The Office seasons 3 to 9 will only be available on Peacock Premium starting next year, the streamer announces. NBC’s comedy series has become a fan favorite over the years, even after going off the air in 2013. It follows the employees of regional paper company Dunder Mifflin and their workplace drama and shenanigans. Starring Steve Carell as the hilarious manager Michael Scott, the show ran for a total of 9 seasons.
One of the reasons The Office remained such an enduring series for years was because of its availability on Netflix. Fans who didn’t catch the show during its run could stream it online instead, and then return for repeat viewings. The series proved it’s still popular after the recent Nielsen streaming rankings placed it second, next to Disney+’s The Mandalorian. The Office accumulated a total of 1.05 billion minutes viewership count.
Unfortunately, that reign will come to an end along with 2020, as the show departs the streaming service by the end of December. It will move to NBC’s service Peacock in 2021, making it one of the most enticing content available in the library.
How to watch The Office online on Peacock?
All episodes of The Office will be available on Peacock, although only a handful will be available for free. Seasons 3 through 9 will only be included with Peacock Premium, which costs $4.99 a month (or $9.99 for ad-free viewing). On the other hand, its first two seasons will be free for everyone.
Peacock Premium subscribers will also gain access to The Office: Superfan Episodes, which will include never-before-seen content and footage. This is also scheduled to roll out over the next few months. The streaming site has already released a sample preview of Superfan Episodes, which you can check out below.
In a recent interview, series creator Greg Daniels commented on The Office’s move to the new streaming platform. He said, “Having The Office back in the NBC family opens up access to a lot of extra content that we originally shot. The team at Peacock wanted to create the ultimate destination for fans, so I went back into the dailies with the original editors of the show and found some never-before-seen footage that was cut for time but is still fun to see.”
“You can choose to watch the classic version of the show, or the superfan extended cuts with this new footage and other deleted scenes that we are gradually rolling out, starting with season 3. The experience on Peacock should feel like a celebration of The Office for fans,” Daniels added.
While the extra content was just as enticing, many are still disappointed that much of the series won’t be available for free. Peacock is still a relatively new service and viewers may not want to pay just to watch the series. However, by creating a haven for Office fans, it is at least making an effort to win over die-hard fans. Whether this strategy proves successful for the streamer or not remains to be seen. The Office starts streaming on Peacock on January 1, 2021.