Monday, June 17, 2024

Netflix Buys Worldwide Rights to “Seinfeld” Beginning in 2021 After Losing “The Office,” “Friends”


“Seinfeld” is moving to Netflix in 2021.

All 180 episodes of the classic comedy will switch over to Netflix for streaming when their run on Hulu is over. Netflix had lost the rights to “The Office” and “Friends,” so this is a big win for the platform service.

No one’s saying how much Netflix paid Castle Rock for the rights, or how much Steve Bannon could reap from this deal. (Bannon had a small piece of the “Seinfeld” pie.) More importantly the sale should be a boon for Larry David and the four principal actors: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards. A wheel barrel of money will be backing up to their front doors.

Netflix is looking to shore up its content with NBC and Disney and everyone else starting their own streaming services. For that reason I don’t understand why “The Mary Tyler Moore” show and all its MTM spin offs are on YouTube for free. Very weird.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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