Netflix cancels original shows due to COVID-19 complications


Netflix / Joslyn Weber

Netflix continues to cancel its original shows as COVID-19 impacts production dates and budgets. Other programs have scheduled final seasons because they are at the end of their production run.

Joslyn Weber, Staff Writer

With the rise of COVID-19, Netflix has been unable to film and continue production on certain shows. This has resulted in the cancellation of many fan-favorite Netflix original shows.

Netflix announced the cancellation of “I Am Not Okay With This” on Aug. 22, 2020. First released on Feb. 6, 2020, the show ran for only one season.

“I Am Not Okay With This” is a modern-day superpower story featuring Sophia Lillis as Sydney Novak and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Barber. Sydney struggles with her father’s recent suicide and her emotions create outbursts of psychic power that she cannot manage. It eventually ends with a fun, explosive prom night and a major plot twist.

Shows on Netflix are generally canceled based on viewer ratings and cost renewal prices. This year, however, COVID-19 has impacted many production and filming dates, as well as the shows themselves. “I Am Not Okay With This” was canceled due to complications with COVID-19. According to, the decision made by Netflix to cancel the show was also due to its standard viewership vs. cost renewal.

If you loved “I Am Not Okay With This,” try some of these shows also featured on Netflix: “The End Of The F****** World,” “Maniac,” “Everything Sucks!” and “Euphoria,” (not featured on Netflix but can be found on Hulu and Amazon Prime).

“The Society” was another Netflix original that was canceled after just one season. Released in May of 2019, the cancelation of “The Society” was announced on Aug. 25 of this year. Originally, the show was going to be renewed for season two but that was eventually scrapped.

“The Society” features a group of teenagers forced to run their own community and live on their own after the people in their hometown of West Ham, Connecticut, disappear. After returning from a canceled field trip, the group finds their hometown deserted.

If you liked watching ‘The Society,’ try these similar shows on Netflix: ’13 Reasons Why,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The OA,’ and ‘The 100’.”

— Staff Writer Joslyn Weber

The show was canceled the way most shows have been this year. Both the production schedule and budget were impacted by COVID-19. 

If you liked watching “The Society,” try these similar shows on Netflix: “13 Reasons Why,” “Stranger Things,” “The OA,” and “The 100.”

“Ozark” is the third show on this list. It ran for three seasons, first released July 21, 2017, and is ending with a fourth season as its series finale. The final season is predicted to be released mid to late 2021. 

“Ozark” stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. They feature as a married couple who pack up and move their life to the Ozarks for a money-laundering scheme to appease a drug boss.

“Ozark” was ultimately canceled because of its run time. The average run times for Netflix’s original series are four seasons so the creators and Netflix themselves agreed that it was time for the show to end with a fourth season. Because of COVID, production has yet to begin, which is why the fourth season is predicted to be released much later in the year.

If you enjoyed “Ozark,” try some of these shows also featured on Netflix: “Breaking Bad,” “Narcos,” “Peaky Blinders,” and “House of Cards.”

“The Crown” is one of the longer running shows on this show cancelation list and one of the six longest-running originals on Netflix. It ran for four seasons, released in November of 2016, and is being renewed for a fifth and final season. The renewal was announced on Jan 31, 2020, and is expected late 2021 to early 2022.

‘The Crown’ is among Netflix’s priciest shows and was decided as too expensive to continue to run.”

— Staff Writer Joslyn Weber

“The Crown” follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding with Philip Mountbatten in 1947, up until the 21st century. Robert Lacey, the author of the book the show was based on, described the show as “half of [it] is historically accurate and the other half is imaginatively accurate.”

Ultimately, Netflix’s decision to cancel the show stemmed from its budget. “The Crown” is among Netflix’s priciest shows and was decided as too expensive to continue to run. The decision to shorten the show’s shelf life was made by the creator Peter Morgan. 

“At the outset, I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” Morgan said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

If you loved “The Crown,” here are some suggested shows to watch on Netflix: “The Queen,” “The Royal House of Windsor,” “Reign,” and “Downton Abbey,” (not featured on Netflix but can be found on Amazon Prime). 

After running for one or two seasons, most of the shows on this list were canceled due to COVID-19 complications. The other shows were just canceled because they ran for a long enough time by Netflix’s standards. Disappointed fans and viewers need not worry, however. Netflix still has many comparable and reputable shows to keep them happily streaming.