Showtime’s Californication is set to leave Netflix on September 1st, 2019 in the United States. It comes after several regions have already lost the streaming rights to the show. Here’s what you need to know.
The comedy-drama that was created by Tom Kapinos and starring David Duchovny is about a novelist who moves to California to help get rid of his writer’s block.
The series got mixed reviews with critics although audiences seemed to enjoy it far more with it sitting at a 77% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The series ran between 2007 and concluded in 2014 running for a total of 84 episodes across seven seasons. All seven seasons are due to leave Netflix at once.
The removal date is currently showing as September 1st, 2019 and only currently applies to Netflix in the United States.
This isn’t much of a surprise as Netflix tends to remove older titles from their library in favor of spending the money on its own original library.
Showtime doesn’t tend to release many of its newer titles on Netflix anymore and most would argue that’s not a big loss for Netflix. As of late, the network’s output hasn’t seen any must-see title releases. Recent years, the network has produced the likes of Billions, The Loudest Voice and the biggest title in its pipeline is the Halo series.
With that said, the Showtime library on Netflix will still contain Shameless (although WB distributes it), Weeds, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, and Penny Dreadful.
The show has already seen its departure on several other streaming regions. Netflix UK lost the show back in July 2018.
Where will Californication stream next?
Hulu currently carries Californication but you can probably expect them to give up the rights at some point in the future too. Your best longterm bet will be Showtime’s own application or via the Showtime add-on via Amazon.
Sadly, it’s another loss for Netflix after a year which is certainly seeming to be influential on Netflix. With the loss of two big comedies The Office and Friends on the horizon plus the slow removal of Warner shows and Disney movies, Netflix either needs to increase their original output significantly or look at forking out some money to other companies to bolster their content lineup.