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7 Netflix Shows That Need To Be Renewed (And 8 That Need To Go)

Netflix has a bit of an overcrowding issue in terms of its original content. Here are the shows that should be renewed and the shows that need to go.

In recent years, Netflix has proven itself to be one of the clear leaders in the entertainment industry. Producing hundred of original series and films at a rapid pace, the streaming giant has now racked up an impressive amount of nominations and awards across the board.

Membership continues to soar, with over 100 million users registered for the streaming service and half of those located in the United States alone.

However, no matter how successful their series and subscription rates may be, the streamer has still managed to amass over $20 billion in long-term debt due to the costs of production.

As of late, the service has shown that it's become more willing to cut costs by cancelling series that aren't providing a return on their initial investment, such as Sense8.

In case the streamer needs any suggestions as to what programs need to stay or go, we've got a few ideas regarding shows that should - and shouldn't - make the cut.

Here are the 7 Netflix Shows That Need To Be Renewed (And 8 That Need To Go).

15 Needs To Go: Orange Is The New Black

There's no denying that this is a controversial take, but bear with us: Orange Is The New Black really, really needs to go.

What was once a truly refreshing and promising female-led series has, in recent years, become almost unbearable to watch.

As the cast has grown far too large for one series to manage, compelling characters have been cast aside in favor of recycling storylines that no one cares about anymore.

Even worse, characters that were once worth caring about have frequently been reduced to despicable shells of the people they once were.

We may have gotten rid of Larry and Pornstache, but unfortunately, the problems at the heart of OITNB are far worse than we ever could have expected.

14 Needs To Be Renewed: Black Mirror

Consistently one of the most original series on television since it premiered in the UK, Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror is an often bleak, sometimes inspiring look at what the future could hold if technology reigns supreme.

Equal parts Twilight Zone and dystopian myths, the series has only been further rejuvenated since Netflix acquired the rights to make twelve additional episodes.

Netflix's twelve episode order has now been completed, with season 3 released in October 2016 and season 4 in December 2017.

No matter how well-suited the episode "Black Museum" could have been for a series finale, the quality of the twelve episodes Netflix has produced shows that the series is as excellent as ever, and it would truly be a shame for it to stop now.

13 Needs To Go: Narcos

Over time, Narcos has found its footing after a polarizing first season. While season one felt uneven and unsure of exactly what kind of show it wanted to be, the third and most recent season in particular has been regarded far and wide as a masterful work of television.

We now know what direction Narcos can go in and that it is capable of being an insanely captivating show.

So why, then, are we claiming that this series deserves to be cancelled? Precisely for that reason.

With a cast that's constantly in flux, and a story that clearly has an end date in mind, Narcos deserves to go out on a high note rather than run the risk of retreading some of its mediocre beginnings.

12 Needs To Be Renewed: The Crown

This may be one of the clearest cut examples on this list of a show that deserves to be renewed. With The Crown, Netflix has received considerable critical acclaim and awards season recognition for the portrayals of actors including Claire Foy and John Lithgow.

But in addition to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood recognition, The Crown offers the rare instance of a show that clearly has a pre-determined end date.

As the series now moves out of the first period of Queen Elizabeth's life, and changes cast members to accommodate the change, the narrative is now entering the second of (presumably) three periods.

With another handful of seasons, Queen Elizabeth's story will be told completely. It makes no sense for Netflix to bother pulling the cord on this series at any time before then.

11 Needs To Go: The OA

The OA is definitely one of those shows that either really works for you, or really does not.

Perhaps that was the point of it, as it truly is an experimental work of television with a storyline that's hard to grasp all the facets of even upon multiple rewatches.

While a show that makes you think is never a particularly bad thing, it can get pretty unbearable when it seems as if the show takes itself too seriously during each and every episode.

Making matters worse is when that kind of show features amazing and talented actors-- such as Britt Marling, Scott Wilson, and Jason Isaacs-- who would be so much better served by any other project out there.

10 Needs To Be Renewed: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, once meant to be an NBC produced series, has broken away from the pack of sitcoms on Netflix to show exactly what a streaming comedy can do that a network one cannot.

Unafraid of pushing boundaries and commenting on hot social issues, the series has been outlandish and bold from day one in the best of ways.

With a stellar cast including comedic icons such as Carol Kane, and with a career-defining breakout role by Tituss Burgess, the show has consistently proven that it has an endless well of comedic talent to tap into whenever it needs to.

The series has been renewed for a fourth season already, expected to premiere sometime this year. But based on the success of past seasons and the sheer quality of its writing and cast, this series deserves so many more years beyond.

9 Needs To Go: 13 Reasons Why

The show 13 Reasons Why was a true hit for Netflix, with social media responses to the series in particular blowing any other series out of the water. The lead performance by Katherine Langford even scored a surprise Golden Globe nomination for the teen-focused series.

But for some reason, Netflix decided to renew the series-- which had already completely adapted the highly sensitive topics of Jay Asher's likewise named novel-- for a second season. Now, the series will return with another central mystery, and more focus on the disturbed and destructive characters listed as "reasons" by the first season.

In renewing the series, Netflix has potentially guaranteed that the show will no longer serve as a wake up call for teenage and parental communities regarding the need for greater awareness of mental health issues, but rather become just another cliched teen drama series.

8 Needs To Be Renewed: Fuller House

Perhaps this is the most controversial choice on this list. Consistently maligned from its release by critics, even as it was viewed in droves and adored by diehard fans of the original series, Fuller House has been polarizing at best.

Yet by the end of its third season, released in December 2017, the series has finally found itself in a balance of quirky offbeat comedy and sentimental heart and nostalgia.

The third season also concludes with multiple promising plotlines. High school sweethearts DJ and Steve have finally reunited, as fans have been waiting for all along. Stephanie is now awaiting the birth of her first child, by surrogate Kimmy Gibbler of all people.

However, even more than that, career changes and personal life developments have allowed the series to pitch a version of season four in which core characters of the original series-- Danny, Jesse, Joey, and Rebecca-- are moving back to San Francisco.

Therefore, we can expect a fourth season to feature these characters more than ever before, and things are always better when the legacy adults are around.

7 Needs To Go: Flaked

Be honest: did you even know that this show existed and that it was on Netflix?

Starring the supremely talented Will Arnett, Flaked is one of Netflix's many unsuccessful attempts at launching something resembling a dark comedy.

With only a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus is especially damning: "Dull and pointless, Flaked makes it uncomfortably clear that the man-child persona is no longer compelling." Overall, there are not many people watching the show, and even fewer who are fans.

Arnett is too great a comic talent to be wasted on such mediocrity. Season two premiere in June 2017 and there's been no decision made regarding a third season. Here's to hoping Netflix realizes this show needs to go.

6 Needs To Be Renewed: Luke Cage

The social significance and cultural timeliness of a hero like Luke Cage cannot possibly be overstated.

Representation is a crucial part of what fans respond to, particularly within the sphere of comics and fantasy in general.

An impossibly strong and invulnerable African-American hero is a story that deserves to be made and told for fans everywhere, and now is the time for it with Marvel's Luke Cage.

With the stellar casting of Mike Colter as the titular hero, the Netflix series has all but found itself with a gold mine full of countless treasures to be explored over time.

Season 2 is currently in post-production and slated to release some time this year. Here's to hoping that many more seasons will follow.

5 Needs To Go: Friends From College

Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Billy Eichner, Fred Savage, Seth Rogen, Chris Elliott, and even Kate McKinnon.

How could a series boasting so many legendary names of comedy and sitcom alike be so profoundly horrible and bad?

Following the lives of terrible and annoying Harvard alums, Friends from College is the picture perfect example of the fact that putting great minds and talents together in one room will not always yield amazing results.

Yet even though it was panned as a failure from its initial release, the series was somehow renewed for a second season, perhaps due to star power alone.

Hopefully, Netflix will learn from its mistakes and not prolong this uncomfortable reunion more than it already has.

4 Needs To Be Renewed: Stranger Things

From the moment of its release, Stranger Things was perhaps the closest Netflix has come to creating a true cultural phenomenon.

With its pitch perfect recreation of the 1980s and all things nerd culture, Stranger Things has tapped into the beating heart of what people are drawn to in stories.

Equal parts nostalgia, sci-fi, fantasy, and coming of age story, the show has also defied expectations and found a truly talented cast of youngsters capable of holding a show all on their own.

Season three will likely be released in late 2018, but the Duffer brothers have previously expressed interest in making the show a four or five season story. It only makes sense for Netflix to go ahead and order one or two more seasons just to keep everyone happy from the get go.

3 Needs To Go: Disjointed

On paper, Disjointed sounds like it could have been something remotely amusing and a possible instant success. Surely, the idea of Kathy Bates as a marijuana advocate taking on the man and running a dispensary has the potential to at least muster out at least a few laughs.

Except, when it comes to the finished product, Disjointed may be the single most un-funny thing that Netflix has produced to date.

With twenty episodes ordered and produced, the should-be-sitcom somehow finds its way to become worse and worse with every episode that passes, including schlocky humor and offensive caricatures in spades.

An actress of Bates' talent and legacy deserves so much more than whatever this project was meant to be.

2 Needs To Be Renewed: Jessica Jones

As with Luke Cage, the timeliness and message of Jessica Jones all but guarantee the series' long-term significance.

Starring Krysten Ritter as the titular damaged, but tough as nails heroine who isn't afraid of kicking ass and taking names, Jessica Jones has gone a long way in terms of showing that a female-led superhero series can be truly compelling.

Tackling issues such as sexual assault, abuse, and alcoholism, it's perhaps the grittiest of the Netflix Marvel series, unafraid of exploring the ugly side of humanity even as it focuses on superhuman characters.

Season two is arriving in March 2018, but the strength of Jessica's powers and personality in equal measure are what make this a high priority for Netflix to renew for many more seasons beyond that.

1 Needs To Go: Iron Fist

Admit it: you're not at all surprised that this series tops the list of things that need to go.

Iron Fist is the definition of a show that never should have been made. With a lackluster male lead in both Danny Rand and Finn Jones, the series was never going to work from the very beginning.

Add to it the weakest of all choreography displayed in the Marvel Netflix universe, and the beyond boring business plot, and you've got a surefire miss on your hands.

Danny Rand's incompetence was only further exemplified in The Defenders when he's paired opposite the far more compelling heroes. So really, Netflix would be doing everyone a favor by pulling the plug on this one.

What Netflix shows do you think should be renewed and cancelled? Let us know in the comments!

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