Prepare to pivot your streaming preferences, because Friends is leaving Netflix…for good.
The streaming service just announced that all ten seasons of the beloved sitcom will depart Netflix in January 2020. While Friends will eventually be available on WarnerMedia’s new streaming platform, HBO Max, we’re already experiencing “Smelly Cat” withdrawal.
Netflix announced the sad news on Twitter, writing, “The One Where We Have to Say Goodbye. We’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner’s streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in the US). Thanks for the memories, gang.”
The news comes just one year after Netflix revealed that Friends is leaving the streaming service in January 2019…then took it back. Netflix reportedly spent around $100 million to keep the show for another year, ultimately putting users at ease. Nevertheless, it was only a matter of time before WarnerMedia secured Friends for HBO Max, which is scheduled to launch in spring 2020.
Friends will be joining a slew of binge-worthy TV shows on the new platform—like Pretty Little Liars and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air—along with several new series, including Batwoman, Katy Keene, Dune: The Sisterhood, Tokyo Vice, The Flight Attendant, Love Life and an animated series based on Gremlins.
Oh, and did we mention that Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, will develop at least two movies for HBO Max?
Maybe this won’t be so bad after all.