When you’re going through tough times or have just had a bad day at work, you can at least flop onto the couch and turn to your favorite TV show for comfort. It’s even better when a new season arrives to thrill and delight you – but in the fickle world of television, that’s not always a guarantee. Plenty of shows were given the ax in 2020, in fact. So, has your fave been canceled, or has it survived for at least one more season? Read on to find out…
40. CANCELED – Supernatural
Supernatural – the most enduring sci-fi show ever to air on American television – finally bowed out in 2020. And while fans were naturally mourning their loss, star Jared Padalecki was pretty upset, too. In an Instagram post announcing the end of the show, the Sam Winchester actor wrote, “I am so incredibly grateful for the family that we’ve all built together. I’m also typing through tears, so please forgive me. ’Til next time.”
39. CONTINUED – Ellen
The 18th season of Ellen’s daytime talk show began in September 2020 – only months after controversy erupted over the host’s behind-the-scenes behavior. And perhaps the rumors account for the whopping fall in ratings, which were down a massive 38 percent from the last season’s premiere week. The show is still airing for now, of course, but the hit to Ellen’s public image could spell doom for its future.
38. CANCELED – Stumptown
Stumptown fans were dealt a particularly cruel blow, as the show had initially been handed a second season by ABC. COVID-19 made the network reconsider its decision, though, with an insider telling Variety that the pandemic had thrown off the scheduling of season two’s production. But there’s still some hope! ABC is reportedly exploring the potential for a streamer or another network to pick up the series going forward.
37. CONTINUED – Blue Bloods
Speaking to People in spring 2020, Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck said of the series, “I don’t think there is an endpoint. I think there is a lot of life in the show as long as you let your characters grow and get older.” And only a matter of days after this interview was published, Blue Bloods was officially renewed for its 11th season. Turns out Selleck knows his stuff.
36. CANCELED – Arrow
The news that Arrow was due to end with its eighth season broke back in March 2019. And if fans were holding out some hope of an about-turn, Stephen Amell put the final nail in the coffin. In a revealing Facebook Live clip, the star said that he was leaving the show in order to spend more time with his family and forge a life away from Vancouver. The last episode of Arrow aired on The CW on January 28, 2020.
35. CONTINUED – The Goldbergs
In 2019 The Goldbergs star Troy Gentile told TVLine that he envisioned the show being renewed up to season nine. And Gentile was proved right – well, sort of – in May 2020 when ABC confirmed that season eight was in the pipeline. It was bad news for avid viewers of spin-off Schooled, though, as that show was given the ax.
34. CANCELED – The Good Place
The Good Place concluded its run on January 30, 2020. And that cancelation was entirely a creative decision – a rarity in TV. Executive producer Michael Schur had explained as much on Twitter, writing in 2019, “I began to feel like four seasons – just over 50 episodes – was the right lifespan.” He added, “I will be forever grateful to NBC and Universal TV for letting us make The Good Place and for letting us end it on our own schedule.”
33. CONTINUED – Miracle Workers
October 2020 saw Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi’s oddball comedy Miracle Workers picked up once again at TBS. And in a press release announcing the happy news, Adrienne O’Riain and Sam Linsky, the co-heads of original programming for the network, said, “Miracle Workers is a perfect example of the fun, escapist humor that we take pride in delivering to our viewers. We can’t wait to see how this incredibly dynamic cast and talented group of storytellers hilariously rewrite 19th-century history.”
32. CANCELED – Vikings
While Vikings has yet to air its series finale, fans know the end is nigh. That’s right: after season six concludes, it’s all over for the intrepid band of Norsemen. Well, for now, anyway. In November 2019 it emerged that Netflix had ordered Vikings: Valhalla, which would be set a century on from the events of its sister show.
31. CONTINUED – The Rookie
ABC renewed The Rookie for a third season in May 2020, and the news clearly excited star Nathan Fillion. He posted on social media, “Congratulations to some of the most incredible talent I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Cast, crew, writers, guests – it’s all an embarrassment of riches.” It’s nice to see that a TV veteran like Fillion hasn’t lost his passion for the work.
30. CANCELED – Criminal Minds
After a mind-boggling 325 episodes, Criminal Minds came to an end on February 19, 2020. The show had been canceled by CBS in 2019 with the announcement of a final, shortened ten-episode 15th season. It’s probably all to do with the franchise’s declining ratings. Offshoots Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders hadn’t exactly set the schedules alight, either.
29. CONTINUED – Star Trek: Discovery
In October 2020 CBS All Access posted a video on its official YouTube channel that delighted Trekkies all over the world. Yep, a fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery was in the pipeline. And in the clip, star Doug Jones told fans how excited he was to get back to work. He said, “I’m looking forward to the one thing I always look most forward to when we get to come back for another season, and that is to be reunited with my family again – the Trek family, the Discovery family.”
28. CANCELED – Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat may have been a groundbreaker, but it was always going to end at some point. That moment came in February 2020 – and possibly much to Constance Wu’s relief. Famously, Wu had been devastated by the series being granted a sixth season. Yep, instead of being happy that her job was continuing, the star was brought to tears at the news. She doesn’t have anything to worry about now, though.
27. CONTINUED – Batwoman
Batwoman was renewed by The CW for a second season way back in January 2020. Good news! But then the show was thrown a curveball when star Ruby Rose quit the lead role. Not so good news. What did the producers do? Well, they chose to give actress Javicia Leslie a whirl. Leslie will be the first on-screen Black Batwoman, and fans will see her in action when the show returns in January 2021.
26. CANCELED – Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector was canceled before it even really got going. Yes, just months after the series premiere in January 2020, word came that NBC wouldn’t commit to a second season – and with no reason given for the decision. As ratings were by no means disastrous, it’s thought that production complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are to blame.
25. CONTINUED – The Flash
The Flash was renewed in January 2020 for a seventh season of DC Comics superhero adventures. But as fans will know, one cast member will not be returning alongside the Scarlet Speedster. Hartley Sawyer, who portrayed Ralph Dibny, was fired from the show in June 2020 after inappropriate tweets from his past resurfaced.
24. CANCELED – Hawaii Five-0
The two-hour series finale of Hawaii Five-0 aired in April 2020, capping off a decade on the air for the massively successful reboot. Explaining why the show ended when it did, producer Peter M. Lenkovne told TVLine, “I think the network just thought it was a good time. There are so many different things that factor into this – economics, everything – and I think they felt it was the right time.” Pretty simple, really.
23. CONTINUED – Manifest
Manifest creator Jeff Rake originally pitched the show as a six-season epic. And in June 2020 he received confirmation that he’d be able to see his vision through to at least the halfway point, as the spooky drama will be back for season three. That’s great news for Rake – as well as Benvi shippers, of course.
22. CANCELED – Modern Family
When Modern Family aired its series finale on April 8, 2020, it bowed out with its highest ratings in three years. But despite the show having run for an incredible 11 seasons, Sofia Vergara wants it to keep going. She lamented to The Daily Telegraph, “Why can’t it be Law & Order? It was the dream job, and if I could do it all again, I would – and I wouldn’t change anything.”
21. CONTINUED – New Amsterdam
Often, the makers of your favorite show don’t know until the 11th hour whether they’re getting another season or not. On rare occasions, though, a series is so monumentally successful that it gets renewed for multiple seasons at a time. That’s what’s happened with medical drama New Amsterdam, which in January 2020 landed itself a third, fourth and fifth run. Wowzer.
20. CANCELED – How to Get Away with Murder
After six thrilling seasons, How to Get Away with Murder concluded on May 14, 2020. ABC reportedly ended the show for a number of reasons, including creator Pete Nowalk feeling that everything needed to be wrapped up. Super-producer Shonda Rhimes had also departed from ABC to sign a lucrative development deal with Netflix. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, the main cast’s contracts were up after season six – making a seventh run potentially more expensive to produce.
19. CONTINUED – Awkwafina is Nora From Queens
Comedy Central showed how much it believed in comedian Awkwafina by renewing her sitcom – and that was even before the series premiere. In January 2020 the heads of original content at the network issued a statement saying, “We are in awe of Awkwafina’s creative genius on every level, and we could not be more excited to embark on a season two.” Nice.
18. CANCELED – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The final season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have netted relatively low viewing figures, but it was well-received by critics and the fanbase that had stuck by the show over the course of seven seasons. And Marvel was behind the decision to bow out, not ABC, according to Marvel Television boss Jeph Loeb. He told Deadline magazine that the decision was driven by the producers wanting to end the series on their own terms.
17. CONTINUED – Yellowstone
The season four renewal of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone proved just how committed ViacomCBS is to keeping creator Taylor Sheridan. The parent company wanted to secure Sheridan’s considerable creative talents for other projects – including new show Mayor of Kingstown – and so it handed him an overall development deal.
16. CANCELED – Carol’s Second Act
You may not know Patricia Heaton by name, but you’ll probably recognize her face. Remember Debra Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond and Frankie Heck in The Middle? That’s her. But while both of those shows each lasted for nine seasons, Heaton’s latest sitcom Carol’s Second Act hasn’t been so lucky. Following poor ratings, the medical comedy had its life support turned off after only 18 episodes.
15. CONTINUED – Family Guy
Like The Simpsons and South Park before it, Family Guy has become a mainstay in the schedules. And that looks set to continue until at least 2023, as in September 2020 Fox announced that seasons 20 and 21 would be going ahead. Will Stewie ever grow up? Will Meg ever not be the butt of the joke? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see…
14. CANCELED – Deputy
Deputy seemed to have all the elements needed for a hit show. The modern-day Western crime drama starred Stephen Dorff, fresh off his comeback role in True Detective. Then there was the fact that the pilot was directed by none other than Suicide Squad’s David Ayer. Unfortunately, though, Deputy simply never found a big enough audience over the course of its 13-episode debut season.
13. CONTINUED – Charmed
While the Charmed reboot may be going from strength to strength – with a season three renewal in January 2020 – there’s been controversy behind the scenes. Yep, two stars of the original show, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan, have been stuck in a Twitter beef with one of the new series’ leads. Responding to a video of McGowan saying that the revamped show “sucks,” Sarah Jeffrey called the older actresses “pathetic.” Combs then accused Jeffrey of making “derogatory accusations” against her character. Oh dear, oh dear…
12. CANCELED – The 100
The CW’s cult hit The 100 aired its final episode on October 1, 2020, after being officially canceled in August 2019. But this didn’t upset show creator Jason Rothenberg, who told TVLine that he had been trying to convince the network to let the seventh season be its last. He said, “We feel like it’s time to get out while the getting’s good. We want to leave [the fans] wanting more. We don’t want to overstay our welcome.”
11. CONTINUED – Nancy Drew
Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew has been solving mysteries ever since her debut in 1930. You may be surprised to hear, then, that The CW’s 21st-century take on the character is only the third Nancy Drew show to have ever been produced. The series was renewed for a second season in January 2020, with a spin-off entitled Tom Swift being announced that October.
10. CANCELED – The Magicians
The Magicians ended after five seasons on April 1, 2020, and this one was purely a financial call. Executive producer John McNamara told TV Insider, “It’s not going to necessarily expand in terms of revenue, it’s not necessarily going to contract in terms of revenue, but it is going to cost more.” Executive producer Sera Gamble added that SyFy was “hitting the point of ‘The cup is full, and there’s no more room.’”
9. CONTINUED – The Unicorn
You may remember Walton Goggins from The Shield and Justified, but he’s actually got pretty good comedic chops, too. And after impressive turns in Vice Principals and The Righteous Gemstones, Goggins hit sitcom paydirt with CBS’ The Unicorn, which was renewed for a second season in May 2020. The new run then began in November of that year.
8. CANCELED – Future Man
When Future Man launched in 2017, the sci-fi comedy seemed set for big things. The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson was the lead, after all, while Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were behind the camera. But in the end, the series wound up canceled after three seasons – the last of which was labeled “a little disappointing but not inessential” by Collider. Talk about faint praise…
7. CONTINUED – black-ish
black-ish was renewed for a seventh season in May 2020 – so, pretty much at the same time that its spin-off mixed-ish was given a second season. And this all came four months after another spin-off, grown-ish, was similarly brought back for a fourth season by Freeform. The success of Kenya Barris’ sitcom universe continues unabated.
6. CANCELED – Will & Grace
Beloved sitcom Will & Grace got a new lease of life in 2017, but that second run certainly didn’t last as long as the first. The revived show was canceled in July 2019 after suffering a huge drop in ratings, with the final episode eventually airing on April 23, 2020. And while NBC chairman Paul Telegdy told TVLine that the series had come to a natural end, rumors swirled that a feud between Debra Messing and Megan Mullally had hastened its demise.
5. CONTINUED – Good Girls
Crime comedy Good Girls has undoubtedly benefitted from having its first two seasons available to stream on Netflix in the U.S. It makes up for the less-than-stellar network ratings, anyway. In its third season, the show averaged 3.4 million viewers and placed 12th in its demo. By contrast, Good Girls turned out to be the second-highest-performing NBC show on digital/streaming platforms, meaning a fourth season was a positive no-brainer.
4. CANCELED – Man with a Plan
Man with a Plan’s cancelation may have taken its fanbase by surprise, as the Matt Le Blanc-starring sitcom had enjoyed consistently high ratings. The ax had come down for another reason, though. Apparently, CBS had needed to cut production costs wherever it could when it merged with Viacom in 2019, and Man with a Plan’s budget was simply too high for the show to stay on the air. It finished up its 69-episode run on June 11, 2020.
3. CONTINUED – Prodigal Son
In May 2020 Prodigal Son was given a second season, which is currently due to hit screens in January 2021. And Fox president of entertainment Michael Thorn touched on the secret of the show’s success when commenting on the renewal. He said, “From the moment Prodigal Son premiered, fans have been captivated by the astounding performances turned in by Tom Payne and Michael Sheen as they go head to head in one of the most unique family relationships on television.” Unique is a bit of an understatement…
2. CANCELED – Briarpatch
The Rosario Dawson-starring Briarpatch was sadly axed by the USA Network after only one ten-episode season. Reacting to the news, creator Andy Greenwald tweeted, “Though I’ve known for months, it’s still a bummer. We had an amazing story planned for season two, and I was lucky enough to work with the most amazing writers and crew – all of whom were itching to get back to work. I think we were going to do something special.”
1. CONTINUED – Killing Eve
Killing Eve has been a phenomenon, so it wasn’t surprising when BBC America renewed the show for a fourth season in January 2020. AMC Studios president Sarah Barnett waxed lyrical in an official statement, saying, “How could we not have massive confidence in Killing Eve? It has won big in every major award show and is the highest-growing show on U.S. television for six years.”
But what about your favorite shows on Netflix? Are they sticking around for one more run, or has the streaming service decided to get rid? Well, let’s just say that it’s good news if you’re a fan of Matt Groening’s latest offering or Ricky Gervais’ most recent show, among others…
It seems as though every day there’s another original series added to Netflix. And with so many new dramas, docs and comedies to binge, it’s often hard to remember which of your favorite TV shows will stick around for another season. Luckily for you, we’ve scoured Netflix’s roster for the best series that will be returning in 2021. Still, for all the renewals, there are just as many shows that will never see the light of day again. So, will you be mourning or cheering?
20. Anne with an E
In November 2019 Netflix announced the cancellation of its literary adaptation Anne with an E – and fans were not pleased, to say the least. Outraged followers of the series bombarded the streaming site and co-producers CBC with in excess of 13 million tweets and even erected billboards calling for the show’s reinstatement. Alas, their efforts proved fruitless, and Anne with an E remains sadly shelved for now.
For a series that focuses on a clan of bankers, Medici was fittingly expensive to produce. And that may be one of the reasons why Netflix decided not to renew this series – which featured costly location shooting in Italy – in 2020. Other factors could include falling ratings as well as the departure of Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden.
18. AJ and the Queen
Despite helming arguably Netflix’s premier reality series, RuPaul hasn’t been as successful when it comes to scripted content. To wit, the Drag Race host’s on-the-road drama AJ and the Queen met an unfortunate end just two months after its debut on the streaming service. “Netflix has decided not to extend our trip across America,” the star announced on Twitter in March 2020. “Thank you for all the love and support.”
Marianne may have received praise from horror icon Stephen King, but those plaudits sadly weren’t enough to save it. Yep, although it had its fair share of fans, the French chiller – which holds a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes – got the ax in March 2020 following the release of its first season. But fans shouldn’t fret too much, as Marianne’s creator Samuel Bodin promised on Twitter, “We will see you in other stories.”
16. Turn Up Charlie
A long-time fan of DJing, Idris Elba won the gig of his life when he played a down-on-his-luck mix master in 2019’s Turn Up Charlie. Critics didn’t plug in to the show, though, with IndieWire’s Ben Travers scathingly labeling the comedy “inconsequential and unkempt.” And in April 2020 Netflix unfortunately announced that it wouldn’t be dropping the needle on another season.
15. V Wars
Featuring Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, V Wars was poised to appeal to fans of bloodsucking fiction. And yet the series – which premiered in December 2019 – may have been too much of the same, with one critic noting its over-reliance on genre conventions. Four months after V Wars’ debut, then, Netflix hammered down the final nail in the coffin by declining to give it a second season.
14. October Faction
One of three series from Netflix’s winter IDW Publishing roster, October Faction was arguably the weakest of the trio. Lagging behind Locke & Key and V Wars, the monster-themed show received almost universally negative feedback. And as season one’s Rotten Tomatoes scores were below 50 percent, it’s understandable why a second run wasn’t ordered.
Exotic locations can certainly add to a TV show’s appeal. However, in the case of Messiah – Netflix’s supernatural CIA thriller – it seems that such globetrotting led to its cancellation. According to Variety, the streaming platform may have cut the show – which was shot in the States and Jordan – owing to its wide range of filming locations. A dismal 44 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes couldn’t have helped, either.
12. Spinning Out
Sports series are always a dependable way to bring in viewers. Just look at basketball documentary The Last Dance. But it appears that figure skating doesn’t break the ice with viewers, judging by the dismissal of Spinning Out. Newsweek has claimed that the Kaya Scodelario-led drama’s cancellation in February 2020 can be attributed to a cold reception from Netflix audiences.
A teen drama set in the middle of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles sounds like a recipe for success, right? Well, despite having a premise that fell squarely between Mad Max and The O.C., Daybreak was still denied a second season in December 2019. And while displeased fans appealed to Netflix to change its mind, a petition calling for a second season earned only 33,000 signatures.
10. Mystery Science Theater 3000
After two seasons on Netflix, fan favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 was dropped by the streaming site in November 2019. Yet this isn’t the first time that the B-movie-bashing comedy has been canned; in the past, it’s also survived cancellation by both Comedy Central and SyFy. And host Jonah Ray has tweeted of his hope that the show will be picked up by another service in the future.
Originally set for broadcast by Fox, Soundtrack was instead selected by Netflix after its pilot failed to impress the U.S. TV network. It seems, though, that Fox’s initial fears weren’t entirely unfounded. That’s right: following one critically panned season of Soundtrack, Netflix announced in January 2020 that it wouldn’t be interested in continuing the musical drama.
8. The OA
Halfway through a planned five-season run, The OA was unceremoniously shut down by Netflix in 2019. This decision probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the streaming service – which had started marketing the series just four days before its 2016 premiere – seemingly had little faith in the critically acclaimed psychological thriller from the outset. Still, fans – who started petitions for the show’s reinstatement – were devastated nonetheless.
7. Santa Clarita Diet
Given that it’s all about suburban flesh-eating zombies, Drew Barrymore’s Santa Clarita Diet was always an acquired taste. And yet the dark comedy gained a rabid following upon its 2017 debut, with one season earning an incredible 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sadly, for all its admirers, Santa Clarita Diet proved too divisive for mainstream appeal, and this may have led to its cancellation in 2019.
6. One Day at a Time
It’s common to find shows canceled by regular TV networks earning a new home on Netflix. But to see a revival happening the other way around is a rarer thing indeed. This is exactly what happened with sitcom One Day at a Time, which – after getting the boot by Netflix over dwindling viewers – was picked up by Pop TV in 2019.
The finale of Traveler’s 2019 third season appeared to set up a new storyline for its next run. Unfortunately – as star Eric McCormack revealed via Twitter soon afterwards – Netflix pulled its plans for new episodes, meaning this fresh direction will be left unexplored. Owing to the sci-fi series’ prior cancellation by original broadcasters Showcase, though, this decision shouldn’t come as a shock to many.
4. Designated Survivor
Throughout its three-season run, Designated Survivor has overcome many hardships. The political thriller went through no fewer than four showrunners in half as many years, for instance, and was also dropped from original network NBC in 2018. Alas, the Kiefer Sutherland-starring series couldn’t survive every hit, and it finally bit the dust in 2019 after one season on Netflix.
3. Friends from College
Revolving around a group of middle-aged Harvard alumni, Friends from College boasted a standout cast. Despite turns from Fred Savage and Cobie Smulders, though, the comedy was nonetheless criticized for its lack of character development. And two years and two seasons after Friends from College’s 2017 debut, Netflix shelved these graduates for good.
2. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Although its 2018 first season started strongly, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina began to lose its charm with viewers. And as ratings slowly decreased, the show – which follows Kiernan Shipka’s eponymous teenage witch – was finally cut from Netflix in July 2020. As there’s a fourth season set to air, though, Sabrina’s story should hopefully be resolved – fingers crossed…
1. BoJack Horseman
Now this truly was a surprise. Since its launch in 2014, BoJack Horseman had become one of Netflix’s most beloved original series. In 2019, however, the platform announced that the show’s sixth season would be its last, with star Aaron Paul later tweeting that the decision had come from the company itself. The real reason for the cancellation remains a mystery, but some have said that the unionization of the show’s animators may have played a part.
20. Stranger Things
Was anyone really shocked that Stranger Things was renewed for a fourth season? Since its debut in 2016, the sci-fi thriller has become one of Netflix’s most valuable shows – with a third season that attracted almost 41 million viewers less than a week after its release. But with Eleven and the Byers having left Hawkins – and Hopper apparently in a Russian gulag – the next set of episodes may have a few surprises in store.
19. Sex Education
With its first season reportedly attracting 40 million viewers within weeks of its debut, Sex Education hit the ground running. And the second run of this dramedy – which focuses on the sex-obsessed students of Moordale Secondary School – fared even better, achieving a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on this success, a third season was ordered, and this is currently set to hit Netflix in 2021.
One of the most disturbing shows in Netflix’s roster, You centers around the dark and obsessive romantic pursuits of Penn Badgley’s sociopathic Joe. Despite its creepy content, however, the series remains one of the streaming site’s most popular. And thanks partly to its social media following, You will be returning for a third season in 2021.
17. Never Have I Ever
Following its debut in 2020, Never Have I Ever quickly won over critics. So much so, in fact, that IndieWire’s Kristen Lopez warned Netflix that it would be “foolish” to ax the show – which follows themes of diversity and discrimination – after only one season. Thankfully, the company listened, and a second season was announced shortly after the first’s release.
16. The Last Kingdom
First broadcast by the BBC, The Last Kingdom jumped ship to Netflix at the season three mark. And backed by strong word of mouth, the historical drama continued to flourish on the streaming service. In July 2020, in fact, it was revealed that a fifth batch of episodes is in the works.
15. The Witcher
Few recent shows can boast the same level of support from Netflix as The Witcher. In 2019 the streaming site even ordered a second season of the show before its first had even aired. Adapted from the popular Polish book and video game series, this Henry Cavill-led fantasy is part of 2021’s renewal roster.
14. Dead to Me
Perhaps thanks to both its Emmy nominations and consistent viewer ratings, Dead to Me was renewed for a third run in July 2020. The upcoming season will also be its finale, as star Christina Applegate revealed that the show will soon reach its natural conclusion. Still, fans shouldn’t be too sad, as creator Liz Feldman has inked a deal to create more content for the platform.
Atypical’s February 2020 renewal received a mixed response from fans. On one hand, many were glad that they’d get to see a conclusion to autistic teen Sam’s story. Others, by contrast, were appalled that the show’s next run would be its last. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, though, Atypical’s fourth season is sure to be binged upon its 2021 release.
12. After Life
Ricky Gervais may be most famous for his opinion-dividing Golden Globes gigs, but his scripted work has its fair share of fans, too. The first series of his dark comedy After Life is a case in point, as it was apparently Netflix’s second-highest viewed show of 2019. And after a similarly successful follow-up season in 2020, a third run was announced in May of that year.
11. The Kominsky Method
A Golden Globe-winning comedy from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, The Kominsky Method is a warmhearted story about growing old. Considering its award success, then, a third season – as announced in July 2020 – was more than likely. But the news of The Kominsky Method’s renewal is somewhat bittersweet. You see, the upcoming season will mark the last outing for Sandy and Norman, who will be retiring along with the show following its next batch of episodes.
Despite premiering to some harsh reviews in 2020, #blackAF still earned a strong number of followers on Netflix. The streaming site even announced a second season of the sitcom just two months after its debut. Judging by the reported $100 million deal that Netflix made with creator Kenya Barris, though, it seems the company is banking on repeated returns.
If you have more daring tastes in TV, then you probably watched Bonding in 2019. Centered around the world of sadomasochism, the comedy was fittingly bawdy but earned plaudits for depicting its subject – according to Metro’s Tilly Pearce – in “a bold and unjudgmental way.” Going forward, fans can expect a second helping of the series to drop in 2020.
Matt Groening has a history of creating game-changing animation – from The Simpsons to Futurama. And yet it took fans a while to come around to his latest series Disenchantment. After a lukewarm debut in 2018, the funny fantasy made a bigger impression on audiences with its second outing. So, hopefully Disenchantment’s next run – which will come in 2021 – will cement its status as a slow-burning success.
While it may be a guilty pleasure to some, high school series Elite has its fair share of critical acclaim. The Spanish-language drama’s first season even has a rare 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And if you haven’t watched this European gem yet, you still have time to binge it before season four hits some time in the near future.
6. Into the Night
Created by Narcos’ producer Jason George, Into the Night satisfied its audience’s thirst for thrillers in 2020. It’s estimated, in fact, that the apocalyptic drama was seen by up to seven million viewers – not bad for Netflix’s first TV commission from Belgium. With that in mind, the platform made the right decision in renewing the series shortly after its first season.
The last season of GLOW ended with many fans’ questions unanswered. Would Carmen rejoin the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling? Would Sam get Justine’s movie made? And would Ruth reconsider Debbie’s directorial offer? Thankfully, Netflix decided to renew the show – which has won three Emmys – in 2019. And its upcoming fourth season will also be its last, so we should expect all loose ends to be tied up.
4. Lost in Space
Much like its predecessor – which originally ran for three seasons in the 1960s – the rebooted Lost in Space will finish after its third set of episodes. But this won’t be the end for showrunner Zack Estrin. After seeing his show through to its natural conclusion in 2021, the creator is set to helm a host of original series for Netflix.
It seems that Lucifer doesn’t know when to stay dead. Following its cancellation by Fox in 2018, the comic book adaptation was picked up by Netflix before being dropped once again the following year. Yet the streaming service clearly had a change of heart, as in June 2020 it was announced that a sixth season would eventually enter production.
2. Top Boy
If anyone is a fan of Top Boy, then they have rapper Drake to thank for the show’s success. Originally seen only on U.K. TV, the British crime drama was discovered by the musician, who helped the series switch over to Netflix in 2017. And perhaps owing to Drizzy, the show will return for a fourth season some time in the near future.
A hit with audiences and critics alike, Ozark has brought critical kudos to Netflix since its 2017 debut. So far, in fact, this tale of a white-collar family turned cartel associates has racked up 14 Emmy nominations. But all good things must come to an end, and in June 2020 Netflix announced that Ozark’s upcoming fourth season will be its last.