Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Gotham Season 6?

Posted by Jamie on April 12, 2019

On paper, a Batman-prequel featuring Bruce Wayne as a child just after the murder of his parents shouldn’t work. Before Gotham even premiered, the show had been written off by plenty of naysayers, largely for its take on a child Batman, but when the show finally premiered, it slowly found a fanbase of followers deeming it worthy. Despite the slow start, the show gradually grew from a procedural cop show set in and around the titular city, to something with its own lore, season-long plotlines, and a revisioning of both Batman and many of his villains.

With the fifth season currently airing, Fox has been advertising the show as the final season of the series, with its episode order cut from the usual 22 from seasons one through four to just a measly twelve episodes, leaving fans wondering: will Gotham get picked up by a streaming service like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu? Let’s take a look at the show and what its plot trajectory means for the future of the series.

Gotham‘s Five Seasons

Created as a series designed to focus solely on the Gotham Police Department, the show opens with a young Selina Kyle watching the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, leaving their son Bruce orphaned and in shock as his parents are taken from him. The show then switches focus to Commissioner Gordon, currently working as a detective many years before he rises through the ranks. Teamed with Harvey Bullock, a grizzled detective, Gordon tries to focus his efforts on solving the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, while slowly dealing with Bullock’s corruption and trying to stay a clean cop.

It wasn’t until season two of Gotham, subtitled Rise of the Villains and Wrath of the Villains over its two parts, focused on Gordon being fired from the department while Bullock quits. Teamed with local gangster Oswald Cobblepot, Gordon works to bring down Theo Galavan, while new villains like Hugo Strange, Mr. Freeze, and other villains begin to pop up. As the show continued, each season contained two distinct arcs. Throughout season three, viewers were introduced to the Mad City and Heroes Rise arc, which witnessed Gordon becoming a bounty hunter following the Indian Hill fugitives, while Strange, Mr. Freeze, Riddler, and Mad Hatter all continued to cause issues. Season three also put the focus back on Wayne as he began to learn more about the murder of his parents and the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of Owls.

Season four, subtitled A Dark Knight for all twenty-two episodes, finally delivered on everything viewers wanted. Penguin finally took over the city’s crime, issuing licences in the underworld for any burgeoning criminals to begin operating. With Jim approaching Carmine Falcone for help, things continue to grow worse in Gotham. With criminals breaking out of Arkham Asylum and promising to plunge Gotham into anarchy, Bruce Wayne fulfills his destiny and becomes the Dark Knight of Gotham.

All of this sets up the show to become something entirely new, but instead of transitioning Gotham into a Batman television show, the fifth season was announced by Fox to be the final of the show, with twelve episodes instead of 22.

Did Gotham get Cancelled?

Yes and no. While some shows are announced as “ending” rather than cancelled (see Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CW, which was pitched as a four season series, or Game of Thrones on HBO), Gotham falls somewhere in the middle. Though the fifth season was announced as the final season well ahead of time, remarks by Gotham‘s showrunner John Stephens suggests that, at the very least, the show having a longer episode count for its final season would’ve been preferred. Gotham was never a ratings mega-giant for Fox, so it makes sense for the show to end around the 100 episode mark.

In fact, Gotham was originally planned to only have ten episodes in its final season, but that order was raised to twelve in order to hit the 100 episode count so valued for syndication. At the very least, those 100 episodes mean that Gotham will be shown on television for a long time to come.

Will Gotham Get Picked Up for a Season Six?

While Fox may no longer be interested in producing Gotham, it’s always possible in the age of streaming media for shows to get picked up by rival networks or streaming services. Unfortunately, that typically happens when a show is cancelled outright without a concluding season. Gotham may have received the axe after its fifth outing, but the show was given time to wrap up its storylines, which it will do with the 100th episode of the show.

So, what are the odds of Gotham getting picked up somewhere new? Unfortunately, pretty low. Gotham is produced by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment, which may be part of why Fox is ending the show. Since Fox doesn’t own the production company behind Gotham, they have less of a reason to continue producing the show. Both Netflix and Amazon have been increasingly focused on only producing their own content as well, making it unlikely for the show to get picked up there. The show could make the jump to the CW, which WarnerMedia has a stake in, but unfortunately, now that AT&T owns Warner Bros., the company has been focused on trying to evolve HBO into its own streaming giant to compare to Netflix.

The other possibility is the DC Universe streaming service, which began in 2018 and is the home of shows like TitansDoom Patrol, and Swamp Thing. In fact, DC Universe picked up Young Justice for a third season years after being cancelled by Cartoon Network, leaving it as a possible outing for the show. Unfortunately, Titans has actually cast a Bruce Wayne for its second season, portraying him as an older, possibly-retired Batman, making it unlikely that the show is picked up by DC Universe.

Ultimately, we also have to mention that the fifth season of Gotham will likely wrap up the plot, leaving a future pick-up unlikely. The writers behind the show have spoken about bringing the series to a satisfying close, and have gone all out, introducing the Joker with his usual look for the final batch of episodes. Ultimately, having told a full story with a complete end may feel bittersweet to Gotham‘s fanbase, but with more comic book shows than ever before, it may be nice to see a satisfying ending rather than a disappointing burn-out.

What do you think could happen to Gotham? Should it all end here? Tell us your thoughts below!

28 thoughts on “Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Gotham Season 6?”

Elizan says:
Please. Please. Please. Some company, please pick this show up.
graham says:
Please. Please. Some company, please pick this show up .Please do
Steve says:
Unfortunately I saw it ending Way too soon. They kinda rushed it to cram what they could into the short season 5. It can’t be continued as Gotham because this was a build up to Batman, BUT they could easily continue the story as a Batman Begins or Year One type series. This is by Far the best Set of Batman crew members I’ve ever seen, the whole lot of them (maybe not Bane). I truly hope this series continues in some manner with the existing cast and writers. I know I’ll watch it!
George says:
Since the last episode takes place when Batman starts to be Batman and the villains also start to be who “they” are, it would make sense to start a new Gotham series where this one left off and just use some new series name like “Batman Gotham”
sean says:
yeah true and maybe something more like “Batman and gotham” or “Batman: the aftermath of gotham”
Alef Rodriguez says:
We need to see maybe not Gotham but a new show that picks up where it left off but under a different name. Like Dark Night of Gotham or something. This was my favorite show. Someone needs to pick it up with the same cast. Everyone was great! Actually, we could use a new Bane, didn’t like him much. Don’t let this be the end of such a neverending story! Maybe even making a Gotham movie based on the show with character developments would also be a great idea. We could have sequels forever like Star Wars. Please bring this show back one way or another. Shut up and take my money!
Ron says:
Bane was the shit (just sayin)
Dean says:
“Supernatural”, “Lucifer” and “Gotham” should NEVER end!
Lin says:
Right next to Supernatural, I would say Gotham is one of the BEST shows ever.
I really took to it binge watching it on Netflix.

I would watch it on Netflix or Prime.
If CBS picks it up I would consider acquiring a subscription since they have StarTrek Discovery.

But, Netflix for sure. If they get Christopher Nolan to be involved I will purchase some stock.

Thomas Thompson says:
Please NETFLIX look into continuing Gotham with same cast. Bruce can be made to look older. There was room to grow from the finale
Brian Bilenski says:
I love the show and it could only get better now all the key players are revealed. It’s a no brainer pick up the show.
Pam says:
Please Netflix save Gathom.
Sue says:
I’m with you the show cant end here it’s so much missing what happened to harly quin and what about jokers transition
Chris W Vargas says:
DC UNIVERSE can continue it with BATMAN YEAR ONE!
Adam says:
I hope Netflix picks this up, but they have to keep the same cast. The cast makes the show especially Cameron Monaghan as Joker.
Daniel Leech says:
Somebody please pick this series up! It is way too good to let go.
Doug says:
NETFLIX purchased the rights to Gotham before season 1 premiered. Hopefully that means Netflix would be able to call it a “Netflix Original” and make additional seasons continuing the Batman story.
mehdirezgui says:
i mean trust me you well get many people watching because almost all the world loves it what i mean this serie gotham will have many benefits for you and other people . the benefits for you are wil raise the number of people using netflix and the benefits for them you will give hunderds of hundreds of people what they want
mehdirezgui says:
please netflix save series gotham from ending do the same as you did to lucifer
MLO says:
This dead series should not be picked up by anybody. If it was a bone, my dog wouldn’t even pick it up it stunk so bad. It needs to stay in the trash can where it belongs. This was the worst version of the Batman era I’ve ever seen. It’s Hollywooded out to the point of absurdity. The Batman character about gagged me out. They should have called him “Slapman” cause every time I saw him, I wanted to slap the crap out of him. I can’t stand “wuss” and the dude was full of it. All I can say, is I’m glad this is over and please do not bring this series back, ever. About the only character that is as bad as this “Wussman” is the Super-Valley-Girl series. That series should have been a comedy with a laugh track.
Ben James Kervick says:
MLO i want Gotham pick up for 6 seasons because I love Gotham so much because that show inspired to about Origins of Bruce Wayne and Batman and joker Barber and Lee
Brian ross says:
I agree,Gotham is the best.way better than arrow or the flash.nailed it on the actors keep it going for more seasons please.
Qamix Kang says:
I really really hope that Netflix will pick up Gotham, this is one of the best TV series I’ve ever seen in my life, if not the best, I don’t want it to end so quickly ;-;; At least do a spin-off with Penguin and Nygma, please
Creighton Carter says:
We do hope for a lot more season a great show that should go on .
Rachel Gomez says:
This truly is a remarkable show. I agree with the actors being young enough to explore their origins. The characters were matched to perfection, and it’s a real shame it is ending. Hopefully the fan base on Netflix for this show is strong enough to enlighten the powers that be. This is a story worth telling.
Thomas Justin McLean says:
I always assumed they would end it at 5 and start a new series; Batman
Casey Fehl says:
I agree, a lot of people don’t have Netflix
Linda Blodgett says:
Are you freaking kidding me it is the best show on TV in acting, script, and performancs. in fact a lot of the freaking trash that they play like the Connors and many others and especially like Temptation island and all that other crap they run what a waste of television! What are you a millennial ?
Steven Jesse Lewis says:
I think that changing the night and time slot doomed the series. Sad that this is ending because season 5 three episodes in, is awesome.
jill says:
Please let Netflix pick this up I already want a def 6th season. This is the best show and I look forward to watching this. Please let the 5th season not be the last. Awesome actors. I want a 6th and 7 even 8 season. Keep batman going
Marcus Howard says:
Please please please keep Gotham on, it’s the greteast show on Netflix you don’t understand!! And all the characters are good actors phenomenal…you gotta keep it running please!! I’m begging you!
jakob says:
someone has got to keep this show going the cast is perfect there is no way anyone will be able to do something this good ever again this is a once in a life time opportunity to create a master peice
Layne Drew says:
Greatest show and Batman related anything, ever. I pray like many that Netflix or someone will keep it going.
Donald Stewart says:
This is the best show on TV. People were waiting for Batman all along and what he kept teasing that he would appear and then didn’t turn people off. Please keep it on the air
Maisie says:
I NEED MORE SEASONS this is the best show another network NEEDS to pick it up.
Casey Fehl says:
I agree, maybe the CW can pick up Gotham or do a new Batman series
Jenni Modschiedler says:
Characters are still to young to mess with current movies! Let them grow more!! I just got into it and now it’s ending! Not yet, please get it Netflix!!!!!

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