Marco Polo is an American drama web television series inspired by Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongol Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368).
The show premiered on Netflix on December 12, 2014.
On December 12, 2016, Netflix announced they had canceled Marco Polo after two seasons.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the series' two seasons resulted in a $200 million loss for Netflix, and the decision to cancel the series was jointly taken by Netflix and The Weinstein Company.
The project was officially announced at Netflix in January 2014.
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg serve as executive producers and directed the pilot and second episodes, "The Wayfarer" and "The Wolf and the Deer", respectively.
During his extensive research, show creator John Fusco traveled the Silk Road by horseback and also crossed the Ming Sha Dunes of Western China on camel.
In Venice, Italy he sought out and studied the Last Will and Testament of Marco Polo.
While some Mongolian viewers and experts view it as "riddled with historical errors", many have praised the series.
Orgil Narangerel, who played Genghis Khan in a BBC documentary, said it was more accurate than any previous foreign portrayal of Mongolian culture.
"As a Mongol and an artist, Marco Polo makes me feel like our dreams are coming true," he told AFP.
"I watched all 10 episodes in just one day." The series featured music by Mongolian bands Altan Urag and Batzorig Vaanchig of Asia's Got Talent, who cameoed as a singer.