‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Returns to Netflix After Removal in April 2022

Surviving R. Kelly – Picture: Lifetime

First published in January 2019 on Lifetime, the docu-series featuring R. Kelly was later added to Netflix, exposing him to a huge new audience. The influential docuseries later saw a follow-up season and a special documentary added to Netflix, but all were removed from Netflix in the US in April 2022, but have now subsequently returned in June 2022.

Netflix slowly lost the show worldwide after reclaiming the global licensing rights in September 2019. We then saw the two follow-ups Surviving R. Kelly, Part II: The Judgment & Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact added in April 2020 but only in the United States.

The docuseries first came out as Kelly was formally charged with criminal sexual abuse after years of claims.

The series interviews the women accusing rapper and singer R. Kelly of sexual and mental abuse. The follow-up series saw more women come forward and review the case after the verdict. Finally, a one-off special hosted by Soledad O’Brien examined the impact of the docuseries and the trial itself.

Now the United States is about to lose the three titles of Surviving R. Kelly franchise on April 13, 2022. Titles display notices that the last day to watch on Netflix is ​​April 12.

In a twist, the show was then added back to Netflix on June 16. As a reminder, here is the order in which you should watch the show:

  • Surviving R. Kelly (Season 1 – 6 episodes)
  • Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning (Season 1 – 5 episodes)
  • Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact (2019)

When will Surviving R. Kelly leave Netflix in other regions?

Netflix US isn’t the only one showing Surviving R. Kelly it’s also not the only region to see the show expire soon.

Most regions, including the UK and Australia, dropped the show’s first season in September 2021 (two years after it was added).

As of June 2022, the series remains available in Canada, France, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland.

Will you check Surviving R. Kelly before his departure in April 2022? Let us know in the comments.

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