The Netflix library is about to get a lot less legen-wait for it-dary. The streaming giant is about to take all 208 episodes of How I Met Your Mother offline. If you wanna relive the hilarious exploits of Ted, Robin, Marshall, Barney, Lily, et al. — or watch the CBS sitcom for the first time — you have until Monday, Nov. 13 to binge-watch the series. So why is Netflix taking our HIMYM fun away?
The answer is a (non-profane) four-letter word: Hulu. HIMYM's production company, 20th Century Fox, signed a distribution deal with Hulu over the summer and granted the Netflix competitor more than 3,000 episodes of its TV shows, HIMYM included. According to Vulture, the company didn’t say anything about HIMYM being a Hulu exclusive, but apparently, Netflix doesn’t like to share the old TV shows it acquires. So once Hulu got HIMYM, the show’s days on Netflix were numbered.
“The license for a TV series or movie is for a set period of time, which means every title eventually comes up for renewal,” the company said in a statement obtained by Vulture. “At that point we take a variety of factors into account to determine if we will renew the title. As we expand our content portfolio, our goal is to continue offering great movies and TV series for our members, while also providing content that is available exclusively on Netflix.”
But Netflix giveth as it taketh away. In HIMYM’s absence comes a slew of TV shows debuting on the streaming service this month — including the dramas Alias Grace and Marvel’s The Punisher and the comedy She’s Gotta Have It. Still, we’ll miss Barney’s suits…