It’s one of the age-old questions of the 21st century: Netflix or Hulu? (assuming one doesn’t choose to subscribe to both, which I can’t afford). Both have their pros and cons: Netflix has Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, etc. while Hulu has Runaways, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harlots, etc. and so on.
When the time came for me to choose between them (as my budget dictated I could only have one), I carefully considered my options and chose…Hulu! And it’s a decision I have never regretted. More and more it seems like Hulu is getting some awesome shows to stream on their site and I thought I would share five of them with you:
There are (in my opinion) few medical dramas that were more popular than ER, which ran for a whopping 15 seasons and initially starred George Clooney before he became the big movie star he is today. Well, as of a few days ago, all 331 episodes are available to stream on Hulu (to the joy of fans everywhere). If you’re looking for some high quality medical drama (that isn’t Grey’s Anatomy) than look no further.
- Futurama (1999-2003, 2010-2013)
It used to be that if you wanted to stream the zaniness known as Futurama you had to go to Netflix for access. And then Netflix lost the streaming rights (or simply let it go), in any event, it disappeared from the streaming service. And then came the happy news: Hulu had struck a deal to place the entire Futurama series on their streaming service and fans have been happily binging away ever since. The show (if you’re not familiar): follows the mis-adventures of Philip J. Frye when he is unexpectedly locked into a cryogenic chamber on New Year’s Eve 1999 and not let out until New Year’s Eve 2999. He ends up working for an interplanetary delivery service run by his many times great-nephew and it only gets crazier from there.
- Marvel’s Runaways (2017-present)
One of Hulu’s better known projects involves a small screen adaptation of one of the greatest comic stories ever created by Marvel (I’m not exaggerating either): Runaways. The story follows a group of friends who discover their parents are actually part of an underworld crime organization that consists of mob bosses, wizards, aliens and mutants known as “the Pride.” The group (eventually known as the Runaways because they, you know, run away from home) decide to take action to “atone” for everything their parents have done, but the situation is a lot more complicated than they realized.
- Animaniacs/Pinky and the Brain/Tiny Toon Adventures
Okay so I know this is actually three cartoons but since they’re all connected I decided to put them all under one entry. As a lifelong cartoon fanatic, I can’t overstate how happy I was when I started browsing Hulu one afternoon and discovered Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and (most importantly to me) Tiny Toon Adventures all fully available to stream. It seems that Hulu struck a deal to helm a reboot of Animaniacs (that will begin airing in 2020) and in return they received full exclusive streaming rights to these animated gems from the 1990s.
It’s well known that I’m not a fan of remakes or reboots, but since the deal gets me access to Tiny Toon Adventures (which is practically out of print on DVD), I’m not going to complain too loudly.
- The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-present)
The Handmaid’s Tale might be the most popular show on Hulu’s roster at the moment and deservedly so.
It adapts Margaret Atwood’s frighteningly plausible dystopian novel in which the United States has become the ‘Republic of Gilead’ where women have no rights whatsoever (they’re not even permitted to read) and a women known only as Offred (literally ‘Of Fred’, the man she’s ‘assigned’ to) has to make her way in a world where her life has been ripped away from her.
For all the accolades this show has received, I’m afraid I must confess something: I can’t watch it. I read the book back in high school and that was traumatizing enough; seeing it all play out on the screen would be too much for me. Season 2 of the acclaimed series will premiere in April.
And that’s my list of five awesome shows you can find on Hulu right now. Have you seen any of these shows? Do you have a favorite? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
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