Friends is a show that I will absolutely never grow tired of – it actually gets funnier the more you watch it. Sure the super six should never have been able to afford the rent on their apartments, and sure they’re never at work, but we’re able to see past that as we follow the gang through the trials and tribulations of life as a twenty-something.
Thanks to Netflix, more and more people are watching the show – including my flatmate Joe, who keeps asking me if I’ve seen a certain scene (yes Joe, I’ve seen them all) – but sadly Friends and Netflix are taking an indefinite ‘break’, as the series is leaving the service in 2020.
Netflix confirmed the news in a tweet – although the good news is that for now it just seems like it’s in the US. Every cloud!
So for UK fans it seems as though there’s nothing to worry about just yet, with Netflix UK tweeting to say there is ‘no change for now’.
Yep, no change for now. It’s US only.
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) 9 July 2019
For our friends across the pond, though, the show will move over to WarnerMedia’s streaming service, HBO Max, as of next year.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, WarnerMedia chairman Robert Greenblatt said: “HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform.
“HBO’s world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is Friends.
While that may be exciting for HBO, most people were pretty peeved, especially given the fact that another favourite show, The Office US, is leaving the platform:
Hopefully you’re just on a break! pic.twitter.com/Hj78PDns3c
— Derek Peth (@PethDerek) 9 July 2019
— Mulan ❤ (@nerds4lifee) 9 July 2019
Regarding The Office being taken off the service, Netflix said:
“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.”
Still, it’s sad news about Friends, although I’m pretty sure Dave or Comedy Central or one of those Sky channels will pick it up. It’s too good.
In fact, has any other show stood the test of time as well as Friends?
I’m drawing a blank.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.