Kim’s Convenience is coming to an end, with just six episodes left before the CBC and Netflix shows’ series finale. The Canadian comedy, which tells the story of a Korean-Canadian family and the convenience store they run, was set to have a sixth season, but will now come to an end after its current Season 5.
Why has Kim’s Convenience been canceled?
Unlike most TV cancelations, the ratings for Kim’s Convenience are thought to be very strong, especially internationally on Netflix.
However, a change in personnel behind the scenes has led to its producers deciding to bring the cult comedy to an end. The show’s co-creators Ins Choi and Kevin White were set to leave the show to focus on new projects after Season 5, and so the show’s production company Thunderbird Films decided not to continue the show without its original creators.
This was confirmed on the official Kim’s Convenience Instagram page, where a post was released which read: “At the end of production on Season 5, our two co-creators confirmed they were moving on to other projects. Given their departure from the series, we have come to the difficult decision that we cannot deliver another season of the same heart and quality that has made the show so special.”
This is likely to be bad news for fans looking for a neat ending for Appa (played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), Umma (Jean Yoon) and the rest of the cast. As the co-creators announced their departure as the show was ending, it is likely that the show ends in a way that was meant to set up Season 6 – a season that is now not going ahead.
This was something that Jung actor Simu Liu (who is soon to star in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) referred to in a lengthy Twitter post that showed some frustration with the plan to cancel Kim’s Convenience. He wrote in part: “I know what you’re thinking and, to be clear, I was fully expecting to come back for our sixth season.
“In fact, I was probably more excited than I’ve ever been; in many ways I thought Jung would be liberated this coming season, and he would finally get to show some of the growth that I had begged our writers for year after year.”
He later added: “Most of all, it pains me that we will never see the Kims all together as a family, bidding farewell to the bodega that has defined their immigrant journey.”
In a now-deleted tweet, whoever runs the Netflix Twitter account replied to this post with two crying face emojis. Kim’s Convenience and The Mandalorian star Paul Sun-Hyeung Lee, meanwhile, reposted the tweet with the subtweet: “Love you son, I was always proud of you.”