With so many streaming networks available today, more and more shows are switching platforms. Instead of network TV, show creators choose streaming networks like Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Max, to name a few. Some shows that haven’t aired for a while have even chosen streaming services as their new platform for reboots and spinoffs.
There are even shows that have changed networks at the start of new seasons. Sometimes shows switch to streaming for financial gain while others switch to streaming for the ability to share content without restrictions. Whatever the reason, some of network TV’s most popular shows have moved to streaming.
The Mindy Project (from Fox to Hulu)
The Mindy Project was a romantic comedy created by Mindy Kaling, who also starred on the show as the series lead, Dr. Mindy Lahiri. In the comedy, Mindy lived in New York and balanced her time between being a gynecologist and finding love.
After its initial release on Fox in 2012, the series shifted gears and moved to Hulu for its final three seasons. Although there were some controversies on and off the show, The Mindy Project concluded on Hulu in 2017 when Mindy Kaling’s schedule got too busy.
Community (from NBC screen to Yahoo!)
Community revolved around Jeff Winger’s mission to return to school after lying about his degree and then being fired from his law firm. Now enrolled at Greendale Community College, Winger befriends an unlikely group of people and a group of friends has formed. The show was known for its funny characters and outlandish storylines.
During the first five seasons, Community was on NBC. For the sixth and final season, The community has grown from NBC to streaming service Yahoo! Filter. Regarding the platform change, its star Joe McHale told Metro Weekly, “Yahoo paid tons of money for it because they knew people were watching it. NBC just never liked it. They didn’t know what it was.
Designated Survivor (from ABC to Netflix)
Tom Kirkman never sought to be the President of the United States, but that’s exactly what happened as one of the only cabinet members to survive an attack during the speech on the state of the union. On Designated Survivor, Kirkman became president overnight and had to quickly adapt as an ordinary family man to one of the most powerful men in the world.
The series ran for three seasons, with the first two airing on ABC. For Season 3, the show left the network and went to Netflix. Many felt the move ruined the series, but it was ultimately canceled for low ratings.
Lucifer (From Fox to Netflix)
In 2016, Fox took the DC Comics character Lucifer and created an urban fantasy based on his life. Instead of Hell, Lucifer moved to Los Angeles where he opened a nightclub and worked with the LAPD.
On Fox, Lucifer ran for three seasons and was eventually canceled due to low viewership. However, Netflix stepped in and continued the series for three more seasons where it did much better in terms of ratings and viewership. According to the deadline, Lucifer was one of the most successful shows on Netflix with 8.3 billion streaming minutes. In the case of this show, the change of platform saved its reputation.
Development halted (from Fox to Netflix)
Development stopped had fun main characters, an interesting storyline, and a comfortable spot on the Fox network for the first three seasons. The sitcom followed Michael Bluth and his complicated family as he returned to Orange County to work in the family business after his father was arrested. What followed were hilarious scenes with his complicated family as he tried to find a balance.
In 2006, the series was canceled on Fox, but five years later Netflix picked up the sitcom, added new episodes, and got two more seasons.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (from NBC to Netflix)
Before its premiere in 2015, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was originally scheduled to air on NBC. With Tina Fey and Robert Carlock as the show’s creators, they’ve had a long-standing relationship with NBC. However, when it came to the time of year the show was released and the time slots available, Fey and Carlock made the decision to switch networks even before it was released, according to Business Insider.
In March 2015, Unbreakable has been officially released and came out with four hilarious seasons. In 2020, Netflix released an interactive movie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. Reverend which had small details to engage viewers while watching.
The Orville (from Fox to Hulu)
The Orville was a science fiction show that premiered on Fox in 2017. Unlike other shows of the same genre, The Orville is also a comedy that parodies shows like StarTrek. The fun show follows the workers of the USS Orville and the adventures they embark on in space.
The Orville had a series of fun guest stars that kept audiences interested for two seasons before switching networks and moving to Hulu last June for a third season. There’s no word yet on a fourth season, but TV Series Finale noted that it might be difficult to get the entire cast together for season 4.
Futurama (From Fox to Comedy Central to Hulu)
Futurama was an incredibly well-written and well-made animated satire that first premiered in 1999. The comedy saw the character Fry adapt to a new reality of waking up 1,000 years in the future after being frozen for all this time. He was taken in by a parent from the future who introduced him to their way of life and a hilarious new set of characters and funny quotes.
Originally airing on Fox, the network canceled the series and it was picked up by Comedy Central from 2008 to 2013. However, in February 2022, it was announced that Hulu was picking up the series and adding another season (scheduled to premiere in 2023) with 20 episodes.
Infinity Train (from Cartoon Network to HBO Max)
The animated series infinite train had a strong first season on Cartoon Network before another season was added. Fans were surprised when HBO Max took ownership and added two more seasons as opposed to Cartoon Network.
Not much is known about the move to streaming, but Inverse noted that the series creator is hoping for a movie that dissects Hazel and Amelia’s relationship if a fifth season doesn’t happen.
UnREAL (from life on Hulu)
One of Lifetime’s most popular TV shows, Unrealswitched gears in 2018 and moved to Hulu for a fourth and final season.
The unique drama showed the complex sides of reality TV. Main character Rachel Goldberg worked on a reality dating series called Eternal as a producer where it was her job to turn the show into a success while dealing with the pressures of her work and personal life. According to TV Line, Unreal moved to streaming due to a new business deal between Hulu and A+E Studios.
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