‘BoJack Horseman’ creator called out Netflix after his show was canceled despite its final season getting a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
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- “BoJack Horseman” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg told The Los Angeles Times on Monday that “it’s a shame” Netflix doesn’t give shows time to build before canceling them.
- Netflix canceled “Tuca and Bertie,” which he executive produced, this year after one season.
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Two of Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s acclaimed Netflix animated shows have been canceled this year: “BoJack Horseman” after six seasons and “Tuca and Bertie” after one (he created the former and executive produced the latter).
Both of the series’ final seasons have 100% critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rob-Waksberg told The Los Angeles Times, speaking about the quick cancelation of “Tuca and Bertie,” that “it’s a shame” that Netflix seems to have moved away from letting shows build an audience before cutting them.
His full quote is below:
“When we started on ‘BoJack,’ it was understood that the Netflix model was to give shows time to find an audience, and to build that audience, and I remember being told, ‘We expect the biggest day ‘BoJack’ Season 1 is going to have is when we launch ‘BoJack’ Season 2.’ We didn’t get a full two-season pickup, but that was the understanding, that these things take time to build. It was my understanding that that was, at the time, the Netflix model: to give shows time to build. I think it’s a shame that they seem to have moved away from that model.”
Deadline reported earlier this year that the streamer doesn’t see the value in long-running shows because they become too hard for new viewers to binge or are too expensive to continue to invest in unless they take off, like “Stranger Things.”
Bob-Waksberg confirmed in an interview with Vulture last week that it was Netflix’s decision to cancel “BoJack Horseman,” though he was understanding about the way it ended since the series lasted six seasons.
“I said [to Netflix] I would appreciate it if I could have the forewarning to give the show a proper finale, and not set up some cliffhangers that will never pay off,” Bob-Waksberg said. “When [Netflix] picked up season six, they said, ‘Hey, remember how you asked for that heads-up? We think that this is your heads-up. So I’m very grateful that we got that notice.”
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in 2015 that “BoJack Horseman” was his favorite show. He even wore a “BoJack Horseman” sweater during an earnings call that same year.