Netflix unexpectedly just removed the first season of the critically acclaimed historical drama series Medici, by Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer, depart the service.
As you may know, seasons 1-3 were labeled separately. Season 1 was labeled Masters of Florence, whereas seasons 2 and 3 were labeled The Magnificent (parts 1 and 2, respectively). The second and third seasons were notably set 20 years following the events of season 1 and had a major change of cast, although there were some returning faces in recurring or guest capacities.
Medici: Masters of Florence was set in 15th-century Renaissance Florence, where the visionary Medici (played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden) flexed his and his dynasty’s power in politics and the arts, risking its rivals’ lethal opposition.
Among the other talents featured in season 1 of Medici included Stuart Martin, Annabel Sh0ley, Guido Caprino, Alessandro Sperduti, and Ken Bones.
Out of nowhere, without any prior warning, season 1 of Medici is no longer available on Netflix, having been removed around the globe.
It’s unclear whether the series will now be licensed to another streamer.
When will Medici: The Magnificent (seasons 2–3) leave Netflix?
With the departure of season 1, we’ll also soon see the departure of seasons 2 and 3 too.
Our current intel suggests Netflix is set to lose the rights to seasons 2 and 3 together with it currently due to expire in both the United States and the United Kingdom (other regions will likely be included too) on May 1st, 2024.
That means you’ll have over a year to watch the show’s final two seasons at the time of publishing this article.
As you may know, Medici joins a growing trend of Netflix Originals leaving the service with dozens, if not hundreds, more due to follow over the next 5 to 10 years.
This is because although Netflix labels titles as Netflix Originals, they only have rented out the exclusive rights for a fixed period of time just as they would a licensed series.
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