New year, new Netflix


Morgan Hooker

At the start of the new year, dozens of beloved shows and movies were purged from Netflix. Which ones will KHS students miss the most?

At midnight on December 31, 2020, while the world celebrated the start of a new year, Netflix enthusiasts watched as nearly 50 shows and movies were purged from the streaming service in a matter of seconds. By the end of January, over 90 shows and movies will have been taken off of Netflix during late December 2020 and January 2021 alone. Although a plethora of new content has been introduced to fill the space, it’s clear from a recent surveying of 214 students, 195 of which own a Netflix subscription, that KHS is not completely happy about this exchange of content. So, let’s go over the outgoing movies and TV shows that KHS is upset about, as well as the incoming ones they are excited about, according to their answers.


KHS is upset about: The Office (2005-2013)

The Office is a documentary-style comedy television series that ran for nine seasons. It follows the staff of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, PA, led by Regional Manager Michael Scott. The majority of KHS students with Netflix subscriptions (117/195) said they were upset about the show’s removal from Netflix. This is no surprise since the show was widely known as one of Netflix’s most successful television series. But, not all hope is lost, because the show in its entirety is now available on the relatively new streaming platform, Peacock.

Netflix sucks now.”

— Anonymous KHS student


KHS is upset about: Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

Nearly a fourth of KHS students (46/195) grieved the news of Gossip Girl’s departure from Netflix in December. The show follows a group of privileged teenagers that attend an exclusive prep school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It revolves around the mysterious “Gossip Girl,” whose identity is unknown, and the drama that is stirred up. The show ran for six seasons, and is still streamable on HBO Max.


KHS is excited for: No incoming TV shows

Although Netflix introduced several new television shows to their platform, none seemed to catch the attention of the majority (132/195) of KHS students, who all answered that none of the incoming TV shows excited them. In fact, one anonymous student responded, “literally none, Netflix sucks now.” So it looks like there’s no adequate replacement for The Office and Gossip Girl this time around.

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KHS is upset about: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

When it comes to movies, nearly half of KHS students (95/195) are upset about Spider-Man: 

Into the Spider-Verse leaving. Unlike the original Spider-Man movie franchise, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film that follows Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales as he is bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into Spider-Man. But, the teen soon realizes that he is not the only one with such super abilities. This critically acclaimed film has not, as of now, been acquired by any major streaming services. But, it can still be rented on Vudu.



KHS is excited for: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Hungry? Good, because Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is streamable on Netflix now. This children’s movie from 2009 must be sparking some nostalgia among KHS students, since 81/195 of them expressed excitement for it. The story follows Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, who creates a machine that turns water into food. But when his machine spins out of his control, massive food starts falling out of the sky and threatens his township’s existence altogether.


KHS is upset about: Back to the Future Parts I, II, and III

The Back to the Future trilogy, critically acclaimed for its story, comedy and cast, made 82/195 students upset when it departed from Netflix earlier this year. The first installment, which was the highest grossing movie of 1985, tells the story of Marty McFly as he is thrown back in time into the 50’s after his scientist friend’s experiment goes wrong. All three of the movies can now be streamed on Hulu.


KHS is excited for: Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie (2014)

Cue in more nostalgia because 62/195 students are excited for the spinoff of the Madagascar movie series, Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie. The film follows the famous penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private as spies in the undercover organization known as the North Wind. It’s not exactly the same as Back to the Future, but it’s good enough for KHS. For now.

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KHS is upset about: The Indiana Jones Series

The famous archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones has been the protagonist of four major movies under his name. The series is widely acclaimed and Indiana has been a household name for decades. But none of the movies are on Netflix anymore, and 71/195 students are upset about it. But, not to worry, because all of the movies are still streamable on Amazon Prime.


KHS is excited for: Superbad (2007)

The most raunchy on this list, this rated R comedy movie has a little over a fourth of students (52/195) excited about its debut on Netflix. The story revolves around two best friends that are invited to a high school house party, where they are expected to supply alcohol in order to impress a couple of girls. Definitely make sure it’s appropriate for you before watching, but you have KHS students’ recommendation.