The Sandman exploded onto the Netflix scene, leaving other shows in its wake of massive popularity. However, the King of Dreams has been unseated by another surprising show.
Netflix’s The Sandman has dominated the streaming charts since its initial debut. After having spent a whole week on the top 10 list, the comic-book adaptation was dethroned by a surprising new show. According to Forbes, the teen sex comedy, Never Have I Ever knocked The Sandman from the number one spot. The comic-book adaptation now sits at number two, which still puts it ahead of some significant competition. The teen sex comedy also pushed season 3 of Locke and Key into the number three spot.
Never Have I Ever season 3 dethroning The Sandman is a nice badge of honor for the coming-of-age teen comedy. The series premiered on April 27th, 2020, receiving generally positive reviews after its initial release. The show centers on an Indian American high school student dealing with her father’s death. The show dives into serious topics, including grief and trauma, all while utilizing the familiar coming-of-age high school backdrop. It’s mostly narrated by professional tennis player John McEnroe, with a handful of episodes narrated by Andy Samberg and Gigi Hadid. The first season holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
With the success of Never Have I Ever, one must wonder where this puts The Sandman. While Netflix has obviously shown that they have no issue promoting multiple successful series simultaneously, one of the complaints thrown at the streaming giant is that sometimes it ends a series after three seasons. The creator of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman, did tease that a spinoff of the character Constantine is something he’s willing to explore, but what about a second season of The Sandman? While a second season has yet to be announced, a recent report from GQ may have hinted that those in charge are at least looking at the possibility.
According to GQ, Netflix’s official Still Watching YouTube channel featured new looks at The Sandman. RuPaul stars Katya Zamolodchikova and Trixie Mattel are talking about scenes that are not part of season one. Apparently, there is a glimpse of actor Tom Sturridge’s character possibly reuniting with a lost love. There is debate on whether the clip was left on the cutting room floor or if it is something fans will see in a new season of the show. It remains unclear, but it excited fans about the possibility of seeing these characters’ stories continue. Interestingly, Netflix began actively pulling the video from YouTube and various screengrabs that appeared on social media.
It’ll be interesting to see if The Sandman continues to rake up viewers in the crowded streaming space. There are so many news shows coming within the next few months, including Marvel’s She-Hulk, Andor, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, and more. For The Sandman to remain relevant, it needs to keep the conversation going by putting out new clips or riding off the announcement of a new season. Now that it has fallen down the charts, one has to wonder if the show is starting to lose viewers, thanks partly to the large amount of content that is dropping each week.