A television travesty


Taylor Schmitz

“The West Wing” and “The Office” are only two of the most popular titles to be taken off of Netflix.

Taylor Schmitz, Staff Writer

December marks the end of certainly an eventful year, but it also marks the discontinuance of our favorite movies and TV shows on one of the most popular streaming platforms, Netflix. It will definitely be a hard goodbye as we lose the ability to turn to a sappy rom-com or an action-packed TV series to escape this year’s and perhaps next year’s crazy events. If ever, now is the time to rewatch your favorites from over the years or find a new cinematic masterpiece to love. Here is the list of some of the top movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in December 2020:

1.“The Notebook”

This 2004 romance and drama film will be leaving Netflix on Dec. 31, 2020. The two hour and four minute movie based on the Nicholas Sparks novel has captivated audiences for years as it follows the love story of Noah Calhoun, played by Ryan Gosling, and Allie, played by Rachel McAdams. Fans of it will no longer be crying over the story based on a real couple but instead because the film is leaving.

2. “The Office”

The announcement comes as a shock as devoted fans find out that all nine seasons of “The Office” will leave Netflix on Dec. 31, 2020. The comedy series aired for almost seven years to produce 201 episodes of endless laughter and a sense of relatability as the show follows the daily shenanigans of an ordinary paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Thankfully the show is not leaving all streaming platforms. It will soon be available to watch on Peacock, the newly launched streaming service from NBCUniversal.

3. “Gossip Girl”

All six seasons of this popular show are also departing from Netflix on Dec. 31, 2020. The American teen TV series focuses on the lives of privileged teenagers on the upper east side. The drama that surrounds them and their not-so-innocent parents have made the show popular on the platform for years but fans will now have to find their daily drama dosage elsewhere.

4. “Back to the Future” movies

The first “Back to the Future” movie, being a global cultural phenomenon and the highest-grossing film of 1985, started one of the most successful franchises in Universal’s history. Since then, the science fiction adventure comedy trilogy has entertained audiences on Netflix. After Dec. 31, 2020 fans will no longer be able to watch with nostalgia as highschool student, Marty McFly, and bizarre scientist, Doctor Emmett L. Brown time travel to different periods in history.

5. “The West Wing”

If you have been putting off watching “The West Wing,” you better start now because the political drama TV series will only be available on Netflix until Dec. 24, 2020. The show portrays hardcore presidential advisers who get their personal lives entangled with their professional duties of running the United States. This political sensation is a realistic depiction of day-to-day issues in the White House and is sure to be missed by many.

As the year comes to an end, so does our ability to catch up on popular films before they leave Netflix for good. The Holiday season is the perfect time to relax as we rewatch our old favorites or stream new films we have yet to watch. With just under a month left to enjoy these shows and many others, you better get back to binging because they will not be here for long.