Unorthodox is a German-American miniseries and is the first Netflix show to be set primarily in Yiddish. The series follows the story of Etsy (played by Shira Haas) who has abandoned her roots in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, New York. Viewers have been binge-watching the gripping series since it dropped on the streaming platform at the end of March 2020 and many are wondering if there will be another series. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Will there be another series of Unorthodox on Netflix?
At the moment, Netflix has not confirmed whether there will be another series of Unorthodox.
The series only premiered in March 2020 on the streaming platform, so it is still early days for a renewal to be announced.
Netflix usually announces show renewals and cancellations between one and six months after the series drops, so fans could hear the news as late as September.
The series renewal will largely depend on the show’s ratings, which Netflix does not release to the public.
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However, things do look good for the four-part series which spent weeks in the Netflix Top 10 and has received praise from critics and fans across the world.
As of May 2020, the series holds a rating of eight out of 10 on IMDb and a score of 92 percent on popular review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Unorthodox is an adaptation of Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.
Feldman also lent her advice on the Netflix adaption, so there is the possibility viewers could hear more of her story.
The ending of Unorthodox did not end on a cliffhanger but was left open-ended with many loose ends, meaning it would be very easy for the cast and crew to return too.
For example, viewers never found out of Etsy made it into music school or if she decided to go through with her pregnancy.
Viewers were also left in the dark as to whether her husband Yanky (Amit Rahav) and his cousin Moishe (Jeff Wilbusch) returned to New York.
Producer Anna Winger told Metro.co.uk that there are no plans for a sequel to Unorthodox.
She said: “We’re not doing a sequel to this because we feel that we really told this story.
“It was always designed as a mini-series. I suspect that I will work with these actors again, and with many of my collaborators from this project.
“We have a lot of new things in development. So it’s not the end of the road for this constellation, but I don’t think we’ll tell this story again. We’ve told it.”
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However, there is some hope for Unorthodox viewers and fans of Feldman’s work.
Feldman has published a follow-up memoir to Unorthodox, titled Exodus, which follows her life as a single mother and her journey of coming to term with her Jewish identity.
In Unorthodox, Feldman’s true experience is portrayed through Etsy’s life in Brooklyn as part of the Satmar Jewish community.
However, Etsy’s life in Berlin is completely fictional, so it is possible season two could follow Etsy adjust to life in Berlin but similar to Feldman’s experience she will adjust to life as a single mother, whilst coming to terms with her identity.
Fans of the miniseries have taken to Twitter to demand more.
One viewer tweeted: “Hey @netflix … you MUST do a Season 2 of #Unorthodox !! We re waiting for it!!.”
A second fan said: “Unorthodox is SO good. There better be a season 2.”
A third viewer commented: “So, not a big TV viewer, nor recommender, but I cannot sing the praises of #Unorthodox highly enough on
@NetflixUK I know a season 2 isn’t planned but it so deserves one! Phenomenal!.”
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If Unorthodox season two is given the green light by Netflix, it is likely to premiere in March 2021 at the earliest.
However, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, production and therefore, the release date of Unorthodox season two could be delayed.
In the meantime, the creators of Unorthodox have released a 20 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on Netflix titled The Making of Unorthodox.
The documentary features interviews from the cast and crew, alongside never seen before footage.
Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.
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