We analyzed how many seasons Netflix gives its originals before canceling them and there's a clear trend (NFLX)

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  • Business Insider analyzed the original series that Netflix has
    canceled to see how many seasons each show was given before getting
    the axe. 
  • Only about a dozen Netflix originals lasted for more than three
    seasons. The majority ended after two or three.
  • Most recently, Netflix announced final seasons for “Dear White
    People” and “BoJack Horseman.”

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After about two seasons, get ready to part ways with your
favorite Netflix shows. 

Only about a dozen Netflix originals have streamed for more than
three seasons before being canceled, according to Business
Insider’s analysis of series that Netflix has announced final
seasons for through October 2.

We combed through Netflix’s original series — excluding
mini-series like “Alias Grace,” shows like “Better Call Saul” that
Netflix licenses the first-run rights to, and series that were
picked up mid-run like “Lucifer” — to see how many seasons each
original was given before getting the axe.

Most survived only for two or three seasons, like Netflix’s
Marvel series, “Sense8,” and “The OA.” Some, like “Tuca &
Bertie” and “Everything Sucks!,” were canceled after a single
season. Most recently, Netflix said it would end “Dear White
People” after four seasons.

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Some Netflix shows have had longer lifespans.

They include:

  • “Grace and Frankie,” which will be the longest-running Netflix
    show, by number of episodes, when its seventh and final season runs
    in January
  • “Orange Is the New Black,” which ended in July after seven
  • “BoJack Horseman,” which will end with its upcoming sixth
  • “House of Cards,” which aired its sixth and final season last
  • “Fuller House,” which streams its fifth and final season later
    this year

Still, some shows on broadcast networks like NBC, Fox, and ABC,
by contrast, have gone on for 10 seasons or more. “The Simpsons”
has been on the air for more than 30 seasons; “Law and Order: SVU”
is in its 21st season; and “Grey’s Anatomy” is in its 16th, to name
a few of the longest-running hows on US TV. 

Netflix has only been releasing originals since 2013 (not
including “Lilyhammer,” which Netflix streamed exclusively in North
America starting in 2012). It would have been difficult for any of
its originals to match the runs of those on broadcast TV at this

The streaming service, which doesn’t sell advertising, also
benefits more from new shows that bring in additional sign ups to
the service, than ongoing series that could command hefty
advertising rates.

Long-running series aren’t always valuable to Netflix for other
reasons as well. Netflix series that have not broken out by season
three usually don’t have much more room for growth in subsequent
Deadline reported
. The streaming company leans toward shorter
seasons for a similar reason: its data indicates that 10 episodes
per season is an ideal number of people to consume, the publication

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We analyzed how many seasons Netflix gives its originals before canceling them and there's a clear trend (NFLX)