'The Office' will leave Netflix for NBC's streaming service in 2021
Netflix has more than 700 original TV shows that millions of people consider watching, then think "nahhhh" before rewatching The Office (US) for the 64th time. And there's data to back up that claim. According to the analytics firm Jumpshot, the top seven most popular shows on Netflix in 2018 were owned by other networks: The Office (NBC), Friends (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), New Girl (Fox) and Supernatural (The CW).
You might be wondering, why do some people pay a monthly fee to a streaming service to watch the same old TV shows over and over again whey could they just buy them on DVD/Blu-Ray? Well, that's a ridiculous question, like asking which bear is best, so shut up. An old TV show is like an old friend, a friend that will never betray you and sleep with your girlfriend Katie, making you set his Honda Civic on fire to teach them a lesson.
Where was I? Oh yeah, The Office. Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and other news outlets confirm that NBC is pulling The Office from Netflix in January 2021. Instead, the pop culture staple will exclusively stream on NBC Universal's ad-supported streaming service. Because if there's two things people love, it's commercials and subscribing to more streaming services. I can't wait to see ads for affordable and fantastic products!
Netflix confirmed the miserable news on Twitter, writing, "We're sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform - but members can binge watch the show to their hearts' content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021." True, at least now we have plenty of notice. But that doesn't make the pain go away! Nothing will heal this pain!
On Twitter, The Office fans despaired over the terminal diagnosis, and speculated that this news does not bode well for Netflix. After all, NBC also owns Friends, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, among others, so chances are they will be moved to the ad-supported NBCUniversal streaming service as well. In addition, Disney, who owns Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Fox, and possibly you and I, is launching their streaming service on November 12 this year.
If you felt a chill run down your spine, you just imagined a horrible future in which corporations compel people to pay for 5-10 different streaming services instead of two or three. Yeah, it's pretty depressing, like that day you came home from work early and saw Katie and your old friend tangled up naked on the living room floor. But you know what you can do to cheer up? Rewatch The Office! (For now.)