Every month, Netflix subscribers bear witness to a constant influx of mostly original new programming, which balances the constant exodus of licensed properties. The latest announcement for March 2018 has quite a few noteworthy additions, including Jessica Jones Season 2 and Game Over, Man!, but customers will no doubt also raise their eyebrows over the large number of TV shows that will get removed from the service, as the FX comedy Archer and around 20 more shows will have some or all of their seasons stricken from Netflix's library in the coming weeks.
The biggest loss in the bunch is definitely Archer's seven seasons -- Netflix hadn't ever picked up Season 8 -- and this would be a tough show to lose no matter what other series were involved. With a voice acting cast that is second to none, the series is heading into its ninth season this year, which will be another strange twist on the format that the past few seasons have offered fans, and now it seems fans shouldn't expect to stream it on Netflix in the future. And this isn't the biggest loss just because it's one of the smartest, funniest and most binge-worthy comedies on TV. It just literally is the biggest loss, with none of the other exiting shows featuring nearly as many as seven seasons. You can check out the full list below, with each show's exit date marked in parentheses.
Aside from Archer, which is still available on Hulu, another one of the most noteworthy departing shows include the first two seasons of NBC's The Carmichael Show, the acclaimed race-oriented sitcom from comedian Jerrod Carmichael. Comedy Central's animated park ranger comedy Brickleberry is also going away, with all three seasons leaving the woods. WGN America's witchy horror drama Salem's second and third seasons will say goodbye to Netflix, though the first one already isn't there.
While only two seasons of The Killing will be leaving Netflix in March, it's perhaps the most interesting entry in the list. Why? Because after AMC initially cancelled The Killing after Season 2, Netflix and Fox Television Studios stepped in to help negotiate the third season's production. And then after AMC re-cancelled it after Season 3, Netflix produced the six-episode final season and was the exclusive home for it. So the company apparently gets to hold onto that third season, which is pretty cool in and of itself.
And then there are a bunch of other short-lived series that are saying farewell, but don't go thinking that their limited episode supplies mean they're all worth skipping. The Seth MacFarlane-produced Bordertown took some interesting storytelling approaches to America's border politics. The FX boxing drama Lights Out was as gripping as could be, with Holt McCallany delivering a stellar performance throughout. The well-cast Traffic Light is worth a quick binge for some relationship laughs, and Shawn Ryan's Chicago Code also had a pretty stellar first season that just didn't find enough of an audience.
All of the shows on the list appear to have been distributed by 20th Television, the syndication arm of 20th Century Fox Television, which likely means Netflix's deal with the company expired. By all means, a new deal could get struck up in the near future, but with all the money Netflix is pouring into its original content, there might not be much money left for licensing soon.
So remember to watch as many of these shows as possible before they're taken away from Netflix for the foreseeable future. To see what's coming to Netflix, though, you can head to our March New Release list, and then jump to our 2018 Netflix schedule to round it all out. When that's done, our midseason premiere schedule will guide you the rest of the way.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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