Pretty Little Liars is returning to the UK.
Netflix UK has taken the exclusive UK rights to ABC Family’s flagship drama series after striking a deal with international distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, TVWise has confirmed.
Under the pact between the two companies, the first four seasons and the first half of the show’s fifth season will be available to stream on Netflix UK from Thursday January 1st. New episodes will then be made available on the streaming service every Wednesday, less than 24 hours after they air in the United States.
This is something of a happy ending for UK fans of Pretty Little Liars. The show was originally broadcast in the UK by MTV, who aired the show’s first two seasons. The Viacom owned broadcaster opted not to renew their licensing deal for the series in 2013, however, after it failed to pull in strong ratings. Since that point in early 2013, Pretty Little Liars has been without a UK broadcaster – though episodes were made available for purchase on iTunes.
With this deal between Warner Bros. and Netflix, Pretty Little Liars also has the distinction of becoming the second high-profile series that Netflix UK has taken the exclusive rights to after it was dropped by its original UK broadcaster(s). The streaming service also became the exclusive UK home to Breaking Bad after both Channel 5 and FX UK (now FOX UK) dropped the series.