Is ‘The Neighborhood’ Canceled or Will There Be a Season 2?

The Neighborhood is a comedy about what happens when one of the Midwest’s friendliest guys moves to a Los Angeles neighborhood filled with diversity, where not everyone is over the moon about his extreme neighborliness. The show stars Cedric the Entertainer (of The Original Kings of Comedy) and Max Greenfield (of The New Girl).

The show has proven to be a bit controversial and hasn’t been well received across the board. Is the show canceled or will it get a second season?

The Neighborhood
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Poor reviews but decent viewer ratings

The Neighborhood has generally received poor reviews. The “critics consensus” on Rotten Tomatoes, for example, stated that “While the show’s likable cast has potential, poor attempts at cultural commentary and weak characterizations leave The Neighborhood stuck in a creative dead end.” The first season only received a 24% rating out of 100, and only 58% of the site’s audience members rated it a 3.5 or higher.

On IMDB, the show received a 5.9 out of 10 rating, which isn’t as terrible as its review on Rotten Tomatoes but still isn’t the best. Then, on TV.com, 12 fans gave the show an average rating of nine stars. The only written review, however, mentions The Neighborhood is dull and needs to be “shaken up a bit” if they want to last a full season.

Despite poor ratings online and by critics in general, the average nightly rating is pretty good. During the first season, the episodes average around seven million viewers on Monday nights. While these numbers aren’t out of the ballpark, that is a very healthy viewership rating.

Is ‘The Neighborhood’ canceled?

The Neighborhood has not been canceled, despite poor reviews. Their viewership was enough to get the show renewed for a second season, so fans of the show can look forward to at least one more season. 

Fans of the show have advice moving forward

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Fans of the comedy series had some advice for the show if it’s going to reach its full potential and make it to a third season. The general consensus is that The Neighborhood has great promise in many ways. It could be a funny show that also tackles serious race issues in a way that audiences understand. Thus far, however, people feel it has fallen flat in these regards.

For example, a reviewer on Variety has mild praise for the show but feels the “white people in a black neighborhood” bit is overdone. They cite the opening show as a prime example, when Max Greenfield’s character’s son counts black people as they pass them. His mother tells him to “stop counting black people, sweetie.” This, the reviewer feels, was way overdone and the idea of the show did not need this extra embellishment.

The same reviewer goes on to give this advice: “If executed properly … could hold up a powerful cultural mirror in the vein of Pryor and Norman Lear. But it’s not quite there yet. Thankfully, the last two minutes of the pilot capitalize on the program’s potential by removing the jokes and letting Dave and McKinney’s character … talk candidly about race in an authentic way. It’s only that authenticity that will make viewers want to stay …”

More advice for ‘The Neighborhood’

A reviewer on Indie Wire says the show’s episode plot lines are just too obvious, and the writers have done nothing but rehash the same material over again each night.

The Indie Wire Reviewer went on to give some advice of their own for the show’s writers. They say the show “clearly wants to discuss how attitudes have changed in America … [and] aims to blend broad jokes about annoying next-door neighbors with more pointed commentary about the country’s racial divide.”

The reviewer continues: “The first four episodes acknowledge this disconnect enough to make you believe more is coming, and the character dynamics show incremental signs of improvement. For those who love the stars, there’s hope The Neighborhood could settle into itself and become a stable sitcom.”