Thanks to all our heartbroken tweeting, Friends will stay on Netflix through 2019
Sometimes, the power of the internet is harnessed for absolute good. Today is one of those days. Less than 24 hours after news broke that Friends would be leaving Netflix on Jan. 1, the streaming service has announced that it reversed that decision due to a bunch of heartbroken backlash online. Your tweets have literally saved Friends.
The announcement came in the form of a tweet telling us that the Holiday Armadillo was the one who was responsible for this Christmas miracle.
The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018
But we know the truth. The Holiday Armadillo, as powerful as he may be, doesn’t deserve the credit for this. We do. We used our voices to enact positive change in the world. Netflix is apparently a democracy, and the voice of reason won out.
As you may recall, the news that Friends was leaving Netflix didn’t go over very well. People flocked to Twitter to share their dismay at losing easy access to one of the most bingeable shows of all time.
Friends is leaving Netflix in January… pic.twitter.com/Kgfthv93lr
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) December 3, 2018
me finding out that Friends is getting taken off on netflix pic.twitter.com/obCbwDdOlz
— nicole (@anistonily) December 2, 2018
Finding out Netflix is removing Friends… pic.twitter.com/Yf7yTaJcPa
— Kirsten Easton (@EastonKirsten) December 2, 2018
People were angry with Netflix, and rightfully so. Some started a petition. Some threatened to cancel their accounts. We’re used to corporations being faceless entities that propagate evil, so we didn’t expect our voices to be heard.
But they were. Turns out Netflix and Friends were just on a break. A very brief break.
Netflix heard our sobs and our cries and our prayers. And now, we can spend 2019 just like we spent 2018: Watching Friends whenever we damn well please. Whatever episode we want. Whenever we want. All is good and right in the world.
Omg YES. Netflix is keeping friends bc we all got mad LMAOOOOOO looks like complaining worked for once https://t.co/bOvwEMatjB
— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) December 4, 2018
— Yahoo Entertainment (@YahooEnt) December 3, 2018
If you didn’t know already, they’re keeping Friends on Netflix!!! pic.twitter.com/fQEfJQwWDj
— Bai ☺️ (@LBailee) December 4, 2018
FRIENDS IS STAYING ON NETFLIX. I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER pic.twitter.com/J1UhfLmowr
— emily 🌻 (@emleakk) December 4, 2018
me finding out that Friends is staying on Netflix after all🤩 pic.twitter.com/Esfjajr0XH
— Carolina Villarreal (@_carovillarreal) December 4, 2018
There are still some questions about Friends‘ fate on Netflix. The show belongs to Warner Media, which is launching its own streaming service in 2019, and presumably would like to have exclusive streaming rights to one of its most popular shows at that point. But Netflix has promised us the show through the end of 2019, so that’s a 2020 problem. Now, back to the couch. We’ve got more Friends to watch.