25 shows Netflix should be embarrassed about canceling

Photo: Betty Gilpin, Alison Brie.. GLOW: Season 3.. Credit: Ali Goldstein/Netflix
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Altered Carbon canceled Altered Carbon season 3
ALTERED CARBON – Credit: Diyah Pera/Netflix /

Is Altered Carbon canceled?

Seasons: 2

Created By: Laeta Kalogridis

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Chris Conner, Dichen Lachman, Ato Essandoh, Kristin Lehman, Trieu Tran, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Anthony Mackie, Lela Loren, Simone Missick, Dina Shihabi, Torben Liebrecht

Sometimes you see a show, whether you’re a committed fan or not, and just know that it has potential. Altered Carbon, the Netflix original cyberpunk series, had potential to spare on arrival. The series debuted with buzz aplenty in 2018, but hat buzz seemed to have dwindled and dwindled in just over two years in between seasons 1 and 2.

Based on the novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon takes place about 360 years into the future as a person’s consciousness has the ability to be transferred into different bodies. Joel Kinnaman plays the lead character Takeshi Kovacs in the first season and Anthony Mackie takes over the role as Takeshi’s new host body in the second season.

Although Altered Carbon earned mixed to positive reception for both seasons, the series was given the ax not long after the second season premiered in February 2020. Unlike other pandemic-related cancellations, Altered Carbon’s fate had more to do with cost and low viewership. Somehow, Netflix missed out on would could have been a huge cult favorite.