Cool cool cool: “Community” is finally whole again.
That means fans of the show can now finally find the series’s entire six-season run in one place, as Hulu already has streaming rights to the show’s first five seasons.
Season 6 of “Community” originally aired on Yahoo Screen in 2015, complicating Hulu’s ability to pick up repeats of the show’s final season. But as part of a new license agreement with Sony Pictures TV, which produced “Community,” Hulu can now tout itself as the exclusive streaming home to the comedy’s complete library.
“Community” Season 6 was part of Yahoo’s brief but pricey attempt to get into the original programming game. The tech company spent lavishly on picking up and marketing what became the show’s final season. But ultimately, Yahoo Screen didn’t do a good enough job marketing itself. After “Community” and other original series failed to deliver, Yahoo took a $42 million write down.
Ironically, Hulu was considered the obvious home for “Community” Season 6, given its streaming deal for Seasons 1 through 5. But when Yahoo swooped in with a deal that Sony couldn’t refuse, Hulu lost out. Now, ultimately, more viewers may end up watching the show’s Season 6 on Hulu.
As part of the Sony deal, Hulu has also landed exclusive streaming rights to “Underground” and “Outsiders,” two dramas that air on WGN America. Also, the complete library FX’s “Rescue Me,” also produced by Sony, will join Hulu’s lineup later this month.
All previous “Underground” and “Outsiders” episodes are now available on Hulu. In the future, complete seasons of both shows will start streaming on Hulu eight days after their season finales.
Other Sony library product that already streams on Hulu include “Happy Endings,” “The Shield,” “Party of Five,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Damages.”