Disenchantment Season 6 – why is it canceled?

By Romey Norton
Published: September 1, 2023 (Last updated: December 28, 2023)
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Disenchantment Season 6 - why is it canceled

We discuss Disenchantment Season 6 and the reasons why it was canceled by Netflix. Only minor spoilers ahead.

Disenchantment is produced in-house at Netflix and is Matt Groening’s first animated series since The Simpsons and Futurama.

Many might have thought it would have the same longevity as the others, especially with Futurama making a recent comeback. However, Disenchantment is concluding with this fifth and final season. 

READ: Disenchantment Season 5 Review

Disenchantment is set in a fantasy world and follows Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), a wayward princess in the kingdom of Dreamland. Over the years, we’ve seen our hard-hitting, even harder-drinking Queen Bean and her best friends Elfo (an elf) and Luci (her own personal demon) fighting a losing battle against Queen Dagmar (her mother) and her hellish forces. Season five sees the conclusion to this never-ending quest.

Will there be a Disenchantment Season 6?

No. On August 1, 2023, Netflix confirmed that Disenchantment would conclude with the fifth season. The final 10-episode part was released on September 1, 2023.

Josh Weinstein, one of the showrunners of Disenchantment, reassured fans following the news that the Netflix series is coming to an end, that it, in fact, was coming to an end.

He clarified the situation on social media, insisting that the impending ending had been known before the new episodes were written.

On X — formerly Twitter — Weinstein responded to a fan stating: “Hi. Because of the strike, we can’t promote the show, but I can talk about it on my social media.” That explains why there hasn’t been any publicity around the final season, which might leave fans wondering when and if there will be more.

Why is Disenchantment Season 6 canceled?

While there were talks of a sixth season, it seems that they have been able to wrap up all storylines in the fifth installment, leaving no unfinished stories, cliffhangers, or cause for further seasons. This is why the series has been canceled for Season 6. 

In 2017, Disenchantment originally received a 20-episode order on Netflix. Later, two batches of 10 episodes each were released as part of the first season, with the second season also divided into two 10-episode batches.

This is becoming a popular way for series to release episodes, and describing them as “parts” and not “seasons” implies to audiences these are parts of one long-running story and can end at any time. 

While there is no conclusive evidence that the show was canceled, this is Netflix we’re talking about, the show-cancelling killer of streaming giants. 

There is the theory that with Futurama being picked up by Hulu, the creative teams/producers that both shows shared are now split. So perhaps they are focusing all their time and creative energy on Futurama.

READ: Disenchantment Season 3 Review

That show has a stellar reputation and, with a giant loyal fan base, is more popular and, therefore, more lucrative. The Simpsons also show no signs of stopping, so creative time might be better spent on their older projects. 

What supports this idea is the data on IMDb MovieMeter that suggests that Season 4 failed to keep up the same interest as its previous two seasons, both of which were basically on par with each other.

Is Season 5 the last? 

Yes. Unfortunately for all Disenchantment fans, part five is the final installment of this amazing fantasy animation series. All five seasons are available for streaming on Netflix. 

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