Netflix is about to lose one of its most-watched titles.
Unfortunately, there’s just over three weeks left for UK subscribers to see the US version of The officewhich will be retired on January 1, 2023.
The office has been one of Netflix’s most successful licensed titles for years.
The November 2020 US removal cost the streamer its most-watched TV show: In 2018, a Nielsen report revealed subscribers were spending more minutes watching The office than any other series.
To put this into perspective, the streaming service once paid a whopping $100 million to keep it friends for just a year – and that show hasn’t been streamed nearly as much in the US as the Steve Carell series.
Netflix has been expected to be removed since June 2019 when NBC, the network, aired The officeannounced it will air the show exclusively on Peacock, its own streaming service, for five years.
This came into effect on January 1, 2021 The office will not be back on Netflix in any territory until at least 2026.
What’s on Netflix reports that The office will also be removed from Netflix in the following countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. In those countries, however, it will be removed a day earlier, on December 31, 2022.
The office has built a strong following over the years.
It first began as an adaptation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s BBC series, but took on a life of its own thanks to its ensemble cast, which includes Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson.
In conversation with The IndependentKrasinski said he was ready to meet again.
“I would definitely do it,” he said. “I can honestly say I’ve never been in anything like this before. We all look forward to the day when we can do it again. Hopefully we can find a way.”
Here’s the full list of all the movies and TV series that have been removed from Netflix this month.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/netflix-uk-the-office-leaving-when-b2241525.html Netflix is on the verge of losing The Office US, one of its most-watched TV shows