For Netflixers in the United Kingdom, you will no longer be able to stream The Fresh Prince of Bel Air come December 31st, 2018. All six seasons are due to leave on December 31st.
In case you’ve never seen the old comedy show, it’s what put Will Smith on the map and gave him his first platform before becoming an international superstar. The series follows an affluent family in California who has their life twisted turned upside when Will moves from Philadelphia.
The series was a big hit and has been ever since as one of the most influential sitcoms of all time. It first aired back in 1995 and ran for six seasons.
When is the series leaving?
Update: The series has now left Netflix on December 31st as reported.
The series is currently scheduled to be removed from Netflix UK on December 31st, 2018. That means the series will have been streaming on Netflix for a total of two years exactly as it was first added on December 31st, 2016. All six seasons are scheduled to leave.
Why is it leaving?
Netflix adds and removes content all the time. You may have noticed that Netflix has put a large priority on its own Original content as of late and that’s by design. Netflix has committed to becoming less reliant on third-party licensing agreements. We’ve seen many big titles from third-parties removed over the years.
In the case of ‘The Fresh Prince,’ we think that the viewing figures likely dropped and therefore the renewal fee wasn’t justifiable. Of course, Warner Brothers could’ve pulled out of the arrangement too with them starting their own streaming service coming next year, although the UK isn’t expected to be a recipient of it.
Where will ‘The Fresh Princes of Bel Air’ stream next?
No new home has been announced for the show as of yet. Netflix famously lost The Office a few years back and it took years for it to find a new home on Amazon Prime just recently.
NowTV or Amazon seems like the most logical sense
Will you be watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air over Christmas before it leaves Netflix? Let us know in the comments.