Netflix has given a quick renewal order to the new Indian teen drama series, Class, for a second season. The show is an adaptation of the hit Spanish-language series, Elite, which has also been renewed for a seventh season on Netflix. The story revolves around three working-class friends who are offered scholarships to an elite private school in New Delhi. The series is produced by Bodhitree Multimedia Limited, in association with Future East, and is helmed by Ashim Ahluwalia.
The show touches on many social issues and has been well-received by local press in India. The Indian Express, for example, gives the series a 4 out of 5 rating, concluding that it’s a “top-tier guilty pleasure” and that the show featured “a handful of excellent performances by its fresh-faced cast.”
News of the renewal of Class came early morning on March 6th, 2023, with Netflix India’s official social pages plus an announcement on the Netflix India YouTube page with the caption: “We know how much you loved this course, so we signed you up for another exciting semester CLASS WILL BE BACK WITH A NEW SEASON!”
Although the show only featured in the global non-English TV charts for a week, clocking up 9.91 million hours watched globally between February 5th and February 12th, the renewal makes sense due to the show’s performance in the top 10s, specifically in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Class has broken into the top 10s in Canada and Australia, but it has been a staple in the Indian top 10s since its initial debut. At the time of writing, it was still number 2 in the Indian TV top 10s 31 days after its release.
Netflix India is also planning to release another remake of a hit show in the form of Rana Naidu, which is a remake of the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. To our knowledge, the only other renewed Indian show aside from Class is Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein.
In conclusion, Class’s renewal suggests that the show is performing exceedingly well in the local audience despite not breaking out as a massive global hit. The show’s success in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan has prompted Netflix to renew it for another season. With Netflix’s upcoming remake of the Showtime series, Ray Donovan, in the form of Rana Naidu, it seems that the streaming giant is looking to invest more in local content in India.