Neil Patrick Harris’ LGBTQ+ TV series Uncoupled has been cancelled by Netflix after one season.
Back in July, the streamer released the eight-episode romantic comedy to queer viewers worldwide.
The show, which was created by Younger’s Darren Star, followed “successful New York City real estate agent” Michael Lawson (Harris), whose seemingly perfect life gets turned upside down after his long-term boyfriend Colin (Tuc Watkins) leaves him after 17 years.
“Overnight, he has to confront two nightmares: losing the man he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City,” the synopsis reads.
Alongside Harris and Watkins, Tisha Campbell, Marcia Gay Harden, Emerson Brooks, and Brooks Ashmanskas also starred in the series.
Upon its release, Uncoupled received acclaim from critics and viewers for its Sex and the City vibe and dynamic comedic storylines.
However despite the glowing reviews and the first season ending with multiple cliffhangers, Netflix pulled the plug on the LGBTQ+ inclusive show (per Variety).
In an additional report from Deadline, a source told the publication that the show’s producers – MTV Entertainment Studios – attempted to shop the series around to other networks before the cancellation was announced.
While Harris and the rest of the cast have refrained from releasing a statement, fans have already taken to social media to express their disappointment over the streamer’s decision.
One viewer tweeted: “What the actual f**k Netflix? Cancelling Uncoupled, WHY? Please please, pleaseeeee, some other network pick it up. We need a season 2.”
Another person wrote: “I’m actually really disappointed and concerned with Netflix canceling #Uncoupled Tisha Campbell, sex and the city vibes, and gay content that’s not corny. I hate getting invested in shows.”
Over the last few months, queer consumers have slammed the streamer for cancelling an array of its LGBTQ+ inclusive shows after one or two seasons.
On 13 January, fans of Dead End: Paranormal Park were left devastated when creator Hamish Steele revealed that Netflix cancelled the trans-led animated series.
In a lengthy statement, the showrunner said that he “held onto the news for a while”, due to him hoping that it would “reverse” the streamer’s decision: “Sadly, I don’t think that’s possible right now. It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you Dead End is over.”
In addition to Uncoupled and Dead End: Paranormal Park, shows like 1899, Warrior Nun, First Kill, Half Bad: The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, and Q-Force have also recently been cancelled by Netflix.
Check out more fan reactions to Uncoupled’s fate below.
Can’t share passwords, price increases, and literally half my favorite shows constantly getting canceled. SMH
— Paige Michalchuk (@kenyattathinks) January 14, 2023
— Alex Chen (@Xander4EVR) January 14, 2023
— #MaxHadid29 (They/Them) (@MaxHadid29) January 14, 2023
— Justin Spade (@Justin_S_Spade) January 14, 2023
This is really frustrating news, it ended with several plots yet to be resolved
Uncoupled Cancelled at Netflix https://t.co/zt9vHBCdw3
— Matthew Rawlinson-Bennett (@bluejovanka) January 14, 2023
Since Netflix has cancelled the vast majority of original series they released last year (1899, Uncoupled, The Midnight Club, Imperfects, Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, Resident Evil, Archive 81, First Kill, Blockbuster etc.) it’s removed the incentive to watch 2023’s new stuff https://t.co/B4Y4MF2i73
— Olly (@ollyw1ll) January 14, 2023
i’m not watching nothing else Netflix, they cancelled uncoupled🤬😡
— Œ (@__sugarrboy) January 14, 2023
Little bummed about this cancellation. It took some episodes to warm up to (the first few felt like one giant Grindr ad) but it was fun(ny). It also felt a helluva lot more like “Sex and the City” than “And Just Like That,” that’s for sure.https://t.co/FOnEZLcZlZ
— Lawrence Yee (@lawryee) January 14, 2023
Disappointing news. Netflix cancels “Uncoupled” after just one season. pic.twitter.com/41BPgPhPfV
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 14, 2023
First, Partner Track, now this. You really can’t trust Netflix to commit to any show unless it does stratospheric numbers. #Uncoupled was really smart and funny, a good show. That cliffhanger had me gagging for a season 2. Oh well 😔@fimilebayb @anyibaba9ja pic.twitter.com/xUZskzxBDB
— Walter Ude 🌈 #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality (@walteruude) January 14, 2023