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Where Next For "Rutherford Falls?" Four Streaming Platforms That Can Revive The Show

Part-time Indigenous media critic, but full-time Indigenous professional.

Which streaming service will host Rutherford Falls 2.0? My top four are below.

Which streaming service will host Rutherford Falls 2.0? My top four are below.

After the jaw-dropping news today of Rutherford Falls being canceled by Peacock months after its second season dropped, fans of the show are left wondering what's next for the series. The second season has received praise for expanding the world of its characters beyond Ed Helms' Nathan Rutherford. The season also left with a cliffhanger that audiences are waiting eagerly to see resolved and the mayhem it caused.

Rutherford Falls co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner Sierra Teller Ornelas took to Twitter to express her gratitude for the show, especially during the COVID pandemic. She also said that she is not done, and will be looking for a new home for Rutherford Falls. So while we wait for official news, I have crafted a list of the four most sensible streaming platforms ranked from best to worst.

Hulu is Option 1

Hulu is Option 1

1. Hulu

This one is the obvious choice. Hulu has been a true ally to the Indigenous community with Reservation Dogs and Prey exclusive to the platform (and let us not forget that they allow viewers to watch the Comanche dub of Prey, even if it is a bit tricky to find).

Adding Rutherford Falls to Rez Dogs would give Indigenous viewers the ability to watch both shows on Hulu, and if they offset the release schedule, they can get viewers on the platform the whole year—as opposed to those who only use their subscriptions for Reservation Dogs. For Indigenous people, Hulu is an easy #1.

Amazon Prime is Option 2

Amazon Prime is Option 2

2. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Video receives my second vote because it would allow Rutherford Falls to expand its audience reach. When I think Amazon Prime shows I think of The Boys, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Prime offers a great range of different genres, but it can benefit greatly from a show like Rutherford Falls.

Amazon Studios has a Voices program through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative. The program hosted a virtual event to celebrate Native American History Month with many wonderful participants, including Jenna Clause (a Cayuga Nation Wolf Clan member from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario) who starred in the Amazon exclusive The Wilds series.

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Should Amazon put Rutherford Falls in its lineup not only will they earn high praise from the Indigenous community, but it would showcase that Amazon Prime Video is a place where diverse stories can be told.

Paramount+ is Option 3

Paramount+ is Option 3

3. Paramount+

I have been sour against Paramount+ because of their Halo adaptation, a video game franchise that I hold near and dear to my heart. Nonetheless, I cannot ignore the service for other series it brought to audiences, especially Star Trek: Picard.

I really only used Paramount+ for one or two shows—my roommates and I were on that iCarly hype train when it came out. Adding Rutherford Falls would introduce people to the platform who were holding out because, like me, they were only interested in a couple shows.

Rutherford Falls might have to hold back on poking fun at Yellowstone, but it could also reference it in an original way that will stay true to Rutherford Falls' humor.

Apple TV+ is Option 4

Apple TV+ is Option 4

4. Apple TV+

Before Rutherford Falls landed at Peacock it was originally in development with Apple TV+. The service has shows like Mythic Quest and Ted Lasso (both my dad’s personal faves), the latter of which has received multiple Emmy nominations at the expense of Reservation Dogs—but that is a rant for another time.

Many of the series that Apple TV+ developed are reaching their final season, so the platform will have to start developing more. This is where Rutherford Falls can come in clutch. The show has already established itself with critics and audiences, so there's less worry about starting a new series from the ground up. We just have to hope that Apple TV+ will be ready for Rutherford Falls this time around.

Sierra Teller Ornelas and Jana Schmieding at the Rutherford Falls season 2 premiere

Sierra Teller Ornelas and Jana Schmieding at the Rutherford Falls season 2 premiere

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day it is not up to an Indigenous media writer, but the showrunners who have put all their effort into creating this amazing show. I really hope to see the Rutherford Falls story continue on a streaming platform that supports their storytelling.

Good luck Rutherford Falls team! We are rooting for you.

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