Last week, Stranger Things fans were taken aback by shocking news. The Duffer Brothers, creators of the series, have confirmed that the 5th season of the series will be the last. The news has sparked protests on social media, as many Netflix subscribers are still not ready to see the story of Eleven and her friends coming to an end.
But it is important to mention that, even with the protests of the fans, Stranger Things was not exactly cancelled. The end of the series has been announced, but according to the showrunners, it was always slated to happen in Season 4 or 5.
In addition, for the first time in the series’ history, the upcoming new season of Stranger Things will be divided into two parts. This is due to the long duration of the unpublished episodes, which exceed (a lot) the time of the second year.
While Stranger Things seasons 4 and 5 can’t wait, we’ve listed below 7 other Netflix series that have caused fan outrage with cancellations or endings.
La Casa de Papel
For many years, La Casa de Papel has established itself as one of the most popular series on Netflix, particularly in European and Latin American countries. The Spanish production inspired songs, memes, carnival costumes and more. But like all good things, the series has also come to an end. Like Stranger Things, La Casa de Papel was not exactly cancelled, but had its outcome decreed to expand the universe in derivatives and remakes. The show’s final season was released in two parts, and it won over fans with a truly satisfying ending.
Orange is the New Black
When Netflix’s streaming platform was still in its infancy, series like Orange is the New Black were key to the company’s international success. Set in a women’s prison, the production follows the story of Piper, a privileged white woman, who ends up arrested for involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. The series did a great job of blending elements of drama and comedy, as well as introducing audiences to unforgettable characters, and approaching important social issues with responsibility and lightness.
House of Cards
Along with Orange is the New Black, House of Cards has established itself as one of the most popular series of Netflix’s early days. But unlike OITNB, the production did not come to a “natural end”, but was canceled after the repercussions of the #MeToo movement and the discovery of Kevin Spacey’s crimes. Interpreter of the protagonist Frank Underwood, the actor was accused of sexual abuse and harassment, and for that, he was fired from the production. The last season shifted focus to Robin Wright’s character, and it ended with a pretty interesting ending on Netflix.
Among the series canceled by Netflix, The OA was the one that provoked the most protests – both on social media and in real life. After the platform ended the series after two seasons, without offering a definitive ending for fans, subscribers called for a boycott of the streaming, ordered billboards in the largest metropolises in the world and filled social networks with criticism and requests for renewal. A fan more excited even went on a hunger strike for Netflix to give the production a second chance. Unfortunately, all efforts failed, and The OA’s true denouement was never produced.
Anne with an E
Like The OA, the cancellation of Anne with an E sparked protests on social media and calls for a boycott. But in this case, it wasn’t Netflix’s fault. Production was canceled by Canadian broadcaster CBC shortly after the release of Season 3. Many fans felt orphaned by the early end of the production, as it lightly touches on important social issues. If you still miss the series, don’t despair: Amybeth McNulty, the interpreter of the titular protagonist, is confirmed in the 4th season of Stranger Things.
Mindhunter was very successful on Netflix when talking about the true stories of some of the most famous serial killers of all time, such as Charles Manson and David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam. Produced by David Fincher, the series chronicles the beginnings of the FBI’s criminal psychology division, with Jonathan Groff as protagonist Holden Ford. The series was eventually canceled by a joint decision of Netflix and the producers. But unlike other items on the list, Mindhunter may get another chance in the near future.
Finishing the list, Ozark is one of the most popular series on Netflix, especially with specialized critics. The production is a staple of awards season, and has already won awards for actors like Jason Bateman and Julia Garner. Ozark hasn’t exactly been cancelled, but Netflix has confirmed that season 4 will be its last. The first part of the final season is now available on the platform, but the last episodes will only arrive in May 2022.