While Netflix may be best known for US-made series like Stranger Things, Outer Banks, and The Umbrella Academy, the streaming service has a growing reputation for delivering must-see international series and movies. One of Netflix’s newest additions to this category is AlRawabi School for Girls, a teen series set in the country of Jordan.
Released in 190 countries and available in more than thirty languages, the series was met with mixed reviews, but was largely praised for representing the lives of young Arab women, a demographic often overlooked in entertainment. However, after its release, Netflix fans wondered if AlRawabi School for Girls will return to our screens for season two.
AlRawabi School for Girls
Released on Netflix earlier this year, the six-episode series follows the drama and dynamics of life at a girls’ school in the capital Amman. The plot revolves around a group of ostracized teenagers who go up against the school’s popular clique with a series of plans for revenge. But in doing so, they learn more about their targets and humanize them in ways they hadn’t previously considered.
The main characters are exposed to sexual harassment, dysfunctional family dynamics, and psychological distress, revealing the shades of gray in each person. Shirin Kamal, co-creator of the series, said the series filled a gap in the Middle East, where such shows and storylines are not common.
“As young women, we always lacked drama about women and how they view their problems. The characters took center stage, as they determine how the events unfold in the series. So we had to take a lot of care in choosing actresses who could fully embody these characters and connect with them and their experiences in the series.”
Critics have described it as the Arab mean girls, with opinions divided on the portrayal of the people and land of Jordan. Some have praised it for its writing and production values, while others have been critical of the “unrepresentative” portrayals of Jordanian society.
Tima Shomali, the series’ director, defended her production, saying she was glad she had sparked a conversation with her work. “I’m very happy that the series has created a dialogue and for me this is one of the most important indicators of success,” she said.
AlRawabi School for Girls season two
There are currently no plans for AlRawabi School for Girls to return to Netflix for season two. That’s mainly because the show is a limited miniseries, meaning the story is told in just one season. Similar examples on Netflix include: The Queen’s Gambit, unbelievable, and wild wildland, all of which have only one season.
However, suppose AlRawabi School for Girls becomes popular enough. In that case, there is a precedent for the series to be expanded to multiple seasons like Netflix’s 13 reasons why, the sinner, and HBOs big little lies are just a few examples of series that could be picked up for more despite the original miniseries plans. Whether this turns out to be the case for AlRawabi School for Girls remains to be seen.
Despite of AlRawabi School for Girls being announced as a limited series, fans of the show have expressed their support. And after the shocking conclusion of episode six, many have taken to social media asking for more.
One fan on Twitter wrote: “I need season 2 of Alrawabi school for girls.” While another added:Alrawabi school for girls is basically a show where all the things we thought should have happened happen. So please tell me there’s season 2.” And finally, this fan said, “Just finished Alrawabi school for girls on @netflix, what a show! Season #2 please!