February 27, 2023

When Will The CW Shows Leave Netflix?

List of Contents [Hide]

    As The CW’s Beauty and the Beast prepares to depart Netflix September 19th, it seems prudent to take stock of the remaining CW series on Netflix and estimate when they will be removed. Here’s a breakdown of when we’re expecting all The CW shows on Netflix US to depart.

    Note: This article was originally published June 2022 and has since been updated with new expiration date estimates and content exits recorded.

    Netflix and The CW first struck an output deal in 2011 which meant each new show aired during the TV season would see its episodes added to Netflix shortly after the season finale aired. This provided Netflix with a lot of popular content but the CW benefitted as well. Through the lifetime of this deal many CW series gained new notoriety and saw spikes in their viewership the following TV season. Riverdale is one of the series that benefitted the most from this “Netflix bump.”

    The deal was renewed again in 2016.

    In 2019, The CW and Netflix chose not to renew the output deal. WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS (co-owners of the CW) planned to hold their new series back for use on their new streaming services: Paramount+ or HBO Max. Despite this, ViacomCBS relinquished their opportunity to stream their CBS-produced CW series, instead licensing them all to HBO Max alongside the WarnerMedia-produced shows. The official word was it “made sense to keep them in one spot” but in reality Bob Bakish’s ViacomCBS just couldn’t say “no” to a payday. This new setup began with the Fall 2019 slate of series which is why Nancy Drew and Kung Fu being on HBO Max instead of Netflix.

    What about the series still on Netflix from the previous deal?

    The licensing terms required each show to remain exclusively on Netflix for a whopping 5 years after Netflix obtains the final season.

    As a result, there are still a significant of CW series streaming on Netflix waiting for the clock to countdown. In some cases, the series continue to get renewed for new seasons each year and so the 5-year countdown hasn’t even begun!

    Let’s take the guesswork out of this and share the list along with their estimated removal date. Please note that this remains speculation and removal dates are subject to contracts and to change. This list only applies to the United States of America and other regions will vary.

    The CW Shows Concluded

    Recent departures: Reign and The Vampire Diaries in September 2022.

    TitleDate Final Season AddedEstimated Removal Date
    Life SentenceJune 23, 2018August 23, 2023
    The OriginalsAugust 9, 2018October 9, 2023
    Crazy Ex GirlfriendApril 13, 2019June 13, 2024
    Jane the VirginAugust 8, 2019October 8, 2024
    iZombieAugust 10, 2019October 10, 2024
    ArrowFebruary 5, 2020April 5, 2025
    The 100October 8, 2020December 8, 2025
    SupernaturalNovember 27, 2020December 18, 2025
    Black LightningJune 16, 2021August 16, 2026
    SupergirlOctober 19, 2021December 19, 2027
    Legends of TomorrowMarch 10, 2022May 10, 2027
    CharmedJune 18, 2022August 18, 2027
    LegaciesJune 24, 2022August 24, 2027
    In the DarkSeptember 5, 2022November 5, 2027
    Roswell, New MexicoSeptember 13, 2022November 13, 2027
    DynastySeptember 24, 2022November 24, 2027

    Ongoing The CW Shows Still Coming to Netflix

    Shows below are The CW shows still coming to Netflix on an annual basis. Therefore, we can’t yet predict when they’re due to depart.

    All AmericanSeason 5 arrives in 2023
    The Flash9th and final season arrives in 2023 and title will leave in 2028
    Riverdale7th and final season arrives in 2023 and title will leave in 2028

    What about Gilmore Girls?

    Gilmore Girls is a mystery and an outlier. It doesn’t follow the same contract pattern as the other series because it’s been streaming for 6 years as of October 1st. In 2016 Netflix released a limited series revival: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

    Warner Brothers produced and distributed this which means the day should come when Netflix says goodbye to both the original series and their own Netflix Original revival. This November marks 5 years since the revival premiered and I wouldn’t be shocked if the revival leaves at that time. I wouldn’t be shocked if the whole franchise leaves in fall 2022. Our sources now tell us that original series will leave July 1, 2026 and the revival series will leave leave November 25, 2026 after a 10 year license.

    Leave a Comment