Netflix needs to stop canceling shows before they reach their full potential

I’ll probably never watch The OA – and that’s a real shame. Most likely. I’m not sure, I’ve never watched it. But, according to dear friends and colleagues, the show had turned into something quite special by the end of the second season. Yet despite a mind-blowing twist (which I’ve only heard of), Netflix has decided to cancel the series, and I can’t commit to watching a story that will never end.

The OA isn’t exactly an outlier either. Netflix has made a habit of canceling shows before they reach the conclusion their creators intended. The Society, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Anne With an E were all unceremoniously deleted. These are just the shows with the loudest fanbases. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, American Vandal, and Archive 81 have been tossed onto the big pile of abandoned TV shows.

The streamer (notoriously secretive about why he makes decisions) apparently prioritizes flashy, name-driven new series as a way to attract new subscribers. There are many mathematical loops to go through to figure out why some shows continue and others don’t, but Netflix undoubtedly has a formula or algorithm for determining which products are the most profitable for its goals of internet dominance.

However, this formula may require readjustment. Netflix has announced that its subscriber count has dropped for the first time ever. The company offers several reasons, and Chief Executive Reed Hastings said it will offer an improved level of advertising and crack down on password sharing. It sounds like ways Netflix can boost revenue, but there are two major factors that social media has jumped on as to why they’re losing faith in the streamer: prices are rising and shows are constantly being canceled.

End of Dark Crystal Age of Resistance

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The prices speak for themselves – many people simply cannot afford streaming services as daily costs increase tenfold due to inflation. Canceled shows, however, are something Netflix needs to reconsider. People are tired of cancellations. Just ask the #SaveTheOA group, who campaigned tirelessly online for the show to return. Consider what might have happened had Netflix invested in The OA. Dividends could have been significant, as big series take time to materialize.

Just watch Breaking Bad. The early seasons were moderately successful for AMC, with Walter White’s saga proving to be a compelling story, even if not everyone was watching. Then the show came to Netflix, back when the swamp of content wasn’t too big, and everyone was paying attention. By the fifth and final season, everyone was talking about Breaking Bad. Game of Thrones also took years to grow into the giant it has become. The first season averaged 2.52 million viewers, while the last drew 11.99 million. I’m not saying The OA compares to Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones – again, I really don’t know, I haven’t watched the show – but, given that the first season had a score of 77% for Rotten Tomatoes, followed by a second season earning a 92% positive rating, all indications are that the continuation of the series may have made fans more vocal, causing more people like me to tune in to the series.

Now, a show I watched proves this point: Tuca & Bertie. The first season was released on Netflix in May 2019 to rave reviews. Not enough people watched the anime series – which features the voices of Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun – and the series was canceled in July. By the end of the year, several publications (including ours) called the series one of the best shows of 2019. In May 2020, Adult Swim announced that Tuca & Bertie would be returning, and when the second season, it earned a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and another season renewal on Adult Swim.

Netflix took the leap when it came to canceling Tuca & Bertie, and it’s unclear how many other discontinued shows might have gone on to grow. Archive 81, GLOW, The Get Down, Sense8, Altered Carbon, Jupiter’s Legacy and Cowboy Bebop – what if they had a chance to develop properly? Not every series would have been a hit, but Netflix decided to invest only in series that immediately dominate the world (Stranger Things, Squid Game and The Crown) or in cheaper reality shows (Love is Blind, Queer Eye). One even wonders if the Netflix original hits – Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bojack Horseman – would have avoided the Netflix guillotine for as long as they did if they had been made today. Netflix needs to invest in shows that aren’t just splashy new series, or the streamer will never run its own Game of Thrones.


Netflix can be annoying when it comes to canceling shows, but there’s always great content on the streamer. Be sure to check out our lists of the best Netflix shows and the best Netflix movies for more.


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I will probably never watch The OA – and that’s a damn shame. Probably. I’m not sure, I’ve never watched it. But, according to friends and colleagues that I hold dear, the series had transformed into something quite special by the second season’s conclusion. Yet, despite a mind-bending twist (which I’ve only heard about), Netflix decided to cancel the show, and I can’t commit to watching a story that will never have an ending. 
The OA’s not exactly an outlier, either. Netflix has made a habit of canceling shows before they reach their creators’ intended conclusion. The Society, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Anne With an E were all unceremoniously axed. Those are just the series with the loudest fanbases. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, American Vandal, and Archive 81 have been thrown onto the great pile of discarded TV shows.
The streamer (notoriously secretive about why it makes decisions) seemingly prioritizes flashy, name-driven new series as a way of enticing new subscribers. There are many mathematical loops to jump through to understand why certain shows continue and others do not, but Netflix undoubtedly has a formula or algorithm for working out which products are the most cost-effective for its purposes of internet domination.
However, that formula may need some readjusting. Netflix has announced that its subscriber count has declined for the very first time. There are multiple reasons offered by the company, and chief executive Reed Hastings has said they will be offering an advert-enhanced tier and cracking down on password sharing. Those both sound like ways Netflix can increase revenue, but there are two major factors that social media has jumped on for why they are losing faith in the streamer: prices increases and shows being constantly canceled.

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Pricing speaks for itself – many people simply can’t afford streaming services when everyday costs are going up tenfold due to inflation. Shows being canceled, though, is something Netflix has to reconsider. People are growing tired of cancelations. Just ask the #SaveTheOA group, who have been tirelessly campaigning online for the show to come back. Let’s consider what could have happened if Netflix invested in The OA. The dividends could have been great – because great series take time to come into their own. 
Just look at Breaking Bad. The first few seasons were a moderate success for AMC, Walter White’s saga proving a compelling story, though not one everyone was watching. Then the show arrived on Netflix, during those days when the swamp of content wasn’t too great, and everyone paid attention. Come the fifth and final season, all anyone was talking about was Breaking Bad. Game of Thrones, too, took years to build into the behemoth it became. The first season averaged 2.52 million viewers, while the last brought in 11.99 million. I’m not saying The OA compares to Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones – again, I really don’t know, I haven’t watched the show – but, considering the first season had a Rotten Tomatoes score of 77%, followed by a second season achieving a 92% positive rating, there’s every sign that continuing the series may have had fans getting louder, pushing more people like myself to tune into the series.
Now, a show I have watched that proves the point: Tuca & Bertie. The first season was released onto Netflix in May 2019 to rave reviews. Not enough people watched the animated series – which features the voices of Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, and Steven Yeun – and the series was canceled that July. Come the year’s end, multiple publications (including our own) called the series one of the best shows of 2019. In May 2020, Adult Swim announced that Tuca & Bertie would return, and upon the second season’s release, it achieved a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and another season renewal at Adult Swim. 
Netflix jumped the gun when it came to canceling Tuca & Bertie, and there’s no knowing how many other discarded shows could have kept growing. Archive 81, GLOW, The Get Down, Sense8, Altered Carbon, Jupiter’s Legacy, and Cowboy Bebop – what if they had been given the chance to develop properly? Not every series would have been a success, but Netflix has taken to only really investing in the immediately world-dominating series (Stranger Things, Squid Game, and The Crown) or cheaper reality shows (Love is Blind, Queer Eye). There’s even a question of whether Netflix’s original hits – Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bojack Horseman – would have avoided Netflix’s guillotine for as long as they did if they were made today. Netflix needs to invest in shows that aren’t just splashy new series, otherwise the streamer will never manage a Game of Thrones of its own. 
Netflix may be annoying when it comes to canceling shows, but there’s still great content on the streamer. Be sure to check out our lists of the best Netflix shows and best Netflix movies for more.

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