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Hulu Acquires Former ‘TGIF’ ABC Comedy Brand

Hulu announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that will feature over 800 episodes from ABC’s former Friday night “TGIF” comedy brand. The digital streamer has acquired the exclusive, streaming, subscription video on-demand rights to all episodes of “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”

The full libraries of all five Warner Bros. comedies will launch exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu Friday, September 29th, on the heels of the 30th Anniversary of “Full House” and the 25th Anniversary of “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”

“These shows are more than just beloved hits, they were part of a cultural tradition to tune in every Friday night,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s SVP of Content. “Now, it can be Friday any day of the week on Hulu.”

“With this acquisition, Hulu is making available to their subscribers one of the most popular comedy blocks of programming ever,” added Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “These hit family comedies have entertained viewers for decades and will now be available on SVOD.”

The new deal follows a string of content agreements for fan favorite series including “The Golden Girls,” “Seinfeld” and “The O.C.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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