Netflix's Original 'Baby' Is Not Coming Back For Season 4

Netflix's Original 'Baby' Is Not Coming Back For Season 4

The Italian drama has been in par with popular shows like 'Elite' and 'Skam Italia'.

Italian dramas like Baby have wormed themselves in the minds of global audiences with recent releases like Skam Italia. Additionally foreign-language dramas like Squid Game, Elite and Ragnarok have made streaming a global phenomenon. Similarly, Baby has been doing extremely well in that regard. The show co-created by Antonio Le Fosse, Giacomo Mazzariol, Marco Raspanti, Romolo Re Salvador, and Eleonora Trucchi follows two girls who go to one of the most elite schools in Rome and are caught in an underage prostitution ring. The series is loosely based on the true story of two girls who were actually in an underage prostitution ring (the "Baby Squillo" scandal) in 2014, Deadline writes. 


While many expected the show to go on for a while, the creators and writers had expressed that the third season would be the final installment of Baby. The show already faced a lot of backlash from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), who sent Netflix a petition demanding Baby's cancellation even before its first season premiered. Despite receiving flack for a number of shows like Insatiable and 13 Reasons Why, Netflix hasn’t stopped releasing episodes or canceling any future installments, Bustle reports. 


Netflix didn’t shy away from releasing the show and openly marketing it. International representatives of Netflix are quite happy with the kind of content that would be released. In the press release for Baby, Eric Barmack, the vice president of international originals at Netflix, explained that he thought Baby was a great step for the streaming service to be taking. “We are proud to continue to invest in original content in Italy,” he said, “and Baby is representative of the new, edgy programming from talented producers that we cherish. We couldn’t be more excited to start work on this show.”

Creators of the show reassure that they had not included nudity and avoided glamorizing sex to save the actual meat of the story, which they explain is the “psychological problem of the free will of the teenager.” Further, the director Andrea De Sica added, “sex is not the main frame,” according to ScreenRant. The writers, though, did decide to end the show after three seasons because they didn't want to continue it anymore. 


NCOSE Vice President Lisa Thompson accused the broadcaster of normalizing child abuse saying, “Netflix recently fired Kevin Spacey… To turn around and produce a show that glorifies the sex trafficking of minors and dub it ‘edgy entertainment’ is the height of hypocrisy,” she said. “There are no ‘baby prostitutes’ – only sexually abused, exploited and raped children.” Despite consistent controversiality though, Baby has continued to be popular among audiences. 


All three seasons of Baby are streaming on Netflix.

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