Logo for Facebook Watch.

Facebook Watch is a service that provides streaming of videos hosted by Facebook and access to "Facebook Original" series, shows that receive funding from Facebook. The service officially launched as Facebook Watch on August 10, 2017.

For short-form videos, Facebook originally had a budget of roughly $10,000-$40,000 per episode,[1] though renewal contracts have placed the budget in the $50,000-$70,000-range.[2] Long-form TV-length series have budgets between $250,000 to over $1 million.[2] The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2017 that the company was willing to spend up to $1 billion on original video content through 2018.[3][4] In April 2023, Meta announced that they were scaling back on originals entirely, having already stopped developing scripted originals in 2020.[5]

Original programming

Drama

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
SKAM Austin Teen drama April 27, 2018 2 seasons, 18 episodes 18–50 min. Ended
Five Points Teen drama June 4, 2018 2 seasons, 20 episodes 10–17 min. Ended
Sacred Lies Drama
Anthology
July 27, 2018 2 seasons, 20 episodes 28–34 min. Ended
Turnt Teen drama August 1, 2018 1 season, 40 episodes 7–18 min. Ended
Sorry for Your Loss Drama September 18, 2018 2 seasons, 20 episodes 26–32 min. Ended[6]
The Birch Horror/drama October 11, 2019 2 seasons, 17 episodes 11–19 min. Ended
Limetown Drama October 16, 2019 1 season, 10 episodes 21–31 min. Ended[6]
Stereoscope Horror drama August 21, 2020 1 season, 10 episodes 11–19 min. Ended
Mira Mira Horror/Drama January 15, 2021 1 season, 10 episodes 11–19 min. Ended

Comedy

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Strangers Comedy drama September 4, 2017 2 seasons, 17 episodes 12–27 min. Ended
Queen America Dark comedy November 18, 2018 1 season, 10 episodes 25–31 min. Ended

Continuations

Title Genre Prev. network(s) Premiere Seasons Length Status
I Want My Phone Back (seasons 2–3) Game show Comcast Watchable August 29, 2017 2 seasons, 20 episodes 9–12 min. Ended
Loosely Exactly Nicole (season 2) Comedy MTV December 20, 2017 1 season, 10 episodes 17–20 min. Ended
The Real Bros of Simi Valley (seasons 2-3) Comedy Independent (via YouTube) November 30, 2018 2 seasons, 21 episodes 13–17 min. Ended
The Real World (season 33) (plus 2 international editions) Reality MTV June 13, 2019 3 versions, each with 1 season of 12 episodes 30 min. Ended

Docu-series

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Humans of New York: The Series Human interest August 29, 2017 1 season, 13 episodes 13–24 min. Ended[7]
12 Hours With Music October 8, 2021 1 season, 4 episodes 12–14 min. Ended
Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray's Extra Innings Sports/Comedy November 20, 2017 1 season, 10 episodes 9–11 min. Ended
Tom vs Time Sports January 25, 2018 1 season, 6 episodes 14–21 min. Ended[8]
Fly Guys Sports February 2, 2018 1 season, 10 episodes 12–15 min. Ended
Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace Sports February 15, 2018 1 season, 8 episodes 11–16 min. Ended
Inside the Madness: Kentucky Basketball Sports February 17, 2018 1 season, 10 episodes 20–29 min. Ended
I Am More: OBJ Sports September 14, 2018 1 season, 16 episodes 5–11 min. Ended
Most Incredible Homes Real estate November 4, 2018 1 season, 5 episodes 12 min. Ended
365 Days Of Love Human interest January 1, 2019 1 season, 365 episodes 1–3 min. Ended
Mormon Love Mormonism January 13, 2019 1 season, 1 episode 15 min. Ended
9 Months with Courteney Cox Pregnancy January 22, 2019 3 seasons, 60 episodes 10–20 min. Ended[9]
Curse of Akakor Mystery August 11, 2019 1 season, 12 episodes 30 min. Ended
Simone vs Herself Sports June 15, 2021 1 season, 7 episodes 14–25 min. Ended
JoJo Goes[10] Adventure June 23, 2022 1 season, 8 episodes 14–18 min. Ended

Animation

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Human Kind Of Adult animation/Comedy September 16, 2018 1 season, 21 episodes 4–10 min. Ended
Liverspots and Astronots Adult animation/Comedy October 18, 2018 1 season, 21 episodes 4–10 min. Ended
Human Discoveries Adult animation/Comedy July 16, 2019 1 season, 10 episodes 30 min. Ended

Game show

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Confetti Trivia game July 11, 2018 1 season, 132 episodes 24–33 min. Ended
What's in the Box? Trivia game September 26, 2018 1 season, 8 episodes 15 min. Ended
School'd by Scary Mommy Trivia game February 14, 2019 1 season, 24 episodes 20-31 min. Ended
Outside Your Bubble Trivia game February 20, 2019 1 season, 15 episodes 26-32 min. Ended

Live sports

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Live: Stadium College Football College football September 2, 2017 2 seasons, 25 episodes 174–226 min. Ended
Live: Stadium College Basketball College basketball November 11, 2017 1 season, 66 episodes 91–153 min. Ended
WWE Mixed Match Challenge Professional wrestling January 16, 2018 2 seasons, 26 episodes 22–35 min. Ended
MLB Live Baseball April 4, 2018 1 season, 25 episodes 173–297 min. Ended
JBA League Basketball June 21, 2018 1 season, 20 episodes 123–175 min. Ended
BIG3 on FOX Basketball June 22, 2018 1 season, 9 episodes 42–46 min. Ended
PGA Tour Live Golfing June 23, 2018 1 season, 8 episodes 259–279 min. Ended
Nitro World Games Action sports August 10, 2018 1 season, 28 episodes 394 min. Ended
Golden Boy Fight Night Boxing August 11, 2018 1 season, 5 episodes 154–191 min. Ended
Friday Night Poker Poker September 21, 2018 1 season, 1 episodes 272 min. Ended
Lucha Capital Professional wrestling October 31, 2018 1 season, 5 episodes 112–125 min. Ended

News programs

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Fox News Update News program July 16, 2018 1 season, 311 episodes 3–13 min. Ended
Anderson Cooper Full Circle News program July 16, 2018 1 season, 133 episodes 7–26 min. Moved to CNN+
Mic Dispatch News program July 17, 2018 1 season, 55 episodes 5–19 min. Ended
At What Cost? News program July 18, 2018 1 season, 26 episode 3–7 min. Ended
Undivided ATTN: News program July 18, 2018 1 season, 25 episodes 2–5 min. Ended
Quartz News News program July 19, 2018 1 season, 26 episodes 5–10 min. Ended
More in Common News program July 21, 2018 1 season, 21 episodes 3–7 min. Ended
On Location News program August 6, 2018 1 season, 160 episodes 5–7 min. Ended
An Imperfect Union News program August 22, 2018 1 season, 21 episodes 5–10 min. Ended
Business Insider Today News program September 4, 2018 1 season, 220 episodes 8–10 min. Ended
Real America with Jorge Ramos News program September 6, 2018 1 season, 19 episodes 5–20 min. Ended
Chasing Corruption News program September 18, 2018 1 season, 10 episodes 7–10 min. Ended
NowThis Morning News program September 24, 2018 3 season, 124 episodes 3–27 min. Ended
Consider It News program October 4, 2018 1 season, 13 episodes 12–23 min. Ended
Cut Through The Noise News program November 29, 2018 1 season, 6 episodes 6–8 min. Ended

Reality show

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Ball in the Family Sports August 29, 2017 6 seasons, 116 episodes 14–26 min. Ended
Returning the Favor Reality August 29, 2017 3 season, 36 episodes 18–26 min. Ended[11]
Make Up or Break Up Reality September 7, 2017 2 season, 26 episodes 18–41 min. Ended
Win This House! Reality/Realty September 29, 2017 1 season, 8 episodes 32–57 min. Ended
No Script with Marshawn Lynch Sports/Comedy October 12, 2017 1 season, 8 episodes 11–15 min. Ended
RelationShipped Reality competition November 9, 2017 2 season, 38 episodes 13–29 min. Ended
BackCourt: Wade Sports November 20, 2017 1 season, 5 episodes 6–11 min. Ended
The Tattoo Shop Reality March 15, 2018 1 season, 8 episodes 13–16 min. Ended
Bear Grylls: Face the Wild Nature March 21, 2018 1 season, 10 episode 19–27 min. Ended
Help Us Get Married Reality May 3, 2018 1 season, 12 episode 21–30 min. Ended
Huda Boss Reality June 12, 2018 2 seasons, 18 episodes 16–24 min. Ended
Sneaker Hustle Reality August 26, 2018 1 season, 4 episodes 14–18 min. Ended
Troy The Magician Reality September 5, 2018 1 season, 3 episodes 6–7 min. Ended
You Kiddin' Me Comedy September 22, 2018 1 season, 10 episodes 13–15 min. Ended
Big Chicken Shaq Reality October 6, 2018 1 season, 8 episodes 15–20 min. Ended
Double Take Comedy October 24, 2018 1 season, 6 episodes 12–15 min. Ended
Will Smith's Bucket List Reality February 27, 2019 1 season, 6 episodes 21-22 min. Ended

Talk show

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status
Von Miller's Studio 58 Sports/Pop culture January 31, 2018 1 season, 8 episodes 21–23 min. Ended
Red Table Talk Talk show May 7, 2018 5 seasons, 129 episodes 19–35 min. Ended[12]
Profile Talk show July 22, 2018 1 season, 62 episodes 16–40 min. Ended
Inspiring Life with Lewis Howes Talk show August 6, 2018 1 season, 16 episodes 14–19 min. Ended
After After Party Late-night talk show August 13, 2018 1 season, 30 episodes 11–15 min. Ended
Steve on Watch Talk Show January 6, 2020 1 season, 30 episodes 11–15 min. Ended
Red Table Talk: The Estefans Talk show October 7, 2020 1 season, 20 episodes 24–33 min. Ended

Exclusive international distribution

These television shows, even though Facebook lists them as Facebook Watch originals, are shows that have been aired in different countries, and Facebook has bought exclusive distribution rights to stream them in other various countries. They may be available on Facebook Watch in their home territory and other markets where Facebook Watch does not have the first run license, without the Facebook Watch Original label, some time after their first-run airing on their original broadcaster.

English localized title (Original title) Genre Original Broadcaster Original Region Facebook Watch exclusive region Seasons Run Language
Professional Fighters League (PFL)[13] Sports/Mixed martial arts NBCSN United States All other markets 2 20182019 English
La Liga Sports, Association football Movistar LaLiga Spain Indian subcontinent 2 20182021[14] English

References

  1. ^ Patel, Sahil (May 25, 2017). "Facebook recruits its top publishers for exclusive shows". Digiday. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Patel, Sahil (November 30, 2017). "Bigger budgets, fewer shows: Facebook's deals for Watch are changing". Digiday. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Seetharaman, Deepa (September 8, 2017). "Facebook Is Willing to Spend Big in Video Push". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Krishna, Swapna (September 8, 2017). "Facebook may spend $1 billion on original video in 2018". Engadget. Oath Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  5. ^ White, Peter (April 26, 2022). "Meta Content Exec Mina Lefevre Leaves As Facebook Watch Ends Originals; 'Red Table Talk' Being Shopped". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 16, 2020). "Facebook Cancels 'Sorry For Your Loss' & 'Limetown' As It Scales Back Scripted Efforts Amid Unscripted Push". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  7. ^ "Final episode of Humans of New York: The Series". Facebook. November 16, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Emery, Debbie (March 12, 2018). "'Tom vs Time' Director on Why the Obsession Around Brady and Gisele Is 'Out of Control'". The Wrap. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  9. ^ White, Peter (May 12, 2022). "Courteney Cox Shopping Ample-Produced Pregnancy Docuseries '9 Months' After Facebook Watch Pulls Plug". Deadline. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  10. ^ Rude, Mey (May 20, 2022). "JoJo Siwa Is Getting a Brand New Docuseries JoJo Goes This Summer". Out. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  11. ^ "Returning the Favor: Mike Rowe discusses why show was cancelled". 2 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Meta Content Exec Mina Lefevre Leaves As Facebook Watch Ends Originals; ‘Red Table Talk’ Being Shopped," from Deadline, 4/26/2023
  13. ^ "PFL Reaches Exclusive Distribution Agreements With NBC Sports Group And Facebook". Professional Fighters League. January 29, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "La Liga returns to traditional TV in India as Facebook deal ends". Reuters. 5 July 2021. Retrieved 8 August 2021.