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The 9 Netflix shows that should never have been cancelled

The Independent
The Independent
 2022-01-19

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Paris Hilton ’s cooking show is the latest Netflix series to be given the chop after just one season.

Appearing on Netflix in August 2021, Cooking with Paris saw the socialite and TV personality in the kitchen with her famous friends, including Kim Kardashian, her mum Kathy and sister Nicky, Demi Lovato and Saweetie.

On Tuesday (18 January), Deadline reported that despite the show appearing in Netflix’s top 10 when it launched, Hilton’s show had not been renewed for a second series.

Cooking with Paris ’s axing follows a wide range of Netflix original shows that have been cancelled after one season. The streamer has often been accused of having a callous attitude towards ending shows, cutting them after one low-performing season where traditional television may have let them continue.

Here are nine more TV series that Netflix gave the boot too soon…

The Get Down

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Baz Luhrmann creating a Seventies-set musical drama series should have been a surefire hit for Netflix. But while The Get Down – which followed a group of teenagers living in the Bronx during the birth of disco and hip-hop – had a cult following, it wasn’t widely watched. Factor in the reported $120m (£88m) cost to make and it’s not surprising the show was cut – even if it is gutting.

AJ and the Queen

RuPaul’s grip on the reality TV landscape may be strong, but her move into fiction in 2020 didn’t fare as well. She created and starred in this buddy-comedy series about a drag queen and her 10-year-old companion, but while the show featured cameos from Drag Race royalty, it failed to impress fans or critics and was cancelled by Netflix. “End of the road for AJ and The Queen,” Ru tweeted. “Netflix has decided to not extend our trip across America.”

Seven Seconds

Flying fully under Netflix’s radar, Seven Seconds starred Regina King as the mother of a Black teenager who is killed by a white police officer, stoking tensions in the local area. King won an Emmy for the role in 2018, but the show was still cut by Netflix just two months after it aired. The streaming service said that they hoped the show would be viewed in the future as a standalone series.

Everything Sucks!

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An underrated gem of a Netflix show, Nineties high-school comedy Everything Sucks! only got one season in 2018 before it was swiftly cancelled. Still, the show now gets major props for casting girl-of-the-mo’ Sydney Sweeney before she was a star in Euphoria and The White Lotus .

I Am Not Okay With This

There was more than a hint of The End of the F***ing World to this Netflix series, which starred Sophie Lillis as a teenager who learns she has super powers. I Am Not Okay With This was well received by critics and had a strong young fanbase when it dropped in 2020, but ended up being one of the many shock television casualties of coronavirus. Just six months after season one dropped, Netflix announced that it would not be coming back , citing “circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Next in Fashion

Despite having two fashion legends at the helm (Alexa Chung and Queer Eye’ s Tan France), Netflix’s take on Project Runway failed to set the reality TV world alight. Next in Fashion received good reviews (the show has an 85 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), yet Netflix never even bothered to announce that it had been cancelled. In the end, France let slip in an interview that it had ended up being “a one-season show” and wouldn’t be coming back.

Tuca and Bertie

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One of the greatest injustices on this list, even thinking about the cancellation of Tuca and Bertie is still enough to make fans’ blood boil. With links to Bojack Horseman and all-star leads in Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish, the first season was widely praised for both its comedy and its emotive exploration of difficult topics such as sexual assault. Its cancellation naturally prompted an outcry, but was thankfully short lived, as Netflix made the rare choice to let Adult Swim continue the series. Season two aired last summer on the Cartoon Network late-night channel, with a third on its way. Phew.

The Society

Much like I Am Not Okay With This , The Society was another teen-drama casualty of Covid-19. Sources said that the show – billed as a modern take on Lord of the Flies – was pulled due to “uncertainty around production dates and balancing the availabilities of a large cast” combined with “unexpected budget increases due to Covid”.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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A follow-up to the 1988 film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was billed as Netflix’s exciting first collaboration with The Jim Henson Company, but ended up being known as an “expensive disappointment”. The critically acclaimed show, which featured an amazing voice cast led by Taron Egerton and Anya Taylor-Joy, aired in 2019 and was quietly cancelled a year later. Just a week before the show was binned, it had won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Programme.

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