The Office Leaves Netflix for Peacock

The Office Leaves Netflix for Peacock

The Office

As of January 1st, 2021, The Office, ranked as the most watched show on Netflix with an average of 52 billion minutes streamed, was removed and brought to another streaming service, Peacock. 

Peacock is an app owned under NBCUniversal, the original creator of The Office. The show aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013, eventually moving to Netflix. After the first season, a mere six episodes filmed, The Office was nearly cancelled as there weren’t enough views to keep the show running. With the help of NBC President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly and executive producer Ben Silverman, the show got a second season but with the budget split in half. The main reason the show became truly popular was iTunes. After this, the show’s popularity increased, giving the show the opportunity to continue for 9 seasons.

Although the ratings and views were rising, at the end of season 7, the actor Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott, Dunder Mifflin’s Manager of the Scranton, PA Branch, had left due to his contract with the show ending. Because of this, the number of audiences had plummeted. The show was able to go on for about 2 more seasons before coming to an end. Throughout the entire show, The Office had been nominated for 42 Emmy nominations, winning 5. They had won two Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series, one Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series, one Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series, and one Outstanding Comedy Series

Peacock is a mostly U.S streaming service, so some international fans will no longer have access to the show. Even though The Office is leaving Netflix for Peacock, some of Netflix’s international deals will still stand. On Peacock, the first two seasons will be free, but seasons three through nine will require a paid subscription of $4.99 with ads or $9.99 without ads.With even more of none-Netflix shows leaving the service, Netflix will have to increase their subscription fee and rely heavily on their originals to satisfy their audience.

This is not the first time NBCUniversal has pulled shows off third-party streaming platforms. A reporter from Newsweek stated that other shows including Downton Abbey, Suits, Married with Children, The Mindy Project, Roseanne, Keeping up with the Kardashians and Friends have left Netflix for Peacock. In June of 2019, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that NBCUniversal paid 500 million dollars to take The Office off Netflix. Peacock now has the right to stream The Office for the next five years.