Your Favorite Show Leaving Netflix? Here Are Five Alternatives

Are you already missing The Office or Friends? Here are five shows on Netflix to replace your favorites.

With The Office finally making its move off of Netflix, it’s truly hitting people that the streaming platform is headed for a new era. The rise of other streaming networks like HBO Max, Disney+, and Hulu means content is going to be more spread out in the future. If you don’t want to shell out for multiple subscriptions in order to keep your favorite shows close, we have five alternatives.

If you love The Office, check out Space Force!

The Office is returning to its original home on NBC’s streaming service Peacock. A huge hit for Netflix, The Office brought in both new and old audiences to experience life at Dunder Mifflin. Fans were left devastated when the show was taken off the platform on January 1st, 2021. However, not all hope is lost because Netflix has a whole host of shows to replace The Office shaped hole in your heart.

Michael Scott himself, Steve Carell, made a triumphant return to comedic television this year with his new Netflix show Space Force. Better yet, the show was created by Carell and Greg Daniels, who was the showrunner of The Office. The cast also includes comedic heavyweights like Lisa Kudrow, John Malkovich, and Ben Schwartz. Ironically two of the three actors had their own shows taken off Netflix this year with Friends and Parks & Recreation, respectfully. Space Force follows a team of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Space Force. So think The Office with a high-stakes twist to keep things interesting.

Want all the intrigue of Gossip Girl without an HBO Max subscription? Try Bridgerton!

Hello, upper east siders. Are you feeling blue since Gossip Girl left Netflix this December? Have no fear because all the drama, romance, and betrayals of the lavishly wealthy can be found in more than one place. However, if you need to finish your left behind Gossip Girl binge, HBO Max is streaming all six seasons of The CW hit. Otherwise, you might be compelled to take a trip back in time in order to get your fix.

Executive produced by television heavyweight Shonda Rhimes, Bridgerton tells the story of eight close-knit siblings attempting to find love during the Regency era. One of the best things about Bridgerton is the insanely talented and charming cast. Look out Chuck Bass because Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset is already everyone’s newfound bad-boy crush. The Bridgerton fandom is bursting with new members as sixty-three million households streamed the show since its debut on December 25th. If you wanted to get sucked into another world and rich characters, then Bridgerton is most definitely the show for you.

Was Friends always there for you until now? New Girl could be your latest comfort show.

Friends leaving Netflix was a huge blow to everyone who binged the series multiple times before. Over the years, we’ve all fallen in love with Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe. Their everlasting love for each other and crazy antics around New York City could warm even the coldest of hearts. Like Gossip Girl, the show is now on HBO Max, but if you want to find a new close-knit friend group to fall in love with, look no further than New Girl.

Taking place in Los Angeles as opposed to New York, New Girl is similar to Friends in many ways. From gasp worthy guest stars to the will they or won’t they relationship of the main characters and excellent comedic timing. After a bad breakup, quirky school teacher Jess moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston. The foursome, along with their friends Cece and Coach, navigates love, happiness, and community together. The main character of Jessica Day is instantly loveable, and you’ll find yourself rooting for her immediately. However, unlike Friends, the characters are in their mid-thirties, so the show deals less with coming of age and more with finding your ultimate purpose in life.

Missing Parks and Recreation? The Good Place might be your newest obsession.

Whatever the opposite of dark humor is, Parks & Recreation exemplifies that. A workplace comedy also created by Greg Daniels (and often considered an extension of The Office universe), Parks and Recreation stars Amy Pohler as Leslie Knope, a handler in the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. The show follows Knope and her coworkers, played by a variety of skilled comedic actors. Several breakout stars have created lucrative careers from the NBC hit, including Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, and Retta. Since its move to the Peacock streaming service, fans have been looking for a worthy replacement.

Made by one of the two showrunners from Parks and Recreation, Michael Schur, it is safe to say that The Good Place is unlike any other show on television. A sitcom that takes place in the afterlife, Eleanor Shellstrop works to become a better person ethically while trapped in the ‘Good Place,’ a highly selective Heaven-like utopia designed and run by Michael, a seemingly kind otherworldly being with dark intentions. If you love a show with a well written female lead, then look no further than The Good Place. The show also sports an insanely diverse and talented cast from Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil or Manny Jacinto as our favorite bimbo Jason Mendoza. Another great thing about the show is the epic love story between philosopher Chidi Anagonye and the wayward Eleanor. All four seasons are extremely unique and hilarious, so take a risk and step into the wonderfully weird world of The Good Place.

Want a trip to Britain, but Skins is off Netflix? Fix yourself a cup of tea and watch The End of the F***ing World.

Regardless of if you’re from the United Kingdom or not, people from around the world fell in love with the teenage misfits at Roundview College. The show’s honest take on adolescence, changing casts, and tragic plot twists struck a chord and shot many of its stars to international fame. Dev Patel, Nicholas Hoult, and Kaya Scodelario all got their start on Skins at a young age. So, when the show left Netflix for Hulu, lots of viewers searched high and low for a replacement.

Enter The End of the F***ing World; like Skins the show is incredibly frank about topics like mental illness, first loves, and growing up. Instead of following a group of students ala Skins, The End of the F***ing World tells the story of James, a seventeen year old self professed psychopath. James wants to make his first human kill before his eighteenth birthday and chooses a fellow high school student Alyssa as his target. Things change, however, when Alyssa and James run away from home together and take part in a road trip across England. James finds himself slowly falling for Alyssa and changing his priorities. With two seasons to watch, it’s up to you to see how this very different love story shakes out.

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Kelly Levine

Kelly Levine is a screenwriting student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. She hopes to one day pursue a career in television writing and production. Kelly loves television, movies, and all things nerdy in pop culture!