It's the end of an era! Shortly after the ball dropped to usher in 2020, Friends fans found themselves adrift on a carpet canoe as the series was officially removed from Netflix, leaving it unavailable on subscription streaming services until HBO Max launches in May.
There are still other ways to watch Friends until then; the hit NBC sitcom is syndicated at TBS and Nick at Nite, and all 10 seasons are available (for rental or purchase) on Amazon and other digital retailers. However, it's still a bit surreal that Friends fans will no longer be able to begrudgingly click "yes" to tell Netflix that they are still watching Friends after so many hours, thank you very much.
For some Friends fans, the removal of the show from Netflix's library has been so disorienting already, but others have taken the opportunity to gloat on social media about the fact that they didn't actually need Netflix because they already invested in the DVD collection a decade and a half ago.
You know what's great about watching Friends from my dvd box set? A dvd doesn't ask if you're still watching. Suck on that Netflix. pic.twitter.com/MYCFNIdEEP— Rhiannon Curto (@rhiannoncurto) January 2, 2020
All of the people in my Friends group are freaking out about the show leaving Netflix tonight. I'm over here with my DVD editions like... pic.twitter.com/PEixtcJM1f— JessicaDabit (@thejessicadabit) January 1, 2020
When everyone is pissed they took FRIENDS off Netflix but you have every season on DVD because you watched it religiously before it was on Netflix 🙌🏼— Samantha McGuire (@siliff9) January 2, 2020
Everyone's sad about friends being taken off Netflix but I've had the whole show on DVD since I was 8 😎😂— Zach 🤗⭐️☀️ (@zacharooooo) January 2, 2020
It's been a long time since Friends fans (at least those with a Netflix login) have had to dust off that DVD collection. The series was available on the streaming site for five years before being scooped up by HBO Max. But some fans are welcoming the opportunity to return to the old bingeing format because the DVDs have got something the Netflix version didn't: those exclusive extended scenes that haven't been available anywhere else.
Everyone is all upset about Friends leaving Netflix except me, because as a true life-long fan, I've owned the entire series on DVD since 2005.— Kristin (@jabbrjawz) January 2, 2020
Fun fact-the DVDs (not Blu-ray) have all the uncut episodes anyhow, so they're better than what Netflix was streaming.
Five months may seem like a long time for Friends fans without DVDs to wait, but the show will return to the streaming scene this year when HBO Max debuts in May. Until then, for those who do happen to have a physical copy, enjoy the extra jokes!
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