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13 TV shows Netflix canceled even though critics loved them

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 24 Feb 2020


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 13 Netflix originals beloved by critics that were canceled, from "Glow" to "Bojack Horseman" to, most recently, "Atypical."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Netflix often doesn't like 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.The latest Netflix critical darling to get the ax is "Atypical," which Netflix announced on Monday it renewed for a fourth and final season."BoJack Horseman" is another beloved Netflix series that recently said goodbye. It managed to make it to six seasons before getting cut, which implies it ended on its own terms. But creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg confirmed that it was Netflix's decision and he called out the streaming giant for canceling shows too quickly, referring to "Tuca and Bertie," which he produced.We've rounded up 13 great TV shows that Netflix has canceled. We highlighted shows that received an average score over 85% and ranked them based on critic scores (we broke ties with audience scores). We excluded shows that are concluding with movies, such as "Sense8" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."Below are 13 canceled Netflix shows that critics loved:SEE ALSO:103 of Netflix's notable original TV shows, ranked from worst to best13. "Marvel's Luke Cage" ' canceled after 2 seasonsCritic score: 87%Audience score: 71%Netflix description:"A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn't looking for a fight, but the people need a hero."What critics said: "It takes a season for Luke to find some sense of certainty, for better or for worse. The next step of his journey may be the most fascinating."Indiewire (Season 2)12. "Atypical" ' canceled after 4 seasonsCritic score: 87%Audience score: 95%Netflix description:"When a teen on the autism spectrum decides to get a girlfriend, his bid for more independence puts his whole family on a path of self-discovery."What critics said: "Atypical is proving yet again why it remains the best half-hour on Netflix's slate."Forbes (season 3)11. "Santa Clarita Diet" ' canceled after 3 seasonsCritic score: 89%Audience score:90%Netflix description:"They're ordinary husband and wife realtors until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. In a good way."What critics said: "While season three is the richest and most layered look at marriage and mortality yet, 'Santa Clarita Diet' remains gloriously easy watching."Collider (Season 3)Read more: How to search for movies and shows on Netflix, or use category tags to narrow down your search10. "Easy" ' canceled after 3 seasonsCritic score: 90%Audience score: 86%Netflix description:"Features eight vignettes that follow the complicated, loosely connected lives of young Chicagoans in their 20s and 30s as they tackle love, sex, and self-improvement."What critics said: "The final season fulfills the possibilities of the show's concept, informing it with humanist fury."Slant Magazine (Season 3)Read more: How to delete your Netflix viewing history, and prevent something you've watched from affecting your viewing recommendations9. "Glow" ' canceled after 4 seasonsCritic score: 92%Audience score: 86%Netflix description: "In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind 'Orange Is the New Black.'"What critics said: "Season 3 is a wrestling match between cause and effect, countering every bit of happiness with a proportionally steep cost."The Atlantic (season 3)8. "Marvel's Daredevil" ' canceled after 3 seasonsCritic score:92%Audience score: 92%Netflix description:"Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the superhero Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen, New York City."What critics said: "What's clear is that [showrunner Erik] Oleson and his staff course-correct after an overcrowded second season, returning the focus to the people who live in this story."RogerEbert.com (Season 3)7. "BoJack Horseman" ' canceled after 6 seasonsCritic score: 93%Audience score: 95%Netflix description:"Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s, 20 years later. He's a curmudgeon with a heart of ... not quite gold ... but something like gold. Copper'"What critics said: "A standout season where the typically inward-facing show turns outward, widening the lens to ask what we owe one another."Esquire (season 6)6. "Love" ' canceled after 3 seasonsCritic score: 94%Audience score: 86%Netflix description:"Rebellious Mickey and good-natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy cocreated by Judd Apatow."What critics said: "Love manages to close on its own terms, on an unconventionally hopeful note. But it also provides something that most of us seek but don't often find from our television shows: a couple of genuine surprises we didn't see coming."Vulture (Season 3)5. "Dear White People" ' canceled after 4 seasonsCritic score: 95%Audience score: 51%Netflix description:"Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that's not nearly as 'post-racial' as it thinks."What critics said: "The college campus satire attempts to reconcile two complicated histories, and mostly succeeds."New York Times (season 3)4. "Tuca and Bertie" ' canceled after 1 seasonCritic score: 98%Audience score:66%Netflix description:"Free-spirited toucanTucaand self-doubting song thrushBertie are best friendsand birdswho guide each other through life's ups and downs."What critics said: "Tuca & Bertie handled a wide range of emotion in just one short season with the utmost humor and heartand seeing it canceled before it even had a chance to grow is a blow to fans."Polygon3. "American Vandal" ' canceled after 2 seasonsCritic score: 98%Audience score: 91%Netflix description:"A high school is rocked by an act of vandalism, but the top suspect pleads innocence and finds an ally in a filmmaker. A satirical true-crime mystery."What critics said: "It's better than anyone could have expected, but a little less than they might have hoped."Slate (Season 2)2. "One Day at a Time" ' canceled after 3 seasonsCritic score: 98%Audience score:96%Netflix description:"In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the 'help' of her old-school mom."What critics said: "The heartbeat of 'One Day at a Time' was its spirited insistence that beauty can thrive alongside pain. The series blended multicam-sitcom laughs with a fearless willingness to tackle heavy social issues."The Atlantic1. "Mystery Science Theater 3000" ' canceled after 2 seasonsCritic score: 100%Audience score: 91%Netflix description:"The cult hit returns! Captured by madscientists, new host Jonah survives a blitz of cheesy B movies by riffing on them with his funny robot pals."What critics said:"Jonah's finding a strong dynamic with the Bots, the riffs are tighter, and the shorter episode order allows for a more eclectic (if uneven) batch of enjoyably bad movies."Consequence of Sound (season 2)
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