Good news for Friends fans: Netflix confirmed that the popular sitcom will remain on the streaming service until 2020. Following widespread panic on social media that the show would be removed on January 1, 2019, the company tweeted late Monday evening that Friends will stay on Netflix “throughout 2019.”
Adding “The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish,” the streaming service’s post came after an earlier announcement on the Friends Netflix page that named “1/1/2019” as the deadline. Fans immediately took to Twitter, signing petitions, begging the company to keep the show going and even threatening to cancel their subscriptions.
But they can all breathe a sigh of relief as Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the “departure is a rumor”—for now.
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
Sadly, it’s unlikely the show will remain on Netflix past 2019. Friends is produced by Warner Bros. TV, a division of Warner Media, who will be getting their own subscription streaming service sometime next year, thanks to the AT&T/Time Warner merger. The company has yet to announce which shows will be available on the new platform, but there’s been speculation that Friends will be one of the ones moved from Netflix to Warner Media.
The service will have three tiers, which CEO John Stankey described last week in a presentation. There will be an entry-level movie package, followed by a premium package containing original programs and blockbusters. The top tier will be a bundle of the first two, along with third-party content.
While there’s no official date yet for the release of Warner Media’s platform, it’s rumored to be late in the fourth quarter of 2019. Until then, according to the recent tweet, fans will be able to binge watch all 10 seasons and 236 episodes of the Central Perk gang Friends on their Netflix accounts.