The best cancelled Netflix TV shows: what were they thinking?
Netflix made a massive mistake with these shows.
Netflix takes no prisoners when it comes to its shows. Even those that have supposed popularity are sometimes destined for the chop, as this best cancelled Netflix TV shows list proves.
UPDATE: Some real belt-tightening has been going on at Netflix, leading to an acceleration of cancelled shows. Sure, some of them probably deserved it. But we've also seen some mildly heartbreaking cancellations over the past six months. Wish 1899 was still going? Or that Netflix hadn't cheaped out on Mindhunter season 3? Give them an upvote below.
It was only a year or so ago we were telling the world that they should give Jupiter’s Legacy a go on Netflix - the big budget superhero series created by Mark Millar. It was a show with lofty ambitions and was meant to be the start of multiple seasons, but that was canned soon after release, with a spin-off show replacing it.
Then recently we said, sure try Cowboy Bebop, that one is a lot of fun. Then the night of the long knives came.
These aren't the first Netflix shows to be cancelled - there have been plenty of other shows that Netflix has decided not to continue with, over 50 in fact.
Here are 10 Netflix shows that should never have been given the boot…
The best cancelled Netflix shows
1. Warrior NunStream now (Netflix)
This fantasy found itself on both the wrong and the right trajectories. Warrior Nun’s second season received even better reviews than the first, but apparently its viewing figures were down, leading to its cancellation. You could argue there’s a good reason, given many of us were in lockdown when the first season arrived. But Warrior Nun isn’t the only victim of Netflix’s 2022 culling spree.
2. Sense8Stream now (Netflix)
A group of eight individuals - from around the world - that are all intrinsically linked by a tragedy makes up the premise for Sense8. It’s as high concept as the come, but looks fantastic thanks to The Wachowskis on board. The problem was, it was expensive and Netflix decided to end it after two seasons. The problem was, there was a massive cliffhanger. In a rare move, Netflix allowed the series to conclude with a feature-length special.
3. The OAStream now (Netflix)
A stunning show with a mix of sci-fi, fantasy and the supernatural, The OA was a revelation when it first aired, playing with things like episode length to defy conventions. Brit Marling creates, writes and stars in the show and it looked like it truly was something special… then Netflix cruelly canned it, leaving the show on a massive cliffhanger. Will it come back? Fans are still petitioning but unfortunately it seems unlikely.
4. I Am Not Okay With ThisStream now (Netflix)
“I am not okay with this” is pretty much what we all said when we found out I Am Not Okay With This was only going to get one season. Based on the Charles Forsman comic, this really is a brilliant coming-of-age drama about a girl with telekinetic powers. Sophia Lillis (Beverly in the movie IT) stars and is utterly fantastic in it. Netflix blamed Covid-19 for the cancelation, which is a real shame.
5. Santa Clarita DietStream now (Netflix)
Another show that’s been hit with the ‘three seasons and out’ curse, Santa Clarita Diet was fantastic fun, about a seemingly normal US family where the mum just so happens to be a zombie. Drew Barrymore is brilliant in anything but is at her best here, with Timothy Olyphant also superb as the devoted husband. This show could have run and run but Netflix, unfortunately, had other ideas.
6. GLOWStream now (Netflix)
The real-life Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling was a fantastic backdrop to GLOW, a show about a group of misfits who get turned into a TV wrestling sensation. All of the actors in it are superb but Betty Gilpin utterly steals the show as the fading actress given a new lease of life. We were just three seasons in when Netflix announced it was no more - and it’s still a crying shame.
7. The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceStream now (Netflix)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a glorious show that updates The Dark Crystal for the modern world. It is a puppet-lead fantasy that really is a sumptuous watch. Unfortunately, though, the Crystal renaissance only lasted a season which is, quite frankly, an outrage.
8. 1899Stream now (Netflix)
This one was right up our street. A moody mystery from the makers of Dark? Set on a ship, 1899 is what you’d get if you smashed Dark and season one of The Terror together. The story got seriously strange in the first season, ended on a cliff-hanger and was promptly cancelled despite solid reviews and ranking well on Netflix’s own top 10 charts. Infuriating stuff.
9. MindhunterStream now (Netflix)
We waited the better part of four years to hear if Mindhunter would return for a third season. The second was shown in 2019, and the show appeared to be in limbo for some time. However, in February 2023 series director David Fincher confirmed the show is done. He suggested the show was considered too expensive to maintain, considering the number of eyeballs it attracted.
10. Archive 81Stream now (Netflix)
This seriously spooky show played around with the found footage genre to create a horror mystery that brings serious chills. The first season - focusing on a film restorer who thinks he's seen something horrifying in the footage he's restorin - felt like it was ready to expand into a second season but it just wasn't to be.
11. Designated SurvivorStream now (Netflix)
It was Netflix that helped Designated Survivor survive the first time around, saving the show from cancellation and giving Keifer Sutherland another chance to play president Tom Kirkman. While it was disappointing for the fans, Sutherland did himself note that “maybe it was time” to say goodbye.
12. The Get DownStream now (Netflix)
A show of epic proportions. Created by Baz Luhrmann it was about the birth of hip-hop, following a group of friends before and after they find fame. The first half is better than the second, but we really would have loved to have seen more of this as it is a beautiful watch that’s packed with amazing music and wondrous set pieces.
13. Chilling Adventures of SabrinaStream now (Netflix)
This light horror show gathered quite a following in its 4-season run. A fifth was planned too, according to show actor Ross Lynch. However, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was among the shows caught up in the chaos caused by the pandemic. Its fourth season wrapped up production in March 2020, just as countries in the west were beginning to apply severe covid restrictions.
14. UncoupledStream now (Netflix)
This Neill Patrick Harris vehicle Uncoupled was never going to change the world. But this relatively small stakes dating and romance comedy series made a refreshing change from the Netflix Originals norm. A middle-aged gay man finds himself single after he is dumped out of the blue 17 years into a relationship. Netflix dumped this one after just one 8-episode season. Some good news for once: Showtime has picked it up for a second season.
15. Tuca & BertieStream now (Netflix)
After finding success producing Bojack Horseman, Lisa Hanawalt went on to create the brilliant Tuca & Bertie, a brilliant show about two 30-year old bird women who live together in an apartment. Critics and audiences loved it - and for good reason, as it’s rare we see a truly female-focused show - but Netflix decided it was worth just one season. The good news is that the show has been revived by Adult Swim, which will be showing a second season very soon!
These are the best Netflix TV shows - some of which are still around.