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Chelsea is an American web television late-night talk show hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler.[2] The show debuted on May 11, 2016 and streamed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week worldwide.[3] The show was originally set to have 90 episodes per year and each episode would be 30 minutes before format changes for the second season.[4] The show tapes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week that it airs.[5] It is Netflix's first talk show.[6]

GenreTalk show
Directed byRik Reinholdtsen
Blake Webster
Presented byChelsea Handler
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes120 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Culver City, California
Running time27–40 min. (season 1)
60 min. (season 2)
Original networkNetflix
Picture format1080p HDTV
Audio formatStereo surround
Original releaseMay 11, 2016 (2016-05-11) –
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
External links
Official website

The show covers "real topics" with a sense of humor like Chelsea Does, with guest celebrities.[6] Her comedic partner Chuy will not be a part of the series.[6] The show will have a global outlook as Handler said, "Netflix makes me able to do stories that are global, and it makes me able to pay attention to the stuff that does interest me in a way that will be able to be disseminated into all these different countries."[6]

The second season premiered on April 14, 2017.[7][8] On October 18, 2017, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a third season.[9]



Chelsea is part of Handler's deal with Netflix that she made in July which included a stand-up special titled Uganda Be Kidding Me Live[10][11][12] and a four-part docu-comedy special called Chelsea Does. The theme song was written by electro pop artist Memoryy.[13]

On March 16, 2016, Handler announced on Twitter that each episode would be released at 12:01 a.m. U.S. Pacific Time (3:01 a.m. U.S. Eastern and 8:01 a.m. UTC) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, three times a week, including holiday periods where episodes would be "banked" for release or reduced to airing two per week.[10] On that same day, Handler submitted a hand-written memo to herself concerning the new show and the memo said "PREMIERES MAY 11TH".[6][10][12] She announced that she and Netflix would unveil the name of the show on her Twitter chat.[10]

Regarding the title of the show, Handler said that "We thought long and hard about the title for my ....Netflix show, and there was a whole team at Netflix who worked on it; we hired a digital department and some small children who work in various countries to help roll this show out, and after two to three long hours, we came up with the name ‘Chelsea. It is named after herself.[12]

The show will not be live but will be filmed in front of a live audience.[6] Handler explained: "It has to be fed into 190 countries, which prohibits us from going live on Netflix, so we’re going to tape and then they will stream and feed it into every other country and territory that they’re in and then it will come on about probably 12 hours after we tape it."[6]

She expressed that she wants this show to be different from the typical late-night format saying, "I don’t want it to be like a talk show every night where I come out singing and dancing every night."[6]

In October 2017, the show was cancelled by Netflix after two seasons.[14] Handler made the announcement via social media, taking ownership of the decision and announcing a new documentary where she hoped to focus more on national politics.[9] Though Handler claims to have made the decision, sources speculate at the significance of the poor reception of the show since its debut.[15][16]



Chelsea received mixed critical reception. On Rotten Tomatoes the first series holds a 38% approval rating with an average rating of 4.5 out of 10 based on 13 reviews.[17] The site's critic consensus claims: "Chelsea comes up short in its attempts to innovate the conventional talk show format -- and even worse, it frequently fails to be smart or funny."[17] The first season has a score of 50 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18] The Decider said the show is "riddled with execution problems," and that it needs to decide if it wants to be "timely or evergreen."[19]

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  1. ^ "Chelsea: Showrunner Leaves Chlesea Handler's Netflix Talk Show - canceled TV shows - TV Series Finale". TV Series Finale. May 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Erin Jensen. "Chelsea Handler gives deets of her new Netflix show in a letter to herself". USA Today.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister. "Chelsea Handler Announces Title for Netflix Talk Show: 'Chelsea'". Variety.
  4. ^ Ariana Bacle. "Chelsea Handler announces title of her new talk show". EW.
  5. ^ "Ticket Calendar". 1Iota. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "Handler acknowledged that she loves working with Netflix". Variety. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (July 27, 2016). "Chelsea, Lady Dynamite Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". TV Line. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "When will Chelsea be back on Netflix? - Whats On Netflix". Whats On Netflix. February 9, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (October 18, 2017). "Chelsea Handler's Netflix Show Canceled After 2 Seasons". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d Hipes, Patrick (March 16, 2016). "Handler's landmark deal with Netflix also included a stand-up special and four docu-comedy specials". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  11. ^ Adyan, Saeed (March 16, 2016). "Handler is likely the best one to give it a shot". Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  12. ^ a b c de Boer, Maarten (March 17, 2016). "Chelsea Handler announced the premiere date for her upcoming Netflix series Wednesday, and now that series has a name". Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Memoryy IMDB credits". Imdb. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "Chelsea Handler's Netflix Show Canceled After 2 Seasons".
  15. ^ Bradley, Laura. "Chelsea Handler's Netflix Show Is Another Casualty of the Late-Night Boom".
  16. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 18, 2017). "Chelsea Handler's Netflix Talk Show to End After Two Seasons".
  17. ^ a b Chelsea at Rotten Tomatoes
  18. ^ Chelsea at Metacritic
  19. ^ Porch, Scott (August 2, 2016), "What’s the Matter with Netflix’s ‘Chelsea’? Pretty Much Everything.". The Decider. Retrieved February 14, 2017.

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