Nostalgia is a huge business and everyone wants to grab up every piece of it that they can, including Hulu. The streaming platform has announced they have come to an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that will make Hulu the exclusive home for every episode of Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Perfect Strangers and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. That’s over 800 episodes of prime 90’s programming.
Those of a particular age group will likely remember the days that these various shows were pieces in ABC’s giant Friday night programming block known as TGIF, a weekly showcase for various family-friendly comedy programming. In the press release Hulu makes note of September 29, when all these shows will be available, being right on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Full House‘s and 25th anniversary of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.
It’s the former that will likely be more of a blow to one of Hulu’s rivals, as Netflix spent a lot of money and time to create the Full House spin-off/continuation series Fuller House, which is starting a third season soon, and now the original series is only at home on a competitors service. The streaming war is just heating up as the big name platforms are trying to grab up as many properties or original programming that they can while other upcoming platforms are trying to claw their way into the streaming game.
“With this acquisition, Hulu is making available to their subscribers one of the most popular comedy blocks of programming ever,” said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “These hit family comedies have entertained viewers for decades and will now be available on SVOD.”
This deal follows other recent ones that have led to Hulu grabbing up the rights for other nostalgic classics like The Golden Girls, The OC, Seinfeld and others including some Fox programs.
The former TGIF block shows will make their streaming debut in September.