FX’s hit biker club drama Sons of Anarchy will be leaving Netflix on December 1st, and the show’s exit could be a sign of things to come after the Disney/Fox merger is complete in January. Since Disney will be launching its own streaming service in 2019, will other FX and Fox shows be leaving Netflix soon?
Sons of Anarchy ended its original run on FX back in 2014, but it has remained popular because it has been a mainstay on Netflix for years. However, Netflix and Fox do not have a current deal in place because their most recent partnership dissolved in August 2017.
I'm curious to see how #Disney+ is going to turn out. Disney owns Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, all the Fox stuff, and then of course all the traditional Disney content.
— Ryan King (@thatkingthing) November 9, 2018
Since then, Netflix has steadily dumped various Fox and FX shows from their library, and they haven’t added any Fox shows that have hit the network in the past two seasons.
Disney and Fox’s merger is expected to close early next year, and after the merger, Disney will own 60 percent of Hulu. Other Fox and FX shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, Empire, and Bob’s Burgers are no longer on Netflix, but can currently be streamed on Hulu, and Sons of Anarchy will remain on Hulu after it leaves Netflix. SOA is a Fox property, but when the deal is complete Disney will own it.
This could mean Netflix will pull other FX and Fox shows like American Horror Story, Gotham, and The People v. O.J. Simpson after the merger. Disney also owns ABC, so that could mean shows like Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Once Upon A Time, Grey’s Anatomy and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could be getting ready to leave Netflix and stream exclusively on Hulu or Disney’s new streaming service.
This could also mean that the SOA sequel Mayans M.C., FX’s new drama, won’t find its way to Netflix at all.
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— Asif (@AsifPatel79) November 8, 2018
Recently, Netflix has gotten more comfortable canceling their own series, and Cinema Blend reports that it appears to be getting easier for execs to cancel shows from other studios. But, Sons of Anarchy has been so popular that it seemed worthy of whatever it took for Netflix to keep it as long as they could. The drama has major influence around the globe and brings in new customers to the streaming service.
Netflix still has plenty of good shows worthy of binging, and there is more content on the way. So, they will be just fine after Sons of Anarchy says goodbye.
Neither Netflix or FX have commented about the situation.