The streaming network announced the news recently after signing a deal that allows sharing the rights with Hulu.
The 2010s saw the arrival of a new trend wherein sit-coms from the '80s and the '90s found an increasing demand from viewers. In 2020 our love for nostalgia went even deeper as all of us were confined to the four walls of our houses amid the pandemic. Streaming services have leveraged this very trend to acquire exclusive streaming rights for dozens of hit TV shows like for instance, HBO Max, which shelled out millions of dollars to acquire the rights for The Big Bang Theory and Friends. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime did the same with The Office. In recent news, The Golden Girls is set to join this list of elite shows that make us pine for the olden times as Disney+ has signed a deal, Comicbook reports.
Traditionally, comedies are the most-streamed shows on platforms, and the chances of higher viewership are more if a hit show has a multiple-season run. Hence, streaming companies are pulling all stops to one-up their rivals in a cutthroat business that only looks set to heat up in the future. As things stand, The Golden Girls is already streaming on Hulu, a platform owned by Disney, which means Disney+ will have to share the rights with its close cousin. But, as the latter has more subscribers, the deal for the iconic show makes a lot more sense. Netizens are thrilled with the announcement and they took to Twitter to express their excitement as the series is finally available on a widely accessible network.
It's the news we need at the moment, right.😇 (Will be watching from start on @danmaynard orders)— Amy Holland (@AmyHolland__) February 17, 2021
The news was confirmed by Disney's EMEA president Jan Koeppen. He spoke about the new additions at a launch event for Star international services on Wednesday morning confirming 276 movies and plenty of hit television series. Koeppen also spoke about potentially acquiring rights for live sports. "I’ve been working hard on that. Coming this summer, you will have every season of The Golden Girls, every ever episode," Koeppen said. The show is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time in American TV history. It ran for seven successful seasons between 1985 and 1992 and came to be known as the most progressive series to be made.
So they'll add The Golden Girls on Disney Plus this Summer 😀😀 pic.twitter.com/AGgsHVSU6Y— Thomas Storaï (@ThomasStorai) February 17, 2021
The series stars Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as four mature women who share a home in Miami, Florida. Each character has their own distinct personality and contributed to the series in a different way. According to TV Web, The Golden Girls won the two Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy Series category while all four leading ladies picked up an Emmy of their own for their performance in what is a rare achievement for sitcom actors. This comes less than a month after the streaming giant announced a mega-deal for Modern Family after it reached a consensus with NBC Universal to stream all episodes of the show on Hulu and Peacock. As the platform is less than five years old, we shouldn't be surprised if more such popular sitcoms are added onto the service with shows from Fox TV and ABC likely to arrive in the coming years.