In a disappointing turn of events, the critically-acclaimed Netflix gay comedy “Uncoupled,” starring Neil Patrick Harris, has been abruptly canceled after just one season. The show, created by the minds behind “Sex and the City,” Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman, premiered to strong reviews from both critics and audiences in July of last year.
Harris played the role of Michael Lawson, a successful New York City real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when his partner of almost 20 years unexpectedly leaves him. The show explored the complexities of love, relationships, and the struggles of being a single gay man in his mid-forties in the city.
Despite its strong reception, “Uncoupled” failed to bring in the necessary viewership to secure a second season. This is especially unfortunate given the show’s unique and important perspective on the gay experience, as Harris himself noted in an interview last year with Out Magazine: “I’m so glad that I’m doing a show like this now because I was less concerned and conscientious than I probably would’ve been 10, even five years ago…I was glad that I wasn’t just the punch line of the joke when I was in bed with some 28-year-old hot guy.”
It is a shame that “Uncoupled” did not garner the audience it deserved. The show’s cancellation serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by marginalized voices in the entertainment industry, and the importance of supporting and amplifying diverse perspectives on our screens. Despite this setback, it is worth noting that Darren Star still has a deal with Netflix and is the creator of the hit show “Emily in Paris” which has recently been renewed for a fourth season.