Another week, another Netflix cancellation. That seems to be the theme these days. And no department is being hit harder than the one that specializes in animation.
The latest victim? Adult animated series Q-Force, which is getting the axe after just one season and 10 episodes. The decision could have something to do with the fact Q-Force was considered to be a little controversial upon its release last fall. But it also likely has something to do with the fact Netflix has been making financial cuts just about everywhere lately.
With recession fears looming, Netflix isn’t alone. Cutbacks, layoffs and hiring freezes have been the norm for tech companies lately, as relayed by USA Today.
As for Q-Force specifically, the writing was on the wall at the end of the first season. Generally, Netflix will announce a second season shortly after the first one begins. But for Q-Force, it was … crickets.
TV Series Finale was among those to report that Q-Force would not return, summing up the show’s theme this way:
“An adult animated series, the Q-Force TV show stars Sean Hayes, Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Wanda Sykes, and Gabe Liedman. Steve Maryweather (Hayes), AKA Agent Mary, was once the Golden Boy of the American Intelligence Agency (AIA) — until he came out as gay. Unable to fire him, the Agency sent him off to West Hollywood, to disappear into obscurity. Instead, Mary assembles a misfit squad of LGBTQ+ geniuses.”
So yeah, the subject matter may not have been ideal for everyone. Some called the show offensive, while others labeled it worse — not funny. Nonetheless, it seemed to have a cult following and created a little bit of extra hype for the streaming giant.
But like so many other animated programs on Netflix nowadays, Q-Force is being erased.