New Girl, a sitcom by Elizabeth Meriwether, will no longer be available on Netflix once the streaming platform’s existing rights agreement ends.
The show revolves around a young teacher named Jessica Day as she navigates the ups and downs of living with her roommates Nick Miller, Winston Schmidt, and Winston Bishop.
New Girl ran for seven seasons, spanning from 2011 to 2018, and was highly acclaimed by critics and audiences.
Variety has reported that after a decade of being one of the most streamed series on Netflix, New Girl is set to bid adieu to the platform on April 17.
This series is the latest to join the list of other popular sitcoms that have departed from Netflix, such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, and more recently, Arrested Development.
However, New Girl fans need not worry as the entire series will be available on two other streaming services, Hulu and Peacock, under a shared agreement between Disney and NBC Universal.
Although Netflix was once a dominant force in the streaming industry, it has encountered difficulties recently.
Despite being one of the first to adopt the then-new streaming format, in recent years it has faced competition from latest streaming services like Disney+, Prime Video, and Paramount+.
With the emergence of these competitors, studios and conglomerates have opted not to renew prior agreements with Netflix. This has resulted in the expiration of streaming deals of popular shows like New Girl.
Although Netflix has tried to make up for the loss by creating their original content, the platform has been embroiled in various controversies that have negatively affected its image in the eyes of its users.
Apart from the backlash over its revised password-sharing policies, Netflix has also been criticized for canceling shows prematurely without giving them a chance to find an audience. Consequently, many subscribers hesitate to invest time and emotions on a new show, resulting in lower viewership numbers.
Although the series gained immense popularity during its initial run, many viewers discovered it on Netflix, which helped the show expand its fan following.
Even though the show is departing Netflix, fans can still relish the much-loved sitcom as it has found new streaming homes on Hulu and Peacock, where it will be available for the foreseeable future.
About New Girl
New Girl is an American television sitcom created by Elizabeth Meriwether and produced by 20th Television for Fox that originally aired from September 20, 2011, to May 15, 2018.
The series revolves around a kooky teacher, Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel), after she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men, Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), Winston Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris); their former roommate Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Jess’ best friend Cece Parekh (Hannah Simone) are also part of the series.
The show combines comedy and drama elements as the characters, who are in their early thirties, deal with relationship issues and career choices.