We’ve learned Netflix has opted to not renew Emily’s Wonder Lab for a second season.
Emily Calandrelli, also known as "The Space Gal", hosts the show. Emily’s Wonder Lab was a kids-targeted educational series that was released on August 25th, 2020 on Netflix globally. Emily, a former engineer at MIT, has re-emerged as a host, author, and public speaker.
Season 1 featured 10 episodes. Each episode lasted between 12 and 14 minutes. Every episode covered a different topic, from how to make rainbow horse toothpaste, using air cannons for bowling, to baking with solar ovens and looking at the brilliant design of eggs. You can also try these experiments at home.
The show didn’t make much of a mark on the top 10s around the world with it not managing to appear into the top 10s in either the United States or the United Kingdom. However, it did appear in Norway, Finland, Qatar and the Netherlands.
Live-action kid’s content seems to struggle to get beyond 1 or 2 seasons on Netflix. It’s among a few genres Netflix generally struggles to get much traction in.
Waffles + Mochie, starring Michelle Obama as former First Lady, is one show that we think may break the current trend. However it is currently in the process of renewal. Other short-lived shows in the genre include Julie’s Greenroom, The Who Was? Show and Brainchild, both of which lasted only one season on Netflix.
Change.org has created a petition to get the series resurrected at Netflix and elsewhere. The petition was started by Samantha Furrer in July 2021 and has gathered over 75,000 signatures to date.
Beyond Emily’s Wonder Lab, you can catch Emily Calandrelli in Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World (which survived three seasons on Netflix) where she regularly featured as a field correspondent. Emily also hosted FOX’s Xploration Outer Space and has published a myriad of books including the soon-to-be-released Reach for the Stars which is illustrated by Honee Jang.
We’ve reached out to Emily for a statement on the cancelation of her show on Netflix and will update here if and once we’ve heard back.
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