Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. As the crimes take on a supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it’ll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save not only London but the entire world.
The show starred Thaddea Graham, McKell David, Harrison Osterfield, Jojo Macari, and Darci Shaw as the titular gang, with Royce Pierreson playing Watson and Henry Lloyd-Hughes playing Sherlock Holmes.
The series was written and executive produced by Tom Bidwell. Drama Republic’s Jude Liknaitzky and Greg Brenman also executive produce. The series is produced by Rebecca Hodgson. Lead director is Johnny Allan, with Joss Agnew and Weronika Tofilska also directing.
News of the cancellation comes despite the fact that streaming data released by Nielsen last week showed that “The Irregulars” was the number one streaming show the week it debuted, pulling in approximately 643 million minutes streamed across all eight episodes. In that time, the show edged out serious competition from “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” on Disney Plus, which came in second with an estimated 628 million minutes streamed.
The series also received mostly positive reviews from critics, holding a 78% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, in his review for Variety, Daniel D’Addario wrote:
“For all that we’re told these kids are special, they confront their duty with a sense of glum obligation; there’s little of the high-stepping curiosity and possibility that is present in the best of Holmes, and that one might expect from a show in which teens attuned to voices from other worlds avert the apocalypse in Holmes’s London.”
Deadline first reported the cancellation news.