Popular YA Vampire Drama "First Kill" Has Been Canceled By Netflix, And Fans Are Calling Out The Unfair Standards

    "We need an exclusive WLW streaming service; I'm TIRED."

    Netflix has canceled First Kill, a YA lesbian vampire drama, after just one season.

    Two women embracing with one at the other's neck

    Although critical reception was mixed, First Kill quickly garnered a devoted fanbase and shot to the top of viewership charts. The series made its way into Netflix's weekly Top 10 for English-language TV shows within its first three days. According to Deadline, it "easily cleared 100 [million] hours viewed in its first 28 days of release."

    Most Netflix renewal decisions are generally based on viewership versus cost. Sources told Deadline that First Kill "still did not meet thresholds for viewing and completion of episodes."

    Given First Kill's high viewership numbers, viewers are understandably confused and frustrated about the decision.

    I cannot even believe #FirstKill isn’t getting another season. It makes zero sense from a budgetary and viewership perspective. Also, those optics are TERRIBLE. I’m gobsmacked.

    Twitter: @DanaPiccoli

    there was literally no reason to cancel first kill. it had more than 30 million views in its first week and more than 40 million it’s second, it was trending on twitter for weeks before and after it’s release and it was in the top 10 shows in over 80 countries for several weeks


    netflix saying first kill’s cancellation was bc of views not being enough for the cost when they literally gave them a budget of 5 dollars and a juice box and got 100 million viewing hours in return…

    Twitter: @lgbtzenin

    Fans have also pointed out that Netflix's Heartstopper, which was renewed for two more seasons, had considerably lower viewership numbers than First Kill. The series amounted to approximately 53.4 million hours of views when it was in the Top 10, in comparison to First Kill's nearly double that.

    netflix renewed heartstopper for two more seasons but not first kill ?? WHEN FIRST KILL HAD WAYYY MORE STREAMS ? does anyone see the issue here or…

    Twitter: @isalored

    first kill brought in more numbers than heartstopper and yet they got a double renewal while first kill got cancelled after ONE season…

    Twitter: @schaferism

    "To be clear, the argument here is not that Heartstopper shouldn’t have been given those two extra seasons. It’s a great show that definitely deserved it," Forbes writer Paul Tassi wrote. "But First Kill fans want to know why their own series wasn’t granted another season, even just one more, to wrap up its unfinished storylines, which has happened to so many other Netflix shows before it."

    we're not comapring first kill with heartstopper we're comparing how netflix treats mlm-centric shows to how they treat their wlw shows

    Twitter: @KlTKATKAY

    The cancellation has also sparked a conversation about how WLW (woman-loving-woman) stories — especially ones with BIPOC casts and lesbian characters specifically — are often still not given a fair chance. Several other sapphic shows have been canceled by Netflix after one season, including Teenage Bounty Hunters, Everything Sucks, and I Am Not Okay with This.

    Can we please let queer women thrive? First #TheWilds and now #FirstKill, which was a campy vampire star crossed lovers DELIGHT with a ton of potential. Not only were these shows w/w focused, they were filled with DIVERSE leads across the board. People felt seen. For ONCE.

    Netflix / @kat__writes / Via Twitter: @kat__writes

    thinking about the mistreatment of wlw in media (shows & movies), how either they're brutally unalived or the show gets cancelled, how sapphics struggle to find comfort & relatability in most corners of the world so we turn & rely on fanfiction for happy endings

    Twitter: @coffeeshib

    netflix is weird as hell for cancelling first kill. a successful wlw show with a black female lead being cancelled after outperforming SEVERAL netflix originals?… what

    Twitter: @korysverse

    okay not joking rn, this is getting so tiring first they kill off wlw characters and they stop doing that, they cancel the shows with lesbian rep we need some exclusive wlw streaming service SOMETHING IM TIRED

    Twitter: @belashalifoe

    Creator and executive producer Felicia D. Henderson confirmed the series cancellation on Twitter: "My #FirstKill fan-fam. Unfortunately, it's true. Netflix has cancelled the show. I remain very proud of the cast, writers, & everyone who worked so hard to produce this amazing show. And most of all, I'm grateful for every one of you who supported us. Thank you w/my whole heart."

    RIP #FirstKill. 💔