The Shows at Netflix which canceled in 2021. Netflix is still the undisputed king of streaming (for now), and 2021 certainly was a massive window of opportunity (and success) for the company. That all said, it’s somewhat bewildering to look back and know that Netflix either outright canceled or announced the ending of no less than 19 TV shows in 2021! As you can see in the (extensive, but quick-read) list below, while some of these “cancellations” were natural endings for some long-running series, Netflix also axed the budget on quite a few shows that had barely even had a chance to grow an audience!
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris couldn’t translate this fictionalized version of his life into a hit show. #blackAF premiered on April 17, 2020, got a second season renewal in June 2020 – but had that renewal reversed a year later when it was canceled.
This edgy comedy about a psychology student working as a dominatrix at night debuted in 2019 and got two seasons before it was canceled in July
Adi Shankar’s violent horror-action animated series based on the Nintendo game series released its fourth and final season in May of 2021.
Kevin James tried to strike similar gold as The King of Queens but failed when his NASCAR comedy was canceled in July after its first season.
Katherine McPhee’s country singer comedy series was cut in July after just 1 season.
The highly-anticipated adaptation of the iconic anime found an audience but was apparently too expensive of a production to settle for being a cult-hit. It was axed in December (almost made it!).
This prequel telling of the King Arthur legend (based on Sin City’s creator Frank Miller’s comic) was a breakout hit of 2020 – but apparently not enough of one, because it was canceled in July 2021.
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!
Thankfully Jamie Foxx got his Marvel movie card renewed by Spider-Man: No Way Home – because his Netflix family sitcom crashed and burned, getting canceled in June after just two months of being released.
Dash & Lily
This YA book series seemed like a potential hit as a streaming show – alas it was not The Notebook success Netflix hoped for. Canceled in October after one season.
This UK Comedy about a hard-drinking mom (Katherine Ryan) was canceled after one season in April.
This drama about a Brooklyn public high school got cut in June after its freshman season.
Hit & Run
Israeli star Lior Raz hoped to craft his next hit action-thriller series – but it didn’t happen, as Netflix canceled the show in September after one season.
This strange spin of the Sherlock Holmes lore (about street kids helping the detective solve crimes) was cut in May after its first season.
Julie and the Phantoms
Fans held out a hopeful campaign to save this rock-glam-supernatural series (about a teen singer who has three ghosts of 90s rockers as her muses) for more than a year before it was canceled in December.
Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar’s highly-anticipated superhero drama was supposed to be the launch of a whole “Millarworld” franchise on Netflix – but instead, it seemed to be the one superhero show in 2021 that couldn’t take flight (see instead: The Boys, Invincible, Marvel Disney+). Silver lining: Netflix will be developing a spinoff called Supercrooks about the villain side of the series.
The Last Kingdom
Netflix announced in April that this hit series would end with the upcoming season 5. BUT, it’s also getting a movie!
Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias got 2 seasons out of this sitcom about him as a fun history teacher, before the ax came down in July.
This semi-autobiographical dramedy from Ryan O’Connell got two seasons (with expanded episodes in the second season) before ending on May 20, 2021.
This UK teen drama about Canadian twins (and winter sports athletes) who moved to England was canceled in November after one season.
What is now in 2022?
January 2022 is less than two weeks away, and that means all of your favorite streaming services are getting ready for some pretty big roster changeover. Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video all have a ton of new movies and shows being added to their lineups throughout the month of January, and each of them has recently released the complete lists of what’s to come.
Disney+ is starting the new year the same way it’s ending the current one: With brand new Star Wars adventures. The new Mandalorian spinoff series, The Book of Boba Fett, will debut its first episode on December 29th, with the rest of the series slated for release in early 2022. That means every week in January will see a new episode of the highly anticipated title. Disney+ will also be adding Marvel’s Eternals in January, along with a new Ice Age film.
Netflix has a couple of potential new hits on its hands next month, with shows like Archive 81 and The House set to make their debuts. However, all eyes will be on a returning original series about to begin its final season. The first half of Ozark’s fourth and final installment arrives on January 21st