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Why Was ‘Turner & Hooch’ Removed From Disney Plus?

As part of its ongoing cost-cutting strategy, Disney removed Turner & Hooch (the show) from Disney+ worldwide as of May 27.

In November 2021, it was revealed that the Disney+ original series “ Turner & Hooch” will not return for a second season.  The season finale of “Turner & Hooch” premiered on Disney+ on October 4, 2021.

“Turner & Hooch” starred Josh Peck as Scott Turner, son of Detective Scott Turner, portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name.

Why Was ‘Turner & Hooch’ Removed From Disney Plus?

Disney decided to remove Tuner & Hooch from Disney+ because of its low viewership. The company didn’t see the cost of maintaining the show as justified, particularly while it’s aiming to save $5 billion through cost-cutting measures.

Disney still bears ongoing costs to keeps shows like Turner & Hooch on Disney+. Disney can save money by eliminating certain titles, as it no longer needs to make residual payments and pay licensing fees.

Additionally, removing content also opens up opportunities for Disney to establish licensing agreements with other companies, like Netflix or HBO, which could generate additional revenue.

Will Turner & Hooch Come Back To Disney Plus?

Due to a content impairment charge that Disney has implemented, which serves as a write-off for tax purposes, Turner & Hooch is unable to return to Disney+.

When the impairment period ends, Disney could theoretically bring Tuner & Hooch back to Disney+. Nonetheless, considering Disney’s stance that the continuous costs of hosting the title on Disney+ aren’t justified, and given the prior low viewership, a surge in viewership upon re-introduction on Disney+ appears highly unlikely. Therefore, the likelihood of Turner & Hooch returning is incredibly small.

Where To Watch Turner & Hooch

Currently, no alternative streaming platforms or purchase options are available for Turner & Hooch.

Disney’s decision to remove content parallels a preceding action by Warner Bros. Discovery, headed by David Zaslav, which also pulled a selection of titles from (HBO) Max. The company subsequently granted Roku and Tubi the rights to many of these shows through a number of licensing agreements, thereby further monetizing programming that had previously failed to achieve expected success.

It’s unclear whether Disney will license the show to another streaming service, as that would depend on the interest of other platforms. However, it’s certainly a possibility that Disney will follow a similar path to Warner.

Similarly, there’s uncertainty about if or when Disney might offer Turner & Hooch for digital purchase.

If and when Turner & Hooch is made available on another streaming service or available to purchase, we’ll be sure to update this article.

What Other Titles Have Been Removed From Disney Plus?

Disney has pulled over 100 titles in total from Disney+, such as Better Nate Than Ever, Turner & Hooch, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Just Beyond, Diary of a Future President, Big Shot, and The World According To Jeff Goldblum, and many more.

You can see the full list of removals right here.

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