If “Friends” Goes, so do our Netflix Subscriptions

Story by Nicole Haberek, Staff Writer

On Sunday, December 2nd, there began talk that the beloved 90s sitcom Friends would be taken off the popular streaming site, Netflix, on January 1st, 2019.

Fans began to flood Netflix and saw that in the description of the show it said, “Available until 1/1/19.” This was the start of an uproar that had people of all ages upset.

If you have never seen the show, it is about six friends who live together in New York City. People adore this show because of its comedy and also the reality of everyday life. Twenty-five million people tuned in on Thursday nights to from 1994 to 2004 to watch the show over ten seasons.

There have been reruns of the show on networks like TBS and Nickelodeon for many years, but it was sporadic and did not allow people to watch the series from start to finish.

Once it came onto Netflix in 2015, it allowed for not only people who watched the show when it was on air but also a new wave of younger viewers to watch in its entirety.

When the news came out that it was to be leaving, a social media frenzy began. Popular social media sites like Buzzfeed and Twitter had people of all ages sharing their opinions on the ordeal. Many people said they would “cancel their subscriptions” if the show is removed. Some of the most popular news networks like The New York Times, USA Today and NBC News picked up the story to write about as national news.

As Netflix was being completely attacked because of this, they saw how upset everyone was and on Monday they announce via Twitter stating, “The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: ‘Friends’ will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019.” This was a play on the Friends episode called, “The One with the Holiday Armadillo.”

But as easy as it is for us to be happy about our favorite sitcom not leaving, it did some damage to Netflix’s bank account. According to The New York Times, Netflix will be paying Friends’ owner, WarnerBros Media $100 million to keep the show running and they’ve decided it is worth it to keep their upset customers happy with the streaming service.

As for 2019, we will all be able to enjoy the series and many others on our Netflix accounts and to anyone out there who hasn’t seen the show, I highly recommend you start it.