Martin: Netflix may no longer have Friends or The Office, but it has been steadily securing licenses for other classic sitcoms from previous decades. Making its debut on the platform in the United States in December is the sitcom Martin.
Crafted by John Bowman, Martin Lawrence, and Topper Carew, the series aired on Fox from 1992 to 1997 across five seasons, featuring Lawrence in the lead role as Martin Payne.
The narrative revolves around the humorous daily life of Martin Payne, a radio DJ in Detroit, and his interactions with his girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam, and his friends Tommy and Cole.
While it remains uncertain whether all five seasons and the 132 episodes will be available on Netflix, the notice on the page suggests that multiple seasons are in the pipeline. Given Netflix’s history of securing complete back catalog titles, it’s probable that all five seasons will eventually be accessible.
Starting December 15th, viewers will have three options for streaming the show. Martin will continue to be available on Max (not slated for removal in December) and will also be accessible on BET Plus.
This acquisition follows a trend of Netflix obtaining licenses for older shows from various networks in the United States, a trend that has become more challenging with the rise of competing streaming services in recent years.
In connection with Martin, believed to be owned by HBO and Warner Bros. Television with rights tied up at BET, Netflix has seen several HBO-owned shows, such as Band of Brothers and Insecure, added to its catalog, along with BET shows like First Wives Club and The Family Business.