Is American Crime Story leaving Netflix in March 2022?

American Crime Story

American Crime Story Season 1 and 2, subtitled, The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace respectively, are soon to be departed from Netflix. Here’s all what you need to know and where to stream it next. 

Netflix is planning to remove American Crime Story as per their deal. On Netflix one cannot find it as American Crime Story, instead they are named as per their subtitles on it. Developed and produced by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, American Crime Story is an American true crime series.

Each season has a story of its own and is nowhere connected to each other. First season, subtitled, The People v. O.J. Simpson was premiered on February 2, 2016. It tells the tale of O.J. Simpson’s murder trail, which was based on the book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. The second season, subtitled, The assassination of Gianni Versace premiered on January 17, 2018. The season chronicles the murder of designer Gianni Versace by spree-killer Andrew Cunanan, based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth. 

American Crime Story
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When and why the show is getting removed?

The series came to Netflix after a licensing deal signed between Netflix and Disney. But recently Disney is taking back a bunch of titles from Netflix by either letting the license expire or buying back the given license. The list of titles being removed include Punisher, Daredevil, Pose and American Horror Story. As a result of license expiration, the removal notices for above said series shows March 1, 2022. 

What about American Crime Story 3?

American Crime Story

The deliberate license expiration gives hint that Netflix won’t be getting any viewing rights for American Crime Story Season 3, subtitled, Impeachment. As new seasons are made available for viewing around an year after premiering, it was expected for Impeachment to release on Netflix somewhere between June and September in 2022. However, taking into account the title withdrawal by Disney, It is highly unlikely for Impeachment to be on the streaming platform anymore. 

Where to stream American Crime Story now?

The removed series are most likely to head to Hulu and Disney+ in countries where Hulu doesn’t operate. As the series is aimed at adults, it’ll be listed among the Disney+ Star offerings alongside the likes of American Horror Story.

The removal of Crime Story can be guessed as a shocker to Netflix as it is basically reliant on its Originals in its library and removal of its original shows will somehow affect the overall viewing. With Disney removing multiple shows at one time from the streaming platform like this, one can expect more actions like this in future.