All the Netflix shows canceled or renewed in 2019

LUCIFER season 4 - Credit: John P. Fleenor/Netflix
LUCIFER season 4 - Credit: John P. Fleenor/Netflix /
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The Haunting of Hill House – Credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix
The Haunting of Hill House – Credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix /

Renewed: The Haunting of Hill House

Renewed for: Season 2

What it’s about: Set in two time periods, we see how a family of five siblings reacted after the death of their mother. This horror series had a focus on a haunted house but it was deeper than that. We had a chance to see how these five siblings dealt with the truths revealed about the house and the stories they’ve told themselves.

Based on the book of the same name by Shirley Jackson, the show delves more into psychology than a haunting. You’ll certainly need to watch the season the whole way through at least twice to get through the horror and see the beautiful psychology.

Why the renewal is good: There’s no denying that the first season of The Haunting of Hill House was the creepiest thing on TV in recent years. This Netflix show delivered a powerful tale that played a lot on the psyche. While there were many ghosts, it wasn’t actually the ghosts that caused the people to do bad things. It was more about the way the house affected people.

There needs to be more of this type of horror, the horror that has a deeper psychological meaning than a focus on jump scares. Sure, there were the odd jump scares here and there, but this was a story about grief and loss. Each sibling represented a stage of grief, whether it was denial, anger, or even acceptance.

While there was the back story of the house, the show focused heavily on the (lack of) relationship between the siblings. It looked at how one event changed their lives forever. And we need more of this type of storyline.

It’s going to be exciting to see the second season, which is slated to be The Haunting of Bly Manor.