Netflix has decided to end production of the show “Archive 81” after only one season.
The first of its eight episodes were made available on the streaming service in the month of January. The episode follows archivist Dan Turner (played by Mamoudou Athie), who was given the duty of fixing a collection of damaged videotapes from the year 1994.
While he is reconstructing the work of a documentary filmmaker named Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), he becomes entangled in her investigation of a potentially hazardous cult that is located in the Visser apartment building.
In addition, the cast featured Julia Chan, Ariana Neal, Matt McGorry, and Martin Donovan. Evan Jonigkeit also participated. The podcast of the same name served as a general source of inspiration for the series.
Rebecca Sonnenshine, who also held the roles of executive producer and showrunner, was the one responsible for adapting it for television. In addition, Rebecca Thomas, Antoine Douaihy, and Paul Harris Boardman served as executive producers on the film along with directors James Wan and Michael Clear of Atomic Monster.
Despite the fact that it is extremely rare for Netflix to release any form of viewing data other than its weekly top 10 lists, the streaming service has always maintained that it bases its renewal and cancellation choices on a show’s popularity in comparison to its budget.
Still, “Archive 81” made those same top 10 lists soon after it came out, and it quickly moved up to the number two spot within its first week of being available on the streamer.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an approval rating of 81% based on the aggregated opinions of critics, most of whom had a favourable impression of it when it first aired.
In a world full of projects that take themselves too seriously, it might be refreshing to see a project that is proud of its willingness to just try to be deliriously, dizzily crazy, as Daniel D’Addario wrote in his review of the series for Variety.
“In a landscape filled with projects of portentous self-seriousness, perhaps there’s something refreshing about a project that stands proudly in its willingness to simply attempt to be deliriously.”
The news of the cancellation was initially reported by Deadline.
About Archive 81
Rebecca Sonnenshine, together with Paul Harris Boardman and James Wan, served as executive producers for the American supernatural horror streaming television series Archive 81. The show was created by Sonnenshine, who was also an executive producer for the show.
The first episode of the series was made available on Netflix on January 14, 2022. According to Netflix Top 10s, between January 9 and January 30, the series was viewed for a total of 128.47 million hours around the world.
The series is based on a podcast of the same name that was first released in 2016, and it has been running since then. Dan and Melody are played by Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi, respectively, in the starring roles.
Melody, a graduate student, was working on a documentary film about an apartment building that caught fire, and a mysterious firm hired Dan to recover the video material that she had shot.