Hulu has picked up the streaming rights to ABC's beloved 1990s lineup of TGIF TV shows. For those who grew up in the '90s, there was one network programming line-up that commanded attention every Friday night: ABC's TGIF. While some of the shows on offer are arguably pretty corny looking back, TGIF's mix of comedy appropriate for all ages and heartwarming life lessons was crucial for the pop culture upbringing of millions of viewers. TGIF's original ABC run lasted from 1989 all the way to 2000, and while a revival was briefly attempted in the mid-2000s, it only served to illustrate that the programming block was a product of its time.
Still, the streaming era has gifted fans of bygone TV with the option of reliving the entire runs of hundreds of great series, through services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. The attraction of binging comforting shows from one's past isn't hard to understand - as after a long, hard work week, taking in a season's worth of Friends or Seinfeld can be a fun way to relax and forget one's troubles of the present.
Now, The Wrap reports that Hulu has just made a huge deal with Warner Bros. TV, one sure to cause epic nostalgia in tons of its subscribers. Hulu has just acquired the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to five of the greatest sitcoms from the TGIF era, with plans to make them available on Friday, September 29. The shows in question are Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Perfect Strangers, and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. The complete runs of each will be on offer, comprising over 800 episodes of wholesome comedy goodness.
The September date comes right on the heels of Full House's 30th anniversary - which coincides with the season 3 premiere of Netflix revival Fuller House - and the 25th anniversary of Mr. Cooper. While the five above shows are obviously not all TGIF ever had to offer, they definitely represent a huge chunk of what defined TGIF programming, with the shortest running among them - Cooper - still producing more than 100 episodes over 5 seasons.
One wonders what Netflix thinks about Full House's streaming rights going to Hulu, considering that Warner Bros. is involved with Fuller House. Presumably, Hulu made a better offer, as it's hard to imagine Netflix not wanting a piece of the TGIF pie if given the chance.
Source: The Wrap