Netflix cancels Uncoupled after its debut season

Netflix decided to not renew the Neil Patrick Harris show for a second season following an abysmal outing on its debut season.


The American actor, singer, and television host, Neil Patrick Harris, is widely famous for his role as Barney Stinson on the CBS show How I Met Your Mother as well as Count Olaf on the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. Unfortunately, while his name is synonymous with successful TV shows, his latest outing is anything but.

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Netflix failed to renew Neil Patrick Harris's 2022 show.

Recently, the thespian and producer starred as Michael Lawson in the Netflix series Uncoupled, which debuted last July 29 with eight episodes to positive reviews. Yet, despite a 73% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 75% audience rating, Netflix has now canceled the series after only one season.

Uncoupled’s favorable reviews didn't translate to high viewership numbers as the show failed to chart consistently atop the weekly rankings of Netflix. The show appeared once at number 6 the week after its premiere, which wasn't enough for the platform to approve a second season. However, it bears mentioning that Netflix uses a ratings system that measures the amount of hours viewed. Meanwhile, each episode of Uncoupled has a runtime of 27-31 minutes. It's possible the show’s short runtime put it at a disadvantage with the platform’s rating system.

Uncoupled starred Harris as a middle-aged gay man who must learn to navigate the New York dating scene after his long-term partner dumps him. The show was created by Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman. Star, whose portfolio includes Sex and the City, is also responsible for the romantic comedy Emily in Paris which airs on the same platform and has been renewed for a fourth season. Richman, on the other hand, has the mockumentary sitcom series Modern Family on his portfolio.

Apart from Harris, Uncoupled starred Tisha Campbell, Marcia Gay Harden, Brooks Ashmanskas, Tuc Watkins, and Emerson Brooks. Harris also served as one of the show’s executive producers, alongside Star, Richman, and Lilly Burns.

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Uncoupled received favorable reviews from critics and audiences but failed to chart in Netflix's Top 10.

While Netflix’s cancellation might disappoint fans of the show, they'll be glad to learn that the platform has already picked up new comedies, including The Vince Staples Show, Unstable, and Survival of the Thickest. Besides, Uncoupled isn't the only victim of Netflix’s recent slew of cancellations with Dead End: Paranormal Park, 1899, Inside Job, and The Chair also getting the ax in January.

Nevertheless, the series is still streaming on the platform.


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