Netflix’s new eight-part comedy-drama He’s Expecting has caused a bit of a stir, apparently. Some are claiming it’s the reason why Netflix is hemorrhaging subscribers and seeing its stock value plummet. The show’s user rating on IMDb is a travesty, one of the reviews declared it “evil”, and seven out of nine people found that review helpful. At this point, the idea of He’s Expecting Season 2 feels more like a threat than anything else.
Anyway, here’s everything we know about a potential renewal:
Renewed or cancelled status — Will there be a He’s Expecting Season 2?
As of right now, we don’t know either way, but I’m going to make an educated guess here and assume that we probably won’t see another season of He’s Expecting.
He’s Expecting has established source material, but that isn’t enough these days. With Netflix legitimately losing subscribers at pace, viewership numbers are going to matter more than ever, and unless this series performs massively above expectation, it won’t bring in the kind of eyeballs that the streaming giant needs it to. Couple this with an obviously vocal minority who see He’s Expecting — seemingly without having watched it, it must be said — as a kind of dangerously woke, performatively inclusive Trojan horse for values that they oppose, it’s likely that the juice won’t be worth the squeeze.
What is He’s Expecting?
Based on Eri Sakai’s popular 2012 manga series, Kentaro Hiyama’s First Pregnancy, this eight-part comedy-drama is set in a world in which cisgender male pregnancy is relatively commonplace, and follows a self-involved ad executive after he finds himself unexpectedly with child. The idea is to reframe the experiences of pregnancy in a more empathetic lens by showing how different — and indeed how similar — the process might be for men. We reviewed it and decided it was weird and muddled, but ultimately quite watchable.