TV junkies everywhere rejoiced when “Gilmore Girls” was added to Netflix last October, then proceeded to practically die of joy when “Friends” started streaming in January, but now it looks like most of our favorite BBC shows (from cult classics like “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” to juggernauts like “Doctor Who,” and its popular spin-off “Torchwood”) are going to be yanked from the site on January 31.
Luckily, all hope is not lost. First, “Sherlock” doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, so that’s a win. Also, there’s still a chance the BBC and Netflix could renegotiate their agreement in the final hour (fingers crossed). As for other options? There’s always Amazon Prime, which carries most of your BBC mainstays, as well as the ever-more popular (not to mention award-winning) original series “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Transparent” and the upcoming Woody Allen-penned original.
Hulu Plus also carries a number of BBC programs, including “Doctor Who,” “Luther” and “Top Gear.” It, too, features a number of notable original programs and is available for the same price as Netflix, $7.99 per month.
Unfortunately, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus do not offer the much-buzzed-of “Friends” or any of the Netflix-exclusive original programming, so you may find yourself having to sign up for more than one streaming service. Keep checking Indiewire for all your Netflix updates, as we, too, will be hoping for a last-second revival.