The new year will be starting off on a sad note, at least in the US, as the ‘90s hit sitcom “Friends” will be bidding farewell to Netflix on January 1, 2020. The series now has its official removal date listed on Netflix in the United States marking the day when all its seasons will be removed from the streaming platform.

The sad news of the departure is hardly new as the impending future of a Netflix without “Friends” was announced way back in 2018, when the removal date of the series was listed as January 1, 2019. But in order to give its subscribers some time to bid farewell to the show, Netflix paid a hefty price of $80 billion to keep “Friends” for one more year.

And now, the hour of reckoning is finally upon us, something Netflix’s US account acknowledged way back in July 2019. When they took to Twitter to share the news.

“The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye. We’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner’s streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in the US). Thanks for the memories, gang,” they wrote.

But if you are not living in the United States of America at the moment, then consider yourself lucky!

Why? Well, because, only Netflix in the US will be bidding farewell to “Friends”, as Netflix in Canada and the UK have shared that, for the time being, “Friends” will be available on the streaming platform. But yes, in some time, other regions will follow the US and will witness the removal of the beloved “Friends”. 

No need to be sad though, you would still be able to watch the coolest gang of the ‘90s 

After it descends from Netflix, “Friends” is scheduled to debut on the HBO Max service, which will be launched in May 2020. HBO Max includes a majority of content curated and distributed by Warner Bros. TV.

“Friends” is not the only show leaving the streaming giant

Another big show, which has been getting Netflix much traffic, is “The Office”. The series will be leaving Netflix in 2021 and will be moving to NBC’s streaming service, Peacock.