‘The Great’ Canceled at Hulu After Three Seasons

Hulu has canceled its period dramedy The Great after three seasons.

The news comes some three-and-a-half months after the show’s third (and now final) season premiered as a binge release in May. The series stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and explores the relationship of Russian Empress Catherine II and Emperor Peter III in the 18th century.

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The show earned seven Emmy nominations over the course of its run, winning the award for outstanding period costumes last year. Fanning and Hoult also earned acting nominations in 2022, and series creator Tony McNamara and director Matt Shakman scored writing and directing nods for the series’ premiere episode in 2020.

The Great was also a critical favorite, earning nearly universally positive reviews across all three of its seasons. How many people watched it, however, remains a mystery as Hulu (like most other streamers) doesn’t share much viewing data and season three did not make the top 10 original streaming series list from Nielsen.

Along with Fanning and Hoult, The Great’s season three cast includes Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan, Charity Wakefield, Gwilym Lee, Adam Godley, Douglas Hodge, Belinda Bromilow, Bayo Gbadamosi, Florence Keith-Roach, Freddie Fox and Grace Molony. McNamara executive produced with Fanning; Hoult; Marian Macgowan; Mark Winemaker; Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding; and Thruline Entertainment’s Ron West and Josh Kesselman.

Deadline first reported the cancellation.

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