8 TV shows Netflix canceled even though critics loved them

  • Netflix often sees little value in long-running TV shows.
  • This has led to some critically acclaimed series getting the boot early in their runs.
  • We looked at eight Netflix originals beloved by critics that were canceled.
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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 oftendoesn’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 earlier this 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.

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The latest Netflix critical darling to bite the dust is the animated “Tuca and Bertie,” which received a 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Netflix canceled the show last month after one season.

We’ve rounded up eight shows Netflix canceled that critics loved from ourlist of more than 100 Netflix original shows, ranked from worst to best by Rotten Tomatoes aggregate critic scores.

We highlighted short-lived 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 eight canceled Netflix shows that critics loved:

8. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” — canceled after 2 seasons

Critic score: 89%

Audience score: 74%

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)

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7. “Santa Clarita Diet” — canceled after 3 seasons

Critic score: 89%

Audience score: 88%

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)

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6. “Easy” — canceled after 3 seasons

Critic score: 90%

Audience score: 82%

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)

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5. “Marvel’s Daredevil” — canceled after 3 seasons

Critic score: 92%

Audience score: 93%

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)

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4. “Love” — canceled after 3 seasons

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 85%

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)

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3. “American Vandal” — canceled after 2 seasons

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 89%

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)

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2. “One Day at a Time” — canceled after 3 seasons

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 91%

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 Atlantic

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1. “Tuca and Bertie” — canceled after 1 season

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 73%

Netflix description: “Free-spirited toucan Tuca and self-doubting song thrush Bertie are best friends — and birds — who 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 heart — and seeing it canceled before it even had a chance to grow is a blow to fans.” —Polygon

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