Friends isn’t leaving Netflix on Jan 1… but it’s leaving soon enough

Friends isn’t leaving Netflix on Jan 1… but it’s leaving soon enough

Friends fans freaked out on Sunday night when the show’s Netflix page indicated that the beloved NBC sitcom would be leaving its sole streaming home on Jan. 1, 2019. As of Monday afternoon, however, the expiration date had been removed, and Netflix said the show’s “departure is a rumor.”

Expiration dates appearing and disappearing may be a function of the streaming service’s contracts expiring and possible re-negotiations taking place. But the brief possibility sent fans panicking, with many taking to social media to vent about losing access to one of their favorite shows.

Monday’s back-and-forth comes as Warner Bros. prepares to launch its own streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019. Friends will almost surely leave Netflix for that service eventually. In fact, it’s safe for 2019, but don’t expect it in 2020.

But hey, here’s 9 Friends episodes to get you in the holiday spirit!

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