Hulu has announced an exclusive agreement with 20th Century Fox to stream every episode of the latter’s hit animated shows, including Bob’s Burgers, Futurama and American Dad.
The full run of these series were only available on Netflix until recently. Starting in May, Netflix began removing these shows from their streaming service, some being stripped down season-by-season.
Bob’s Burgers and American Dad were the first to go. Then in early July, Netflix took down the first four seasons of Futurama, which originally aired on the Fox network between 1999 and 2003. A sizable amount of fans of Futurama reacted negatively to the news with a series of GIFs and memes inspired by the show.
Animated shows aren’t the only Fox TV series that have been removed from Netflix. Many of Fox’s live-action drama series — including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and The X-Files — left Netflix in April. All four of those series are now only available on Hulu. As it stands, Hulu will only be the exclusive streaming home to the animated series, according to its press release.
This new migration of Fox animated series seems to clinch that Fox is pulling out of Netflix wholesale in favor of Hulu. This is most likely due to the fact that 20th Century Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, is a major investor in Hulu and has no significant financial ties to Netflix. Starting today, the only way to stream every episode of these series and more is through Hulu.