Twilight Zone is Set To Leave Netflix June 30
I knew it was only a matter of when. But I was hoping that the legendary TV show that made time travel look possible would be streaming on Netflix for a lot longer.
Alas, The Twilight Zone is set to leave the streaming giant on June 30.
Check them out if you want to understand why the show is leaving Netflix. The fact is, this is most likely the decision of CBS, which owns Twilight Zone.
Sure, Netflix could be dropping TZ to save on licensing fees. But more likely, it’s a matter of CBS making it so that people have to subscribe to Paramount+ (formerly CBS All-Access) to get their fifth-dimensional fix.
I’m sure some fans will point out that TZ is still widely available — not only on Hulu, but on high-def DVD and Blu-ray. Plus you can catch reruns (albeit with cut scenes and ad breaks) on MeTV and Syfy.
That’s great — don’t get me wrong. But I want TZ to be as available as possible. As I’ve said before, convenience is king. And if any show, even TZ, isn’t readily available, then many viewers won’t make any extra effort to find it.
That means TZ can continue its slow slide into the cultural memory hole. Sure, TZ is that rare show which is so famous it’s become part of our everyday language. (“I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone!”) But even it’s not totally immune to the ravages of time.
There is a ton of content out there, with more added every day. Will TZ continue to be widely known and loved? Or will it, like the astronauts in “And When The Sky Was Opened,” one day be gone entirely?
To a large extent, that’s up to us. So if you love The Twilight Zone, don’t forget to share it with friends and family. Talk about it on social media. Let’s keep it visible — so future fans will know how timeless it is.
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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!