Netflix's original series Girlboss certainly didn't lack behind-the-scenes star power. It's written and executive produced by Pitch Perfect's Kay Cannon, directed by Christian Ditter, and backed by Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah Productions. Unfortunately for all involved, the show is still off-key.
Girlboss' biggest problem was its handling of an unlikeable protagonist — Britt Robertson's anarchist millennial Sophia Amoruso. Instead of providing moments in which we realize that Amoruso might not actually be a terrible person, the show repeatedly reinforces that fact that she is. Instead of a statement of feminist independence, we're left with rude arrogance. Instead of having goals even remotely admirable, Amoruso's self-centered "success" stems almost entirely from conning, thieving, and ripping off those less knowledgeable than herself. It's not enjoyable to watch or well-executed, which is why the show was panned by critics.
Though Girlboss won't be missed, its cancellation also illustrates Netflix's emerging reliance on ratings and viewership. "A big expensive show for a huge audience is great," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long."