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When Is Friends Leaving Netflix?

Say It Isn't So: Friends Is Officially Leaving Netflix This Year

FRIENDS, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, (Season 1), 1994-2004,  Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

We all knew this day was coming, but that doesn't make it any easier. Like a giant pigeon crapping on our hearts, it was announced in July that Friends will officially be leaving Netflix to exclusively stream on WarnerMedia's new streaming service, HBO Max. Now, we officially know the exact date the show will be leaving: Dec. 31, 2019. Yep, that means you have less than a month to rewatch all of your favorite episodes.

Back in December 2018, it was rumored that the '90s series would stop streaming on Jan. 1, 2019, but Netflix quickly stepped in to soothe worried subscribers. Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter that the show's "departure is a rumor," but the streaming giant confirmed later that the ensemble comedy "will remain on Netflix throughout 2019."

So, just how long will you be without Friends? THR revealed that HBO Max will officially launch in Spring 2020 with 10,000 hours of premium content, which means that all 236 episodes of the series will be among those.

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HBO Max will also include episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars, as well as serve as the exclusive streaming home for Warner Bros.-produced dramas for The CW beginning with the Fall 2019 season. That includes upcoming series like Batwoman and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene.

So, if you're in mid-rewatch of all the awkward, ridiculously messy, yet somehow hilarious situations that Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and Joey get into, we suggest you savor these moments before the show disappears from Netflix for good.

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