To most young TV-watchers, Netflix is a welcoming beacon of catchy theme songs, procrastination, and quality entertainment. For a $9.99 a month- likely paid by parents – viewers can access a vast selection of movies and television shows. Netflix lovers, though, have become indignant upon discovering the long list of shows that will be taken off the streaming service at the end of this year. Among the ill-fated are popular shows including 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill, Raising Hope, and two seasons of American Horror Story. Beloved cartoons such as Family Guy (six seasons will be deleted), Futurama, and Bob’s Burgers will also be eliminated. Other
hits such as Glee and How I Met Your Mother are expected to be removed not long afterwards.
Frustratingly, the explanation for these terminations is almost always the same: a company has not renewed its over-all contract with Netflix or license for a speci c lm or show, or a show has made a deal with another streaming service. Translation: Hulu is stealing our shows. Disney is one of the major companies that has not renewed its contract with Netflix, so many Disney films and shows will be removed as well. If there is a silver lining to this tragic situation, it’s that you now have an excuse to binge-watch your favorite shows before they’re gone.