Let's Talk About the Netflix Drought
By Catherine Hien
Lion’s Roar Staff
Netflix as we know it has been slacking lately and I am not here for it. I, Catherine Hien, also known as the Netflix Enthusiast, is beyond disappointed by Netflix’s behavior and the acts they continue to commit. I do not know if this is a universal feeling or “relatable”, but I have noticed that Netflix has been slacking to produce new shows (for obvious COVID reasons) and has been canceling the best shows. Not only are we physically living in a deadly pandemic, but we are also experiencing a drought in our online entertainment options. (I am fully aware of how dramatic I am being right now.)
Netflix has become a home to many since the very beginning of quarantine, in March of 2020. We are now faced with a new reality with the content being put out by Netflix.
For my peers and I, Netflix is our safe place. It will slowly, but surely, no longer be a place we can rely on if this drought continues. According to the Insider, 85 shows have been discontinued or canceled on Netflix in the year 2020. (And we thought 2020 could not get any worse.) Top shows including The Society, G.L.O.W., Teenage Bounty Hunters, Insatiable, and much more have been cast aside by Netflix execs.
To say the least, it is devastating to be stripped of the shows that we have fallen in love forever denied a satisfying ending. For instance, The Society, which ran for only one season, was axed with a cliffhanger at the end of the season. It is incredibly cruel (this is a biased opinion because this was one of my favorite shows) to cancel a show that has barely started.
Not only has Netflix left the audience disappointed, but the actors and actresses are too. Alex FitzAlan, an actor on Netflix’s The Society, appeared heartbroken when he stated publicly on Instagram: : “Thank you all for following along and waiting so patiently for so long. I’m sorry there’s no chapter two to finish up this story”
Another series, GLOW, canceled at the end of its third season, also issued an Instagram statement at the conclusion of their journey, “You will work in this town again. Until then, thank you”
I guess, as a wise person once said, all good things must come to an end, and for some reason, it really stuck. As much as I wish this statement were not true, it is.
While Netflix scrambles for new shows we need to develop some sort of acceptance of the new harsh reality: a world without quality Netflix shows.