Could ‘Gilmore Girls’ Soon Be Leaving Netflix?

Gilmore Girls has served as an important part of Netflix’s catalog. While the series never received the hype that Friends or The Office received, it still has a large and rather loyal following. Over the years, it has kept a portion of Netflix’s viewership coming back for more. Still, all good things seem to come to an end, and the very complex ownership of Gilmore Girls has some fans concerned it will vanish from the Netflix catalog at some point. While that seems entirely possible, it doesn’t look like the show will head to a different streaming platform anytime soon.

When was ‘Gilmore Girls’ added to the Netflix catalog?

Gilmore Girls has spent its entire streaming career on Netflix. The series joined the Netflix family in 2014 and has remained there without interruption since. Its 0ctober 2014 premiere was met with fanfare. According to Fan SidedGilmore Girls has served as one of the streaming platform’s “heavy-hitters” ever since. 

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premiered just two years later in November 2016. The four-part special was met with a fair bit of criticism. Still, the show’s biggest fans have been clamoring for more revival episodes since the screen went black on a massive cliffhanger. While there has been some chatter about a potential second season, nothing has been confirmed. Now, it looks more likely than ever that the show could end up being housed on an entirely different platform before a second revival season ever happens.

Is ‘Gilmore Girls’ leaving Netflix?

In recent months, there has been some chatter that Gilmore Girls might be leaving Netflix in favor of a different streaming service. Netflix subscribers who also happen to be into Gilmore Girls are actually in luck, though. There has been no announcement regarding the show’s fate on Netflix, which means it’ll be staying through October and into November.

Michael Winters as Taylor Doose hosting a town meeting in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Saeed Adyani/Netflix

While there is no official word on how long it will stick around, fans likely will get a bit of warning before it disappears, if it does. The streaming giant has offered fans of its more popular titles a heads up before their favorite series left for good. The Office viewers had several months to deal with the famed show moving to a new streaming platform. The same was true when Friends made the jump to HBO Max.

Where could the famed series end up?

Gilmore Girls has a complicated ownership situation, meaning it could end up on any number of platforms if it were to leave Netflix. The show aired on both the WB and the CW. The revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, further complicates the ownership situation. The revival was produced as a Netflix original. It utilized the writing services of Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show’s creator and showrunner for the first six seasons. Sherman-Palladino walked from the series ahead of its finale season when contract negotiations broke down.

So, if it were to leave Netflix, where exactly would Gilmore Girls go? It’s largely assumed the series would be housed on HBO Max. Most titles owned by Warner Bros are on the platform. That’s not to say the revival would go with it, though. A separate deal would likely need to be inked to move the project to a different streaming service. 

While some fans are concerned about the show potentially leaving Netflix, it might not be the worst thing in the world. The cast of Gilmore Girls and its creator have discussed an interest in returning for more revival episodes. A new streaming platform might be more interested in making that happen than Netflix has been.

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