On Tuesday, an official announcement was made stating that ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ has come to an end. The show went on for six seasons and was streamed on Netflix. Every week an episode was released where an in-depth analysis taking a new topic is explained by Minhaj including his comedy and satire to the script. It takes on the not so talked topics such as drug pricing in the United States to the Indian elections. The first episode was premiered in October 2018. It was considered an innovative show and the show also won an Emmy for its Outstanding Motion Design.
Hasan drew a lot of attention from the audience talking on sharp subjects with the concerned United States as well as India. Subjects like mental health, corruption in various sectors, censorship in China, all such topics were addressed. He has also faced a lot of backlash from India when he spoke about the Indian elections. In 2019, Hasan Minhaj was included in the list of 100 most influential people in the world. He has released around 40 episodes over the course of six seasons. Patriot Act was the only show on Netflix that talked about the ongoing events and no such show was accessible to the audience.
Why was the Patriot Act Canceled?
A source reported that the viewers against the cost ratio were low which Netflix considered as a primary reason for renewing the show. Patriot Act has been losing its viewership and was struggling to survive in the Talk Show category. Low viewing figures are the only reason reported as of now. Although some staff members have stated that the working environment of the show was not good either. After the announcement, fans started expressing their disappointment. The US elections are scheduled in November and the audience expected a lot of content from the show. Making the content relatable and explaining to the younger viewers while keeping them entertained was the main motive of the show.
Hasan Minhaj started his career as a stand-up comedian and gained popularity after hosting the daily show with Jon Stewart. Later on, he hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The show is said to be a very high profile gathering with journalists and politicians. In 2017, he released ‘Homecoming King’ where he talked about his childhood stories and his personal life as he came into the United States as an immigrant from Aligarh in India. His sharp and transparent commentary is appreciated by many and he will surely return with a new show. Until then, stay tuned and stay safe.