Sitcoms, aka “situational comedies,” have been a beloved genre for decades now. At their core, sitcoms present a narrative of everyday life in a comedic, lighthearted way, leaving audiences feeling entertained and happy at the end of each episode.

One of the most beloved sitcoms in recent times is the classic show ‘Friends.’ Premiering in 1994, the show took audiences by storm, with their portrayal of six friends living in New York City.

Over the course of ten seasons, viewers became enamored and emotionally invested in the lives of Ross, Monica, Joey, Rachel, Chandler, and Phoebe. The show received numerous accolades and became one of the most popular shows in television history.

It’s been over 15 years since the series finale of ‘Friends’, and yet, the show is still immensely popular among fans. For many, it’s become a form of comfort television – a go-to binge-watch after a long, tough day.

Thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix, the show has been introduced to an entirely new generation of fans. Its easy accessibility and relatable characters, have garnered it a whole new community of fans across the world.

But unfortunately, time has come for ‘Friends’ to leave Netflix.

In 2019, streaming giant Netflix made the announcement that the show would be leaving their platform. However, many fans were holding out hope that the negotiations will pull through, allowing the show to remain on their screens.

After months of speculation, it has been officially confirmed that ‘Friends’ is leaving Netflix in 2020.

It’s understandable that fans are feeling disappointed at the news. Despite the show being off the air for over a decade, it’s still adored by so many people worldwide.

The show is more than just a television series, to its fans. It has become a cultural phenomenon and a pop culture staple, with lines like “We were on a break!” and “Joey doesn’t share food!” being recognized worldwide, even by those who have never seen the show.

So why is ‘Friends’ leaving Netflix?

It’s all due to the changing landscape of the streaming industry. Netflix has seen tough competition in recent years, with new players such as HBO Max and Disney+ entering the market. With this new competition, the parent company of ‘Friends,’ WarnerMedia, has decided to take back the show’s rights and house it exclusively on their new platform, HBO Max.

It’s a shrewd business move that will certainly give the new platform the edge over its competitors, as ‘Friends’ is sure to attract users by the droves.

For fans of the show, this news is bittersweet. While they’re happy for the show’s continued success, it does mean that they’ll have to pay an extra subscription fee to view the show on a new platform.

Additionally, for many fans, it will feel like they’re losing a longtime friend. The show has been a part of their lives for so long, and to have it leave Netflix, a platform they use almost every day, feels like a painful breakup.

But, perhaps it’s time for fans to move on from ‘Friends’, at least on the streaming platform front. While becoming attached to a particular show is understandable, it’s important to remember that there are many other great options on Netflix and other streaming services.

In fact, there are a plethora of other sitcoms that have been gaining popularity in recent years, such as ‘The Office’, ‘Parks and Recreation,’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’

It doesn’t mean fans have to forget ‘Friends,’ rather, they can use this as an opportunity to explore other shows that they might not have known existed.

The news of ‘Friends’ leaving Netflix can also serve as a reminder of the importance of supporting our favorite shows by watching them on the platforms they originated on. By doing this, fans can help ensure that the show can continue to exist, and new fans will have the chance to discover it.

So while fans of ‘Friends’ might be sad to hear the news of its imminent departure from Netflix, it’s essential to look at it as a positive development- opening doors for other classic shows while also helping maintain the longevity of ‘Friends.’ At the end of the day, all we can do is sit back, and watch as the television landscape continues to evolve.