These Hulu cancellations were the hardest to swallow.
The popular streaming service, Hulu, has gained a large customer base over the years since its inception. That number is steadily rising as the platform supplies its customer’s demand for bigger and better content. With fans outraged after Netflix announced its plans to raise subscription prices (yes, again), Hulu has quickly become a top contender for the best streaming service.
Hulu is home to television shows with cult-like followings like FX’s Atlanta and American Horror Story. The streaming platform also offers classic Black movies such as Coming to America Waiting to Exhale”, and “Two Can Play That Game”. Fans can even watch their favorite television show as they air using Hulu’s live TV streaming service.
There is so much good content to watch on Hulu, but as the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”. Every year, fans eagerly wait to find out if their favorite television show is slated to get canceled by their streaming service. Unfortunately, Hulu is no different. And their list of canceled television shows really shook us.
A lot of times, television shows develop loyal fanbases who tune in regularly to watch their favorite actors on screen. And with the help of social media, a lot of these artists are able to scale the industry to become bigger stars. Yaya DaCosta, as an example, got her start as third runner-up on reality tv show, America’s Next Top Model. She went on to star in several movies and television shows. Thus, tv shows being canceled hurts more than just the fans.
From horror to sci-fi to romance, nothing is off-limits when it comes to which genres get canceled. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite shows that got chopped thanks to Hulu original series cancelations…and why we’re already missing them:
1. 'Light as a Feather'
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Light as a Feather is a supernatural drama that follows a group of young women who experience paranormal activities after playing the classic game, “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board.” Of the four friends, Candace Preston is played by Ajiona Alexus. Alexus is also recognized for her roles in other popular shows such as Empire, The Rickey Smiley Show, BMF and 13 Reasons Why.
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The show, created by Lee Fleming Jr., lasted for two seasons before announcing its departure. Even though Hulu canceled the series, fans can still get their fix by reading the short story that the series is based on, “Light as a Feather” by Zoe Aarsen.
2. 'All Night'
All Night is a comedy series that tells the story of a group of teenage graduates who stop at nothing to make their high school fantasies come true. The teens find themselves stuck together after attending an overnight lock-in graduation party. Fans enjoyed watching the characters try to live out their fantasies, some of which included acting revenge on a teacher and hooking up with a love interest.
Among the teens are notable Black talents such as famed actor Tequan Richmond, known for his role as Drew Rock on the hit series, Everybody Hates Chris. Tequan Richmond acts alongside his rising co-star, Tetona Jackson, who gave birth to their first child.
Other recognizable stars include Teala Dunn and Eva Gutowski, both famed actresses and YouTubers.
3. 'The First'
The First is a sci-fi drama that follows the lives of a crew of astronauts whose mission involves becoming the first humans to land on Mars. Over the course of their journey, they face many dangers and uncertainties as they navigate an impressive attempt at making human history.
Its all-star cast ensemble includes LisaGay Hamilton, who plays Kayla Price, a smart and strong-willed character who battles her own personal experiences as a Black lesbian crew member.
The short-lived series concluded after just one season, however, all eight episodes are still available to watch on Hulu.
4. 'High Fidelity'
High Fidelity is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by Nick Hornsby. Zoë Kravitz, who is also an executive producer and writer for the show, plays Robyn Brooks, the star of the series. Robyn or “Rob” is a Brooklyn record store owner who uses her proximity to music to navigate the heartache of previous relationships.
The show lasted for one season, and fans aren’t the only ones upset over its cancelation. In an interview with Elle, Kravitz voices her displeasure over the decision. “They didn’t realize what that show was and what it could do,” she says. “The amount of letters, DMs, people on the street, and women that look like us—like, that love for the show, it meant something to people. It was a big mistake.”
Freakish is a horror series that involves a group of high school students who find themselves trapped inside their school due to a chemical explosion that decimated their town. They fight to survive as they face mutant beings who run loose outside of the school in this post-apocalyptic thriller.
Fans enjoyed watching actress and television host, Liza Koshy as she starred in the battle for survival. Ultimately the series was canceled after just two seasons, with fans left wondering how the group of students would fare in the end. To watch the short-lived show, both seasons are still available to stream on Hulu.