Viewers Sad as Netflix Ends ‘Patriot Act’

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

After completing six seasons, Netflix has canceled Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Patriot Act’. Stand-up comic Hasan Minhaj declared the end of his popular Netflix show Patriot Act By Hasan Minhaj on Twitter. In his tweet, he thanked his audience as he ended the show.

He tweeted: What a run! Patriot Act has come to an end. I got to work with the best writers, producers, researchers, and animators in the game. My two babies were born and grew up with the show. Thank you, Netflix, and everyone who watched. Now it is time to return these screens to best buy.

Patriot Act was an exceptional television show, not only because it was hosted by a South Asian American man, but also because its prime focus was on issues that concerned people of color.

The Netflix show debuted on October 28, 2018, and it has since produced six seasons with a total of 39 episodes. Last year, the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design, a Peabody Award, and two Webby Awards.

Initially, in 2018, Hasan Minhaj’s episode based on the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was trended big time. Netflix had removed the episode from its Saudi Arabia library after which, Minhaj tweeted: “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.”

The show aired episodes that were based on socio-political topics, Minaj discussed those topics in detail giving it a satirical turn. One of his controversial episodes in India was on the general elections which aired in March 2019, for which he went through a serious backlash by a section of the Internet. However, he returned with an update in June 2019, where he evaluated in detail the reaction he received when the early-voting episode had aired.

The announcement of the cancellation of the show was met with shock and sadness on social media today.


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