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These Are The 21 Shows Netflix Cancelled In 2020

Last year, Netflix cancelled 20 major series, from cult favorite The OA to the instantly beloved sitcom reboot of One Day at a Time. Even shows that seemingly had potential to become blockbuster favorites — like apocalyptic YA dramedy Daybreak — were given the chop.

2020 isn't immune to Netflix's Angel of Death. The streamer has already either cancelled multiple series or announced their imminent end this year. That means some of your favorite series will never be back, and some have been blessed with an explicit plan to wrap things up.

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Either way, all of these Netflix shows are coming to end.

Keep reading to find out if your No. 1 Netflix series is headed for the grave soon — or is already six feet under. You'll find a full guide to every original series that Netflix has officially given the kiss of death in 2020.

At least One Day proved that resurrection is possible.

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GLOW


Cancelled after season 3

Netflix's gorgeous ladies of wrestling body-slammed audiences everywhere when it first aired in 2017. The show follows the antics of 14 misfits who try to make it as female amateur TV wrestlers in 1980s Hollywood, starred Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Kate Nash, Sunita Mani, Marc Maron, Sydelle Noel, and Chris Lowell.

But it wasn't just the fans who were shocked and disappointed when Netflix announced its cancelation (another in a slew of axed shows about women). Emmy-nominated Gilpin, who played Debbie "Liberty Belle" Eagan, penned a "eulogy" to the cancelled show for Vanity Fair. "I am sad. It was the best job I’ll ever have," the actress wrote. “Apparently numbers-wise, GLOW really only appealed to men in kimonos and women in cat hair, who, as far as I’m concerned, are the beating heart of the arts, and the reason to keep waking up." Alison Brie, who starred as Ruth "Zoya the Destroyer" Wilder shared a gallery of photos from set, writing, "Going to miss this... Forever grateful to my GLOW family for changing my life forever. ❤️
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Altered Carbon  


Cancelled after season 2

In February 2020, Altered Carbon returned to Netflix even bigger and better than before. The sci-fi series now had Avengers shine with Anthony Mackie — aka Captain America's best pal Hawkeye — in the lead role, along with Broadway pedigree as Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry took a more active role as supersoldier Quellcrist Falconer.

Sadly for Carbon, all of that panache wasn't enough to bring it back for a third season. In August 2020, Netflix officially cancelled the cyberpunk drama. The decision is not COVID19-related, according to Deadline, and was instead a “standard viewership vs. cost renewal review” decision.
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The Society 


Cancelled after season 1

Few 2020 Netflix cancellations are as shocking as a pair of axings announced in August 2020. The first cancelled show in the duo is The Society, a teen drama that takes the premise of Lord of the Flies and makes it much, much weirder. The subtle sci-fi series tracks what happens after a group of high schoolers return from a failed camping trip to find their suburban town totally empty — and there's no way out.

The Society was an instant social media darling, with a fandom so powerful it convinced breakout star Jack Mulhern to get an Instagram account. That's why The Society was initially renewed by Netflix in July 2019. A late 2020 premiere was planned, according to Deadline, which broke the cancellation news.

Yet, over a year later, Netflix announced the series' cancellation and that The Society season 2 would never go into production. The cancellation is reportedly due to
“COVID-related” difficulties and the large cast size of the series. “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID," Netflix said in a statement.
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I Am Not Okay With This 


Cancelled after season 1

Super-powered coming of age tale I Am Not Okay With This is the other Netflix teen show whose cancellation was announced along with the end of The Society. The series — starring It alums Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff and written by The End of the F***ing World scribe Jonathan Entwistle— had not been renewed yet, but was quietly in pre-production for season 2, Deadline reports.

This cancellation means viewers will never learn where Okay heroine Sydney (Lillis) got her abilities from, or who was following her throughout season 1.

“We are grateful to these creators, including: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry at 21 Laps Entertainment for I Am Not Okay With This,” Netflix said in a statement.  



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Money Heist, aka La Casa de Papel 


Ending with part 5

Money Heist — a Spanish-language drama about a bank heist gone baroque — has gotten increasingly bonkers since it premiered in 2017. Now, we're about to find out how it all ends.

Netflix confirmed in July 2020 that Money Heist's upcoming fifth part will be the series' ending and consist of 10 episodes. Production for Money Heist's farewell chapters will begin in early August and will seemingly not be effected by the COVID19 filming shutdown. Spanish actors Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Patrick Criado will join in on the Heist chaos, along with the series' sprawling cast of core stars like Elite alums Miguel Herrán and Jaime Lorente.

Money Heist's bosses admit they have been pondering the end for a very long time.

“We've spent almost a year thinking about how to break up the band. How to put the Professor on the ropes. How to get into situations that are irreversible for many characters,” creator and executive producer Alex Pina said in a statement. “The result is the fifth part of La Casa de Papel. The war reaches its most extreme and savage levels, but it is also the most epic and exciting season".

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The Crown 


Ending with season 6

No Netflix show has had a more confusing march towards the end than The Crown. Initially, the British royal drama was scheduled to run for six seasons (as of 2020, it has only aired three). Then, in January 2020, creator Peter Morgan announced in a statement that he had decided The Crown would end with its fifth season.

However, that second plan is over. In July 2020, Morgan announced The Crown would get a sixth season after all.

“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said via Netflix's Twitter account. “To be clear, [season 6] will not bring us any closer to present-day – it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

That means we will not get to meet The Crown's version of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. However, Harry Potter villain Imelda Staunton — who played Dolores Umbridge — will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth in the fifth and sixth seasons. Olivia Colman will return for The Crown’s upcoming fourth season, which does not yet have a premiere date. 
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 


Ending with part 4

Magic can't last forever. In July 2020, Netflix confirmed the already-announced fourth part of Riverdale spin-off Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would be the teen drama's last.

The upcoming part — scheduled to premiere in “late 2020,” according to Netflix — will include eight farewell episodes and follow Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) as she and her loved ones fight the Eldritch Terrors. The mysterious supernatural force is explained by Netflix as a series of terrifying threats, including The Weird, The Returned, and The Void. That third Terror is also known as “the End of All Things,” since nothing has ever been easy for Sabrina.

While Sabrina juggles another apocalypse-level challenge, Netflix promises we'll also see her consider another romantic chapter with ex-boyfriend Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood). It is unclear if anyone will call Nick ”daddy” before CAOS ends forever.
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Dead to Me 

Ending with season 3

Dead to Me premiered in 2019 as a surprise critical and awards show favorite for Netflix. Star Christina Applegate scored an Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe nomination for her work as blunt real estate agent Jen Harding, while Linda Cardellini's feelings-first Judy Hale became an internet darling.

But, all good things must come to a Dead end. Two months after Dead to Me's season 2 debut, Netflix announced the black comedy would receive a third and final season.

A statement from Dead creator Liz Feldman suggests the wine-happy series is ending exactly where she planned for it to wrap. “From start to finish, Dead To Me is exactly the show I wanted to make,” Feldman told Variety. “It’s been an incredible gift. Telling a story sprung from grief and loss has stretched me as an artist and healed me as a human.”
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Ozark 

Ending with season 4

Ozark is one of Netflix's biggest awards show draws (ask star Julia Garner, who beat four Thrones powerhouses for a 2019 Emmy). Yet, the Jason Bateman-led series — about a supposedly mild-mannered family who enters the organized crime biz — is still coming to an end with its upcoming fourth season, which will be a supersized 14 episodes long.

Ozark's bigger-than-usual goodbye season will be split up into two parts, each coming in at seven installments a piece. It is currently unclear when Ozark season 4 will debut (particularly due to the COVID-19-caused production shutdown) or how long the hiatus between parts 1 and 2 will be.

However, it is confirmed Ozark showrunner and executive producer Chris Mundy is pleased with the plan to end his show.
“We're so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes' saga right,” Mundy said in a statement. “It's been such a great adventure for all of us -- both on screen and off -- so we're thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible.”
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Lucifer 

Ending with season 6

Lucifer's move from FOX to Netflix is one of fandom's great success stories. The supernatural procedural was cancelled by its initial network home after three seasons in May 2018. A month later, Netflix revived Lucifer, which follows the exploits of Hell's most infamous fallen angel (Tom Ellis) when he lives his fiery domain to solve crime in L.A.

Now, the series is officially, really, ending with its sixth and final season. Details on Lucifer's upcoming goodbye season are still top secret. Yet, there is some good news: Lucifer was originally supposed to end with the upcoming fifth season, which will debut in August 2020.

A sixth season, at this point, is an unexpected blessing.
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Astronomy Club 

Cancelled after season 1

At the beginning of December 2019, Netflix quietly premiered Astronomy Club, 2019's second all-Black TV sketch series. The comedy was produced by Kenya Barris and came from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's first all-Black house team in New York.

Six months later, the Astronomy Club confirmed their series has been cancelled by the streamer. "Thank you
to all the fans who watched!," the official Club Twitter account shared in early June 2020, as protesters around the country marched against the horror of racist police brutality. "Hoping that more black artists & comedians are given the platform to have voices in the future."
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Turn Up Charlie 

Cancelled after season 1

In March 2019, Netflix premiered what should have been a hit: Turn Up Charlie, a dramedy starring Idris Elba as a handsome DJ. But, Turn Up wasn't simple wish fulfillment like Netflix's other DJ project, rom-com Ibiza, led by Richard Madden as a dreamy EDM god with a hidden goofy side.

Charlie instead follows Elba's titular character as he tries to break out of a severe period of arrested development. Charlie's way out? Babysitting the daughter (Frankie Hervey) of his more successful friend David (JJ Feild) and flirting with David's wife Sara (Piper Perabo).

Netflix confirmed Turn Up Charlie's cancellation in April 2020, over a year after the series' premiere, adding, "We look forward to continuing our relationship with Idris on future projects."
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V Wars 

Cancelled after season 1

In December 2019, Netflix released some holiday counterprogramming with V Wars, a vampire contagion drama that would have easily fit in on the Syfy network. In March 2020, three months after the Ian Somerhalder-starrer's premiere, Netflix has axed the series and its fictional vampire-vs-human wars.

Vampire Diaries star Somerhalder, who played doctor-turned-vampire hunter Luther Swann, took to Instagram in April 2020 to comment on the Netflix cancellation. The Vampire Diaries alum claimed the story "is NOT DONE" and swore fans would see more from Dr. Swann. Fans in the comments section of the post confirmed viewers await the next chapter of V Wars.
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Spinning Out 


Cancelled after season 1

Ice skating drama Spinning Out never found a comfortable place between prestige generational drama and icy soap. The series, which stars Skins alum Kaya Scodelario, was cancelled in early February 2020, about two months after its New Year's Day premiere. 

Spinning Out’s creator, Mr. Mercedes writer/co-producer Samantha Stratton, seemingly still has hope the show could live on somewhere. In the days following the series' cancellation, Stratton shared a Change.org petition demanding a second season of Spinning Out.
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Messiah 

Cancelled after season 1

Another one of Netflix's holiday 2019-2020 premieres was cancelled after just one season. Messiah, which also debuted on New Year's Day 2020, was nixed officially in March 2020.

In the lead-up to Messiah's premiere, the series faced its fair share of backlash. The Royal Film Commission of Jordan asked Netflix not to air the series — which is about a supposed, well, messiah in the Middle East and was partially filmed in the Kingdom — in their nation.

Star Michelle Monaghan confirmed the cancellation, tweeting out her thanks to her cast, crew, and viewers, writing, “I have so much gratitude to everyone who tuned in, supported and whose global perspectives were broadened from watching our show.”
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October Faction 

Cancelled after season 1

October Faction and Locke and Key have a lot in common. Both a YA-friendly Netflix shows with supernatural elements (Faction's central family fights monsters, the Locke clan has access to magical keys). Both are based on comic books. They were released 15 days apart. And they both had big announcements on March 30, 2020.

For Locke, it was good news, as the heavily publicized series was picked up for a second season. Faction, on the other hand, was cancelled on that same fateful Monday.

The October Faction cast remained quiet about the cancellation in the immediate wake of its confirmation, possibly out of respect for those grappling with the massive ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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AJ and the Queen 

Cancelled after season 1

It's the end of the road for AJ and the Queen, a dramedy about drag queen Ruby Red (RuPaul) traversing the country in a rickety trailer with her tiny sidekick AJ (Izzy G.). Netflix cancelled the series in March 2020, almost two months after its January 2020 premiere.

“Thank you for all the love & support. We're so very proud of the work,” RuPaul tweeted as confirmation of the series' untimely end.
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Atypical 


Ending with season 4

Atypical has been one of Netflix’s most successful workhorse comedies since its 2017 premiere. However, in February 2020, Netflix confirmed the series — about a Connecticut teen on the autism spectrum and his family — would be wrapping with its upcoming fourth season. Atypical’s final 10 episodes will arrive sometime in 2021. 

Creator Robia Rashid was thankful for the chance to knowingly enter Atypical’s final round of production with the knowledge it would be its last. 

“I’m thrilled we’ll be doing a season 4 of Atypical,” Rashid said in a statement. “While I’m so sad to be nearing the end of this series, I am extremely grateful to have been able to tell this story. Our fans have been such beautiful, vibrant supporters of this show. Thank you for being so open to Sam’s voice and stories, and those of the entire Gardner family.”

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Insatiable 


Cancelled after season 2 

Insatiable was always one of Netflx’s most controversial series. The self-described black comedy revolved around Patty Bladell (Debby Ryan), a fat teen who who rapidly loses weight after she is punched in the face by a homeless alcoholic. Patty then joins her local pageant circle, inexplicably entering two seasons of scheming and murderous chaos

Netflix cancelled the series in mid-February 2020, serving up the worst Valentine’s Day gift ever to Insatiable fans. Creator Lauren Gussis responded to the news via Instagram, thanking everyone involved in the show, particularly real-life pageant coach Bill Alverson, who inspired Insatiable.

“He did more than just inspire the character of [Bob Armstrong],” Gussis wrote. “He taught me (like all his clients) to be the most ‘me’ I can be. I am so grateful for him, and for the journey.” 

Instagram confirms that Gussis was already pitching new projects a week after Instatiable’s cancellation. 

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Soundtrack 


Cancelled after season 1

Joshua Safran is one of the integral members of the creative team behind OG Gossip Girl. He is leading HBO Max’s Gossip Girl reboot. Safran is also the person who created Soundtrack, a Netflix romance series where performers including Jenna Dewan lip-sync to pop hits during elaborate musical numbers. 

Netflix cancelled the drama in late January 2020, a little over a month after its premiere. Safran shared an emotional response to the series’ abrupt end on Twitter, admitting, “I personally feel like it never came out.” 

Soundtrack did premiere during Netflix’s hectic holiday deluge, debuting two days prior to mega-blockbuster The Witcher and a little over a week before You season 2 took hold of Twitter.

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