If you find yourself browsing Netflix and discover one of your favorite supernatural, desert-island-based, Emmy-winning drama series is no longer streamable there, it’s no mistake – and it’s not coming back any time soon.
Though Netflix occasionally rotates some of its movies and TV series onto and off of the platform, the recent expiration of Netflix’s deal with ABC/Disney means all six seasons of “Lost,” as well as other ABC programming, are heading to one of the streaming giant’s biggest competitors: Hulu.
“Lost,” as well as “The Golden Girls,” the original TGIF lineup (including “Family Matters” and “Full House”) and several others all left Netflix’s streaming menus Thursday and landed on Hulu the same day, Deadline reported.
Disney acquired a 30 percent stake in Hulu during its $52.4-billion acquisition of Fox’s assets in December – a move that was expected to make a splash in the world of streaming, and so it has.
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One interesting result of the switch-up: Popular ’90s family sitcom “Full House” has left Netflix. But “Fuller House,” a spin-off series that just wrapped up its third season, is still available on Netflix. In fact, it’s only watchable there – it’s a Netflix original.
Netflix’s deal with ABC/Disney dated back to 2009, according to Variety. At the time, it encompassed more than a dozen TV series and a number of Disney Channel and ABC Family moves, such as “High School Musical,” according to CinemaBlend.
“Lost,” following a group of survivors of a plane crash who end up on a mysterious island, ran on ABC from 2004 to 2010 and won an Emmy for best drama in 2005.