First Kill has been canceled at Netflix after just one season, and fans are not happy.
The lesbian teen vampire series premiered with eight episodes two months ago, and according to Variety, the cancelation came down to viewing numbers versus cost.
However, fans on Twitter are upset with the news, particularly due to the series being one of the few LGBTQ shows focused on two women. One Twitter user even wrote, "First Kill wasn't cancelled because it wasn’t doing well, it was cancelled because it featured a lesbian relationship with a Black lesbian lead."
first kill wasn’t cancelled because it wasn’t doing well, it was cancelled because it featured a lesbian relationship with a black lesbian lead— — Vee 🍂— (@froggomilk) August 3, 2022
Netflix has never been about quality but all about views which FIRST KILL had a whole lot of. If you feel the need to share you think it was “rightfully cancelled” because it was “cringe” at least have the guts to admit you don’t give a fuck about lesbians or sapphics (of color).— birdie schae ☀️ (@birdienotabird) August 3, 2022
“they canceled first kill because of the ratings” bro have you seen the content that netflix shits out??? what kissing booth movie are we on now?— sonny 🥀 | leatin bitch (@unsinkablegayt) August 3, 2022
First kill wasn't cancelled for the lack of views, nor the plot, nor the budget, we know deep down what it came down to @netflix just say you're lesbophobic and go, I'm just so fucking tired on putting my trust on u #cancelnetflix— j | NETFLIX HATES LESBIANS (@ardentsapphic) August 3, 2022
netflix didn’t promote shit for first kill. but it still surpassed various shows. for example heart stopper. and heart stopper had less views and still got renewed for seasons. I know you fucking lying https://t.co/Ek7pukE22j— janna saw txt (@lgbtanime) August 3, 2022
First Kill was based on a short story by horror writer V.E. Schwab. The series follows Calliope (Imani Lewis) and Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), two teenage girls who fall in love but come from warring families. One comes from a dynasty of vampire hunters, while the other is from a family of vampires.
The series also starred Elizabeth Mitchell, Will Swenson, Aubion Wise, Jason Robert Moore, Gracie Dzienny, Dylan McNamara, Dominic Goodman, Phillip Mullings Jr., MK xyz, Jonas Dylan Allen, and Roberto Mendez.
Season 1 of First Kill is available to stream on Netflix.
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