25 shows Netflix should be embarrassed about canceling

Photo: Betty Gilpin, Alison Brie.. GLOW: Season 3.. Credit: Ali Goldstein/Netflix
Photo: Betty Gilpin, Alison Brie.. GLOW: Season 3.. Credit: Ali Goldstein/Netflix /
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DEAD TO ME (L to R) CHRISTINA APPLEGATE as JEN HARDING, LINDA CARDELLINI as JUDY HALE in episode 7 of DEAD TO ME. Cr. SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX © 2020
DEAD TO ME (L to R) CHRISTINA APPLEGATE as JEN HARDING, LINDA CARDELLINI as JUDY HALE in episode 7 of DEAD TO ME. Cr. SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX © 2020 /

Is Dead to Me canceled?

Seasons: 3

Created By: Liz Feldman

Starring: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Max Jenkins, Sam McCarthy, Luke Roessler

In the past few years, the lifespan of television series has seriously decreased. Most successful shows are known to run for five to six seasons, with a few true hits climbing higher and even into the double digits. But as storytelling shifts and the way we consume entertainment is changing, the clock runs out on our favorite shows, like Netflix’s Dead to Me, in half the time.

Christina Applegate stars in Dead to Me as widow Jen Harding, who still grieves the tragic loss of her husband to a hit-and-run accident and follows her rage toward revenge. When she meets Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini) at a support group, their lives end up entangled in ways neither could have seen coming. The dark comedy delves into the intricacies of grief while also delivering the unexpected twists and turns we need and want from a good mystery.

Following Dead to Me’s game-changing second season in spring 2020, Netflix picked the award-nominated series for a third and final season. Truthfully, a solid trilogy of seasons to ties the series up in a perfect bow makes sense. Why drag out a series for six seasons if that would merely threaten the integrity of the story and characters? But that doesn’t make the quick loss sting any less. Deep down it’s the right decision, but Netflix should still be embarrassed to let go of Jen and Judy.