Netflix was founded as an online DVD rental service in 1997 and has since evolved into a subscription-based streaming platform with its own slate of original programming. The Onion looks back at the most important moments in the company’s 20-year history.

1997

Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings decides to capitalize on the huge, untapped market for avoiding eye contact with other human beings

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1999

First non-cracked DVD arrives at customer’s door

2000

Netflix introduces personalized movie recommendations after finding out that user Jane Murphy has never even seen Goodfellas

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2003

After several years of unsuccessful testing, Netflix phases out its nachos-and-soda-by-mail service

2005

Widespread closures of mom-and-pop DVD rental websites as Netflix surges in popularity

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2007

Netflix stock soars after Peter Witte of Bridgeport, CT, forgets to cancel his subscription after his 30-day free trial ends

2009

Netflix revolutionizes the movie watching experience with its new endless buffering feature

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2010

After a long, contentious debate, Netflix’s board votes to add Maid in Manhattan to the “Romantic Comedies With A Sassy Female Lead” category

2013

Netflix becomes the first online-only network to win a primetime Emmy award after adding all 11 seasons of Cheers

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2017

Netflix continues to grow in popularity, with 128 million viewers worldwide sharing 32 accounts