Netflix Adds ‘The Office’ and ’30 Rock’ Final Seasons, Other NBC Shows on Oct. 1

Netflix Adds 'The Office' and '30

Last year's full seasons of returning Peacock shows 'Parks and Rec,' 'Parenthood' also to be available

With the fall TV season kicking in, Netflix is adding a cluster of NBC’s past full seasons to its video-streaming lineup, which could peel some viewers away from new shows on traditional TV — or prompt others to tune in.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, Netflix will stream the final seasons of two of the Peacock’s past comedy hits: “The Office” season 9, featuring the last shenanigans of the Dunder Mifflin gang; and “30 Rock” season 7, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

All told, Netflix will offer via instant streaming 192 eps of “The Office” and 135 eps of “30 Rock,” representing the entire runs of both skeins.

Netflix also Tuesday will start streaming last year’s seasons of two NBC returning shows: “Parks and Recreation” season 5 and “Parenthood” season 4.

NBCUniversal cut a renewal with Netflix in 2011, which guaranteed Netflix would have access to future seasons of certain shows.

Meanwhile, the first 20-episode season of J.J. Abrams’ “Revolution” already has been streaming on Netflix through a pact with Warner Bros. Television Group. Season 2 of “Revolution” premiered last week on NBC.

As for whether Netflix helps or hurts TV ratings, the track record is mixed. For children’s content, Netflix can cut into viewership: Turner’s Cartoon Network, for example, has attributed part of its ratings declines to the fact that several series become available on the subscription VOD service.

For scripted dramas, Netflix can actually drive TV audiences higher. AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which pulled in a series-best 10.3 million viewers for Sunday’s finale, has benefited from past seasons being available on the service. Show creator Vince Gilligan has even credited Netflix for keeping “Breaking Bad” on the air.

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  1. Bonny says:

    I have switched to netflix and hulu from cable and it is great for the most part. I just wish netflix (and hulu) would list the titles of new offerings better, and to make the whole list of everything available on line. Maybe a simple pdf file to whiz through alphabetically. It is just crazy how much work it is to find what I want to watch.

  2. Jim says:

    I’d really like to watch Dexter on Netflix!!

  3. justin says:

    I’ll expect my check fir the research in the mail I guess

  4. SB says:

    Now if CBS would just get on board I could be a happy girk!

  5. justin says:

    Revolution came through a deal with warner bros. not nbcu

  6. Mary Coughlin says:

    Any chance “Big Bang Theory” will be added to Netflix?

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