When Netflix started making streaming-exclusive television shows, it seemed that it could become the new HBO or Showtime. Now, it just seems like Netflix could replace all of television, and it has the broad collection of programming to prove it. The streaming site's new comedy, Disjointed, has all the charm of a network sitcom but is free to use whatever language and subject matter it wants. According to Deadline, the stoner-sitcom has already been ordered for 20 episodes, but has not yet been confirmed for a second season. But, Season 1 appears to be split into parts one and two, each made up of 10 episodes. So, Disjointed will definitely return with Part 2 sometime in the future with 10 more episodes. (Based on how Netflix's other sitcom The Ranch split their parts, expect more Disjointed episodes in about six months.) And, beyond that, Disjointed Season 2 is all but guaranteed thanks to the creative forces behind it.
The series is the latest production by sitcom superstar Chuck Lorre. If you haven't heard the name then you've almost certainly seen one of his previous shows. Disjointed isn't Netflix's first foray into multi-camera sitcoms, but having Lorre on board is just the latest example of a high-profile producer joining Netflix and creating new shows that would have fit on network television. Lorre hasn't just created a lot of shows, he has created a lot of hits. In the past 17 years, Lorre has created some of the biggest sitcom successes of all time, and there's no reason to believe Disjointed will be any different.
Lorre's recent hits have included shows that have gone on to define television comedies on the new millenium, for better or worse. His string of hits started in 1997 with Dharma & Greg , and continued in 2003 with Two and a Half Men. The latter show ran for a whopping 12 seasons. By the time it was airing its last season in 2012, Two and a Half Men was raking in $3.24 million per half hour, according to Forbes.
Since the success of Two and a Half Men, Lorre has also worked as a writer on Mike & Molly and created successful sitcoms Mom and The Big Bang Theory, the latter of which is premiering the spinoff Young Sheldon later this year. Nearly every sitcom that Lorre touches turns to gold, and opening his shows up to Netflix's wide audience could indicate a great deal of success for Disjointed. Lorre's brand of comedy has managed to capture audiences for over 20 years now, and the move to streaming television proves that Lorre is willing to move with his audience.
Disjointed isn't a guaranteed success. Netflix has cancelled shows that haven't worked after one season, but it would be an anomaly if Disjointed didn't manage to find an audience. Lorre's sitcoms have all managed to gain long-term success, with almost every show of his airing at least 100 episodes before their run ends. Disjointed is primed to succeed and mark a major win for Netflix over networks by possibly proving that there is no kind of television that Netflix can't do better. Season 2 of Disjointed isn't confirmed, but judging by Lorre's past success, Netflix fans can likely get comfortable with the idea of Disjointed being around for a very long time.