Kathy Bates' Netflix show Disjointed has been canceled after just one season. The series from Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre received overall poor reviews, as reflected by its 23 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. The show did somewhat better with audiences however, scoring 80 percent on the review aggregator.
Debuting in summer of 2017, Disjointed starred Oscar-winner Bates as a long-time marijuana advocate taking advantage of legalization by opening her own dispensary. Bates made her endeavors a family affair, hiring her son (Aaron Moten) to also work at the shop. The comedy also starred Elizabeth Alderfer, Tone Bell, Elizabeth Ho, Dougie Baldwin, Chris Redd and Betsy Sodaro. Netflix originally ordered 20 episodes of the single-camera series. The first ten dropped in August 2017, with the second ten coming in January 2018.
As reported by Deadline, Netflix has shut down Disjointed after just a single season. This means Disjointed now joins the long list of shows Netflix wants you to forget. Warner Bros. will reportedly try shopping the series elsewhere.
Disjointed may have prematurely ended its run, but Lorre will continue his relationship with Netflix. The producer will next bring The Kominsky Method, a comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, to the streaming service. The series stars Douglas as a Hollywood acting coach and Arkin as his long-time agent and friend. Bates too will return to Netflix, co-starring with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in the Bonnie and Clyde drama The Highwaymen.
For a long time, Netflix had a reputation for renewing just about every original show it created. That all changed last year when, in the face of an ever-growing roster of original programming, the streaming giant began showing more willingness to bring the axe down. The list of shows canceled included some signature series too, including Bloodline, Sense8 and The Get Down. Most controversial among those calls was the cancellation of the Wachowskis' sci-fi drama Sense8 without a proper finale. Netflix did ultimately respond to large fan backlash by giving the Wachowskis a chance to produce one final movie-length episode. Netflix in recent months has also given the axe to Naomi Watts' Gypsy, Maria Bamford's Lady Dynamite and Girlboss.
Many of Netflix's cancellation calls no doubt mostly had to do with budget. Disjointed however looks like one instance where Netflix may have simply agreed with critics. The good news for fans of Netflix comedy? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will return this summer.