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You might tend to think of Netflix as a magical box of movies and TV shows that you need to pay a monthly fee to access. In a way, the service is just that, but it’s also a business, which means maximizing profit and minimizing loss.
Unfortunately, this means that our favorite shows don’t always get the many seasons we’d love to see from them. Join us for a look at some of the best geeky Netflix shows that were cancelled long before their time had truly come.
One of the more recent cancellations on this list, Glow is also one of the oddest. The show itself is about the real-world Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestlng, starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron, blending drama, humor, and plenty of bits and pieces geeks enjoy.
The cancellation is the strange part, as the show’s fourth season was set to be its last. Filming was underway and they had actually completed an episode when Netflix cut the series loose.
2. Jessica Jones
This spot on this list is an honorary spot for all of the Marvel Netflix series that were cancelled. Jessica Jones deserves the title spot though, as the show took the right amount of inspiration from the comic Alias, where the titular Jones’ character originated.
3. Altered Carbon
When I heard that Netflix was creating a show based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel of the same name, Altered Carbon, my first thought was “Good luck!” I thought capturing the blend of cyberpunk and hard-boiled detective would be no easy task. Netflix pulled it off, however, which makes it even more disappointing to see the series canceled after just two seasons.
Sense8 drew plenty of attention in sci-fi circles immediately from its announcement, thanks to its creators: Lana and Lilly Wachowski of the Matrix franchise and J. Michael Straczynski, who created and wrote much of Babylon 5. While fans of the series were many, it apparently wasn’t enough for Netflix, which cited low ratings as the reason behind the cancellation.
5. The OA
Much of The OA is a paranormal mystery slow burn, but despite that, the series seemed to do well. Created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who previously worked together on two other projects, the show built up to a cliffhanger end to its second season that, sadly, will never be resolved.
Daybreak wasn’t the only comedic show set after an apocalypse released in the last decade (think The Last Man on Earth), but it was one of the more creative. The blend of comedy, absurdity, and hyper violence resulted in a show that fans just ate up. Unfortunately, as is often the case with Netflix, there just weren’t enough of them, and the show was canceled after one season.
7. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
I made no bones about my general dislike of The Return in our guide to getting started with Mystery Science Theater 3000. That doesn’t mean I wanted to see it canceled after just two seasons.
If you look at the origin of MST3K, it took a few seasons before the show was really firing on all cylinders. While the guest characters and internet humor I found turned me off of The Return, there were plenty of new viewers who loved the show. That, and killing it off gave rise to the current incarnation, The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour, the less of which is said, the better.
More Geeky Netflix Shows to Watch
If you’re just looking to kick back and relax with an awesome show or two, a list of shows that were cancelled prematurely might be the best place to start. We get it. The good news is we’ve got some ideas for you.
Just take a look at our roundup of a few of the best geeky TV shows on Netflix and you’re bound to find something to watch.