Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards is coming to Netflix in 2021. The show will stay on Netflix through at least 2026.
The show about nothing is coming to Netflix! According to a report from Deadline, Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to Seinfeld. The series will be available to stream on Netflix everywhere the streaming service is available starting in 2021.
Fans of The Office and Friends will now have another classic comedy to binge-watch on the streaming service after The Office and Friends leave Netflix and move to NBC’s streaming service and HBO Max, respectively.
According to the report, Netflix will be the only streaming service in the world with the full Seinfeld library, which spans 10 seasons and 180 episodes. Jerry Seinfeld created the series with Larry David, and the show premiered on NBC in 1989.
Netflix announced the news on Twitter.
Obviously, this is a huge move by Netflix. They acquired the streaming rights to the series worldwide from Sony Pictures TV for five years. In doing so, they steal all those episodes from Hulu. Seinfeld is one of the most popular shows on Hulu, a rival streaming service.
On top of that, they fill a void in the classic comedy genre that’s so popular on the streaming service right now. The Office and Friends were popular shows while they were on the air, but Netflix has basically brought those shows back by giving younger viewers and those who missed the shows a chance to watch. It’s not like Seinfeld needs to be more popular, but I bet that it will become more popular over the years while it’s on Netflix.
Netflix is going to be losing a lot of shows over the years as more streaming services pop up and Warner Bros., NBC, and the rest start to bring their shows to their new streaming services. Scoring the rights to an incredibly popular show is only going to help Netflix moving forward.
Seinfeld is one of my favorite shows, and the reason I’ve had a hard time binge-watching it on Hulu is because of the commercials. I’m too cheap to buy the ad-free plan. I’ll definitely be rewatching the full series on Netflix.
According to the report, Netflix likely paid a huge price to bring Seinfeld over the streaming service to the tune of more than $100 million per year. We don’t know the exact financials yet, but that’s the going rate for a show like this right now as all the major streaming services are fighting over the content.
Will you be watching Seinfeld when it hits the streaming service in a few years?