Nothing hurts more than when you’re wanting to watch a specific throwback series but can’t find it on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock… none of the streaming heavy hitters. Sometimes it can be super hard to track down shows like That ’70s Show and others that have aged out of rotation.
As much as you don’t want to give up your search for the shows you want to want, it’s not worth watching the grainy, low quality VHS tape rip on YouTube. But what do you do when you want to watch Party of Five, Dark Angel, or 2 Broke Girls but they’re not streaming?
You manifest that Netflix will come to their senses and liven up their lineup with shows that people actually want to watch. Even if shows like 90210 are available elsewhere, fans still want them on their Netflix watch list, and these shows should be!
That ’70s Show and more shows Netflix should add
We’re highlighting just seven of the shows we have loved and lost along the way that we hope to see back on streaming again. We’re crossing our fingers that this list ages poorly and these older shows are added to Netflix in the near to distant feature. Let’s kick things off with That ’70s Show.
That ’70s Show
In 2020, all eight seasons of That ’70s Show were removed from Netflix, and as of August 2022, the hit sitcom has yet to lock down a new streaming home. With the upcoming Netflix spin-off series That ’90s Show arriving later in 2022 and reuniting most of the main cast, it would make sense for the original to make its way back to Netflix as a companion. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but fans all over the world definitely miss Eric and his friends!
A few short years ago, The CW’s Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot was available to stream on Netflix, but like all CW series, eventually their time on the streamer expired. Since then, The CW has reclaimed the underrated teen drama and all five seasons of 90210 are available to watch on the network’s website. But we’ll never stop asking (more like demanding) that Netflix brings back for the next generation of West Bev alums.
These days, you won’t hear pretty much anyone talk about the show My Boys. The romantic comedy series aired on TBS for four seasons from 2006 and 2010. Ozark star Jordana Spiro played sportswriter PJ Franklin, who spent most of her time hanging out with her group of guy friends rather than succeeding in love. Once upon a time, the criminally undervalued series was available on Netflix, and it’s about time for this hidden gem to get a second life.
Party of Five
Like the previous three series, Party of Five spent some time streaming on Netflix in the past but has been absent from the streamer for years. Even though you can watch the 2020 Freeform reboot on Hulu, the six seasons of the 1994 original that starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert aren’t accessible beyond purchase on demand. We need a little bit of ’90s nostalgia back on Netflix, and Party of Five would do the trick!
2 Broke Girls
Somehow, the hit CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs hasn’t hit a streaming service since it concluded in 2017. The series centered on two struggling young waitresses who join forces to start a cupcake business. Warner Bros. owns the distribution rights to 2 Broke Girls, which means HBO Max would be a natural home for the comedy, but with Netflix re-upping the rights to fellow WB-owned series Reign and The Originals, Netflix could be a contender for Max and Caroline’s cupcake misadventures.
When it comes to genre shows, a lot of cult classics tend to come and go, falling into the collection of beloved gone-too-soon shows as more and more join the ranks. Jessica Alba starred in the two-season Fox science fiction drama Dark Angel from 2000 to 2002. Considering how big of a star Alba has become, you’d assume Dark Angel would be available somewhere. Currently, 20th Century Fox hasn’t placed the series on Disney+ or Hulu, so… Netflix, you’re up!
What shows would you add to the list? Share your picks for the older shows that should be streaming on Netflix — or just streaming period — in the comments!