Netflix Renews Disenchantment For Another 2-Part Season

No need to sneak out, Bean (Abby Jacobson), you’re coming back next year. (Image: Netflix)

The kingdom of Dreamland will remain open. Netflix has announced that Matt Groening’s fantasy series Disenchantment has been renewed for another 20-episode season, which means we’ll be getting new episodes through at least 2021.

As revealed on Twitter, Netflix has given Disenchantment another season. But that renewal actually guarantees two more years of the series.

In the case of Disenchantment, each 20-episode season is split across two years — the second half of the current season will return some time in 2019. Likewise, this second season will come out in 2020 and 2021.

The first half of season one was relatively lacklustre, but ended on a cliffhanger that was not only engaging, but also surprisingly emotional. It pretty much saved the season, if not the series, in my eyes.

It’ll be interesting to see how Groening handles the series moving forward, and whether major “twists” like this will become a trend.


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    yyyaaaayyyy.... not. I was surprised how bland this was. Like they were trying to avoid being too Simpsons like.

    And ended with Futurama Lite.

      Yeah same here. Was only the last two episodes that caught me. I really struggled to get through the series.

      I think it was starting to find its feet towards the end. I think the show did a bit of world building the entire season and now hopefully that'll pay off.

        Maybe. I'll give season 2 an episode or two to see if it catches me, or if it devolves into Family Guy "Oh that? That didn't matter at all" plotlines

    It was just so much fun, when it finally found its feet, I was so disappointed when it finished.

      Wow. I basically just posted the opposite. Funny how tastes differ. How many episodes did it take for it to find its feet, in your opinion? I gave it 4, which is uncommonly charitable for me. 2-3 is usually my threshold for abandoning a show.

        It took me 6 or 7 episodes to actually get into it... and I spread those over a few weeks, basically forcing myself to watch an episode here and there just to see it through. That said, the last few episodes actually left me wanting more to the point that I watched them all back to back, so I'll be sure to keep watching once more are up.

        I didn't soften to it until the last 2 episodes. Like you, most shows typically have 2-3 eps to catch my attention, and this didn't.

        It was only because of Groenigs other shows that I kept watching.

        I find Netflix things different, they dont feel like normal American shows. I approach them like a book, each episode building on the last, not telling isolated stories. I found Jessica Jones really slow going, I dont think I was enjoy it that much but then when it started to come together, and it got to the point I loved it. That is how I was with this show, once I got over my expectations for a new Matt show, I began to like if, for what it was trying to be, not how it was failing to be the Simpsons or Futurama, then it just clicked in place. The final episode was the cheer on top. The point to it.

        I think standard US tv has rotten our brains so much any thing that tries to tell stories in a different way seem 'wrong' or unsatisfying.

          So what I'm getting is that there's an arc of growth underneath the unsatisfying method of showing it.
          I dunno that it was necessarily trying to tell a 'different' story so much as it was mugging for the camera every time it told a joke, or patiently waiting for us to get it, to the point of sometimes dropping an anvil on our heads to remind us that yes, this was supposed to be funny. That kind of humour works so much better when it's fast and snappy and actually has enough respect for the viewer's intelligence to show faith that we'll get the joke without them having to labour over it so much. I lost count of the number of times I wrinkled my nose, thinking, "Yeah, I got it already, you can move on, now."

          If anything it makes the show seem less intelligent, rather than catering to 'rotted brains' if it has to take so long to say so little. It's not like it's filling in the gaps with nuance. God knows we get long enough to look for it.

            Final Space did similar to a point, but it wasn't anywhere near as blunt about it. The humour was at the expense of the character, and not really forced down our throats. Plus it started to develop a story fairly fast.

            Disenchantment had no spontaneity at all, and took too long to show a story, and while it eventually got there it suffered for it. The payoff wasn't really worth it and overall it just felt like it didn't know who its audience was.

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    y tho

    Pretty disappointed with Disenchantment. They took too long with every gag, like they were pausing for a laugh track that the editors forgot to include, or - more likely - they couldn't come up with much and had to ration them out. I think I laughed twice in the first four episodes before consigning it to the thumbs-down dislike bin.

    Boring. Predictable. Not even Matt Berry could save it.

      My biggest issue with it was that most of the jokes didn't stem from character OR setting. A lot of them were just un-funny one liners not far removed from "I know you are but what am I?" level humour. It seemed like such a waste to create a new fantastical setting and populate it with characters who were trying their hardest to be interesting, only to have the jokes completely fall flat the majority of the time.

      I think the problem with this one is that it's so far removed from an immediate point of reference to the viewer that they had to waste quite a bit of time setting the reference and the framework and they didn't manage to blend the jokes through but rather sprinkled them on top. The Simpsons had an immediate referent: "These people, you know them; they are your neighbours, now laugh at them." Futurama was "This is humanity, centuries in the future. Turns that not much really changed in spite of the aliens and futuristic technology; laugh at it. Oh and also there's young Homer and adult Bart." And then those shows just rolled with the character-based humour right away.

      Enchanted on the other hand was, in the beginning, a series of "origin stories" that relied on their being ridiculous and unexpected for fun value. "So this is a story in medieval times right? And there's this princess, but wait! She's not your nana's princess, let us show you aaaaall the ways in which she differs from the archetype. Ok, now there's this gnome, but wait! He's not your... no, hold on. I guess the gnome archetype is not really so entrenched in culture to satirize right away. So let us introduce this world's gnome archetype and /then/ we'll show you how and why this particular one is different, which is funny, right?? And then there is this, um, this will require a bit more of exposition.. see, in this world, demons..."

    I'm surprised.
    I've really enjoyed the Netflix animated originals. But this is honestly so bland. I really tried to invest in it and got through I think 5 episodes but every episode was a slog.
    They had so many opportunities to capitalise on a joke but it always missed the mark and I swear the timing of the gags and dialogue are off.
    It's a shame I was looking forward to it.

    Enjoyable but I disliked how they explained some jokes after they were told.

    I only got through 1.5 eps. It felt like something i'd only like if my kid had been involved in making it.

      It (kind of) gets there in the end, but the slog to get to that point is hard. Not sure it was worth it. If only 20-30% of a season is worth watching, its not a very good season.

    Fell right off after a few episodes, the only joke that landed for me was Elfo meeting the aggressively humble farmers.

    It has a slow start, and it's not to the same level as Futurama, but I enjoyed it and I'm glad to see more of it.

    It was fine, definitely needs room to grow a bit and to be fair, if pure garbage like Big Mouth or Paradise PD can get more episodes then anything can.

    Really disappointed with this series.

    Not because I didn't enjoy it. I did. But I just expected so much more.
    It was definitely comfy viewing though.

    Also... Noel Fielding was criminally underutilised.

    I disliked it. I wanted to like it, but it was just lacking in personality and felt sparse.
    It's like Matt Groening got into Adventure Time and created something that is not as clever and just makes you want to go back and watch Adventure Time instead.

    It's a shame, because Matt Berry is in it, yet he has the single worst role on the show.
    Sqaundered opportunity, hope it gets better.

    It definitely had some issues, but I don't think it was all that far from being a good show. A little tweaking and the next season should come a lot closer to living up to its pedigree

      Yeah that's what I'm hoping for. Hopefully it's just season one that's a bit weak.

    this is excellent news. this is the first show from Groening that works like a traditional show format like Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, 24 etc were as Futurama did that in small doses, but most episodes where like the simpons, each one being a self contained story

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