‘Curious George’ All Seasons Coming to Hulu in Exclusive Streaming Deal

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Kids' show will be exclusive to Hulu as of March 31, rolling off Netflix and Amazon

Curious George” is swinging over to Hulu, under a deal that will make Hulu the exclusive subscription-streaming home for all past and future seasons of the popular kids’ show.

As of March 31, all nine seasons of “Curious George” starring the sweet but mischievous monkey — more than 100 episodes in all — will be available only on Hulu’s subscription VOD service.

At that point, episodes of “Curious George” will no longer be available on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Kids’ fare has been a key genre among the large subscription-streaming services, which have battled for exclusive rights on binge-worthy content for tykes to win the wallets of parents.

Hulu grabbed the rights to “Curious George” in a multiyear agreement with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. The deal covers past and future seasons of the two-time Emmy-winning series, plus specials and feature-length original movies. All of the “Curious George” content will be available in Hulu’s commercial-free Hulu Kids environment.

“Curious George is one of the most beloved characters in kids’ programming and we are delighted to bring the TV series to Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, senior VP and head of content for Hulu. “As we continue to add the best of premium television to our service, this partnership represents both an expansion and a commitment to our kids and family offering.”

The “Curious George” TV series, based on the books by Margret and H.A. Rey, is produced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s production arm, Universal 1440 Entertainment, in association with Imagine Entertainment and WGBH Boston.

Under the pact, Hulu also will be the U.S. premiere home to new seasons of the series over the coming years. In addition, specials including “Curious George: Swings Into Spring,” “Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest” and “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas,” along with the feature-length originals “Curious George: Follow That Monkey,” “Curious George: Back to the Jungle” and future direct-to-TV specials will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hulu on ‘Curious George,’ and we salute them for recognizing the value of this important children’s series and the significance of its addition to their kids and family offering,” said Frances Manfredi, president of NBCUniversal TV and New Media Distribution.

Comcast’s NBCU is a part-owner of Hulu. However, under Comcast’s agreement with U.S. regulators to buy NBC, neither company is allowed to exercise control over Hulu’s business operations.

Since its TV debut in 2006, “Curious George” has consistently ranked as the highest-rated children’s animated preschool series on PBS Kids. In addition to winning two Emmy Awards for outstanding children’s animated program, “Curious George” has also earned a total of 12 Emmy nominations across multiple categories.

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  1. EternalMyrtle says:

    If Hulu has to sink down to this level to get subscribers then the company will never get my money. Basically, Hulu’s plan is to disappoint thousands of little kids with the intent of guilt-tripping parents into buying their service. It’s a very low move and does not reflect well upon the company. Both Amazon and Netflix streamed Curious George and neither suffered because of it. Why? Because they offer a good service at a good price and they don’t have to manipulate people in order to sell their service.

    FU Hulu!

  2. KRZ says:

    Guess I will have to start buying them on iTunes. So not moving to Hulu.

  3. Brianna says:

    So disappointed!! We aren’t moving to Hulu either. I have a very unhappy 2 year old right now

  4. AmyK says:

    We’re super bummed George isn’t on Netflix anymore too! My five year old has been watching for years and still loves this show. It was one our Netflix faves. Won’t be getting Hulu either so guess we’ll be buying the DVD’s!

  5. Scott says:

    Went to put on Curious George for my preschooler this morning. Very disappointed dad and child today. We’re not moving to hulu, we’re just sad.

  6. Maira says:

    My daughter loves curious George she’s 2 years old and that’s been her favorite TV show since 10 months old. Lucky her daddy bought the DVD’s for her 2ed Birthday and we subscrib Hulu

  7. Denise G says:

    My youngest absolutely loves George, but it isn’t going to make me pick up Hulu. I don’t like their service, I don’t like their business model, and I’m not giving them money when Prime and Netflix are still clearly the superior option. Count me among those who’d rather just pick up the seasons on DVD instead of adding the crappiest of the subscription services to my budget.

    • drbananahammock says:

      Nailed it. Hulu is awful and they’re not getting my money. Already ripped season 1 dvds to our media server and my son is back in business.

  8. Nicole says:

    Curious George is just about the only TV show I find suitable for my daughter. It’s an added bonus that neither my husband or I find the show annoying! We are highly disappointed that we can no longer stream on Netflix or Pbskids. Good move Hulu, but we still won’t be subscribing for one show. We’ll miss that cute little monkey.

  9. My son is heartbroken. We aren’t paying for another subscription service. DVD episodes it is!

  10. Tom says:

    VERY disappointed. We have netflix and amazon prime and my 5 year old has grown up with George and watched just about everyday. This is a huge letdown. Not to mention the fact that I’ve always been under impressed with Hulu. I guess we’ll be buying seasons on DVD/Blu ray. Bummer.

  11. Gretchen says:

    I have two very disappointed kids…

    It’s a shame “children’s viewing” has become such a market that it’s all about the money, instead of enabling accessibility to quality programming for kids.

    We’ll miss you, George…

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