Editors' Choice

Netflix Renews Matt Groening’s Disenchantment

Steve Porter / October 24, 2018

We hope you liked Matt Groening’s Disenchantment, because Netflix has renewed the animated comedy for another two years.

Netflix announced that they have ordered another 20-episode season that will be released in two halves in 2020 and 2021. Given that the first season is also divided in two, with ten more episodes slated for release in 2019, audiences can expect a steady supply of Disenchantment for the next three years.

 

The first half of the first season didn’t impress critics, but we think it has promise. Fans of Groening’s previous shows, The Simpsons and Futurama, will recognize elements of the animation style, voice actors, and humor. The show’s streaming format and release schedule offered Groening the chance to experiment with plotting in a way that, at times, undercut the show’s pacing and zany jokes. Hopefully, the back half of season one can iron out a few of the kinks while setting the groundwork for an improved second season.

In any event, streaming has transformed the ways shows are announced, renewed, and released. Giving creators the security of multiyear renewals might prompt further changes to plotting and pacing, for good or ill.