‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Leaving Netflix in April 2022

The Lifetime docu-series looking into the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly departs Netflix soon.

by @kasey__moore
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Surviving R. Kelly – Picture: Lifetime

First released in January 2019 on Lifetime, the series was later added to Netflix exposing it to a huge new audience. The influential docuseries then saw a follow-up season and a documentary special added to Netflix. All of those are now due to leave Netflix in the United States in April 2022.

Netflix has slowly been losing the show around the world having picked up the global licensing rights back in September 2019. We then saw the two follow-ups Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning & Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact added in April 2020 but only in the United States. Netflix US also notably renewed the main series for a further two years.

The docuseries first came out right around the time Kelly was formally charged with criminal sexual abuse after years of claims.

The series interviews the women accusing the rapper and singer R. Kelly of sexual and mental abuse. The follow-up series saw more woman come forward and looked at the case following the verdict. Finally, a one-off special hosted by Soledad O’Brien took a look at the impact of the docuseries and the trial itself.

Now the US is set to lose all three titles in the Surviving R. Kelly franchise on April 13th, 2022. The titles are showing notices that state the last day to watch on Netflix is April 12th.


When will Surviving R. Kelly leave Netflix in other regions?

Netflix US isn’t the only one showing Surviving R. Kelly nor is it the only region to see the show expiring soon.

Most regions, including the likes of the UK and Australia, lost the first season of the show back in September 2021 (two years after it was added).

Netflix Brazil is notably showing a removal date for March 18th, 2022 which is exactly two years after Netflix licensed the title there. If that pattern follows, we’d expect Netflix Canada to see the series leave in late April 2022 (we’ll confirm that via our leaving soon Canada post).

Other regions still carrying the series includes France, Germany, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Will you be checking out Surviving R. Kelly before it leaves in April 2022? Let us know in the comments.

Kasey Moore

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Covering Netflix since 2013, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for close to a decade. Resides in the United Kingdom.