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Neil Patrick Harris Netflix series Uncoupled cancelled after just one season

Daisy Phillipson

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Neil Patrick Harris Netflix series Uncoupled cancelled after just one season

Neil Patrick Harris' Netflix series Uncoupled has been cancelled after just one season, it has been confirmed.

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The comedy show saw the 49-year-old How I Met Your Mother actor portray middle-aged New Yorker Michael Lawson as he sets out on the city’s dating scene for the first time in 17 years.

Per the official synopsis: "Michael thought his life was perfect until his partner blindsides him by walking out the door after 17 years.

"Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares - losing what he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City."

Alongside Harris, the cast included Tuc Watkins, Tisha Campbell, Brooks Ashmanskas, Emerson Brooks and Marcia Gay Harden.

When season one dropped back in July last year, it faired well with the viewers, earning a respectable 75% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Neil Patrick Harris portrayed the show's lead character. Credit: Netflix
Neil Patrick Harris portrayed the show's lead character. Credit: Netflix

Critics also praised the show, not least because of its LGBTQ+ representation, with THR's Abbey White writing: "Uncoupled delivers the kind of narrative treatment middle-aged gay men are rarely on the receiving end of."

However, Netflix has confirmed to TVLine that the series has been cancelled, meaning there definitely won't be a second season.

Despite earning itself a decent following, some reports suggest that Uncoupled didn't do so well in terms of viewing figures, having only made it to Netflix's Top 10 list in the week of its release at number six.

What's more, there was some criticism around the show's comedic beats, with the Independent's Amanda Whiting arguing that its jokes 'feel like stabs at relevance that have already started going stale'.

Nonetheless, there are still plenty of fans who are devastated by the news.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "What the actual f*** @netflix? Canceling Uncoupled, WHY? Please please pleaseeeee some other network pick it up. We need a season 2."

Fans are unsurprisingly upset about the news. Credit: Netflix
Fans are unsurprisingly upset about the news. Credit: Netflix

"Hey @netflix - what the hell," said another. "#Uncoupled was a great show that absolutely deserved a second season. Please reconsider your terrible decision to cancel it. Please! #LGBTQ."

A third added: "First, Partner Track, now this. You really can't trust Netflix to commit to any show unless it does stratospheric numbers.

"#Uncoupled was really smart and funny, a good show. That cliffhanger had me gagging for a season 2."

And a fourth chimed in: "Damn. They cancelled Uncoupled on Netflix. Neil Patrick Harris kind of ate with that one... I hope someone else picks it up."

Unfortunately it's unlikely that another network will pick up Uncoupled, but we can hope.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix, LGBTQ

Daisy Phillipson
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