The Office (don’t-forget-the-brackets US) is a real rarity, a unicorn of the entertainment world so to speak. It’s the one British show that actually translated well over the pond, perhaps even surpassing its predecessor.
I’ve gone back and forth umpteen times about who’s the better – or rather, funniest – boss out of Michael Scott and David Brent, and every time it gets put to me I change my answer.
They’re both comedic geniuses in their own right and we’ll leave it at that.
The show has given us many a hilarious moment – from the gang doing parkour to Michael falling in the koi pond, and, of course the dinner party episode – and fortunately for Americans they get to binge on the entire series whenever, wherever they like, thanks to the decidedly US bias of Netflix.
Although not for much longer, sadly, as it will be leaving the streaming service in 2021. The sitcom starring Steve Carrell and Rainn Wilson is going to be shown on American channel NBCUniversal’s own streaming platform instead, because everything is going to specific platforms nowadays and they actually think we’re going to fork out for 10-15 subscriptions.
A statement from Netflix US 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.”
After the news was announced, people were understandably pretty peeved:
— (^з^)-☆ (@summerdru) 26 June 2019
— Pamela Grace deVega (@pam_grace18) 25 June 2019
I have seen the Office (literally) more than 15 times and I can promise every person walking this earth that I won’t be subscribing to NBC’s platform lol.
— Chace McLees (@ChaceMcLees) 25 June 2019
— AFunkyDiabetic (@FunkyDiabetic1) 26 June 2019
According to NBCUniversal, The Office is the number one series on subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix.
It had more than 52 billion (yes, that’s really a ‘b’) minutes watched in 2018, some 3 percent of all Netflix minutes watched in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“‘The Office’ has become a staple of pop-culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before,” said Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises in a release. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.”
The show will air exclusively on its streaming service – which will launch next year – for five years beginning in 2021.
Really, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the streaming giants going to war over staple shows. You’ve got Disney releasing their platform in November, with the entire backlog of Disney films and upcoming TV series such as Loki on there for $6.99 a month, while WarnerMedia is expected to pull Friends from Netflix once its streaming service launches in 2020, which is expected to cost between $16 and $17 a month.
Then there’s Netflix, Amazon Prime and even Hulu. I HAVEN’T GOT THE EFFING MONEY!
Not to worry, I live in the UK and I manage to find perfect quality episodes on the internet pretty easily. Should I be admitting that publicly?
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.