Netflix has been streaming the beloved ’90 sitcom Friends since January 2015. In case you hadn’t heard, the series was scheduled to be removed from the Netflix lineup starting January 2019.
Let’s call this episode “The One Where Netflix Admits It Was Wrong.”
— jenn🎉 (@Jennwybieracki_) December 2, 2018
— Maggie LaCombe (@mags422) December 2, 2018
Friends is officially leaving Netflix January 1st so Merry Christmas 🙁 pic.twitter.com/UBS5T5kjbD
— Des 🖤 (@Destinywilcoxso) December 2, 2018
netflix is getting rid of friends as if that’s not the one show that literally everybody watches
— caitlin ♛ (@RIVERJPHOENlX) December 2, 2018
Netflix is really removing Friends on January 1st and the only reason I have an account is to rewatch the same episodes of the show whenever I’m bored so I guess it’s time to cancel my subscription
— sai (@Saisailu97) December 3, 2018
The backlash was so intense that Netflix went out of its way to renew its license on one of the most popular shows of all time.
The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018
But only through 2019. After that, the series has other plans.
Netflix confirms that #Friends will remain on its platform throughout 2019. As for 2020, the mega-hit is expected to move to WarnerMedia’s streaming platform https://t.co/EgtxIvzIZY pic.twitter.com/jgrgKNKGM5
— Lesley Goldberg (@Snoodit) December 3, 2018
— Pisey kung (@piseyk) December 3, 2018
Netflix had a job in reconsidering its decision.
After canceling Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil — all within a few weeks of each other — could Netflix afford a loss as big as Friends? Possibly not. After fans panicked, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter that the show’s “departure is a rumor.”
Less than a few hours later, the show had another year on the streaming service.
— Lisa Wiltsie🍀🏳️🌈 (@lawiltsie) December 4, 2018
Thank goodness we at least have this. Now let’s see what else we can get Netflix to keep!