Why are ‘Lucifer’ Seasons 1-3 not on Netflix?

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Lucifer has returned for his fourth season exclusively on Netflix but if you’re looking to rewatch the first three seasons, you may not be able to do so. Here’s why season 1 to 3 of Lucifer isn’t on Netflix in some Netflix regions.

Just to catch you up in case you’ve been living under a rock, Lucifer was a FOX show before it was canceled last year by FOX. After a massive fan campaign, it was then revived by Netflix last summer. We’ve slowly been getting new details about season 4 of Lucifer over the past few months and as of the time of updating, the series now has its trailer and is scheduled to release on May 8th.

Despite Netflix picking up the show and subsequently getting all three previous seasons in the United States and Canada, that’s yet to replicate in the United Kingdom and in other regions.

As of the time of publishing, Amazon still owns the rights to seasons 1-3 in the United Kingdom. This is not expected to change leading up to the release of Lucifer on Netflix.

Now that season 4 is released, the only way you can watch the first three seasons is through Amazon who is still actively promoting the show as a Prime Exclusive.

Lucifer is only a Netflix Original from season 4

One important note about the series too is that Netflix doesn’t include it as a “global original”. Instead, it lists the series on its media site as a “first-run” original.

This usually implies that there are existing contracts elsewhere and that’s certainly the case with season 1-3. A good example is Better Call Saul where that’s considered “first run non-US”.

Lucifer listed as a first-run original

Tom Ellis who stars in Lucifer in the lead role was consistently asked a regarding its release on Netflix in the UK and answered with:

That strongly suggests that it’s on the way to Netflix UK but given how close we are to the release of season 4, it’s likely going to be the case you’ll need to catch up using Amazon first.

Overall, we’re still waiting for something official from Netflix but all of the United Kingdom Netflix accounts on all social media have yet to mention the series at all. In the same spirit, Amazon Prime hasn’t mentioned the show since early 2018.

Will you be watching the earlier seasons on Amazon before Lucifer season 4 comes to Netflix UK? Let us know in the comments.

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