Netflix Is Adding One Of The Best Sketch Comedy Shows Ever

Key & Peele will stream on Netflix starting November 1.

By Matthew Creith | Published

With the cancellation of many television shows in the past few years, Netflix has been quick to jump in and feature many of these series on their subscription streaming platform. Key & Peele may not have been outright canceled when it aired on Comedy Central for five seasons, but Netflix is making news this week by confirming the sketch comedy show will be available for streaming on the platform. Deemed by many critics and fans to be one of the best sketch comedy shows ever, reports that the first three seasons of Key & Peele will arrive on Netflix starting November 1st.

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Currently, all five seasons of Key & Peele can be found via streaming on Paramount+, but it appears that the show will find its way to Netflix starting next month, at least just the first three seasons at this point. There is currently not much known about the other two seasons, whether they will be added to Netflix eventually or if they will remain on Paramount+ for the time being, but the first three seasons on Netflix will make the show available to a new generation of viewers.

The sketch comedy show originally aired 55 episodes in total when it was a Comedy Central staple from 2012 to 2015, furthering the careers of its stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele before they both starred together in the buddy action comedy movie Keanu in 2016, which was written by Peele and screenwriter Alex Rubens.

Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key created Key & Peele to showcase their talents on television as sketch comedy artists, after the two friends were featured as cast members of the popular sketch comedy show Mad TV, which rivaled Saturday Night Live at one time when the two were competing on network television.

Peele and Key were both regarded for their work on Key & Peele, as they eventually took home the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2016 for the final season of the series. Many of the sketches reflected on Key & Peele had to do with current events, pop culture, race relationships, and ethnic stereotypes that have since been parodied on YouTube and shown in clips on TikTok.

After Key & Peele wrapped in 2015, both Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have gone on to incredible careers outside of the sketch comedy realm. For Keegan-Michael Key, the actor costarred on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, hosted Game On! for CBS, was part of the ensemble group of actors in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix movie The Prom, and has since taken lead roles on streaming series like Apple TV+’s Schmigadoon! and Hulu’s Reboot, the latter of which is currently showing new episodes.

Jordan Peele, on the other hand, has made a name for himself directing and writing horror films like Nope, Us, and Get Out, the latter bringing Peele into the global conversation as a standout filmmaker upon which he took home the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2018 as the first Black person to win that particular award.