Netflix announces ‘Friends’ will stay on platform throughout 2019

Fans weren't happy after the site suggested the show would be removed on January 1

Netflix has confirmed Friends will stay on the streaming platform throughout 2019.

Over the weekend, fans spotted a new date under the heading “Availability” on the programme’s landing page on the streaming platform. A section headed “details” suggested the show would only be available to view on Netflix until January 1, 2019. You can see that below on a screenshot of the US version of the site. 

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Netflix confirmed the show will remain on the UK version of the site. When a fan tweeted at the platform asking about the programme’s future, they responded: “The One Where Friends Is Going Nowhere, Don’t Worry.”

They later issued another tweet reassuring US fans they would still be able to watch the hit show on Netflix too. “The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019,” the tweet read. A representative for Netflix also confirmed this to NME.

Friends is expected to be removed from at least Netflix in the US at some point, however. It is expected to be included in Warner Bros.’ own streaming service, which is thought to be launching late next year. 

Fans weren’t happy with the prospect of losing the show from their subscriptions, with many taking to Twitter to express their feelings about the show’s removal from the platform. “whoever decided to take friends off of netflix is a disgrace,” wrote one. “hulu here i come.”

Friends is being taken off Netflix January first, which means it’s almost time to cancel my subscription,” added another. See those and more reactions below.

Earlier this year, Friends was revealed to be the UK’s most streamed show, beating the likes of The Grand Tour, The Crown, and Stranger Things.

All 10 seasons of the popular US sitcom arrived on Netflix in the UK in January 2018. New viewers were quick to criticise it for its lack of racial diversity, and sexist, sizeist, and homophobic jokes. Others raised questions about how the group could afford to live in such large apartments in New York on seemingly low wages.