Watch full seasons of these shows on Hulu, and 8 hours will go by like that!

Hulu is the place to go for streaming your favorite shows from the big networks. Here are some of our favorite shows, that have full seasons on Hulu!

1 | Southland

More of a character-driven crime drama than a police procedural, Southland takes a hard look at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and specifically, the adventures of rookie Officer Ben Sherman and his training officer John Cooper, who is a homosexual, unbeknownst to most of the rest of the force. In later seasons, the episodes focused less on a serial aspect of storytelling and more on how the crimes actually came together, along with the investigation that went into sorting them out.

The show was originally on NBC but was picked up by TNT and went five seasons until May of 2013 when it was cancelled. Sort of a shame too! It got amazing reviews from critics, with some comparing it to shows like The Wire and Rescue Me, both of which are incredible shows in their own merit. Southland won an Emmy twice in 2011 and 2012 for outstanding stunt coordination, which isn’t terribly surprising either because this is some gripping television. The show also grabbed a Peabody award in 2012.

An interesting note: the directors of Southland used former and current gang members on the show to depict gang violence – pretty impressive. The show is streaming now on Hulu and it’s one of our favorites because of this idea – it is real.

2 | Family Guy

When Family Guy first aired on Fox, it was a total gamble, and it showed. Fox actually cancelled the Seth McFarlane adult cartoon creation in 2002. Adult Swim picked up the syndication and strong numbers, combined with great DVD sales, led to Fox picking the show back up. It’s since gone 14 seasons and 269 episodes, while being nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The series have also led to three full-length feature films which are spoofs of the original Star Wars trilogy. And they’re hilarious.

This one is definitely not for the younger kids in the house. The humor is definitely adult and the situations can be a bit raunchy, but it’s perfect for watching with other adults and it’s infinitely quotable.

Interesting note: The Cleveland Show  was a spinoff of Family Guy. It’s interesting that they gave (in our opinion) the most uninteresting character a spinoff but it sort of makes sense. He’s the most capable of actually leaving the weekly hilarity of the Griffin troop, in a way that, say, Stewie or Brian never could.

Either way, do yourself a favor and check this one out!

3 | Curious George

Going entirely in the other direction from number four is the lovable and kid-friendly Curious George.This one, if you can believe it, is already in its ninth season and features the same voice actors that contributed Curious George and The Man in the Yellow hat in the 2006 motion picture. The show is set up a bit differently than your normal 30 minute show – it features two, fifteen minute animated cuts with some live action in the middle. It may seem short, but in reality it’s the perfect length for the little ones.

The best part about it is how Curious George and The Man solve problems based on math and science, passing off a bit of that learning as well. The artwork that the books are famous for does not always translate to the animation, but it would be hard for it to, we think. And, it’s still very good.

If you’re a parent, you know that you’re always looking for a kids show that you don’t despise watching as well. Face it, the worst possible thing is finding a show your kid loves but that you simply cannot stand. Rest easy, weary traveller, Curious George is easy on the adult eyes and ears!

4 | Vikings

Gosh, we were so excited when this show debuted on The History Channel and let us tell you what…we’re still excited because it’s just plain awesome. Inspired by the viking Ragnar Lothbrok – someone who sounds mythical, but was actually a living, breathing person – the series follows his band of pillagers as they cruise down to England and France to give the boys a bit of no-good.

Travis Fimmel plays Lothbrok and gives a stirring performance. The onus really falls on the actors here, as the times called for rough, dirty and quite often, bloody living. The show isn’t necessarily appropriate for all ages, but it did originally air on The History Channel so there is no graphic nudity or use of abusive language.

If you’re someone who thrives on comparisons, you can think about it as very similar to Game of Thrones, without dragons and magic. In that sense, it is very much like HBO’s Rome.

5 | Seinfeld

If there is a “best of” list and Seinfeld is available as one of the choices and it doesn’t make it on that list, you can disregard the entire thing. This was, by far, the best comedy on television, maybe ever. How do you know? The first episode aired in 1989 with the series running until 1998 and guess what…it’s still funny in 2016. That’s 27 years later. That’s good comedy, kids.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 27 years, the series revolves around Jerry Seinfeld (himself), George Castanza (Jason Alexander), Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) and follows…well…their lives around the upper west side of New York City. The entire premise of the show is that they don’t really do much. They just sort of experience life. At one point, Jerry and George actually write a pilot for NBC for a show about nothing…called Jerry. Likely one of the most meta moments in television history.

Critics adored this show when it was on because it was funny, fresh and applied to the everyday problems of many Americans. More than 38 million people tuned in during the last seasons of the show in 1998 and it still runs every single day of the week on a variety of television stations in the United States.

If for some odd reason you haven’t seen it, go do it. Do it now.

Honorable Mentions

Jersey Shore: There’s never been a better example of the absurdity that executives will put on television than this show. Similarly, you’ll never see an entire state of a country disavow the actions of a group of people so quickly then you will here. Jersey Shore follows eight housemates and their summer shenanigans in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The show ran six seasons and has spawned a ton of international spinoffs. If you need a good laugh, tune in. Not for all ages.

Empire: An amazing show that missed the list only because we’re trying to stick to five. Empire centers around Empire Entertainment a hip-hop and R&B music company and the feud between the family members that run it. With generally positive reviews, particularly for the cast, the show was recently renewed for a third season. The premiere of the show ranked as Fox’s highest in three years, so they’re sure to ride this one for some time – hop on!

Project Runway: Make it work, as advisor Tim Gunn would say, and Project Runway has. Say what you will about the reality TV genre or the idea of a show centered around designing clothing – this one is awesome. So awesome, in fact, that it won a Peabody award in 2007. So there. It centers around several entrants who compete to see if their garment will win a contest at New York Fashion Week. Put this one on your list to watch.

And there you have it! There are a ton more full seasons on Hulu to check out. Don’t be afraid. Watch a bunch of them. Binge watch them. Watch one or two episodes and then move on. Whatever you want – It’s your streaming world!

TV Shows Exclusively on Hulu

Hulu has given us some great original and exclusive programming since its inception and right now is no different! Over the last several months, the streaming service has really built a killer lineup. Check out some of the great programs that you can only watch on Hulu.

Original Programming

Comedy:

Difficult People– “Life is really tough for Julie and Billy, two 30-something aspiring comics living and working in New York City. While their friends and acquaintances move on to find success and love, they continue to struggle with careers and relationships, getting more bitter by the day.” -Man, is this show funny! With a great cast and very well-formed jokes, Difficult People is a must see on Hulu

Casual– “A new comedy series about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter.” -Your standard buddy comedy about these two make for some pretty hilarious situations.

The Mindy Project– “A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.” -Hulu grabbed the exclusivity rights to stream back episodes of the Mindy Project and is now offering new episodes as well. Woo! We’re big fans of Mindy Kaling, so this was welcome news!

Drama:

East Los High– “A group of friends at East Los High face the trials and tribulations of teenagers growing up in East Los Angeles.” -Sometimes taking on a light comedic twist, this drama regales viewers with the most intriguing aspects of being a teenager in the digital age.

The Path– “A man who converts to a controversial following suffers from a crisis of faith.”

-This drama is very loosely based on the real-life cult called The Way and features some great performances from Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy.

11.22.63“English teacher stumbles upon a time portal and tries to prevent the JFK assassination.” -From Executive Producers J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, this drama promises to be an amazing adventure through a terrifying period in American history. The mini series is over, so you can binge watch all eight!

There is also a variety of upcoming shows including, The Doozers, Hotwives, and What Lives Inside. Stay tuned!

 

Exclusively on Hulu

These shows may appear on some other streaming services, but you’ll need a cable login to get ‘em. Hulu supplies them for you no problem!

Nashville– Nashville covers the fall of a country music singer as her path crosses a rising star, with great performances from Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. After four seasons, ABC decided to cancel the hit show that brought in nearly 8.93 million viewers to check out the Pilot episode. CMT picked up the rights on June 10 and the show goes on for a new fifth season of 22 episodes! The first four seasons are available now and the new episodes will stream the next day exclusively on Hulu, so get going now.

Rizzoli & Isles– Based on novels by Tess Gerritsen, this series follows police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) for a slightly different twist on the cop procedural drama. The series was just renewed for its seventh and final run with TNT, but you can watch the entire series on Hulu now!

Roots– A+E has inked a brand new streaming deal with the show, fresh off its wonderful eight hour run. The first rendition of Roots was a touchstone for race and equality in the United States. It remains to be seen whether the new one will serve a similar purpose, but it’s an amazing mini series nonetheless. All of it is streaming right now.

Plenty of others!- Hulu is really the best streaming service if you want current, next-day programming from the big networks. It’s also great for any past seasons of those same big network shows. Check it out today!

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Watch the First 19 Seasons of South Park on Hulu

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created one of the longest running, and hilarious animated series on television. With the possible exception of The Simpsons (FXX), South Park has been one of the most plugged-in and politically active shows in the last two decades. And the best part is, you can watch the first 19 seasons right on Hulu with your subscription.

When new episodes premiered for season 19 of the show, South Park Studios announced that they would be available on Hulu the day after they premiered. There is no word yet if the studio will be doing this again, but do you really want to risk it? I mean you can sit there with your Hulu subscription and watch the first 19 seasons of this gem, right now. Win-win scenario here.

For those who don’t know (are you out there, people who don’t know? Seriously?), South Park is the brainchild of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The show is made at the beginning of each week, meaning that each one is exceptionally timely. The pilot episode used cutout animation and each subsequent season used software to emulate that style. Much like The Simpsons, South Park uses a very large ensemble cast of recurring characters and places the main cast of Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick into untenable, sometimes disgusting, and ultimately, hilarious situations.

What are our favorite South Park episodes? Glad you asked. Here’s five in no particular order at all:

  1. Season 9, Episode 12: Trapped in the Closet. In this episode, Tom Cruise refuses to come “out of the closet” in Stan’s bedroom. R. Kelly appears and sings his entire exchange with Cruise as a spoof of his notoriously poorly reviewed “opera” of the same name. The episode generated such backlash that Isaac Hayes, the voice of the character Chef, left the show because of jokes made against Scientology. Tom Cruise and R. Kelly also lashed out against the episode.
  2. Season 11, Episode 5: Fantastic Easter Special. It makes fun of Christiniaity, the Catholic Church, Easter and the Da Vinci Code, all wrapped up in one half hour time slot. In an exceptionally hilarious adventure Stan finds out the truth about Easter and what the Catholic Church has been “hiding.”
  3. Season 7, Episode 11: Casa Bonita. Eric Cartman is not invited to Kyle’s birthday party at Casa Bonita. The reason this episode is so funny is because it gives the viewer a snapshot into the absolutely corrupt and evil mind of Cartman – trust us, it’s black as the night.
  4. Season 10, Episode 8: Make Love Not Warcraft. Possibly the most hilarious of the episodes, particularly if you’ve ever played the Massive Online game World of Warcraft. The entire episode was created in conjunction with Blizzard, the creators of the game, and is “filmed” within it, as the boy attempt to stop a super powerful character from killing everyone in their server.
  5. Season 2, Episode 17: Gnomes. This entire episode is about the boys trying to figure out where their underwear goes when they put it in the washing machine. Turns out, gnomes are stealing it, and they have a complete (or incomplete, depending on how you look at it), plan to turn a profit on the missing skivvies.

That’s just a small snapshot of the 267 episodes you can watch right now! You’ve got plenty of shows to watch, so get out there and get streaming!

Funny Comedies on Hulu and Netflix

Funny Comedies on Hulu and Netflix

Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Marc Maron… three names that pop right onto the brain when you start thinking about laughing in 2015. And honestly, what’s better after a long day at work then coming home and vegging out on the couch with some solid comedy – we feel you. So don’t worry, playmoTV wants to feed that need for some laughs and we’ve got a bunch of great options for you from network television to awesome hour specials!

Modern Family (Hulu / ABC / Netflix)

We’ve spoken about Modern Family before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Smart, engaging and undeniably funny, MOFY is now is slated to start its 7th season on September 25, 2015. Centered on Jay Pritchett and his extended family, including his second wife, stepson and new baby Joe, the story highlights the adventures of his thoroughly modern family.

Throughout the series, Jay has become somewhat closer to his son in law, Phil, who married his only daughter Claire, an insanely competitive and tightly wound blonde. Together, they have three children which makes for great comedy. Jay’s son, Mitchell and his husband Cameron, along with their adopted daughter Lily, make for some of the most hilarious lines in the entire show.

The reason the show has gone on seven seasons is because it’s hilarious – but more importantly, it tackles real issues. Jay’s acceptance of his son’s sexuality is a constantly evolving theme throughout and his moderately aggressive nature toward Phil – who wants nothing more than to please Jay – produces some solid comedy. And the kids are great too, as they tackle normal preteen and teen problems from high school love to searching for colleges.

The show has won several Emmy awards, most prominently “Outstanding Comedy” and we shouldn’t be surprised. It’s well written, superbly acted and the laughs are ever present. Showrunners Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan have noted that in the 7th season, the show will tackle more “teen issues” – don’t be scared away by that, adults. We’re sure it will still be great.

Where can I watch Modern Family?
Hulu: You can watch the latest episodes on Hulu.
ABC: If you can stand being a week behind the latest episode you can watch it on ABC.
Netflix: Seasons 1-4 on Netflix Brazil, France, Germany, Sweden.

 

Chappelle’s Show (Hulu)

Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedy show gained something of a cult following during its two and a quarter seasons on Comedy Central. Absolutely for adults only, Chappelle flexed his comedic muscles using race, religion and celebrities – really anything that was available to him, he made fun of and did so brutally.

The show dealt directly with subjects like drug use, prostitution and gun violence – this, combined with Chappelle’s use of racial epitaphs and sheer intelligence, make for an extremely smart and funny, albeit 18+, show. Critics have noted that the show was often stereotypical of the races or groups that Chappelle targets. While this is true, fans of the show and many reviewers have said that that was, in effect, Chappelle’s point. His comedy shone a spotlight on feelings that had been lying under surface in the United States, critics argue, for years.

The show opens with Chappelle delivering a short monologue introducing the pre-recorded sketch. After the sketch, a musical act – usually of the soul or hip hop genre – performed. The show only aired two seasons, followed by a third, truncated season entitled “The Lost Episodes” that was pieced together from completed sketches. Chappelle left the show in 2006 and went to South Africa for two weeks to escape public scrutiny. The tale at the time, was that he had a meltdown and quit the show entirely. In a 2014 interview with David Letterman, he noted that it really was more about spending time with family and no longer wanted to be directly in the spotlight.

The two seasons and three episodes that remain are, undoubtedly, one of the funniest shows of the 2000’s. Witty, brash, and undeniably offensive, Chappelle’s sketches unrelentingly offered laughs to his audiences. The comedy is still relevant, so be sure to check it out on Hulu today.

Where can I watch Chappelle’s Show?
Hulu: Seasons 1-3.

 

Stand-up Comedy Specials (Netflix)

Chappelle got his start as a stand-up comedian and there are some for whom the stage and mic are the only life they really want to know. And that’s great news for you, playmoTV subscriber, because Netflix has an incredible stash of hour long specials to choose from!
Start off your binge watch with Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater. The undisputed current kind of comedy highlights his own personal foibles and family issues for your pleasure. Louis rewrites his act each and every year, so each special is a different one. This special is definitely only for audiences that are over the age of 18 and okay with some serious language and adult themes. However, it is one of the funniest 60 minutes you’ll spend on Netflix.

Then take your binge along to Jim Gaffigan and Mr. Universe. He’s pale and no topic is too absurd. From hotel pools to whales, this 2012 Grammy nominee for Best Comedy bring the laughs from the first minute to the last.

Round it out with one of the best female comics of our generation. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti, takes the 60-minute special to new heights and along the way, makes fun of the traditional “one mic and a stool” format. With dynamic cutaways and great pre-recorded comedy content, this special is a must watch.

Where can I watch these stand-up comedy specials?
You can enjoy a lot of stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, like the ones mentioned above. HBO Now and Showtime also has a good selection of stand-up comedy specials.

 

Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Wish Seinfeld was updated for 2015? Look no further, friend! Always Sunny in Philadelphia started its run on FX before making a trip over to FXX for its ninth season in 2014. You won’t find a group of actors, writers and producers more dedicated to their comedy then this bunch, mostly, because the actors are the writers and producers.

Rob McElhenney, who also plays Mac, writes and develops the show with Glenn Howerton, who plays Dennis Reynolds and Charlie Day, who plays what we think is the funniest character on the show, Charlie Kelly. Joining the bunch is Kaitlin Olson as Deandra Reynolds (Dennis’ sister) and Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds (the Reynolds’ father).

The comedy of Always Sunny lies in the competent writing, incredible timing and relationship between the actors (McElhenney and Olson are actually married in real life) and the beautiful camera work. While much of the show isn’t filmed in the City of Brotherly Love, the show’s setting and comedic lines rely quite a bit on the passion for sports and the city itself.

The characters are, purposely, terrible, immoral and filthy human beings (likely just for adults here, too), and make for some great laughs. The show is always apply some type of hilarious event to the “The Gang” as they’re called. All in all, Always Sunny is certainly for adults only, but makes for some of the best comedy you can find these days.

Where can I watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?
Hulu: Seasons 1-9.
Netflix: Seasons 1-9 on Netflix US, seasons 1-10 on Netflix UK. (Yup, season 10 is already on Netflix UK, ain’t that something?)

There you have it folks! Netlfix, Hulu and many of the other streaming services out there have some absolutely stellar comedy for you to check out! It really is a great time for comedy. Get to it, streamers!

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