Hulu Is Officially Bringing Back the '90s With ABC's TGIF Block
As if television couldn’t get nostalgic enough these days, Hulu will officially be bringing back ABC’s popular block of programming called TGIF, which includes shows like Full House, Family Matters, and Step by Step.
The '90s have been a recurring thematic phenomenon for the past few years, with channels like Nickelodeon and shows like Twin Peaks jumping on board to bring back programs that now 20- to 30-year-olds desperately crave. Even the fashion has come back — cutoff jeans, chokers, overalls. Hulu is on the ball with this lineup of TV shows, which serve up nostalgia and signify everything about '90s culture.
Hulu has snagged the rights the TGIF shows, Perfect Strangers and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. The deal between the streaming service and SVOD was officially announced Thursday on the Television Critics Association summer press tour, and it includes over 800 episodes of the five shows that have only been available as reruns on various networks. So, for the first time in 12 years, every episode from ABC’s 1989 to 2000 and 2003 to 2005 Friday night lineup will be available in full.
“These shows are more than just beloved hits,” said Hulu’s SVP of Content, Craig Erwich. “They were part of a cultural tradition to tune in every Friday night. Now, it can be Friday any day of the week on Hulu.” And, honestly, who doesn’t wish every day was Friday?
Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. domestic television distribution, added, “With this acquisition, Hulu is making available to their subscribers one of the most popular comedy blocks of programming ever.”
This deal marks another '90s revival success! Hulu has no release date for the popular shows quite yet, but everyone is on the edge of their couches to see when they can tune in to Friday night every day.