'On My Block' Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix (Exclusive)

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Netflix is going around the block again.

The streamer has handed out a third-season renewal for the single-camera comedy On My Block. The order, which arrives a month after its second-season debut, is for eight episodes — down two from its first two seasons. 

Co-created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, On My Block is a coming-of-age comedy set in an inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood. Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray and Diego Tinoco star on the series, which currently has impressive 97 percent and 96 percent ratings among critics and viewers, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes.

"It's a special little show. It did pretty well in its first season, but it's actually increased its following quite well in season two and people really have fallen in love with the characters and that cast," Netflix originals vp Cindy Holland tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's a great way to provide a window into that world for people who aren't from it and also a mirror for the people who are from it."

Netflix, like other streamers, does not release viewership information.

"The entire On My Block team is beyond thrilled and grateful to continue telling this uniquely fun and important story with a third season," showrunner Iungerich told THR in a statement. "Four years ago, I had an idea to make a show for teenagers who didn't see themselves represented on TV and to do it right and today we've all watched a generation of kids passionately express how this show makes them feel seen and heard. As filmmakers, we connect people vicariously, so it’s important to get that work right; to ensure it’s being told as authentically as possible, which means surrounding yourself with people — in front of and behind the camera — like the people in your narrative. Representation and inclusion makes our lives richer and the art better. At every turn. Because we can’t just ask each other to the party — we have to ask each other to dance."

The renewal for On My Block arrives as Netflix continues to take heat for cancelling fellow critical darling One Day at a Time after a three-season run. Since then, new details have emerged about Netflix's cancellation strategy, with the streamer evaluating a show's worth based in part by how many new subscribers will tune in for series in their third and fourth seasons than would be interested in something new. Helping On My Block is the fact that Netflix owns the show and that single-camera comedies are cheaper to produce. One Day at a Time is owned by Sony TV and was a pricey multicamera comedy.