Whether or not you could handle re-watching the historic pettiness between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, it's hard to deny that Ryan Murphy's Feud: Bette and Joan is entertaining and visually stunning. And now that Feud and its talent scored 2017 Emmy nominations, it's the perfect time to re-visit the drama. But will Feud be available on Netflix so you can do so?
In true Murphy fashion, the premiere installment of the anthology series, which debuted on FX in March, was perfectly campy, popping with 1960s Hollywood scenery and snarky dialogue. Although focused on the starlets' infamous rivalry, the show also put a spotlight on important issues like the toxicity of males running the entertainment industry. On top of all of that, Feud had a stunning cast, led by veterans Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, with supporting roles by Judy Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Kathy Bates. However, there's good news and bad news regarding Feud's streaming future.
The good news is that the show is likely to hit Netflix, given the history of Murphy's various FX series available on the platform; both American Horror Story and American Crime Story are on the service. But fans may have to hold out a little bit longer until Feud is actually available. ACS: The People v. O.J. Simpson was on Netflix about a year after it aired. If Feud follows the same one-year-gap pattern, it won't be available until spring of 2018. The agony...
It's a shame, given the attention Feud has been getting surrounding the 2017 Emmys. After all, Feud scored 18 Emmy nods, including the show's nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. Additionally, stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon each received nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. And the detail in Feud should not be overlooked, which is why it already won two Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Hairstyling and Outstanding Makeup (non-prosthetic) for a Limited Series or Movie. In the running against acclaimed series Big Little Lies, Fargo, Genius, and The Night Of, Feud actually has a good shot at getting the win.
In addition to current Emmys hype, hopefully Feud hits Netflix sooner than predicted given Murphy's other ongoing projects. The seventh season American Horror Story, titled Cult, is currently airing. Murphy and his team are also gearing up for the highly anticipated sophomore installment of American Crime Story, called The Assassination of Gianni Versace (premiering in 2018). Not to mention, the second season of Feud: Charles and Diana is already underway for a 2018 premiere. The second installment will spotlight the heartbreaking separation between Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1996.
It's valid to feel that Feud is hard to get through at times, given the disheartening material about two women being pit against each other (no matter how campy the show may be). But this is also why Feud is worth the watch. Davis and Crawford's ongoing battle during 1962's What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? is obviously still notorious in pop culture. And getting a peek at behind-the-scenes triggers, like the males who orchestrated the tension and the issues around agism, is eye-opening. It shows that, while Hollywood has come a long way, nothing good can come from such negative competition. And that sometimes that competition isn't just pettiness; there's always more going on behind the scenes than we can possibly know at the time.
Needless to say, Murphy and his crew aren't slowing down. Before their new creations become all the rage, it's time Feud holds onto its time in the spotlight for a little while longer.