Netflix Canceled Eight Shows And One Has Fans Furious

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Netflix has recently axed five shows simultaneously, including Glamorous, Agent Elvis, Farzar, and Captain Fall. However, the cancellation of Shadow and Bone, which had progressed to its second season, has caused the most upset among viewers. Despite the initial success of the fantasy series, the second outing struggled to make a significant impact.

Along with Shadow and Bone, there were other Netflix cancellations as well. Let’s take a look at what won’t be returning for future seasons on the streamer.

More Cancellations On The Way

According to The Independent, this key factor influenced Netflix’s decision to drop Shadow and Bone, as its substantial budget may not have been justified by its performance in season two.

The overall cancellation spree is largely attributed to disruptions in writing and filming caused by the long strikes from the WGA and SAG-AFTRA.

Further cancellations from Netflix and other streaming platforms are expected in the upcoming weeks as release schedules are scrutinized post-strikes. 

Shadow And Bone Author Reacts To The Cancellation

Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo responded to the show’s cancelation in a post on Instagram. “Friends, by now, you’ve probably heard that there will be no Season 3 for Shadow and Bone and no Six of Crows spinoff,” she wrote.

“The news hit me hard. I’m heartbroken and deeply disappointed, but I’m also trying to hold onto my very real gratitude,” Bardugo said, emphasizing the rare privilege of not only having her work adapted into a live-action series but also experiencing success with it.

The show secured its place among the most popular Netflix series during its run.

Shadow And Bone Is A Young Adult Fantasy Series


Shadow and Bone is based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo and was developed for Netflix by Eric Heisserer. The Grishaverse is a fictional world where magic and political intrigue play significant roles. The story primarily follows Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a young soldier who discovers a power within herself that could unite her war-torn country.

Shadow and Bone made its Netflix debut in April 2021, receiving widespread acclaim for its intricate world-building and fantasy elements. Although the reception for Season 2 was slightly less enthusiastic, dropping from 87 to 80 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it still secured a spot in Netflix’s Top 10.

The final portion of Shadow and Bone Season 2 earned praise for its action sequences and the groundwork it laid for the upcoming Six of Crows storyline. While viewers were aware that a cancellation was always a possibility, the news was disheartening for many. Fans are now urging another studio to pick up the series, with references to other shows that have been successfully revived.

Glamorous Canceled

The other canceled Netflix shows facing untimely conclusions had their own dedicated fans. Glamorous, a live-action series initially conceived for the CW network, met its end after just one season.

Despite featuring Miss Benny and Kim Cattrall and exploring the life of a young gender non-conforming queer man working for a legendary makeup mogul, the show struggled with low viewership.

Michelle Yeoh’s The Brothers Sun Canceled


Variety confirmed that Netflix canceled Michelle Yeoh’s The Brothers Sun, disappointing fans who discovered the show and were drawn in by the first season. The crime dramedy follows the eldest son of a Tawainese triad, Charles Sun (Justin Chien), who returns home to protect his mother and younger brother in Los Angeles.

They hadn’t known about his criminal ties, but that world is about to crop up all around them.

Series star Michelle Yeoh was confused about the situation for sure and it appeared this Netflix series at least had some legs.

The Kane Chronicles Adaptation Canceled


This one was a bit of a surprise considering the success of Percy Jackson and the Olympians on Disney+. The Kane Chronicles is a trilogy of books by Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan.

Where that one dealt with Greek gods, Kane shifts over to ancient Egyptian stories. Here we have Carter and Sadie Kane who find out they are actually Egyptian magicians, and have a ton of power.

Stylistically and storyboard-wise, this doesn’t shift all that different from the Percy Jackson stuff, but the book series was popular nonetheless. 

Obliterated Canceled


Netflix canceled this high-octane action-comedy series after just one season. It was a bit of a surprise considering the show had a very strong start and was often featured in Netflix’s Top Ten.

Obliterated was created by John Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald who also brought the immensely popular Cobra Kai to the streaming platform.

The premise has a group of elite military folks disarming a nuke in Las Vegas and subsequently hitting the town in a drunken celebration. That is until they have to kick the hangover because they actually deactivated a fake bomb. The real one is still very much a threat.

Agent Elvis And More Netflix Series Get The Axe


The animated Netflix comedy Agent Elvis, with Matthew McConaughey voicing a secret agent version of the singer, failed to secure a renewal after its premiere season. 

Farzar, a sci-fi fantasy series featuring the late Lance Reddick, faced a similar fate as it failed to captivate audiences.Captain Fall, a series about an unwitting sea captain involved in smuggling, was cut short during its first season due to lackluster viewership numbers for its initial episodes.

These cancellations showcase Netflix’s commitment to allowing new stories to take the spotlight.