Aired: 2015-17, 2 Seasons Totaling 23 Episodes
Starring: Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Bae Doona
Series Website: http://www.netflix.com/
Description: One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other’s lives, each other’s secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as “Sensates.” Netflix
Why Was It Cancelled? Netflix VP of original content Cindy Holland stated that “after 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end”. That news did not come has a huge surprise as it took almost two years for the second season to arrive and there were rumors in the interim that the show would be cancelled. Sense8 had a big budget because it was shot in locations around the world and it also required a fair amount of production time. But it never quite achieved the viewership levels of the more popular genre entries on the streaming service like Stranger Things, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the Defenders shows. The actors were contracted for third year, but apparently Netflix decided instead to wrap the show up after its second season. Sense8 did have a small but loyal following that was fighting for a third season, and they may try to lobby other networks to pick the show up. But since Netflix has solid numbers on the show’s viewership (that they won’t share with us) instead of the sampling of live and delayed viewing that Nielsen provides for the broadcast networks and cable channels, I’m thinking this one will be a hard sell. The full two seasons of the show remain available for streaming.
Update: Fans’ efforts to convince Netflix to continue the series has convinced the streaming service to give the show a final two-hour episode that will stream at some point in 2018. More on that at this link.