Why ‘Lucifer’ Might Leave Netflix in 2031
Lucifer has been one of Netflix’s biggest revivals in the streamer’s history and currently resides in most regions worldwide. However, its time on Netflix won’t be forever, as we’ve discovered the show may leave as soon as 2031 in regions such as the United States.
Originally at FOX, Netflix eventually revived Lucifer for three big seasons (although initially, it was supposed to be two). All six seasons reside on Netflix, with key exceptions like Netflix Germany.
The series, developed by Tom Kapinos, starred Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, and D. B. Woodside.
When will Lucifer leave Netflix?
Our recent investigation looking into key departure dates of Netflix Originals revealed that Lucifer is currently scheduled to leave Netflix globally on September 10th, 2031.
But why that date?
Well, superfans of the show will already know that’s the exact day when season 6 of Lucifer was added to Netflix in 2021. This tells us that Netflix holds onto the rights for the show’s lifetime plus ten years.
For many, it’s news that Netflix Originals can even leave the service, but as we’ve cataloged, dozens of titles have already left the service, all carrying original branding.
Why could Lucifer leave Netflix?
While not all Netflix Originals will eventually leave the service, many will because the underlying rights are owned by someone else and Netflix has essentially leased (albeit exclusively) for a fixed period of time.
In this instance, Warner Bros. Television owns the underlying rights, and of course, the IP itself is from DC Comics, which Warner Bros. Discovery owns too.
The ten-year removals, from our investigation, are standard for all Warner Bros. Television shows Netflix has picked up over the years, where they’ll expire precisely ten years following their final season addition to the service. This applies to titles like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Kominsky Method, The Sandman, or Keep Breathing, to name but a few.
Of course, we don’t know what position Warner Bros. Discovery will be in in the 2030s. As we’ve seen with Lilyhammer, shows can be renewed, but given Warner Bros. Discovery may like Lucifer to bolster its own HBO Max, it’s not a given a renewal will happen here.
We went into more detail about Netflix Originals that may leave the service over the coming decade, which include titles like Orange is the New Black, Narcos, House of Cards, Ozark, and 13 Reasons Why.
In other Lucifer news, you may know that some of the cast and crew of the show are also working on a slew of Netflix projects.
Netflix did not comment on our discovery.