Hidden Gems of Hulu and Hulu+

Some time when I wasn't looking, Hulu got a lot more stuff besides the last five episodes of Castle. I noticed just last night, for example, that the entirety of Samurai Champloo (dubbed, of course) is available. Best of all, it's available for non-subscribers, too.

What other things have you all found there that might have been overlooked or that you just want to pass along?

You just posted this in Loathe so you could get some responses! I'm not falling for that trap!

There's quite a few episodes of Arrested Development for free, though I dont know if they're hidden. That show certainly is a gem though.

theditor wrote:

You just posted this in Loathe so you could get some responses! I'm not falling for that trap!

Aw. You found me out.

Really, I'm just trying to see what wheat everyone else has found in the chaff. I don't think too many people around here use Hulu for anything other than brand new shows, though.

I've been re-watching Community to get ready for the new season, but I guess that counts as a new show.

Hulu has been posting seasons of Buffy. They have season 1 up now, until September 30th, and then Season 2 goes up.

Ergo Proxy is awesome and on Hulu.

There's the first season or two of Babylon 5 I believe, and a goodly bit of anime: the whole run of Gurren Lagann, most of One Piece (including a lot of subbed episodes!), etc.

Honestly, almost anything that's not an episode of a currently-running Big Three network series could be considered a hidden gem; Hulu doesn't do a particularly good job of pushing their back catalogue.

I'm greatly enjoying the series, The Booth At the End, starring the ever-versatile Xander Berkeley. Not sure how long it is, but I have a sad suspicion that the upcoming episode 5 will end it.

I've been watching The Thick of It. Its similar to West Wing, but crass and silly. Malcolm's swearing must be experienced. I can't even keep up with it.

Spy. It's British.

The Booth at the End (there's a second season?!)

Watching Community and Inuyasha at my place. Hulu has a metric f-tonne of anime. Anyone have any recommendations on any of it?

Being Erica

This may not be to everyone's taste around here, but I enjoyed it. It's a Canadian TV show in the same vein as Wonderfalls or Joan of Arcadia. In this show, a 32 year old woman who lost her boyfriend, lost her job, and is on the verge of a breakdown receives a unique chance at therapy. In her sessions, she's sent back in time to relive her regrets and change them.

Hulu has the first 3 seasons available.

There is a 4th and final season that was made as well, but unfortunately it's not available on Hulu. Although, I just googled it and found that it's on Youtube. I guess I have some watching to do...

Mixolyde wrote:

Watching Community and Inuyasha at my place. Hulu has a metric f-tonne of anime. Anyone have any recommendations on any of it?

I watched Full Metal Alchemist, the FMA movie, FMA: Brotherhood, and Bodacious Space Pirates through Hulu. BSP was kind of weird, though still entertaining to watch. The FMA series were more to my liking.

Not anime related, but I'll second Kurrelgyre's recommendations for The Booth at the End and Spy. Both are great. I'll add one for Misfits too, though I haven't watched any of the latest season.

FYI, for XBL users that are looking for anime:

Started watching Little Mosque, too. It's a sitcom about a small Mosque in rural Canada. Pretty amusing stuff.

We now appear to be watching Plan 9 From Outer Space on "Kung Fu Theater".

(My husband says it was free, and he added it from the channel list.)

edit: The channel name is Drive-in Classics, code: drive

This is a cool promo for those not subscribed to Hulu+:

Criterion Collection wrote:

Celebrate Akira Kurosawa’s March 23 birthday with Hulu and the Criterion Collection. Until midnight on Sunday, all twenty-four of the legendary Japanese director’s films on Hulu are free of charge to nonsubscribers (with commercial interruptions, and only in the U.S.). It’s a great opportunity to watch both the iconic classics, like Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo, and lesser-known but enormously moving gems such as No Regrets for Our Youth, One Wonderful Sunday, and Dodes’ka-den. Also available is Kurosawa’s beautiful final film, Madadayo, not on Criterion Blu-ray or DVD. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see them all the time, ad-free!

I recommend watching Ikiru. It's my favorite Kurosawa film.

Ok, is anyone watching Burning Love? Basically a hysterical spoof on The Bachelor and all its ilk.

Grenn wrote:

Ok, is anyone watching Burning Love? Basically a hysterical spoof on The Bachelor and all its ilk.

Wife and I are watching it on TV. It comes on E! and the new season just started last week (well, new for TV, it's a re-airing of the Yahoo web series which I think is all ready finished).

Anyway, ya, it's hilarious and the guest star cameos are really funny.

Anyone else notice that their PS3 Media Remote stopped working with Hulu and Hulu only? Weird.

I did. It contributed to my cancellation just yesterday. They offered a free month if I stayed on board but I was determined. I did them a favor and shared a couple of reasons for my departure, including them making my choose my own "ad experience".

:crickets:

I actually watch a fair amount on Hulu, but it's mostly anime, so I talk about it in the anime thread.

But man, "A Hulu Original Series" is a sure sign that something is absolutely, irredeemably awful.

I don't know how, but The Booth At The End and Spy both fall under their list of Originals. They're both good.

Hardly a hidden gem, but there's three seasons (I, J and K) of Quite Interesting.

I watch a ton of Hulu, but mainly it's because they get the stuff as it airs, where Netflix gets it a year later

Right now I'm using it to watch Brooklyn-99, Bob's Burgers, Once Upon a Time and Sleepy Hollow

Y'all find Hulu Plus worth $8/month? I'd consider it alongside Netflix, but may be able to drop Netflix since we also have Amazon Prime Video (which is practically free).

I subscribe to three streaming media services: Hulu+, Netflix, and Crunchyroll. Of those three, Netflix sees the least use.

Since we no longer have cable, Hulu's nice for current shows we don't get elsewhere. And we're still in that honeymoon period where everything looks inexpensive compared to the cable bill.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I subscribe to three streaming media services: Hulu+, Netflix, and Crunchyroll. Of those three, Netflix sees the least use.

Amazon Prime, Hulu+ and Netflix for us; we're about 49/49 between Hulu and Netflix, with 2% for Amazon.

Katy wrote:

Since we no longer have cable, Hulu's nice for current shows we don't get elsewhere. And we're still in that honeymoon period where everything looks inexpensive compared to the cable bill.

We are a year and a half removed from the honeymoon period and I'm still loving it. We didn't use Hulu+ very much this summer, but we are certainly getting our money's worth as the new fall TV season has rolled out. Yeah, I have to put up with commercial breaks, but they are usually no more than a minute long.