- Phil Bray for Netflix
Netflix has loudly rejected the “pilot” system of TV, instead ordering full seasons of shows before any of them air.
And since it began releasing original shows in 2013, Netflix has stuck by a remarkably high percentage of them for subsequent seasons. But even Netflix knows sometimes you have to cut your losses.
So far, Netflix has canceled four shows, not including “Bloodline,” which will “conclude” after season three.
The worst of the bunch for Netflix was probably “Marco Polo,” which The Hollywood Reporter estimated lost Netflix a whopping $200 million. And not all of them were panned by critics; remember, what Netflix cares about most is how a show can drive new subscribers and keep old ones.
Here are the four shows Netflix has killed, along with their critic and audience ratings from Metacritic:
‘Longmire’: Canceled after 6 seasons (3 on Netflix)
Netflix description:“This contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff who’s rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife.”
‘Lilyhammer’: Canceled after 3 seasons
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 3 seasons
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 2 seasons
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: 7.9/10
BONUS: ‘Bloodline’ will ‘conclude’ after 3 seasons
- Saeed Adyani/Netflix
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: 8/10