Gypsy is officially the shortest running show on Netflix having been cancelled just weeks after the first season debuted. There are many reasons that contributed to its quick death as we’ll explore below but a fan revolt, similar to Sense8 has sprung up which is asking for a full second season.
Just before we get into the nitty-gritty let’s have a quick recap of the show that was Gypsy. For the longest time, all we knew was that Naomi Watts was going to be starring in her own Netflix Original series. Once the director of 50 Shades of Grey came on board it was clear where the show was heading. What we actually got was a low-key series about a psychiatrist who is ultimately bored of her life and seeks new excitements often with clients.
Gypsy Season 1 Cancellation Reasons
The biggest problem with the show was its pacing. It was very slow to get off the ground running and for the first few episodes, it felt like you were stuck in a time loop with the same scenario reoccurring. It did pick up later in the show but most people most likely gave up by that point.
Not as punchy as 50 Shades of Grey
Sam Taylor-Johnson was brought on board for the project who was directly involved in the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Even though that movie had plenty of problems, Gypsy should’ve looked to 50 Shades of Grey’s source material to look as to why that book series was so popular. I understand that Naomi’s character is a little more complex than those in 50 Shades of Grey but if they really dealt with the sexual stuff it’d surely get more people talking and ultimately, watching.
Lack of viewership
All signs point to the show having an exceptionally low viewing figures which were ultimately the demise of several Netflix shows getting the axe including Sense8. The buzz surrounding the show was drowned out by literally everything else around that time. A bad marketing strategy that failed to describe the show is also to blame.
When it comes to producing shows, it’s never cheap but when you get a Hollywood heavy weight such as Naomi Watts that comes with a huge price tag. You also have to consider that four production companies were involved with the making of the show who all would ask a considerable amount of each. When you combine a high budget along with the viewership we mentioned above, you get a scenario when the show’s simply not financially viable.
Can Gypsy be saved?
Since the cancellation of the show, many fans are hoping that protesting around the web will help then get the show back on the airwaves. As Sense8 proved, it’s not impossible to get the attention of Netflix over social media which led to sense8 getting a final episode produced for the disappointed fans.
There are several ways you can let Netflix know. Firstly, there are several petitions going around that plead with Netflix to renew the show. There are several Facebook groups that are coordinating efforts to get the show revived and on Twitter, most fans are using the hashtag Gypsy Netflix, Renew Gypsy and Save Gypsy.
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