Another day, another tragic cancellation — as first reported by Deadline on Tuesday evening, Netflix has cancelled First Kill after only one season.
The shocking announcement from Netflix comes a little less than two months after the series’ debut, as the show recently premiered on the streamer on June 10, 2022. Based on a short story by V.E. Schwab, the teen sapphic vampire series was co-written by Felicia D. Henderson and Schwab. First Kill followed the star-crossed romance of two teenage girls from Savannah, Georgia whose families have feuded for decades, for quite significant reasons: Juliette (played by Sarah Catherine Hook) is a young vampire and Calliope (portrayed by Imani Lewis) is a young vampire hunter.
Executive produced by Emma Roberts, First Kill made waves at the streaming giant upon its debut. According to Deadline, within the first three days of its release, the young adult series was viewed for 30.3 million hours, nabbing the No. 7 spot of that week’s Netflix Top 10 for English-language TV series. Within its first full week of release, First Kill managed to enter to the Top 3.
Yet, despite having been watched for over 100 million hours within its first month on Netflix, the series did not meet certain benchmarks for viewing and completion of episodes and was not given a season two renewal.
Grieving First Kill fans have taken to social media to mourn the series, sharing passionate criticisms that question Netflix’s cancellation motives. While a few acknowledged that the show had its flaws, many more pointed out the higher standards that streaming services seem to hold for queer television series, especially queer shows with Black leads and leads of color.
“Was season 1 of first kill perfect? no. but I hate that lgbtq+ and bipoc shows are expected to be perfect right out of the gate?!?!!!! why can’t they be campy and fun and that’s enough?!?!” tweeted Buzzfeed’s television editor Nora Dominick.
“netflix is weird as hell for cancelling first kill. a successful wlw show with a black female lead being cancelled after outperforming SEVERAL netflix originals?… what,” tweeted one fan.