Hulu has hit the TGIF motherlode, landing streaming agreements for Warner Bros.’ ABC series including “Full House” and “Family Matters.”
Hulu has acquired the exclusive SVOD rights to more than 800 episodes of shows from ABC’s 1990s TGIF lineup including “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.” Hulu says the deal marks the streaming debut for the series.
The full libraries of all five will be available in the U.S. on Hulu staring Friday, September 29.
As Variety points out, Hulu had been after the TGIF library for years but Warner Bros. first had to wrap up existing distribution deals for the shows. It's worth noting that Warner Bros.' parent company Time Warner Inc. is a minority owner of Hulu.
The Warner Bros. agreement comes one week after Hulu announced a similar deal with 20th Century Fox to add about 3,000 episodes to its streaming service.
The deal includes streaming rights for "How I Met Your Mother," "Burn Notice," "Bones" and "Glee," and makes Hulu the go-to service for all seasons of "M*A*S*H" and "NYPD Blue." Other series include "Raising Hope," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Better Off Ted," "Reba," "Life in Pieces," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "St. Elsewhere," "Hill Street Blues," "The Bob Newhart Show," "Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23," "Dollhouse," "Wilfred" and "The Glades."
The agreement is on top of a deal Hulu signed for Fox’s animated series including "Bob’s Burgers," "American Dad!," "Futurama" and "The Cleveland Show."
In addition to announcing a new licensing deal, Hulu said that its original drama "Harlots" will return in 2018 for a second season. The service also announced an upcoming original documentary based on Barbie.