Netflix has really shaken up the television industry with shows getting resurrected left, right and centre from the cancellation graveyard, others are getting reboots, and some are even being brought back despite getting the axe years ago. Top Boy falls into the third category after it debuted on Netflix today (Friday, September 13) with a brand new series, six years after it was cancelled by Channel 4. However, the new series – which is technically the third outing – is being described on the streaming service as “season one” which has understandably caused confusion among audiences.
What’s the difference between Top Boy and Top Boy Summerhouse?
Meanwhile, Netflix has re-branded the first two season of the gritty London drama Top Boy: Summerhouse.
Technically, there’s no difference between Top Boy season Summerhouse and Top Boy.
The third outing is possibly being referred to as “season one” on Netflix because it’s the first run on the streamer.
On top of that, the latest season of Top Boy continues to be set on the Summerhouse Estate with a new story featuring lead characters Dushane (played by Ashley Walters) and Sully (Kane Robinson).
However, the third run will be picking up from where the run last left off and is simply a continuation rather than something brand new within the world of Top Boy.
The new series is much longer than its predecessors with 10 episodes compared to its time on Channel 4 when each run consisted of just four episodes.
Top Boy was cancelled by Channel 4 back in 2013 and it seemed that was it for the series created by Ronan Bennett.
However, after landing on Netflix, Canadian rapper Drake was enthralled by the British gangster drama.
He subsequently convinced Netflix to pick up Top Boy in 2017 with the show in development for nearly two years before finally hitting screens.
Drake serves as an executive producer on the series, marking his latest foray into television after he was also one of the programme-makers behind HBO coming-of-age series Euphoria starring Zendaya.
At the time, Netflix executive Cindy Holland told Variety: “We couldn’t be more excited for Netflix members around the world and a new generation of fans to discover the authentic, raw and real world of Top Boy.
“Drake came to us several months ago with a passion to help bring this series back to life, and we’re thrilled to support the original creative team to do just that.”
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This isn’t the first time Netflix has come to the rescue, only last year the streaming giant saved Lucifer and Designated Survivor from the network axe.
However, Netflix has subsequently cancelled both shows with Lucifer getting one last outing to round off the story.
Meanwhile, Black Mirror – which is one of Netflix’s biggest success stories – was saved as well after its future looked uncertain with Channel 4.
Black Mirror set Netflix US alight after landing on the platform, which came at just the right time with the show moving over from Channel 4.
Unlike Top Boy, Black Mirror’s first Netflix season was referred to as “season four” rather than season one which is also likely to be leaving fans scratching their heads.
Top Boy season 3 is available to watch on Netflix now
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