Narcos: Mexico” is continuing its journey at Netflix. The show has been renewed for a third season with a new showrunner. Co-creator and executive producer Carlo Bernard will reportedly replace former showrunner Eric Newman for its next run. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama remains a top global performer for Netflix.
‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ (Renewed)
“The Baby-Sitters Club” is staying open for business. Netflix renewed the YA series, which is based on Ann M. Martin’s bestselling novels of the same name, for a second season. The streamer announced the news with a celebratory video featuring the cast. Season two will debut sometime in 2021.
‘Cobra Kai’ (Renewed)
“Cobra Kai” has a third season set to premiere in January 2021, but that’s not the only reason fans of the show should be celebrating. The series, a continuation of the “Karate Kid” franchise, has just been renewed for a fourth season. Set 30 years after the original films, “Cobra Kai” first debuted on YouTube Premium before moving to Netflix for season three.
‘F Is For Family’ (Final Season)
“F Is For Family” is coming back for one more run. Netflix recently renewed the animated adult comedy, co-created by Bill Burr, for its fifth and final season. The last batch of episodes is expected to air sometime in 2021, although a premiere date has not yet been confirmed.
‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ (Canceled)
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” won’t be getting a second season. Netflix has confirmed the cancellation of the epic fantasy series, which served as a prequel to the 1982 film.
“We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” executive producer Lisa Henson said, according to Deadline. “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future.”
‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ (Renewed)
Netflix’s adventures in Jurassic World will continue. The streamer has ordered a second season of “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous,” the animated series set against the timeline of the “Jurassic World” film. The show follows a group of six teenagers who get stranded at an adventure camp when dinosaurs begin wreaking havoc on the island. Season two will premiere in 2021.
‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’ (Canceled)
Netflix is not moving forward with a second season of “Teenage Bounty Hunters.” The streamer confirmed the cancellation in October, just two months after the show’s debut. The series followed two fraternal twins who team up with an experienced bounty hunter to start bringing in local criminals.
‘White Lines’ (Canceled)
Following the reports in the press over the past couple of days and for all those asking me on here, it’s with a heavy heart I post the #WhiteLines season 2 ship has well and truly sailed. Huge thanks, respect and… https://t.co/U1s4GYbK43
— Daniel Mays (@DanielMays9) August 13, 2020
Netflix has canceled the thriller series “White Lines” after only one season. The show followed a woman’s quest to uncover the truth behind her brother’s disappearance. Cast member Daniel May announced the news on social media. “Following the reports in the press over the past couple of days and for all those asking me on here, it’s with a heavy heart I post the #WhiteLines season 2 ship has well and truly sailed,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘The Dragon Prince’ (Renewed)
— The Dragon Prince (@thedragonprince) July 24, 2020
Good news for fans of “The Dragon Prince”: Netflix has issued a multi-season renewal for the fantasy series. The show, currently in its third season, has been picked up for the entire seven-season saga, as announced at the virtual Comic-Con event in July. Netflix later confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “It’s happening. #TheSagaIsComing.”
‘Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj’ (Canceled)
What a run. @patriotact has come to an end. I got to work with the best writers, producers, researchers, and animators in the game. My 2 babies were born and grew up with the show. TY to @Netflix and everyone who watched. Now it’s time to return these screens to Best Buy 😎 pic.twitter.com/4s4TrsKWe6
— Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) August 18, 2020
Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix talk show won’t be back for a seventh season. The comedian announced the cancellation on Twitter, writing in part, “What a run. ‘Patriot Act’ has come to an end. I got work with the best writers, producers, researchers and animators in the game.”
‘October Faction’ (Canceled)
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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)
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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)
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“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.”
After A&E gave the Western drama the boot after its third season, Netflix made outraged fans happy when it picked up the series for seasons four through six. The sixth and final season aired on Netflix in 2017, and you can stream all six seasons on the platform.
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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.
‘Altered Carbon’ (Canceled)
Netflix has canceled “Altered Carbon” after two seasons. The show, based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel of the same name, followed the adventures of elite interstellar warriors. According to Deadline, the streamer’s decision to ax the show is not COVID-related, but based on its standard review of costs vs. viewership.
‘Warrior Nun’ (Renewed)
“Warrior Nun,” inspired by Ben Dunn’s Manga series, has been renewed for season two. The show revolves around a 19-year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers. Netflix confirmed the news by tweeting a video of showrunner Simon Barry sharing the news about the renewal to the cast, including Alba Baptista, Toya Turne and more.
‘The Goop Lab’ (Renewed)
Netflix has renewed Gwyneth Paltrow’s controversial docuseries based on her wellness empire. Season two will reportedly consist of another round of six, 30-minute episodes focusing on a variety of lifestyle topics, including sex, intimacy and more. Paltrow will return as one of the show’s hosts and executive producers.
‘The Society’ (Canceled)
Netflix has changed its mind about “The Society.” The streamer reversed its renewal decision about the YA drama due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After initially getting renewed last summer, filming on the show was delayed for months. According to Deadline, lingering uncertainty around production dates and unexpected budget increases ultimately led Netflix to cancel the series.
‘I Am Not Okay With This’ (Canceled)
Like “The Society,” Netflix’s comedy-drama “I Am Not Okay With This” has been canceled due to COVID-19-related circumstances. Though the show’s renewal was never officially announced, it was reportedly expected to start filming a second season before the start of the pandemic, which later led to production and budget issues.
‘Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love’ (Canceled)
Netflix has decided not to order a second season of the multi-camera family sitcom, “Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love.” The series followed a teen prodigy named Ashley Garcia, who moves in with her uncle from the other side of the country for a chance to work for NASA. The show will air one more original episode, a Christmas special to be released this December.
‘The Big Show Show’ (Canceled)
Netflix also opted to ax the family sitcom, “The Big Show Show.” The series starred WWE wrestler Big Show as a father of three daughters. Co-creator Jason Berger confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “On behalf of the staff, cast, and crew of #thebigshowshow…thank you to everyone who watched either with your fam or alone in your basement. Netflix was a dream to work with AND we had a blast making the show.”
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.”
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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.
‘No Good Nick’ (Canceled)
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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 Kominsky Method’ (Final Season)
The Kominsky Method has been renewed for a third and final season.
Creator Chuck Lorre said, “It’s been an incredible experience to see the warm response from both audiences and critics. I’m excited to wrap up the story with this final chapter.”
— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) July 2, 2020
“The Kominsky Method” is getting one final season. Netflix has renewed the Chuck Lorre-produced comedy, which stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, for season three, which will also double as its farewell run.
“’The Kominsky Method’ has been a true passion project for me and it’s been an incredible experience to see the warm response from both audiences and critics. I’m excited to wrap up the story with this final chapter,” Lorre said of the renewal in a statement.
‘Sweet Magnolias’ (Renewed)
— Sweet Magnolias (@SweetMagnolias) July 23, 2020
Netflix is bringing back its romance drama, “Sweet Magnolias,” for a sophomore season. The show, based on the series of novels by Sherryl Woods, debuted earlier this year to largely positive reviews. Set in the fictional city of Serenity, South Carolina, the drama follows three best friends as they juggle relationships, family and their professional endeavors in the small town.
The first season ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, so fans will be relieved to get some answers when season two arrives.
‘The Last Kingdom’ (Renewed)
— The Last Kingdom (@TheLastKingdom) July 7, 2020
“The Last Kingdom” will return to Netflix for a fifth season. Based on Bernard Cornwell’s “The Saxon Stories,” the show follows the adventures of Uhtred, a warrior in 10th century England charged with training King Edward’s first-born son. Season 5 will adapt the ninth and 10th books from Cornwell’s series, “The Warriors of the Storm” and “The Flame Bearer”.
— Netflix (@netflix) April 6, 2020
Netflix is also bringing back its family comedy, “#blackAF.” The show stars creator and executive producer Kenya Barris as a fictionalized version of himself living in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
‘Dead to Me’ (Final Season)
tag yourself we’re the section of blanket being clutched by judy’s right hand pic.twitter.com/MQk339mgos
— Dead To Me (@deadtome) July 3, 2020
Don’t worry, “Dead to Me” fans — that season two cliffhanger won’t be the end for the series. Netflix has renewed the dark comedy, starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, for a third and final season.
Applegate addressed the renewal on Twitter, writing, “I will miss these ladies. But we felt this was the best way to tie up the story of these women. Thank you to all the fans. We will be getting back to work when it is safe to do so. Much love.”
‘Never Have I Ever’ (Renewed)
❗️❗️ MAITREYI GOT BANGS ❗️❗️ oh yeah, and Never Have I Ever got a season 2 🙃 pic.twitter.com/sHJhjQMmXb
— Never Have I Ever (@neverhaveiever) July 1, 2020
“Never Have I Ever,” Netflix’s coming-of-age comedy created by Mindy Kaling, is getting a second season. The cast confirmed the renewal on Instagram, posting video from a Zoom call in which star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan shares the happy news with her costars.
‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (Canceled)
It all comes down to one last Chilling Adventure. Our final chapter is coming later this year. Coven forever. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/T0jkwAc1wJ
— Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (@sabrinanetflix) July 9, 2020
Sabrina and her crew have come to the end of their spooky adventures. Netflix has pulled the plug on the Kiernan Shipka-starrer, which takes place in the Archieverse alongside “Riverdale” and the recently canceled “Katy Keene.” “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” will air its final eight episodes later this year.
“Ozark” will be back for one more season. The fan-favorite Netflix drama will get a supersized fourth and final season, consisting of 14 episodes instead of the usual 10. Season four will be split into two parts, split into seven episodes each.
‘Tuca Bertie’ (Canceled)
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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.
“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.
‘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.”
‘Into the Night’ (Renewed)
Netflix is bringing back “Into the Night” for another drama-packed season. The show follows the passengers and crew of an overnight flight who must fight for survival amid a mysterious cosmic disaster.
“We’ve been thrilled by the global response to ‘Into the Night,’ and I’m excited to share that we’ll be doing a second season,” creator and writer Jason George said in a statement. “It’s been amazing to see how fans across the world have connected with the multinational passengers and crew of BE Airways Flight 21. We are excited to continue their journey.”
‘Outer Banks’ (Renewed)
— Outer Banks (@obxonnetflix) July 24, 2020
The Pogues are headed for more drama. Netflix has renewed breakout show “Outer Banks” for a second season. The YA series follows a group of local teens, known as the Pogues, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, who are forced to make life-altering decisions after a hurricane kills the power and sets off a chain of dangerous events.
‘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.
‘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.”
After previously renewing GLOW for a fourth and final season, Netflix has reversed course and pulled the plug on the female wrestling dramedy. The decision was reportedly made as the series faces continued production delays and financial concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation came as a surprise to both the show’s cast and fans, who have since started a petition urging the streamer to give the series a proper ending with a two-hour movie.