To paraphrase Emerson, Lake & Palmer, welcome back, my friends, to the show about nothing that never ends. Arguably the greatest sitcom of all-time, and certainly of the ’90s, is moving to Netflix. I, for one, couldn’t be happier about it.
The streaming network has acquired the rights to Seinfeld and all 180 episodes will be available starting in 2021. The new five-year deal couldn’t come at a better time for Netflix as it is losing two other comedy behemoths to other providers. Friends will be going to the new HBO Max at the end of this year. The Office will pivot to NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service in 2021.
Seinfeld is currently streaming on Hulu as part of a five-year deal that expires in 2021. Shifting to Netflix will put the sitcom side-by-side with Jerry Seinfeld’s current show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
While I continue to find new shows to watch and enjoy, I’m looking forward to many more years of comfort TV with my old pals from the Upper West Side. From “The Chinese Restaurant” and “The Puffy Shirt” to “The Soup Nazi” and “The Yada Yada,” I still love it all.