After six fantastic seasons, it’s unfortunately the end of the road for Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.
Netflix has opted not to continue with the news comedy talk show, which saw former Daily Show correspondent Minhaj covering various stories and investigating trends affecting the world. The show had 29 episodes in total, the last of which hit Netflix on June 26.
“What a run,” Minhaj wrote in a social media post. “I got to work with the best writers, producers, researchers, and animators in the game. My 2 babies were born and grew up with the show. TY to @Netflix and everyone who watched. Now it’s time to return these screens to Best Buy.”
2019 saw Patriot Act win a Primetime Emmy for Best Motion Design and an Art & Industry Peabody Award. The show received quite the spotlight early on when Netflix pulled an episode that criticised Saudi Arabia. “Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on Youtube,” Minjah said of Netflix’s decision at the time.
Netflix has long kept its ratings hidden (apart from occasional marketing-fueled announcements of viewer trends), although it’s generally safe to assume that a show is cancelled due to poor numbers vs cost. Apart from Patriot Act, the streamer has had trouble keeping talk shows going due to the release format – the weekly/daily drop for a talk show is much more synonymous with free-to-air network television. Other Netflix talk shows cancelled include Chelsea, The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale.
There are currently a number of petitions up at Change.org asking Netflix to continue Patriot Act. If you’re interested, you can find one nearing 7,000 signatures at the time of writing HERE.