Serenity isn’t coming now, but it’s coming in June as Hulu has announced the entire catalog of “Seinfeld” episodes will be available on the popular streaming service. The announcement was made at the company’s Upfront presentation on Wednesday with the show's star, Jerry Seinfeld, in attendance.
According to the Verge, every episode of the nine-season series will be available in one place for the first time ever (though the entire series has been issued on DVD). Those with a Hulu Plus subscription will be able to watch the entire library of shows at whatever pace they want.
"You could have put the DVD in, but I guess nobody wanted to do that," Seinfeld said at the announcement event. "They want to do this."
As if this wasn’t enough to make die-hard “Seinfeld” fans jump for joy, there’s more news. While some episodes of the show have been available to stream, and the series airs constantly in reruns, those episodes are edited or sped up to fit in the allotted time. Hulu will show the full original cuts that aired on NBC in the 1990s.
“There’s no question that 'Seinfeld' has played a major role in TV history, which is why we cannot wait to make all episodes of the series available to stream for the first time ever on Hulu," Craig Erwich, Hulu senior vice president, head of content, said in a statement. "Whether you are an existing fan who just wants to relive your favorite moments over and over again, or are a new viewer who wants to experience 'Seinfeld' from the very beginning, Hulu will now be your destination to stream what has been dubbed as one of the greatest shows of all time."
Variety originally reported the news that Hulu would acquire the rights to the sitcom ahead of its official announcement. It’s a good move for the company as it was facing pressure from its rival Netflix, which put the entire library of fellow NBC primetime royalty “Friends” on its service in January. To keep up with Netflix, Hulu reportedly dropped a hefty chunk of money on the "show about nothing." Variety estimates the 180 episodes of "Seinfeld" were valued at about $1 million each.
“Seinfeld” joining the modern age of binge-watchable streaming content wasn’t the only big reveal from Hulu at its Upfront presentation. According to TV Line, the service announced it also will host new, scripted and unscripted drama and comedy content from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV and WE tv. Fans of “The Walking Dead” will be pleased to know this includes all upcoming episodes of the spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead.”
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