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Netflix Keeps Cancelling Its Best Original Shows

Dave Parrack 26-06-2017

Netflix has cancelled Girlboss after just one season. And that’s the third show Netflix has cancelled in the space of a month, with both The Get Down and Sense8 also biting the dust. Unfortunately, this trend looks set to continue, with Netflix ruthlessly canning any show that doesn’t find an audience.


The world of television is changing, with streaming TV services Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? It has been years since we've compared heavy-hitting streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. And with changes in pricing, content, quality, and interface, we thought it was time to revisit the topic. Read More forcing the medium to evolve. However, some things look set to stay the same. Such as networks cancelling shows on a whim, without any notice, and before they’ve had a chance to find viewers and build a following. For proof, see Netflix.

Cancelled, Cancelled, and Thrice Cancelled

Earlier this month Netflix cancelled The Get Down and Sense8. The former was a big-budget show dramatically documenting the rise of hip-hop, while the latter was a science fiction drama from the same people who made The Matrix. Now, Netflix has cancelled Girlboss after just one season.

These three shows were all Netflix Originals 7 Awesome Netflix Originals You Should Watch ASAP Despite only producing its own content for a short period of time, Netflix has created some fantastic original shows. Here are seven Netflix Originals we recommend you watch as soon as possible. Read More , commissioned by and produced for streaming service. And yet they have all been culled after just one or two seasons. Netflix doesn’t reveal viewing figures, but it has to be assumed these shows failed to live up to expectations.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’ Chief Content Officer. recently told Variety, “Relative to what you spent, are people watching it?… A big expensive show for a huge audience is great. A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long.”

And that’s the point. When it really comes down to it Netflix is now just like any other television network. And the bottom line is always that if not enough people are watching a show that show can and will disappear. It’s an unpalatable truth, but a truth nonetheless.


Netflix built up some goodwill by saving shows traditional TV couldn’t find room for. Shows such as Arrested Development and Trailer Park Boys. However, it’s now just as likely to break the hearts of people who have invested time and energy into a show as any other television network.

It Takes Time to Find an Audience

Whether you liked or disliked the three shows Netflix has cancelled is immaterial. The important thing is Netflix has cancelled them so early in their run. Seinfeld and Family Guy both famously took several seasons to find an audience. Sadly, it looks as though most Netflix Originals 15 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2017 Netflix is now producing its own original content. And some of the new Netflix Originals set to debut in 2017 definitely look like they'll be worth watching. Read More won’t be afforded the same opportunity to find their feet before they’re cancelled.

Do you pay for Netflix? Have you appreciated the switch to original content? Or would you prefer a bigger catalog? Did you watch The Get Down, Sense8, and/or Girlboss? If so, how do you feel about Netflix cancelling them? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. ella
    May 31, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I am extreamly upset after finding out that everything sucks has been cancelled i was really looking forward to season 2 and finding out how the story would play out. I cant believe netflix are cancelling so many shows and i would love for them to bring back everything sucks as i dont pay membership for them to council shows after 1 season.

  2. cpqtdm
    April 16, 2018 at 4:38 am

    I am tired of watching these shows and then the show is canceled soon after.
    What's the point? Netflix is having an identity crisis or what? I'm paying to watch these shows and then they are cancelled. Waste of money, if you ask me. What are you doing , Netflix?

  3. Sheena
    January 1, 2018 at 5:54 am

    My hubby and I LOVED Sense 8 and were so sad to hear it got cancelled - really a shame!!! Bring it back Netflix!!

  4. Kailianna
    July 13, 2017 at 6:13 am

    It's hard to know if I like the shows or not because the moment I start getting into them, Netflix cancels them. It is actually starting to piss me off because it is making it really hard to find a show worth watching. I almost don't want to watch anything because it might get cancelled so what's the point. Those weren't the ony shows cancelled before they got a chance to gain an audience. That tends to be the ongoing trend with netflix now and I don't know how much longer I will be paying for it.

  5. Phil N
    June 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Sense 8 was boring. Never saw the other two.

  6. jourdefête
    June 28, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Girlboss wasn't a good show. I prefer Netflix cancels weak shows to produce more other new shows.

  7. shawn su
    June 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    sens8 is hardly a good show. it has great potential but the pacing of the story is unbearably slow and any normal person would lose interest after one season

  8. jbelkin
    June 27, 2017 at 2:53 am

    You;re wrong - the shows were up for a FULL YEAR and you could watch them ALL at ANY TME - do you even know how Netflix works? NO ONE WATCHED the canceled shows. I saw them - THEY WERE BORING and no reason to bring them - BTW, most had weak or middling reviews and when there are literally 470 series to pick from, these guys had a shot and delivered a BORING show - time to move on. You really ought to know how Netflix shows work - deliver or die. Bring on something else.

    • Phil N
      June 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Exactly the best shows like House of Cards, Kimmie Schmidt, Orange is the New Black, and Stranger Things are still running.

  9. Rigbee Dugane
    June 27, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I subscribe to Netflix streaming. I had no interest in Girlboss or The Get Down, so never watched them.
    I'm a huge fan of the Wachowskis, but couldn't get through the first episode of Sense8.
    I'll not cry over the loss of any of these movies. Hopefully, they'll be replaced by something with a wider appeal.

  10. Metu
    June 27, 2017 at 2:15 am

    We subscribe to Netflix streaming and would prefer to have a bigger catalog instead of more original content. Some of the original content is quite good, but balancing original with catalog content would be a much better idea. We did not watch the three canceled shows mentioned.

    • likefunbutnot
      June 27, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Studios aren't terribly interested in helping Netflix improve its already broad reach in to homes. Netflix really has to produce original content going forward because it can't compete with Amazon for access to Hollywood blockbusters and since every media company has its own subscription service in some stage of development.
      Netflix already does a fantastic job of delivering niche content like documentaries, and the truth is that big-name movies and TV shows are always going to be available SOMEWHERE. But we as subscribers are better off if Netflix is building its own content library. Orange is the New Black and Daredevil and House of Cards at least give Netflix a seat at the table with creators come around to pitch their ideas, and a credible stable of content also gives Netflix a voice when dealing with other media companies. Netflix originals that attract both creators and audiences mean more than who holds the streaming rights to Suicide Squad.

  11. Squalle
    June 27, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Sense8 took almost the entire first season to just get going. Who's fault is that?

    • Delta
      June 27, 2017 at 12:54 am

      Get going? Did you expect the story arc to end before it began? Short attention span anyone? Long complex, involved and thought-provoking stories are what makes for a great series.

      • Squalle
        July 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

        I'm afraid you misinterpret my meaning. It wasn't a complaint that the first season seemed slow. For me, anyway, once it started picking up, it REALLY picked up.
        I think it's natural for a show like Sense8 to really get into the swing of things, maybe partially because there are eight main characters. So you're seeing things about their lives, and you're their getting back stories. All the while, you're trying to figure out what all this has to do with the other main characters. So of course it's going to seem slow and feel drawn out. But once you start catching on to these things it really speeds up.
        I watched season 2 in about 1/3 of the time it took for season 1. And, of course, I can't wait for the 2 hr special coming next year to wrap it up!

    • likefunbutnot
      June 27, 2017 at 2:55 am

      I think that's a gross mischaracterization. The first episode was meant to be a hook to answer questions that were asked over the remainder of the season, for a show that was paced for binge watching. I saw the first episode and I definitely wanted to know more, but I also realized that the series as a whole had sumptuous cinematography and was stridently diverse in its attempt to depict human experience.
      I trusted JMS and the Wachowskis to tell a compelling story and I think they delivered, and if they leaned a bit closer to psychic super-heroes rather than a Philip K. Dick exploration of consciousness and the self, I'm not going to blame them. It was a fun ride and I'm sad that it's gone.

  12. sfmitch
    June 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I liked Girl Boss and wasn't happy to hear that Netflix cancelled it.

    • Ash
      June 28, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Exactly I lived all three of those shows so much! Girl boss was funny and so interesting I watched the entire show in one sitting I literally couldn't get off the couch. And other shows Especially sense 8 it was a completely new and addicting original story. The show portrayed true diversity and actual trans characters and gave name to many amazing actors from all over the world. I understand as well that shows like the getdown are expensive but the music was amazing and cinamatically there world was like a fantasy in the 1980s I'm sad to see them go.

    • Watcher
      June 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Yep, Girlboss was good!