6 Netflix Cancellations That Broke our Hearts.

While Netflix has brought us many of our favorite series and even did some good by reviving the NBC television show Manifest, they’ve also caused some upset with the shows they’ve canceled. Here are some of the most devastating losses, including Santa Clarita Diet, GLOW, and Friends From College.



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This show stars Alison Brie, who shone in Mad Men and Community, as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles in the ’80s. She turns to the world of female wrestling and a group of female Hollywood outcasts that have formed the circuit, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW. The show received 18 Emmy nominations and three wins. Betty Gilpin received three Emmy nominations for her role as a supporting actress, and she and Brie give phenomenal performances throughout the series. Although set in the 80s, GLOW brings forth plenty of meaningful and relevant issues to the forefront of the conversation. The premise is unique, and the writing is sharp, funny, and moving. The show meant a lot to its viewers. Unfortunately, Netflix never gave the fourth and final season with production shutdowns due to COVID. Still, the show is worth a watch if you haven’t yet seen it.

I Am Not Okay With This

I Am Not Okay With This stole our hearts, and just as quickly, the network shattered them into a million pieces when they canceled the show after only one season. The show revolves around teenager Sydney, played by Sophia Lillis, who develops supernatural powers and has to come to terms with her sexuality while navigating the already tumultuous world of high school. Lillis rose to fame after her performance in the 2017 film It, and she delivers an incredible performance in this Netflix drama. Her portrayal of adolescence alongside costars Wyatt Olef who plays Stanley, and Sofia Bryant, who plays Dina, makes for a show that is equal parts wholesome, awkward and hilarious. The show is the second Jonathan Entwistle adaptation of a Charles Forsman graphic novel, with the first being the hit show The End of the F***ing World.

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A video archivist gets hired to live at a research campus to restore a set of old tapes, and his life becomes increasingly intermingled with the supernatural cult activities on the recordings. The show is one of many supernatural horrors that Netflix has been pumping out, but it stood out immediately after its release in January 2022. And while the show reached number one on Netflix, the network canceled it only two months after it aired. Produced by James Wan, the creator of the Conjuring, Insidious, and Saw franchises, the show is a slow burn that is non-reliant on jump scares or gore that makes for a genuinely spine-chilling experience.

Everything Sucks

Everything Sucks is a coming-of-age comedy on Netflix set in the 90s that follows the high school clash between the drama and AV club in the town of Boring, Oregon. The series mainly follows sophomore Kate, played by Peyton Kennedy, who is questioning her sexuality, and freshman Luke, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who is pining over her. The show also stars Sydney Sweeney, pre-Euphoria, who plays theater kid Emaline. The show is cute, charming, and reminiscent, especially if you didn’t fit in growing up. The show’s 90s soundtrack is also incredible. Unfortunately, Netflix canceled the show after only one season, citing low completion rates, but the show gained quite a cult following, which was shattered when the show was canceled.

Friends From College

A group of college friends reconnects in their forties in the Netflix original Starring Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele alongside Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother. The group finds that relationships haven’t become any less complicated with age as we watch their relationships intertwine and become messy at points. The acting in the show is as incredible as you would expect from Peele and Smolders, and with Billy Eichner having a recurring role, the performances are standout. The show only lasted two seasons, and Netflix gave no reason for the cancelation.

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as married realtors Sheila and Joel. At a listing, Sheila becomes violently ill and subsequently an extremely lively zombie. The horror-comedy is incredibly unique and hilarious. While the two main characters shine, Barrymore was nominated for a People’s Choice Award and National Film and Television Award for her role, and Olyphant was nominated for International Online Cinema Awards; each character, down to the neighbors and store clerks is brilliant. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after three seasons, leaving the show on a cliffhanger.

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Maya Garibay-Sahm

Maya Garibay-Sahm is a journalism major at the California State University, Dominguez Hills.