Fans of a new Netflix series have been left seriously confused by the streamer’s decision to part ways with the series after only one season.
On Tuesday (2 August) it was revealed that Netflix had cancelled the drama less than two months after all eight episodes were released.
First Kill was based on Victoria Schwab’s short story and focused on a young vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) who has to make her first kill in order to establish her place among a powerful vampire family.
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She sets her fangs on a new girl who just moved to town, Calliope (Imani Lewis) and the pair develop feelings for each other.
Viewers compared the series favourably to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and praised its LGBTQ+ themes.
"First Kill is the gay Buffy the Vampire Slayer I yearned for when i was a teen," said one viewer shortly after First Kill was released on Netflix.
The cast also included Elizabeth Mitchell, Will Swenson, Aubion Wise, Jason Robert Moore, Gracie Dzienny, Dylan McNamara, Dominic Goodman, Phillip Mullings Jr., MK xyz, Jonas Dylan Allen and Roberto Mendez.
First Kill was produced by Felicia D. Henderson and Schwab executive produced, alongside Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss for Belletrist Productions.
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— ceo of kory • JAYVAN DAY (@korysverse) August 3, 2022
IM SO SAD OVER FIRST KILL BEING CANCELLED ... LIKE THERES A HOLE IN MY HEART IM GONNA MISS CALLIETTE SO MUCH AND FOREVER— cas!! || sunrise, parabellum (@crypticpissboy) August 3, 2022
so ur telling me netflix cancelled first kill, the show that got over twice as many views as heartstopper (which got renewed for 2 more seasons), because it..*checks notes*...“did not meet thresholds for viewing and completion of episodes”…. https://t.co/2ot4ZOJoeg pic.twitter.com/u27JlZk3Fq— professional tl terrorizer | RENAISSANCE OUT NOW (@fandomtingz_) August 3, 2022
During First Kill’s short run, a fan base was established online who are begging Netflix to reverse its decision, especially since the series reached a global viewership of 30.34 million hours.
This figure increased to over 100 million hours in the following weeks. Some fans have pointed out that the show’s performance surpassed some of Netflix’s originals that were renewed, such as Heartstopper.
One viral tweet about the matter said: "Netflix is weird as hell for cancelling First Kill. A successful [woman-loving-woman] show with a black female lead being cancelled after outperforming SEVERAL netflix originals?… what".
Another disappointed First Kill fan shared: "First Kill, a show that didn't come from any prior media nor having any major names attached to it, getting cancelled as if it didn't dominate Netflix's Top 10 within it's first month of release is upsetting."
While someone else asked the Twitterverse: "How was first kill cancelled?? it literally was all over the tl for weeks".
And one distraught fan shared: "I'M SO SAD OVER FIRST KILL BEING CANCELLED ... LIKE THERE'S A HOLE IN MY HEART I'M GONNA MISS CALLIETTE SO MUCH AND FOREVER".
UNILAD has approached Netflix for comment.
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