The 90s are alive and well, and the resurgence of Nicktoons is spilling over into Hulu. The streaming service announced today that as part of a new deal expansion with Viacom—Nickelodeon’s parent company—Hulu gets the exclusive streaming rights to all episodes of fan-favorite 90s series Rugrats and Doug, as well as the series runs of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the Nick one not the original one, sorry), Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Rabbids Invasion and more. In addition, Hulu gets exclusive SVOD rights to Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, and Drunk History, as well as MTV’s Faking It and Finding Carter.
The real news here is Rugrats and Doug, and it comes fresh on the heels of TeenNick’s announcement of a new regular 90s programming block, The Splat. Airing every weeknight from 10pm ET/PT to 6am, The Splat features not just reruns of beloved 90s Nickelodeon shows, but full programming blocks complete with original promos and interstitials. With Rugrats and Doug now coming to Hulu, impatient fans will have every season at their fingertips. Though the fun of sitting through The Splat remains a valid option.
As someone who watched copious amounts of Doug and Rugrats as a youngster, this news is exciting—though I admittedly don’t have Hulu. These two series join a collection of other classic Nick shows that were already available on the streaming service, including Ren & Stimpy, Hey Arnold!, and The Wild Thornberrys. Read the full press release below.
SANTA MONICA, CA (October 06, 2015) – Hulu and Viacom today announced a renewal and expansion of their content partnership that grants Hulu the exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to selected top-rated series from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV. The deal continues their existing relationship under which full episodes of late night shows including The Daily Show with Trevor Noah are available to stream on Hulu the day after airing on linear broadcast, and current seasons of selected shows from Viacom’s media networks remain available to stream on delay after airing on linear broadcast. All Viacom series will be available to stream on Hulu with a subscription for $7.99 per month with limited commercials and $11.99 per month with no commercials.
Starting today, the multi-year agreement makes Hulu the exclusive SVOD home to past seasons and future seasons of certain popular titles from Comedy Central including Emmy® Award-winning comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Drunk History and Key & Peele, as well as MTV hits Faking It and Finding Carter. Additional seasons of Workaholics, Awkward and Catfish: The TV Show are also now available to stream on Hulu.
The deal also expands Hulu’s offering of exclusive kids programming from Nickelodeon. Full past seasons of Nickelodeon programming that have never been available on Hulu and are now exclusive to the service include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rabbids Invasion, Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Bella and the Bulldogs, and The Thundermans. In addition, all episodes of nostalgic kids series Doug and Rugrats, as well as T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Planet Sheen, will become available to stream for the first time ever on Hulu. These join Nickelodeon library series including Ren & Stimpy, The Wild Thornberrys, Drake & Josh, Hey Arnold!, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Danny Phantom and others, which will remain on Hulu.
“Viacom has been an important partner of ours since we struck our first deal with them over five years ago and our relationship has only grown since then,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu. “Today, we are not only extending our deal, but we are adding more premium content than ever from their popular family of networks.”
“We are thrilled to be expanding our successful relationship with Hulu as they continue to build an even bigger and better service for subscribers and our passionate viewers,” said Philippe Dauman, Viacom President and CEO. “Hulu has been a great partner for Viacom for many years. They have a commitment to their customers and brand partners and value how Viacom’s popular range of youthful brands and programs create a better experience for Hulu users. We also value the promotional and marketing support they provide for our brands and shows.”
Selected current seasons of select series from MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, TV Land, Spike, and Logo will also continue to stream on Hulu, joined by a robust selection of past seasons from favorites such as Chappelle’s Show, Kroll Show, Review, Tosh.0, RuPaul’s Drag Race, 16 & Pregnant, Daria, Jersey Shore, Ridiculousness, Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, The Real World, The Hills, Ink Master, Hot in Cleveland, Basketball Wives, Basketball Wives LA, Love & Hip Hop and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, among others, which will remain available to stream on Hulu as part of the renewal.
Programming from Viacom’s network brands joins all episodes of Comedy Central’s hit animated series South Park, which Hulu acquired the SVOD rights to in a previous deal with South Park Studios. Hulu also recently added an offering of blockbuster films and new titles from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM in a deal with EPIX.
Over the past year, Hulu has significantly expanded its offering of exclusive programming, including all episodes of FOX’s breakout hit series Empire, Seinfeld, CSI, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Mindy Project, The Goldbergs, The Last Man On Earth and more.