Netflix cancels another highly-rated series after just one season

The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself
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Half Bad: The Bastard Son & the Devil Himself has been canceled at Netflix after just one season.

The news was broken via Twitter by production company Imaginarium, and confirmed by creator Joe Barton.

"Half Bad is a show we are incredibly proud of, which gained stellar reviews, along with a fiercely loyal global fanbase," Imaginarium (opens in new tab) tweeted. "While we are disappointed not to continue the story, we have loved working with such a talented cast and crew on bringing our beloved show to life."

"Sadly, yes, Netflix have cancelled this," Barton (opens in new tab) quote-retweeted. "Very proud of it and really liked the people I got to make it with. Sorry not to be able to finish the story."

Based on Sally Green’s Half Bad trilogy, The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself centers on a 16-year-old boy, Nathan (Jay Lycurgo), the son of the world's most feared witch. In this world, witches gain their powers at 17, and as Nathan's birthday approaches, the so-called "good" witches fear that he may turn evil like his father. 

The show had a critic score of 93% as well as an audience score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some viewers likened the series to an 'X-rated Harry Potter.'

The series also starred Nadia Parkes, Emilien Vekemans, Isobel Jesper, Karen Connell, Paul Ready, David Gyasi, Kerry Fox, Liz White, Roisin Murphy, Tim Plester, and Priya Kansara.

The news comes just after the streaming giant canceled Mike Flanagan's The Midnight Club after its first season.

For more, check out our round-up of every single show Netflix has canceled in 2022.

Lauren Milici
Senior Writer, Tv & Film

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more.