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Time to Say Goodbye: Genera+ion Has Been Cancelled at HBO Max

Genera+ion

Genera+ion, one of the queerest shows on TV, will not get a second season.

HBO Max has confirmed that Genera+ion, their OC-high-school-set dramedy, will not move forward with a second season, meaning that the first season will also be its last.

“We will not be moving forward with a second season of Genera+ion,” a spokesperson for HBO Max said in a statement. “We are very proud to have partnered with Zelda and Daniel Barnz to faithfully and authentically represent LGBTQ youth with such a diverse group of characters and layered stories. We thank them and our wonderfully gifted cast for all their hard work and collaboration.”

The first season was split into two parts, with the first eight episodes airing in March and April, and the second set of eight episodes returning to HBO Max in June of this year. It starred Justice Smith as Chester, alongside an ensemble of diverse teens.

Genera+ion followed a group of high school students in Orange County as they explored their relationships, beliefs, and sexualities in their conservative town. It was created by father-daughter team Zelda (who is 17 years old) and Daniel Barnz, giving it a unique look into the mindset of Gen Z kids.

The show was a breath of fresh air for many, as it featured stories of queer youth who were out and proud to be themselves, and it told stories of queer sexuality and joy.

“We really wanted to lean into queer joy and queer love and a celebration of queer youth and let queer kids know that they're loved and that they deserve happiness. That was a really big inspiration for the show,” Zelda Barnz told Out's sister publication PRIDE in between the two parts of the first season.

Unfortunately, the stories of queer joy will have to end there. Genera+ion was a unique show in the queer TV landscape, and we hope to see more projects like it in the future.

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