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Netflix is so, so sorry about cancelling "Sense8" — but won't renew it

Like, so, so sorry

Gabriel Bell
June 12, 2017 3:25PM (UTC)

As reported here, streaming video service Netflix cancelled its challenging, progressive scifi series "Sense8" earlier this month. Fans instantly lamented the loss of a show that was not only, by most accounts, gripping and innovative, but forwarded issues of polyamory, ethnic and cultural equality, queer lifestyles, global communication, empathy and hot, hot gay sex in a positive, engaging way.

Much as when CBS cancelled "Jericho" over a decade ago and when NBC did the same to "Timeless" just over a month ago, fans engaged in a grassroots campaign — marked with #RenewSense8 and #BringBackSense8 — to convince Netflix to renew the show. Alas for them, it seems all of their efforts will be for naught.


In a statement released last week on the Facebook wall of  "Sense8", representatives for Netflix wrote:

To our Sense8 family . . . We’ve seen the petitions. We’ve read the messages. We know you want to #RenewSense8, and we wish we could #BringBackSense8 for you. The reason we've taken so long to get back to you is because we've thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can't.  Thank you for watching and hope you'll stay close with your cluster around the world. #SensatesForever

If nothing else, Netflix managed to deliver the bad news with a soft touch, though it continues to be cagey about its exact reasons for the cancellation.

Previous statements seemed to hint at the fact that, with its international locations and almost movie-quality appearance, the show was simply too difficult and too expensive to produce. Other than that, it's pretty much guesswork at this stage.

So there you have it, "Sense8" is only a memory now — albeit a pretty good one.

Gabriel Bell

Gabriel Bell is Salon's Deputy Culture Editor. Follow him on Twitter at @GabrielJBell

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