Sometimes a show begins strong but peters out. We’ve seen this occur a handful of times over the past few years with critically acclaimed freshmen shows. Unfortunately, “UnREAL” seems to be the poster child of the issue. The series follows Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) as a reluctant producer of a reality competition series. Rachel’s show is run by the electric Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) who pushes her producers to their limits. In 2016, many considered the show to be one of the best on TV.
Unfortunately, the mighty have fallen. The new 4th season of the drama was surprisingly released by Hulu on Monday morning. This season is the last of the show. According to The Wrap, in May Hulu made a deal with A&E to release the final season of the show. The release on Monday contains the entire season of the show. For other prestige shows, Hulu has released a few episodes and then gone week to week for the rest of the season. The full season release does not bode particularly well for their recent acquisition.
The first season was met with near-universal acclaim, and Zimmer picked up a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination. It even won a Peabody for its outstanding writing and production. However, the series rating dropped off as the show hit narrative limits. The second season was good, but not great. Some moments were problematic. Ultimately the show struggled and now feels like an afterthought just three years later.