The “Friends” theme song promised they’d be there for us, and Netflix is keeping that promise by extending its deal to keep the beloved sitcom on the streaming service until 2020.
This is good news for fans who’ve been enjoying the show on Netflix, and experienced a massive freakout when they saw an onscreen message proclaiming the show would only be available to stream until Jan. 1, 2019.
As of Monday afternoon, however, the expiration date was removed from the show page, with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explaining to The Hollywood Reporter that the show’s “departure is a rumour.”
Netflix eventually made it official via Twitter (with Netflix Canada also offering the same assurance):
However, there’s evidence there may be truth behind the “rumour” as Warner Bros. Television (which owns “Friends”) prepares to launch its own streaming service to compete with Netflix; the enduring popularity of “Friends” on Netflix would seemingly make it a big draw for the new streaming service, and it would be a logical assumption that “Friends” may eventually find its way to that service instead.
While “Friends” is safely ensconced at Netflix — for now — that didn’t prevent fans from experiencing full-on panic on social media: