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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 11: Comedian Maria Bamford visits the Build Series to discuss “What’s Your Ailment?!” at Build Studio on February 11, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 11: Comedian Maria Bamford visits the Build Series to discuss “What’s Your Ailment?!” at Build Studio on February 11, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images) /

Is Lady Dynamite canceled?

Seasons: 2

Created By: Pam Brady and Mitch Hurwitz

Starring: Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

In the earlier days of its original comedy series, Netflix was a touch more ambitious with shows that were a little left of center. Many of its name-brand comedies were a touch more heightened than the usual small-screen fare, a place for fans of broader comedy to run wild. One of those pioneer comedies that paved the Netflix way was Maria Bamford starrer Lady Dynamite, a critically acclaimed hit the streamer should be embarrassed about setting free too soon.

Bamford stars in Lady Dynamite as a fictionalized version of herself, who returns to Los Angeles after completing a two-month recovery period for bipolar disorder. As the stand-up comedian and actor gives her best shot at rebuilding her life and career, she’s aided by the assistance of her agent Bruce Ben-Bacharach (Fred Melamed) and other colorful characters in her orbit.

Lady Dynamite earned praise from critics upon release and holds a 94% and 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes for both seasons respectively. Bamford received deserved adoration for her performance in the short-lived series, and a revolving door of well-known guest stars kept the series fresh and funny. There’s no doubt Lady Dynamite had a few seasons more of untapped potential and a serious shot at becoming an awards season heavy hitter with the right timing.