The day has finally come: it is January 1, 2021, and that means The Office has been removed from Netflix in the United States. We knew this was happening for a long time, but now it’s official. Searching for The Office on Netflix in the US yields no results.
You need not despair, however, as you can still watch The Office with a VPN.
In the US, The Office has left Netflix to stream exclusively on NBC’s own Peacock service. To encourage people to sign up, creator Greg Daniels has announced some cool extras.
There will be new footage from the original filming available to watch for the very first time. There will be the option to watch the original or extended cuts of certain episodes, but this will be for Season 4 only at first.
The Office had been a mainstay of Netflix for many years. According to actor Brian Baumgartner, who plays the bumbling accountant Kevin Malone, it is Netflix’s most popular show “by far” in the US.
According to NBC, The Office is the most popular show in all of streaming on-demand video. The show tallied an astounding 52 billion minutes of viewing time in 2018, according to NBC.
A story from The Hollywood Reporter said NBC is paying $100 million per year for five years to producers Universal Television to have The Office on the NBC streaming service.
The Office, which is based on the Ricky Gervais show of the same name, ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. While Netflix is losing The Office, the company is still in business with Steve Carell and creator Greg Daniels with their show Space Force, which has been picked up for a second season. The first season didn’t exactly make waves, but neither did Season 1 of The Office, and Space Force has made a series of behind-the-scenes changes to help it break out in its sophomore season just like The Office did.