These are all the Netflix Original shows that have been cancelled

It often feels like Netflix can’t do any wrong – everything it makes ends up becoming massive, creating the closest we have in the 21st Century to ‘water-cooler moments’ as everyone rushes to devour as many episodes in as little time as possible. Black Mirror, Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black – everything Netflix does becomes a monster hit with entire weekends disappearing for millions of people as soon as a new season is dropped. Amazing!

Except when, like, the show sucks, or nobody watches it, or both.

They’ve had more failures, whether in the eyes of critics or viewers or both, than you’d think…

‘Lady Dynamite’

Stand-up Maria Bamford’s cult meta-sitcom, which used a non-linear narrative to dive into mental health issues and weird fantasies, has just been cancelled after two seasons – while moving, hilarious and silly, it didn’t strike as much of a chord with wider audiences as it did with critics.

Total episodes: 20
Netflix audience rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

‘Haters Back Off!’

One of the first scripted comedy series on a mainstream delivery network to grow out of a YouTube series, HBO! (not to be confused with HBO the channel, which was actually turned town as an avenue for HBO! the show, possibly due to confusion at the whole initial-sharing thing) starred and was created by Colleen Ballinger, better known as Miranda Sings. Part surreal family sitcom, part deconstruction of society’s obsession with fame, cancellation didn’t kill the character – Bollinger still tours a Miranda Sings show, and counts Jerry Seinfeld among her fans.

Total episodes: 16
Netflix audience rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 47%

‘House of Cards’

Recently cancelled in the wake of Kevin Spacey’s appallingness, HoC began life as an adaptation of a BBC miniseries before growing into its own thing, the story of a ruthlessly ambitious couple who’ll do anything to advance themselves politically. A really important show in terms of the ‘legitimising’ of Netflix, it was the first web-only show to win major awards. The yet-to-be-broadcast final season is Spaceyless, centering instead on Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood.

Total episodes: 65, with eight final ones coming this year
Netflix audience rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%


Netflix’s first attempt at a chat show, the thrice-weekly Chelsea was released on the platform 12 hours after each episode was filmed. It might have fared better on traditional television where timeliness and topicality have more cachet than on one where evergreen content is king, and did poorly with both critics and audiences.

Total episodes: 120
Netflix audience rating: 5.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 33%


A problematically-titled psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts, nobody watched Gypsy and this is the first anyone has ever heard of it. It might not exist.

Total episodes: 10
Netflix audience rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25%


Adapted from Sophia Amoruso’s bestselling autobiography, Girlboss polarised critics – the deliberately unlikeable lead character put some people off, although Britt Robertson’s portrayal was praised. Opinion was also divided on how positive the pro-ripping people off message of the show was.

Total episodes: 13
Netflix audience rating: 5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 32%

‘The Get-Down’

Baz Luhrmann’s love letter to the early days of hip-hop, punk and disco in New York was at the time the most expensive show Netflix had ever made, something which may well have factored in the decision to cap it at one season.

Total episodes: 11
Netflix audience rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 73%


You know when something starts off great, but can’t sustain it, and gets gradually rubbish? That’s what happened to Bloodline – the first season got rave reviews across the board, being hailed as the new Breaking Bad in several corners. Then the second season left viewers a bit nonplussed, and the third one actively upset them by being dreadful.

Total episodes: 33
Netflix audience rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 53%


The Sopranos’ Steven Van Zandt played a character remarkably similar to Silvio Dante in Netflix’s first original series. Van Zandt played Frank, a New York gangster who relocates to Lillehammer in Norway, and also co-wrote and scored the series.

Total episodes: 24
Netflix audience rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%

‘Hemlock Grove’

Like a grown-up Eerie, Indiana, Hemlock Grove dealt with all the mysterious goings-on in a small town. Produced by Eli ’Hostel’ Roth and starring Famke Janssen and Bill ‘Pennywise’ Skarsgård, it outdid House of Cards in terms of viewers on its first weekend, although was critically panned.

Total episodes: 33
Netflix audience rating: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 38%

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