Netflix users have been up in arms after the media giant decided to cancel several shows such as The OA. Taking to Twitter, infuriated fans started the hashtag #CancelNetflix to air their feelings about the issue.
One user said: ‘I just found out Netflix cancelled The OA. I’m so incredibly disappointed that show was one of the best that Netflix has. They only keep around trash ass shows with no talent for storytelling.’ Another made it clear they were fed up with Netflix cancelling shows they got into, saying: ‘I’m so done with having so many of my favourite shows cancelled! Bye, Netflix.’
The OA being left on a cliffhanger has disappointed and angered many, with a Twitter user saying: ‘Netflix is a mass collection of unfinished and abandoned stories, and I won’t support it any more.’ Another made the statement: ‘Why bother investing in Netflix when they won’t invest in existing subscribers? Why bother getting into Netflix originals only to be left disappointed when they inevitably cancel before it’s time.’
According to Business Insider, Netflix has cancelled more than a dozen shows during the 2018 to 2019 television season, with notable titles including Santa Clarita Diet, Luke Cage and American Vandal. These shows aired their final episodes in 2018, and several more have either already finished or are set to end in the coming months.
For example, Orange Is The New Black aired its seventh and final season in the summer of 2019, Jessica Jones began its third and final season in June, and Netflix decided not to renew One Day at a Time. Santa Clarita Diet was cancelled after three seasons, adult comedy Tuca & Bertie is set to end after a single season and The OA has been left on a cliffhanger after its cancellation.
Brit Marling, co-creator on The OA, commented on the situation after fans expressed their frustration, saying that she was ‘deeply sad not to finish this story’ and adding that ‘while we cannot finish this story, I can promise you we will tell others.’
Meanwhile, Vice President of original content for Netflix Cindy Holland released a statement to Variety, saying: ‘We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of The OA, and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry. We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.’
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