Why Lucifer is ending after season 5 on Netflix

Lucifer - Credit: John P. Fleenor/Netflix
Lucifer - Credit: John P. Fleenor/Netflix /

Lucifer has been renewed for a fifth and final season. Why is Netflix ending Lucifer after season 5? We have a few theories.

In case you haven’t heard the news, Lucifer is coming back for season 5 on Netflix. Unfortunately, it will be the final season of the series.

Netflix and the Lucifer team have not said exactly why the new Netflix original series will end after season 5. It’s clear the show is at peak popularity with fans around the world, so you’d think Netflix and Joe Henderson and Idly Modrovich would be ready to keep this show going for a few more seasons.

It’s probably not all that simple. There are many things to consider when Netflix makes these renewals and cancellations. To help Lucifer fans understand, we’ve shared a few reasons why Netflix and the creators decided to end this series with season 5. We don’t know if these are the exact reason why, but they probably all factor into Netflix’s decision.

Netflix has been leaning toward fewer seasons 

The idea here is that viewers won’t start a new series when they are already multiple seasons behind. That’s the main reason we’ve seen Netflix cancel a number of shows after season 2 and season 3.

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Netflix has a ton of data on this, so we have to assume this makes sense. Netflix releases all episodes of new seasons at one time. If fans don’t watch the season within a few months, will they watch it at all?

With a show like Lucifer, which already has a built-in fanbase, it’s not easy for Netflix to convince other non-fans to start watching this series from season 1 and watch season 2 and 3 before even getting to the Netflix original season of the series. Will enough fans watch to offset the cost of the season for Netflix?

Joe Henderson and Idly Modrovich imagined the show would end with five seasons 

Netflix might have pushed for the show to end with season 5, but this might have been something Henderson and Modrovich were pushing for, too. They haven’t claimed that or anything, but Netflix would likely give them some say in this process.

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It’s entirely possible they have the perfect way to end this show, and I’m hoping that’s the case.  They might have known from the beginning that the show had a five-season arc.

We know the season 4 finale was setting up something big, and I think this might be it.

Netflix also said “as the creators intended” in the video announcing the show’s renewal for season 5 and the final season of the series. It sounds like season 5 was always meant to be the final season.

It’s better to end a show too soon than wait too long 

This seems very likely in Netflix’s world. While some shows deserve a lot of seasons, it’s much better for everyone involved if the show, except the crew, doesn’t get stretched out too long. The story suffers, and the creators have to make really difficult choices for how to move forward.

With a show ending too soon, it leaves something to be desired, but if the creators have a chance to give closure, it’s better for everyone. Lucifer season 5 will have the chance to end the series on the creators’ terms, and that’s very important.

Ultimately, I think it’s probably a little of all three theories. Netflix probably feels most comfortable with this show signing off with season 5. They have a great series to package to everyone with a clear ending. That’s important in the distribution of this series.

I don’t know if we will see many more five-plus season Netflix shows, especially the dramas or action shows. They are expensive to make, compared to most comedies, and they need to have huge audiences to support them financially, usually.

Instead of being mad at Netflix for Lucifer ending after season 5, fans should be happy Netflix saved this series and given them at least two seasons of the series. If not for Netflix, this show would have ended a year ago on a not-so-good finale.

We’ll probably never know why or who made the official decision to end Lucifer after season 5, but I’m willing to bet it has a lot to do with the recent trend of Netflix shows having shorter seasons.

Why do you think the series is ending after season 5? Let us know in the comments section!

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