It’s been rumored many times before.
“The Office is leaving Netflix, The Office is seriously LEAVING Netflix!”
To people who consider Scranton a second home like myself, those words cut like a knife. But then, just as quick as they get spewed out, there’s always someone claiming its fake or that the source is unreliable. Even still, a few weeks later we get the same report.
Each time with a different date or explanation. But what do we all do? Scoff at it. There’s no way Netflix would actually take their bread winner, their bell cow, their belle of da ball off their services right?
But this time it’s real friends. I repeat, this is real. This is not a joke. It’s time to panic.
And just like that, with one tweet of acknowledgement, everyone’s worst nightmare came true. For some ungodly reason, The Office would no longer be on Netflix starting in 2021. But please, don’t aim your anger towardsthis streaming service. Instead, focus your negativity on NBC.
NBCUniversal plans to launch their own streaming service next year for some odd reason. And with that, they plan on ruining everyones lives by taking The Office along with them. Yes, I understand that we can all just subscribe to their pointless service in order to still enjoy the show, but I feel like this is all just so unnecessary.
Why does it feel like everyone needs to have their own streaming service now? I mean, just to name a few, we have DC, WarnerBros, Disney, and now NBC? The only one I can understand is Disney because, let’s face it, Mickey owns everything. So why not just take their thousands of properties and make their own service. No one’s gonna complain that they have to switch to Disney+ in order to watch a Marvel/Star Wars movie or to catch one of their many network exclusive shows that they’re rolling.
And that’s another point when it comes to NBC’s plan. They’re not gonna have there own special series on there because last time I checked, NBC has a cable network to air their shows. So why are they making their own streaming service!? Are they really losing THAT much money when people watch their older shows on Netflix?
The Office was the most streamed show on Netflix in 2018 with a total of 52 billion minutes of the show streamed over the year. I’m not a big numbers guy, I’ll never claim to be, but that seems pretty significant. And NBC taking that away from us makes them public enemy number one for fans of Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight and everyone else at Dunder Mifflin.
And how did they explain this all?
“The Office” has become a staple of pop culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before,” said Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal’s direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, in a statement to USA TODAY. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.”
Firstly, Bonnie Hammer is the fakest name I’ve ever heard. That’s the name you give someone in an action movie who comes in at the end and saves everyones lives while kicking all the bad guys’ asses. Bonnie Hammer, whatta name.
Secondly Ms. Hammer, don’t try to make it seem like you’re doing us all a favor by ‘welcoming us’ to your stupid streaming service. We don’t even want to have to be welcomed to your service. Take everything else, but don’t take The Office from us. That’s just cruel. The Office is one of those rare things that unites literally everyone. Every race, age, gender, everything. NBC is trying to cause chaos.
So I guess all we can do is put on a brave face and binge the shit out of a show that we’ve all seen hundreds of times only this time, it’ll be different. Our time together will be coming to an end sooner than we all want it to. Enjoy the jokes. Enjoy Jim’s pranks on Dwight. Enjoy Kevin spilling his chili. Even try to enjoy the Scott’s Tot’s episode because the end is coming my friends.