New Girl was removed from Netflix internationally on January 1st, 2022, remaining only on Netflix US but they won’t hold the series forever. We’ve learned that the current licensing deal means that the show will leave Netflix US in April 2023.
This comedy series, which was created by Zooey Dechanel, aired from 2011 to 2018 on Fox. It lasted seven seasons and aired 146 episodes. It was one of Fox's most popular shows to stream on Netflix every year back then and is available to watch online in the US via Netflix since 2014.
With 21st Century Fox’s parent company Disney now turning all the taps off when it comes to licensing to rival streamers (and in many cases forgoing a lot of revenue), New Girl’s time on Netflix will soon be coming to an end.
We mentioned that Netflix US acquired the series annually after it aired on TV. This practice isn’t seen as much nowadays as Netflix focuses on its own Original productions.
Netflix added the sixth season to its streaming service in April 2018 despite the fact that the Fox library was no longer available on Netflix. In April 2019, Netflix US added the final season.
The reason New Girl didn’t leave Netflix is that it was licensed to Netflix not by 21st Century Fox, but by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
We should look at other ABC programs that are licensed to Netflix to see when they leave. Galavant and Once Upon A Time, which were recently cancelled.
In those cases, we’ve seen the titles leave two years after the final season was added.
Instead, we’ve been told New Girl is currently eying a removal from Netflix US on April 10th, 2023.
It remains to be determined where New Girl will end up after leaving Netflix. The logical place is Hulu but we’ve seen several Disney-distributed shows get relicensed to other providers after so it’s too early to tell.
Originally we thought the show wouldn’t be removed from Netflix internationally given it was only relicensed by Netflix in early 2020. The show was only licensed for a limited time.
Unogs confirms that the series was expanded to include regions like Canada, France and Hong Kong as well as many European countries between May 2020 and September 2020.
We now know that Netflix removed New Girl from all regions outside of the United States in January 2022.
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