Netflix’s animated series list has gotten a little smaller once again with the cancellation of Q-Force.
Q-Force, or Queer Force to give its full title, followed a group of LGBTQ superspies – led by Steve Marywhether, better known as Agent Mary, a James Bond-style figure – as they try to prove themselves to their peers and government.
One day, Mary makes the decision to prove her worth to her employers, the American Intelligence Agency, and presents a case for her team to solve. The agency approves, but there’s a catch – Q-Force must add a new member to its team, namely a straight guy.
The 10-episode series, which premiered in September 2021, had an all-star voice cast, with Steve Hayes, best known for his role as Jack in Will and Grace, voicing Agent Mary. Stranger Things’ David Harbor, The Good Fight’s Gary Cole, and Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz, among the rest of the voice cast.
The news of Q-Force’s cancellation actually came last month, but was recently discovered by What’s on Netflix (opens in new tab) which reported that Matt Rogers, one of the show’s writers and voice actors, revealed that he “didn’t have a second season” while speaking on the show. Attitudes! podcast (opens in new tab) back in May. All of which means it’s yet another Netflix cancellation.
Q-Force joins a string of recent Netflix animated cancellations, with Midnight Gospel and Adventure Beast both being canceled in recent times. Netflix’s commitment to animated projects is also clearly on the wane, with director of creative leadership and development for original animation Phil Rynda leaving the company at the end of April. Since then, it has been a bloodbath for planned and current projects.
Roald Dahl’s The Twits, which had been announced with great fanfare, was canceled, as were new series based on Jeff Smith’s beloved comic book series, Lauren Faust’s Bone, Toil and Trouble, and Wings Of Fire, which was being supervised by Ava DuVernay of Selma. Meghan Markle’s animated epic Pearl, the first offering from Netflix’s extremely expensive partnership with the Duchess, was also canned.
Additionally, the streamer decided to shelve more education-oriented animated programming with Antiracist Baby, an animated series aimed at very young children, and With Kind Regards From Kindergarten, which was a film aimed at the same audience. Both projects were canceled before leaving development.
Why was Q-Force cancelled?
Well, on the one hand, when the first trailer for the show aired, it received a lot of criticism surrounding its stereotypical portrayals of the LGBT+ community and a number of petitions were started to cancel the show before it even aired.
Critics didn’t accept it either. with a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewers criticized Q-Force for being lazy, dated and bland, which did not help their cause. Nonetheless. That’s to say, Q-Force’s audience score is 78%, so it must have found an audience somewhere.
But with Netflix still in belt-tightening mode, the bad reviews and controversial start Q-Force enjoyed didn’t help in the case of a second season. Like everything Netflix cancels, its audience just might not have been big enough.
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