Netflix has cancelled the nine-episode season one teen drama Grand Army and the show will not return for a second season.
Netflix’s teen drama Grand Army has come to a halt and will not be marching on for a second season. The show that followed the lives of five students at a Brooklyn public high school has been canceled.
Grand Army premiered in October last year. Creator Katie Cappiello’s 2013 play Slut: The Play inspired one of the show’s main storylines. The series boasted a star cast of Odessa A’zion, who was previously seen in CBS’ short-lived sitcom Fam, and is the daughter of Better Things actress Pamela Adlon, Maliq Johnson, Amir Bageria, Amalia Yoo, and Odley Jean.
The show was centered on the lives of five students at the largest public high school in Brooklyn as they take on a chaotic world. The high schoolers fight to succeed, survive, wild out, and break free from their circumstances and seize the future. Odessa A’zion led the cast as Joey Del Marco, Odley Jean as Dominique Pierre, Amir Bageria as Siddhartha Pakam, Maliq Johnson as Jayson Jackson, Amalia Yoo as Leila Kwan Zimmer, Alphonso Romero Jones II as John Ellis, Brittany Adebumola as Tamika Jones, and Crystal Sha’re Nelson as Tor Sampson.
In addition to being the creator of the series, Cappiello served as an executive producer with producers Joshua Donen, Beau Willimon, Jordan Tappis, Nicolette Donen, and Elizabeth Kling.
Since the show’s release, it has received predominantly positive reviews. Grand Army also holds a 71% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One of the show’s highlights for reviewers, in particular, was the show’s young cast, whom they praised. In LaToya Ferguson’s review for Variety, she wrote that the cast was extremely talented and vital in driving the stories forward in a way that makes it worth watching the full season.
However, she went on to add that Grand Army doesn’t exactly offer anything new to the teen genre. The depiction of sexual assault, the depiction of teenage slut-shaming and cyberbullying, the depiction of a seemingly normal high school student who is capable of horrifying things, the depiction of a closeted gay teen story, and even the depiction of the struggles of Black students in the show offer nothing fresh. To her, it’s all been seen and done before.