Netflix’s The Addams Family series Wednesday is a fun and smart take on the character, and it would be great if the streaming service renews it for a second season. While some shows are huge hits right away, with fans loving the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, it’s not always clear what will get renewed and what won’t. Unfortunately, there are many solid Netflix series that were sadly canceled after one season, and it feels like there is still so much story to explore.
From a horror TV show that is part of Mike Flanagan’s body of work to a teen series that is charming and funny, there are several Netflix series that deserved to get a second season. Fans won’t have any closure for these unforgettable characters or for the mysteries that were explored in the first group of episodes.
The Midnight Club (2022)
The ending of Netflix’s Mike Flanagan series The Midnight Club leaves some questions up in the air. While there was hope that it would get a second season, Netflix canceled it after just 10 episodes. Flanagan wrote a Tumblr post answering questions that fans have had, which was fascinating and appreciated. The story of terminally ill teenagers living in a hospice and telling spooky stories is emotional, scary, and full of moving moments.
The characters understand each other since they’re in the same situation, and while they tell tales that are terrifying, they wonder if there is something paranormal going on in the place where they live. It would have been great to see more of these smart characters, especially since Flanagan shared that the love story between Kevin (Igby Rigney) and Illonka (Iman Benson) would have been the focal point of season 2.
Archive 81 (2022)
Archive 81 deserves a second season and it’s too bad that fans won’t get to follow along with Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie) going back in time to the 1990s. The ending of season 1 is fascinating, and as is often the case, it’s frustrating when a show finishes on a cliffhanger and then doesn’t get renewed for more episodes.
Like many thriller shows, Archive 81 doesn’t explain everything in its first season, and that’s one reason why it would have been nice to have some closure for this story. Dan is also an intelligent, kind character who deserves to be happy and figure out a way out of the supernatural and scary mess that he has found himself in. There is still a lot to know about the Visser apartment building located in New York City.
Merry Happy Whatever (2019)
While December is a fun and exciting time of year, it can also be filled with stress, thanks to family gatherings that put pressure on people to put on happy faces and answer questions about their personal lives. When a TV show can explore this topic, it’s entertaining but also relatable.
Merry Happy Whatever is perfect for those who love Christmas comedy movies as it’s a funny look at spending the holiday with family. Emmy Quinn (Bridgit Mendler) wants her boyfriend Matt (Brent Morin) to go home with her for Christmas, and her dad Don (Dennis Quaid) makes it an emotional, overwhelming, and unenjoyable experience.
Everything Sucks! (2018)
Everything Sucks! is set in a town called Boring, Oregon, and that alone makes it an intriguing series. Set in 1996, the show follows teenagers who are discovering who they are. Kate Messner (Peyton Kennedy) realizes that she’s gay and Luke O’Neil (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) wishes that he could get to know his dad, who left him and his mom.
Netflix has funny reality shows, sitcoms, and some solid teen shows as well, and it’s too bad that fans won’t get to see more of these characters’ lives. The show is incredibly sweet and Kate and Luke’s friendship is one of the most meaningful in a teen series. They support each other and encourage each other to be themselves.
The Society (2019)
Like the best teen horror shows, The Society is packed with action but also serves as a character study of young adults dealing with questions about identity, love, and family. It’s hard to watch all 10 episodes and not want more, as it’s riveting to watch teenagers realize that they are the only ones in their town and all of the adults are gone. There is tons of drama here, from Becca Gelb (Gideon Adlon) realizing that she’s pregnant and Cassandra Pressman (Rachel Keller) trying to take charge of the group but learning that’s harder than it seems.
It’s tough when a show is canceled without the opportunity to wrap things up and offer explanations. Fans won’t learn why the grown-ups disappeared, which is likely what season 2 would have explored.