NBC Cancels Welcome to Sweden

You and everyone else are no longer Welcome to Sweden. The summer comedy has been canceled by NBC after two seasons. The announcement came from the show's star, Greg Poehler, who wrote a message to fans via Instagram.

"Due to some craptastically low ratings in the US, WTS is officially done," Poehler wrote. "I am eternally grateful to all of our fans. When you make a show—and write, produce, obsess and and act in it—all you want us for someone, somewhere, to tell you they appreciate it. There have been so many of you in both Sweden and the US that have done so, and every compliment has made me immeasurably happy. So, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I'm sitting here crying, but mostly because I'll prob never work with Josephine, Christopher, Lena, Per and Claes again. They are among the best people I've ever met and I am so so happy and grateful that they let me act with them."

Just how "craptastic" were the ratings? The most recent episodes, which aired back-to-back this past Sunday, were watched by 1.16 million and 1.12 million people and drew a 0.3 and 0.2 rating among adults ages 18 to 49. Okay, so yeah, "craptastic" pretty much nailed it. 

Poehler, as you can tell by the name, is the brother of Amy Poehler and based Welcome to Sweden on his own life when he moved to his girlfriend's home country of Sweden. The series was a co-production between NBC and Swedish network TV4.

Did you watch Welcome to Sweden or know it existed? Are you bummed it's over?


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Oct 17, 2015
I only found the show half way through it's run... poorly advertised... GREAT writing, went back to watch every episode possible... loss the studio execs didn't have enough confidence in this one
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Aug 02, 2015
Totally bummed. Welcome to Sweden was awesome.
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Aug 02, 2015
As an American living in Sweden (I moved here to be with my Swedish partner) I found the show quite funny and true to life. Doesn't surprise me that Americans simply couldn't handle a show about a country and culture that was 'Murica.
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Jul 29, 2015
That show has been on for two seasons??? Never heard of it!
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Jul 29, 2015
Good. This was the most incredibly unlikable show I've seen in ages. It felt like characters and situations were just written with a disdain for entertainment. And somehow it got a second season despite ratings in the naughts.
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Jul 29, 2015
So because you don't like the show it should be cancelled? Nice attitude.
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Jul 30, 2015
I didn't actually say I didn't like it, I said it was unlikable and was written with a disdain for entertainment, which are somewhat more objective statements, though they do inform why I didn't like it. And aside from a very minuscule portion of viewers, I wasn't alone in that determination, hence the low ratings even when it was on against no new content.
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Jul 30, 2015
I dislike many shows, so I don't watch them, I don't jump on the comments of those shows if/when they're cancelled to show my delight. That's obnoxious.

I enjoyed Welcome to Sweden a lot, so did my wife, there are I'm sure plenty of people that did like it, I don't watch shows via NBC so our viewership was never a factor.
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Jul 30, 2015
I tried to give this show a chance, that's why I'm familiar with it. I watched 2 or 3 episodes and couldn't see the appeal, nor could the people I was with at the time.

What you or wouldn't do regarding commenting is not relevant, Tim even asked for opinions at the end of the article, but it happens all the time. Plenty of shows I like get canceled and other people don't like them and say so, that's life, we can't all have the same opinion or else there'd be nothing to talk about.

If you didn't watch via NBC (or Sweden's TV4), then you contributed to the show's failure and cancellation so don't be terribly surprised something you like is gone, you took financial justification for the show's being away from its existence.
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Jul 29, 2015
YES. Besides the nepotism, Greg Poehler has one of the most punchable faces I've ever seen, and totally lacks charisma and chemistry with his co-stars. Besides, he's not funny at all!! I enjoyed the show except for him and I'm pretty sure it would have worked a lot better with a different actor. Oh, and his fake accounts to troll critics didn't help either.
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Jul 29, 2015
I gave it the four-episode test and it didn't quite pass. I found it hard to connect with the main character. So, he goes through immigration and when asked the purpose of his move to Sweden, he says he went there for love and when asked what he's going to do, he says he doesn't have plans, may get a job, but doesn't know what he'll do. Well, maybe I shall try that when I'm entering the USA. Perhaps the immigration officer will find it amusing that I went in search of love, perhaps might want to marry into a green card, and may get a job doing I don't know what despite my legal situation. Yeah, right. Totally believable.

The there's the Will Ferrell character, who says that if you're really in love with your woman, you'll learn her language. Of course, our American friend doesn't speak a word of Swedish. Turns out the Will Ferrell character is right! Why didn't the main character bother to learn Swedish after a year of relationship, and planning to move to Sweden?

Then the jokes that followed fell flat and felt like generic sitcom jokes about relationships.

People might say the show improves later, and it might if you get past the initial problems. I might even check that out one of these days, now that I know I won't have to endure more than two seasons. But right now I'm not very inclined to do so.
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Jul 29, 2015
Of course it had to be cancelled: it had parts spoken in Swedish and, to add insult to injury, the subtitles were written in English. How do you expect anyone to understand something not written using emoticons. That's ludicrous... But seriously, it's too bad. I really enjoyed this show.
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Jul 29, 2015
Huh. I didn't realize it came back (Thanks NBC) but I had enjoyed the first season. Oh well. I think I'm just going to start quitting tv.... Maybe I'll read books.
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Jul 29, 2015
REALLY???? Please find another station to pick it up, this is a great show!!
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Jul 29, 2015
Shame. The show is hilarious, and I still can't believe people actually complained that there are "too many subtitles", or that the Swedish family should be speaking English too even when they're talking to each other. I thought the show was a breath of fresh air on American TV, and I'll miss it dearly.
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Jul 29, 2015
Well that's a good decision
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Jul 29, 2015
Hmm so it could still be made in Sweden? Hope so, really like it :)
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Jul 29, 2015
NBC doesn't want it. Craig should find another station for it. TV4 in Sweden should continue to develop the series to season 3, right. Just like Hannibal and Dracula, these are exactly American TV programs made by NBC exclusively. They can't contiune without US market. BTW, season 2 is funnier than season 1.
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Jul 29, 2015
Damn shame. I realized while watching the last two episodes how much I was really enjoying it. I like that "Meet the Parents" kind of humor a lot and the Swedish influences were really refreshing compared to a lot of the stale crap on TV these days. Season 2 was much improved on Season 1 and it felt like they really hit their stride.
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Jul 29, 2015
I hope they air the rest of season two before it disappears. I kinda like it.
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Jul 29, 2015
They're all available with English subs for the Swedish parts from the Swedish broadcast which already happened.
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Jul 29, 2015
That's disappointing. Loved the gentle, sly humour, and the interesting locale, Well, I hope NBC burns off all of the episodes that have been shot in season 2 at least.
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Jul 29, 2015
That's NBC's middle name. It's also not NBCs right to cancel it cause if I recall, its renewal or cancellation is on that foreign channels that airs it. NBC borrow it. I hardly watch the channel, never saw a promotion. Noticed it in TVGuide schedule. Remembered it being unfunny, subtitle heavy, and boring.
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Jul 29, 2015
I like it well enough to watch it... I just found out that it's uncensored in Sweden and it airs months prior, I wonder if NBC cancelling it will effect the Swedish side of production, they could keep it going and just have somebody else in the US pick it up.
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Jul 29, 2015
I tried to watch the earlier airings but there are no subtitles and some of the jokes are over my single language American mind.
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Jul 28, 2015
2 seasons and I had never heard of this show before now.
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Jul 28, 2015
Bummer! Hulu should save it like they did with the Mindy Project.
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Jul 28, 2015
I watched the first 3 or 4 eps of season 1, but pretty much didn't care for it much. Never been to Sweden, but that had nothing to do with me not caring to watch this somewhat corny show. I didn't even like Will Ferrell in it.
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Jul 28, 2015
I didn't even know it was airing...
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Jul 28, 2015
Ooohhhh well, maybe 2 seasons was enough. I spent 3 years and a half in Sweden and i think i overstayed my welcome for about the last 2 lol.
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Jul 28, 2015
I think I heard about it before it started but had no idea it was still on the air.
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