25 shows Netflix should be embarrassed about canceling

Photo: Betty Gilpin, Alison Brie.. GLOW: Season 3.. Credit: Ali Goldstein/Netflix
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Is Haters Back Off canceled?

Seasons: 2

Created By: Colleen Ballinger and Chris Ballinger

Starring: Colleen Ballinger, Angela Kinsey, Steve Little, Erik Stocklin, Francesca Reale, Matt Besser

Whether you’re a fan of Miranda Sings on YouTube will determine if you watched Netflix’s scripted comedy take on Colleen Ballinger’s online alter ego — or if you’ve even heard of it. But the expansion on the satiric character Ballinger has been crafting online and onstage for well over 10 years was one of the streamer’s best executed risks. It’s too bad Netflix didn’t let Haters Back Off last longer.

Colleen Ballinger stars in Haters Back Off as Miranda Sings, a for-lack-of-a-better-word delusional wannabe singer and online star. The series takes a much deeper look at Miranda’s home life and backstory than Ballinger’s popular YouTube videos allowed, with inside glances at her mother (Angela Kinsey), uncle (Steve Little), sister (Francesca Reale) and blossoming romance with best friend Patrick (Erik Stocklin).

If you’re unfamiliar with the tone and subject matter of Ballinger’s act as Miranda Sings, Haters Back Off may have been an acquired taste. Its approach to social commentary concerning fame and its irreverent sensibility were part of its charm and magic. In another life, Netflix allows Ballinger to keep making the quirky comedy for many, many years and Miranda Sings became the household name she always dreamed of becoming.