January is going to be a rough one for beloved series on Netflix — after all, Law & Order: SVU, Lost, and Futurama are all going to be departing the service at various points in the month.
SVU is going to be the first show coming off the service on January 1 — while the majority of the seasons were not on Netflix in the first place, it’s still somewhat of a bummer that we’re losing however many seasons are still left on there.
Meanwhile, all seasons of Lost are coming off starting on January 4, which hurts tremendously given that this to us is one of the greatest network shows of the past twenty years. Sure, the final season did leave something to be desired but we nonetheless do find the majority of it visually arresting and anchored by fantastic performances. Its imagination remains largely unparalleled across the majority of the television landscape.
One of the other big departures happens later in the month: Futurama seasons 7-10 are coming off, which stinks especially given that those are the only seasons that are on there.
Why are these shows leaving?
It’s all a matter of licensing more so than anything else. Shows have a limited shelf life on a service like Netflix by and large because they are only lent to them for a number of years. Once that deal is over, they can either float somewhere else or disappear entirely. When it comes to Law & Order: SVU and Futurama, both of these shows are going to be viewable in their entirety over on Hulu. We suggest becoming a subscriber over there if you want to keep checking them out.
If there’s a silver lining to this news, it’s that there are a wide array of shows coming to Netflix in the new year. You can read more about that over at the link here.
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