GirlBoss is latest show to fall victim to Netlflix's cancelling spree

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Netflix has continued its recent cancelling binge after deciding not to renew GirlBoss.

The show ran for one 13-episode season to mixed reviews from fans and critics before the streaming site pulled the plug, this weekend.

Sophia Amoruso, the entrepreneur whose life the show was loosely based on, took to Instagram Stories to give her verdict on the news.

“So that Netflix series about my life got cancelled," she wrote. "While I'm proud of the work we did, I'm looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out."

Amoruso, who previously expressed support for the show, added: “It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months.

“It will be nice to someday tell the story of what's happened in the last few years. People read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”

Based on Amoruso’s life and her bestselling book Girlboss, this story loosely follows Sophia (Britt Robertson) as she discovers a passion for fashion. When she starts selling vintage clothes on eBay, she becomes an unlikely businesswoman in the process, launching multi-million dollar fashion empire Nasty Gal.

However, the show hit a slightly duff note with critics, managing to get just a measly 32% on Rotten Tomatoes for its debut season. 

Critics mainly cited problems with the lead characters likeability and an awkward overall message, with many arguing it missed the mark in terms of feminism or female empowerment. 

Writing in Vanity Fair, Hillary Busis said of the titular character’s many flaws: “We’re supposed to be amused by her behavior, and even when we’re not, the show wants us to tolerate it because of her supposed business acumen and vision.”

She also mentioned the controversy surrounding the real Amoruso’s buisness model, documented in a series of exposés by Jezebel, arguing that it showed the mogul didn’t “practice the feminist rhetoric that she preached.”

GirlBoss is now the fourth show to have been axed by the streaming giant in recent months. 

Sense 8, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down and Bloodline have also been given the axe. 

The cancellations came after CEO Reed Hastings claimed the company intended to be more ruthless with renewing shows to free up space for newer ventures. 

Images: Netflix



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Elle Griffiths

Elle Griffiths is a freelance writer living in Brighton. She divides her time pretty evenly between despairing about American Politics, watching Mad Men re-runs and complaining about Southern Rail delays.