A new year is officially here and if you’re like most people, you probably started the year off trying to manage a hangover by curling up on the couch and watching your favorite show on Netflix. That is, unless your favorite show happens to be Friends, as the beloved 90s sitcom officially left the streaming service on January 1.
Friends is reportedly one of the most viewed shows on Netflix, as millions of fans loved getting to watch Chandler toss out one of his patented zingers or Ross ignore his fatherly duties in order to hang out with his pals. So unsurprisingly, when people discovered that the show was no longer available, they were not happy. And when people aren’t happy, they like to do one thing: voice their frustration on Twitter.
FRIENDS is no longer on Netflix…. crappy new year.
— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) January 1, 2020
Some people hoped they woke up early enough to get to watch one last time but were left disappointed.
really bad start to 2020 when i woke up at 5:42am and they already took friends off of netflix. frick.
— sophie temple (@sophietemple1) January 1, 2020
One viewer was even unlucky enough to be watching the show while it was removed.
Starting off the new year badly because @netflix wants to decide to remove Friends, specifically as I’m in the middle of watching… 😪
— DaisyyMichelle 🅙 (@Daisyy_Michelle) January 1, 2020
Overall, people were just sad to see their favorite show was gone.
@netflix why would you do this to us. We need Friends. It was the show to turn on when going to bed or the fallback show when you couldn’t find anything to watch. Friends is one of the best shows….ever.
— SaintCorVic (@ehbkg1) January 1, 2020
Now, if you are wondering how you are going to survive without getting to watch (and rewatch) Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross hang out at the Central Perk, fear not, because Friends won’t be gone forever. The show will be available to stream on HBO Max when it launches on May 1. So if you’re willing to shell out another $15 per month, you’ll get to keep enjoying Friends, along with The Big Bang Theory, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and The Sopranos.
And while Netflix may be losing Friends, they are still staying active in the world of ’90s sitcoms set in New York, as Seinfeld will join the streaming service in 2021.