There’s no denying the fact that online streaming platforms are the thing of now. Unrestrained by the finite schedules of broadcast, streaming networks, such as Netflix, are offering fans the opportunity to watch old (and original) programming on their TV, computers, or phones. Thanks to the success of Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards and the hype surrounding upcoming series, The Cosmopolitans and Transparent, Netflix and Amazon Prime are getting a lot of attention while Hulu has quietly ramped up its offerings — making it one platform everyone needs to get on board with.
With its own library of original shows (The Hotwives of Orlando) and online exclusives (Misfits, The Only Way Is Essex), going Plus is one thing you undoubtedly need to do this fall. Here’s why:
While Hulu Plus constantly touts its large collection of online exclusives, it’s not always clear that a number of these series are actually Hulu originals.
The streaming platform boasts a number series with serious star power. The Hotwives of Orlando — a hilarious parody of the Real Housewives franchise — stars Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers) with Paul Scheer (The League) serving as executive producer. Add to that The Awesomes, an animated superhero series from the minds of Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels, featuring voices of current and past Saturday Night Live cast members.
Following the traditional soap operas is East Los High, a daily teen high school drama that features an all Latino cast. The second season premiered in July.
Another stand out series is Deadbeat, which premiered in April of this year. The show, which tells the story of a slacker medium for hire, stars Tyler Labine, Lucy DeVito (yes, daughter to Danny), and Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance).
For a long time it seemed like BBC America was the only way to catch up on your favorite UK shows. Thanks to Hulu Plus, fans can now watch old favorites in addition to new and upcoming series. All eleven seasons of The Hills-esque reality show, The Only Way Is Essex, are available for binge watching. (The 12th season is currently airing in the UK.)
Hulu also has exclusive streaming deals in the U.S. for Misfits, which stars Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon, the BAFTA award-winning comedy Rev., British soap Coronation Street, Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy, and the first season of the BBC Three drama Pramface.
Weekly TV Viewing
In addition to the binge-watching capabilities offered by the collection of original and exclusive content, Hulu is still one of the best places to catch up on network TV each week. Now that fall TV is returning with old favorites and buzzy new shows, the Plus allows fans to watch past seasons in addition to all the episodes of the current season all from the comforts of the couch. ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and all NBC all regularly update current shows. So skip those networks’ streaming pages — the content is more easily streamed on Hulu.
Now there is no excuse for falling behind on SNL or Scandal.
What Netflix Doesn’t Have — Reality
While Hulu doesn’t boast the back library of now-canceled series like Netflix does, it does make up for it with exclusive network deals. Basic cable networks, such as Bravo and VH1, have online content deals allowing fans to get caught up on their favorite reality series. Want to watch every episode of Real Housewives of…, Rock of Love, or Top Chef? Now you can thanks to the expansive collection of TV tucked into the Networks section of Hulu Plus. For VH1 fans, that also means staying current on the channel’s roster of hits, such as Candidly Nicole, Dating Naked, and Love & Hip-Hop.
The online platform is also packed with other complete (non-reality) favorites, including Comedy Central (South Park), MTV (Daria), and ABC Family (Greek). And of course, there are the plethora of films, including Hook starring Robin Williams and Joan Rivers: Don’t Start With Me.
Sure Hulu Plus requires a subscription fee but for TV junkies $8/month may not be such a bad deal.
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