Friends From College cancelled: Why has Netflix cancelled Friends From College?

Friends From College has sadly been cancelled after two seasons at Netflix after first launching in July 2017 to a mixed reception. Season two dropped hit the service back in January 2019 but it’s confirmed the drama won’t return for a third outing. All episodes are currently available to watch on the site.

Why was Friends From College cancelled?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Friends From College season 2

Series co-creator Nicholas Stoller announced Friends From College’s cancellation via Twitter in February 2019.

The writer and director wrote to his 23.5k followers: “Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!”

Netflix released a further statement which read: “We’re grateful to creators Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco for creating a wise, funny and supremely relatable show.

“We also want to thank the hard-working crew, and we raise a glass to the amazingly talented cast including Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Cobie Smulders, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse, Jae Suh Park and Billy Eichner.”



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However, an exact reason for the decisions as not given and Netflix doesn’t release its ratings details.

The drama followed a group of Harvard alumni friends who are still in a friend group in their 40s in New York City.

It received negative reviews when it was first released but season two was still green-lit soon after.

On Rotten Tomatoes, season one holds a 24 percent rating and the critics’ consensus reads: “Even a cast of talented comedic actors can’t keep Friends from College from being anything but underwhelming.”


The news comes after a week of cancellations at Netflix.

Both Jessica Jones and The Punisher were axed this week, following the cancellation of American vandal in October and Travelers earlier this month.

While the critics may not be fond of Friends From College, the show still gained some die-hard fans, with several expressing their disappointment on Twitter.

One wrote: “Dear @netflix, you can’t start a show like #friendsfromcollege and then just cancel it right when we find out Lisa is pregnant. We have grown to love these people and it is extremely disrespectful to cut us off from these people who we have invested so much time in.”


Another added: “‘Friends From College’ has been cancelled and I am truly heartbroken. WTF.”

A petition to save the series was set up on, with the creator urging fans to get on board.

It read: “As a fan base of Friends From College, we have invested our time and enjoyment in the two season’s this show has aired.

“Season two ended with a cliff hanger, we want to see it to the end. Please finish the series with a season three series finale.”


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However, the petition has only received 5,487 (at the time of publishing) signatures out of its 7,500 target.

Sadly, it looks like the petitions have not been successful with the cast moving on to new projects.

Despite coming to an end, Netflix has been focusing on new content and continues to launch new shows each week.

The streaming platform has been quicker to drop the axe on shows which aren’t working.

Friends From College seasons 1 & 2 are streaming on Netflix

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