The 6 shows Netflix has canceled, including the edgy sci-fi series ‘Sense8’ that was just cut after 2 seasons

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“Sense8” stars, from left, Bae Doona, Max Riemelt, Brian J Smith, Jamie Clayton, Tuppence Middleton, and Naveen Andrews.
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Netflix has been doing some housecleaning in the last two weeks, cutting two high-profile shows: “Sense8” and “The Get Down.”

The edgy and expansive sci-fi show “Sense8” was the more recent of the pair, which Netflix canceled on Thursday after two seasons.

Created by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (of the “The Matrix” fame) along with J. Michael Straczynski (“Thor”), “Sense8” revolved around a small cluster of individuals from all over the world who share a mental connection that allows them to tap into one another’s thoughts and skills, and basically experience life together as well as survive being hunted down by a mysterious organization.

“It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kickass, and outright unforgettable,” Content VP Cindy Holland told Variety in a statement. “Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world.”

That wasn’t enough to keep it off the chopping block.

Netflix has historically canceled very few shows – about six in total (or up to eight, depending on how you count). But expect more in the future, if CEO Reed Hastings gets his way. “We’ve canceled very few shows,” Hastings said at the Code Conference this week. “I’m always pushing the content team. We have to take more risk. You have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”

Here are the six shows Netflix has killed, along with their critic and audience ratings from Metacritic:

Additional reporting by Jethro Nededog.


“Longmire”: Canceled after six seasons (three on Netflix)

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Netflix description: “This contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff who’s rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife.”

Critic rating: 75/100

Audience rating: 9.2/10


“Lilyhammer”: Canceled after three seasons

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Netflix description: “They killed his dog. They made him run. Now he’s living a new life in a strange land … like a boss.”

Critic rating: 68/100

Audience rating: 7.6/10


“Hemlock Grove”: Canceled after three seasons

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Netflix description: “A quaint town links a mangled corpse to a dark outsider with a carnivorous secret. But monsters come in many forms.”

Critic rating: 37/100

Audience rating: 6.7/10


“Marco Polo”: Canceled after two seasons

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Netflix description: “An empire divided. A family torn apart by civil war. A legend who disrupts the balance of power.”

Critic rating: 54/100

Audience rating: 8/10


“Sense8”: Canceled after two seasons

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“Sense8” stars Tina Desai and Max Riemelt.
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Netflix description: “From the creators of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Babylon 5’ comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.”

Critic rating: 68.5/100

Audience rating: 8.2/10


“The Get Down”: Canceled after one season (two parts)

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“The Get Down” stars, from left: Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, and Jaden Smith.
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Netflix description: “In 1977 New York City, the talented and soulful youth of the South Bronx chase dreams and breakneck beats to transform music history.”

Critic rating: 69/100

Audience rating: 7.8/10


BONUS: “The Killing” concluded after four seasons (one on Netflix)

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Netflix description: “Seattle homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder are deeply affected by the murders they investigate in this dark acclaimed crime series.”

Critic rating: 69/100

Audience rating: 8.2/10


BONUS: “Bloodline” concluded after three seasons

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Netflix description: “The Rayburns seem to have the perfect life in their lovely Florida town. But nobody’s perfect – especially the Rayburns.”

Critic rating: 67.5/100

Audience rating: 8.1/10