On the heels of The Goldbergs‘ third season premiere on ABC last night, the family comedy has landed a deal with Hulu. Under the pact between the streaming service and Sony Pictures TV — the studio which produces the 1980s comedy — effective today previous seasons of The Goldbergs will be available on both tiers of Hulu’s subscription service, with limited and no commercials.
Hulu already had been carrying the five most recent Goldbergs episodes from the current season on its free, ad-supported platform as part of an agreement with ABC. That will continue.
The Sony TV-Hulu deal for The Goldbergs follows the two companies’ blockbuster streaming deal for the entire run of the classic 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. Like the Seinfeld pact, I hear The Goldbergs deal is exclusive for streaming only, and Sony could also sell the show in broadcast and cable syndication.
After a promising start in the challenging Tuesday 8:30 PM slot, The Goldbergs thrived when it relocated to Wednesdays last fall, posting a rare Season 2 ratings growth. The series, about 11-year- old Adam who, armed with a video camera, captures the antics of his nutty, but loving, family, also has been well received by critics, especially Wendi McLendon-Covey’s breakout performance as the boy’s mom.
The Goldbergs was created by Adam F. Goldberg, who executive produces with Doug Robinson, Seth Gordon, Alex Barnow and Marc Firek for Sony TV and Happy Madison.