Netflix just cancelled its biggest show yet

Space Force has been taken out of orbit

Ben Schwartz as F. Tony Scarapiducci in episode 201 of Space Force
(Image credit: Diyah Pera / Netflix)

Netflix has cancelled Space Force starring Steve Carell, the new workplace comedy that saw the actor reunite with the same developer/executive producer behind The Office (US). 

As reported by Deadline (opens in new tab), Space Force has not been renewed for a third season with its second season only debuting on the streaming service in February this year. After promising numbers helped the show remain at the number one spot during the launch of season one, Space Force subsequently struggled to garner an audience. It failed to crack the Nielsen streaming weekly Top 10 ranking and only briefly appeared in Netflix's own Top 10 ranking. 

Space Force centres on a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Space Force. Taking influence from the Space Force established by the Trump presidency, season two picked up with General Naird (Carell) and his underdog team having to prove their worth to a new administration while dealing with interpersonal challenges.

T3 has reached out to Netflix for comment. 

This is another blow to Netflix's suite of content and one of its most high-profile yet. Alongside Carell, lots of top Hollywood names appeared in the series such as John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz and Lisa Kudrow. It was also created by Greg Daniels, best known for King of the Hill, Parks and Recreation and The Office (US). 

A variety of reasons can be put down to this decision but it can usually be attributed to the company's algorithm system that weighs up budget versus return with critical reception taken into account too. Space Force is believed to be one of the most expensive shows made by Netflix. Carell was reportedly paid $1 million per episode (via THR (opens in new tab)) when taking into account his lead role, part in co-creating, and executive producer position.

Netflix has axed numerous shows in 2022 with many of them only into their first or second season. Pretty Smart, the US sitcom starring Emily Osment, and Raising Dion, the superhero show from Michael B. Jordan, were both scrapped recently after only two seasons apiece. 

Space Force stars Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Lisa Kudrow, Tawny Newsome, Don Lake, and Jimmy O. Yang. Both seasons of the show can be watched on Netflix now. 

The next big show from Netflix will see the return of Stranger Things later in May, with the sci-fi hit's massive budget per episode potentially another reason why so many shows have seen cancellations at the streamer.  

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