Netflix’s hit series “Archive 81” was surprisingly canceled after just one season. The eight-episode series debuted in January. The series follows archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), who gets into the business of restoring his damaged videotape collection in 1994. Turner is the director of a documentary filmmaker named Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi). About the Visser Apartment As he restructures his work, he is drawn into his investigation of a dangerous cult.
The cast also included Evan Jonigkeit, Julia Chan, Ariana Neal, Matt McGorry, and Martin Donovan. The series was inspired by a podcast of the same name. It was developed for television by Rebecca Sonnenshine, who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear also executive produce alongside Rebecca Thomas, Antoine Douaihy, and Paul Harris Boardman.
Netflix has previously said that it evaluates renewal and cancellation decisions based on the number of views a show and its corresponding budget, but the publisher does not report any viewership beyond its weekly top 10 list. For this reason, the cancellation decision is considered a surprise, as “Archive 81” found itself in the top 10 list shortly after its debut and reached second place in its first week.
The series also received mostly positive reviews on its debut and received critical acclaim, with an average of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. In general, popular and canceled series can continue on another platform, but this is not the case for Netflix originals and producers under special agreement shelve the project.