The Office was removed from Netflix in 2021, so below we look at three similar Netflix sitcom series to binge-watch that are at the top of our list.
One of the most iconic sitcom series of the 2000s is the NBC hit comedy, The Office. The series first premiered on the channel in 2005, and it was an immediate hit with fans.
With a total of nine seasons before it concluded its natural television run, the series was subsequently made available on Netflix.
For years, subscribers on the platform could watch the entire series on Netflix, however, with NBCUniversal recently removing the sitcom from Netflix, subscribers might be looking for similar sitcoms to watch.
Navigating the video-on-demand service’s library may be daunting for some, so we share three of our top picks.
Why is The Office not available on Netflix anymore?
The announcement that Netflix would no longer host The Office was made in June 2019. Netflix received official word from NBCUniversal that at the end of 2020, it would no longer have the rights to have The Office on its platform.
True to their word, by January 2021, The Office was no longer available on Netflix. Instead, NBCUniversal moved the popular sitcom to its newly-introduced, hybrid, subscription video-on-demand platform, Peacock.
Therefore, if you want to binge The Office, you will need to get a Peacock subscription.
What to watch after The Office
The Office currently has a rating of 9 out of 10 on IMDb. This is considerable for a spin-off sitcom series, as the original show was first developed and created in the United Kingdom by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
The American spin-off was developed by Greg Daniels and its premise was, “A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.”
It is argued that the end of the American spin-off began with the exit of title character, Michael Scott, who was played by acclaimed actor, Steve Carell.
Carell stepped away from the role after the seventh season to focus on other projects and spend more time with his family. Therefore, when the sitcom returned for its eighth season, it started facing criticism over the suggested drop in its quality and storyline.
Although the sitcom series could have continued without Carell, other actors also started looking towards other career pursuits, and scheduling became increasingly difficult between the cast and the crew.
Eventually, the decision was made to conclude the series with the ninth season in 2013. But the sitcom continued to garner fans even after its natural television run due to its availability on Netflix, earning millions of views on the platform.
However, despite the removal of the sitcom from Netflix, there are other similar sitcoms to watch on Netflix, including the top three we will share below.
1. Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Creek is another hit sitcom, but this time, from the 2010s.
It premiered in 2015, and the sitcom series was created by father and son due, Eugene and Dan Levy, who are also title characters on the show. Schitt’s Creek’s premise is, “When rich video-store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup in Schitt’s Creek.”
The sitcom features Eugene Levy in the role of Johnny Rose; Dan Levy, playing his son, David Rose; Catherine O’Hara in the role of his wife, Moira Rose; and Annie Murphy playing the role of his daughter, Alexis Rose.
The sitcom is rated 8.5 out of 10 on IMDb.
Community is an ensemble, nucleus series which showcases the realities of life in community college, with high laughing value. Created by Dan Harmon, the sitcom premise is, “A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eccentric staff and student body.”
The sitcom was credited for introducing now bona fide Hollywood actors, Joel McHale who played Jeff Winger, Donald Glover who played Troy Barnes, and Ken Jeong in the role of Ben Chang. The sitcom aired between 2009 and 2015, with six seasons in total.
IMDb has rated the sitcom 8.5 out of 10.
3. After Life
Seeing as Ricky Gervais was one half of the inception of The Office, it is only fitting that we include one of his sitcoms to the list.
After Life is the dark comedy series created and fronted by Gervais, for which the premise is, “After Tony’s wife dies, his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm.”
After Life has three seasons that aired between 2019 and 2022. The series is a Netflix original series, which was likely greenlit in light of The Office’s success on the platform.
The sitcom has an overall rating of 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb.