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The first two seasons of 'The Office' will stream for free on Peacock next month after leaving Netflix, but fans will have to pay to access the whole series

  • "The Office" is leaving Netflix for Peacock in January.
  • The first two seasons will be available for free, with the rest of the series behind a $5 a month subscription.
  • Peacock is NBC Universal's ad-supported streaming service.
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NBC's beloved sitcom "The Office" is leaving Netflix for Peacock on January 1, and fans will be able to access some episodes for free, according to a press release from Peacock.

All 201 episodes from the nine seasons of "The Office" will stream exclusively on Peacock. The first two season will be available for free, with ads. The other seven seasons will require a Peacock Premium subscription for $4.99 per month, or a Peacock Premium Plus subscription for $9.99 per month without ads. Peacock is NBC Universal's ad-supported streaming service, with NBC TV shows and Universal movies.

Along with the entire run of the popular series, Peacock will also "Superfan episodes," which feature deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes content. Peacock will launch "The Office Zen," a channel "devoted to the sights and sounds of 'The Office' for anyone working at home."

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Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that NBC was considering putting the show behind a paywall, either fully or partially. NBC Universal has publicly considered pulling "The Office" from Netflix since at least 2019, when CEO Steve Burke said the company might move the show to its own streaming platform. Though it stopped airing in 2013, "The Office" is consistently one of the most popular shows on Netflix, frequently appearing on Netflix's own daily top lists. In 2019, Business Insider used Jumpshot data to find "The Office" was the most popular show on the service.

The $100 million-a-year streaming deal is expected to be a big selling point for Peacock, which launched in July. Sources told Bloomberg that NBC Universal is planning a big promotional push around the arrival. 

Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.

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