One-Season Wonders: Netflix’s Best Canceled Shows
There’s nothing quite like the heartache of finding out that a show you love will never get its second season. Leaving plot threads cut and endings never unraveled, these much-loved stories deserved better. In this article, Amy Child pays tribute to three brilliant shows that Netflix snuffed out too soon.
I Am Not Okay With This (IANOWT), 2020
For the record, I do NOT agree that this was canceled. IANOWT became another casualty of the pandemic in August 2020, when it was announced that the coming-of-age dark comedy, adapted from the Charles Forsman comic, would not be returning for a second season. From the creator/director of The end of the fucking world and producers of stranger thingswith stellar performances from Sofia Bryant and Wyatt Olef, the show would undoubtedly have gone far if the pandemic hadn’t thrown a spanner in the works.
Regardless, IAMOWT is still a show to watch for its tender exploration of sexuality and friendship, and that aspect of adolescence that everyone can relate to: discovering that you have telekinetic powers. It also features some great characters, such as the lovable and eccentric Stan Barber, who we can’t help but stan.
What saddens me the most about the cancellation of IAMOWT is that the first season ended with the series’ protagonist, Sydney, walking down the street covered in blood, after blowing someone’s head off at her school’s homecoming dance. She is then met by a mysterious man whose first and last words are “they should be scared.” Let’s get started.” Tragically, fans will never know what those cryptic words meant, or where Sydney’s story might have gone next.
The Society, 2019
I’ll be honest, this one really stung. When I found out The society, a mystery drama about a group of teenagers who must form their own community after everyone else in their town disappeared, I watched it in two sittings and watched it twice more. With a brilliantly original premise, realistic and nuanced characters, and a compelling take on society and leadership, this show hooked me from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see teenagers act both immature and mature, in a way that I felt was much more realistic than the majority of media portrayals of teenagers.
It’s such a shame that a show with such excellent writing, characters, and plot never got a chance to crack the mystery.
Not only that, but the first season ended in a shocking thriller in which Allie and Will, the town’s elected leaders, were overthrown in a political coup. A brief scene in the “real” version of their town then reveals a memorial plaque listing the names of the missing teenagers. Many pressing questions remain unanswered, such as: where are the teenagers really? Was the fake city a social experiment or a parallel universe? And above all, what was to be the ultimate fate of the citizens of the society? It’s such a shame that a show with such excellent writing, characters, and plot never got a chance to crack the mystery.
The Revolution, 2020
This unique show may be lesser known than the previous two, but it deserves all the recognition it can get. The revolution is a French-language show set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, and is best described as where historical fantasy meets zombie film. If you like a gripping plot, bloody, fast-paced action sequences, and villains full of flair, this is the hidden gem you’ve been looking for. Not only that, but it’s written and filmed beautifully. Likewise, the costumes are a feast for the eyes.
Corn The revolution features a number of mysterious plot threads that will sadly never be unraveled, Season 1 holds in check
The first season ends with the villain Donatien (who is one of my favorite villains ever seen on screen) fleeing, the shocking death of one of the protagonists and a mysterious masked woman, seen flashing throughout. along the series, bleeding while attached to a publication. When I first saw that Donatien lived until the end of Season 1, I was excited to see him more in Season 2, but alas, that wasn’t the case. Corn The revolution features a number of mysterious plot threads that will sadly never be unraveled, the first season holds under scrutiny. We can only theorize for ourselves what the ending would have been like, but given that the protagonist’s last name is “Guillotine,” I’m guessing there would have been a beheading.
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