Hidden Gems of Hulu and Hulu+

Future-Man. It's pretty messed up.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

Future-Man. It's pretty messed up.

Yeah, I watched the first show and I don’t know if I want to give it a chance or not. I really can’t tell if it’s doing over-the-top lampooning of gamer tropes or if it’s just rolling around in them and smearing them all over itself for the lulz.

BadKen wrote:
Kurrelgyre wrote:

Future-Man. It's pretty messed up.

Yeah, I watched the first show and I don’t know if I want to give it a chance or not. I really can’t tell if it’s doing over-the-top lampooning of gamer tropes or if it’s just rolling around in them and smearing them all over itself for the lulz.

Give it another chance. The gamer stuff is just the set up for the rest of the series and it pretty much goes away after the pilot. It get's *really* good. Bonkers, but good.

The writers did a danged good job telling their own story while simultaneously weaving in a whole bunch of scifi and pop culture homages. And it's funny. Both with some over the top stuff and with little things they scatter in the background to show how their time traveling impacts timelines.

Yeah, I watched episode 2 last night, and just realized that Future Man is a Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg production. That explains a lot.

Episode 2 is fantastic. I busted out laughing several times at the fish-out-of-water goofiness of the future warriors.

Spoiler:

And the 1969 black frat house cheering at the cops mixing it up with white people. :D

E/R is on Hulu now.

My wife and I are cranking through it...11 down, 320 to go!

PWAlessi wrote:

E/R is on Hulu now.

My wife and I are cranking through it...11 down, 320 to go!

I'm so tempted. I loved ER. Nothing has come close to emulating it.

Hobear wrote:
PWAlessi wrote:

E/R is on Hulu now.

My wife and I are cranking through it...11 down, 320 to go!

I'm so tempted. I loved ER. Nothing has come close to emulating it.

It's interesting to see how Grey's Anatomy ripped off so many ideas from ER.

Hulu got streaming rights to this incredible documentary about GMOs narrated by Neil Degrasse Tyson.

https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/

I stumbled on a movie "Colossal". Half read the description before watching it-- party girl (Anne Hathaway) leaves New York to back to hometown; reports of giant monster...

Very different movie than I was expecting. I thought it was very good, and very relevant to current events.

Spoiler:

Specifically, the #MeToo movement

The entire run of 30 Rock is now on Hulu. My wife and I have binged two whole seasons in the last 3 days. Which isn't really healthy, per se. But the Trump/Putin/GOP jokes from nearly ten years ago were amazingly prescient. The show is still amazingly brilliant on second watching.

Tscott wrote:

I stumbled on a movie "Colossal". Half read the description before watching it-- party girl (Anne Hathaway) leaves New York to back to hometown; reports of giant monster...

Very different movie than I was expecting. I thought it was very good, and very relevant to current events.

Spoiler:

Specifically, the #MeToo movement

Oh weird! I totally forgot about that movie but remember it coming out. Seems like forever ago. I'll have to try and watch that at some point.

Mixolyde wrote:

The entire run of 30 Rock is now on Hulu. My wife and I have binged two whole seasons in the last 3 days. Which isn't really healthy, per se. But the Trump/Putin/GOP jokes from nearly ten years ago were amazingly prescient. The show is still amazingly brilliant on second watching.

So is Parks and Recreation, which is also on Netflix. If you need a break from cynicism and our darkening reality, it's a good pick. You know, after the first few episodes are done and it finds its feet.

Kurrelgyre wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:

The entire run of 30 Rock is now on Hulu. My wife and I have binged two whole seasons in the last 3 days. Which isn't really healthy, per se. But the Trump/Putin/GOP jokes from nearly ten years ago were amazingly prescient. The show is still amazingly brilliant on second watching.

So is Parks and Recreation, which is also on Netflix. If you need a break from cynicism and our darkening reality, it's a good pick. You know, after the first few episodes are done and it finds its feet.

Currently going through P&R now with the wife. A great show once it gets going. I had to watch once I saw it was made by the same folks who make Brooklyn 99.

Mixolyde wrote:

The entire run of 30 Rock is now on Hulu. My wife and I have binged two whole seasons in the last 3 days. Which isn't really healthy, per se. But the Trump/Putin/GOP jokes from nearly ten years ago were amazingly prescient. The show is still amazingly brilliant on second watching.

30 Rock has been our show to watch when we can't be arsed picking a show to watch. We must've gone through all the seasons over 20 times. Can quote swathes of it.

It *still* makes me laugh out loud. The timing is on-point ,and the gags come so thick and fast that I was still catching new ones on the tenth viewing.

Jack Donaghy is basically Trump with better hair and some actual skills. It's pretty clear that they were writing Trump at various times.

Saw the pilot of a new ABC series on Hulu that looks promising. It's called The Crossing and begins with a sheriff and his deputy finding hundreds of people, most of them dead, washed up on a remote shore of their small Northwestern US town. The survivors claim to be refugees from a war 180 years in the future. It gets weirder from there.

Based on the pilot, it looks like it might have legs, but of course, based on where the writers take the story it could go either way. The acting and production values are solid, at least. The pilot is just a taste, which in itself I see as a potential problem. The pilot doesn't really tell a self-contained story. It's mostly a hook - or multiple hooks, actually. In the best serials, each episode tells a story.

It's on Hulu for the next week or so. The series starts on April 2.

Jonman wrote:

Jack Donaghy is basically Trump with better hair and some actual skills. It's pretty clear that they were writing Trump at various times.

Parks and Rec is one of my all time faves. If you haven’t seen it, go binge it all right now!!!

So I was watching Total Recall while doing taxes the other night on Hulu and WTF it is gone?!?! Cannot find anywhere it was supposed to leave. I am only annoyed that I had 20 minutes left and just was looking forward to playing the last little bit. That was Friday last week. Grumbles....Just wanted some classic SciFi and three boobs.....

I think it is on Amazon Prime if you have that. Unless they pulled it from there, too.

I'm giving Hulu+ a go thanks to the (cheap) bundle with Spotify.

I was stoked because I figured they'd have season 2 of The Good Place up, but they still only have the last five episodes. The last episode ran in early February! Does anyone know how long they wait until they put the full seasons up?

I would assume after the DVD has time to sell some copies.

Man, Seinfeld really holds up. Over the last couple of months I went through all 9 seasons. Not a fan of the cropped-widescreen (or whatever it's called) perspective, but still great. Even the series finale was better than I'd remembered.

You mean where it was shot in SD, so you have black bars on the side on a widescreen HDTV so you get the original aspect ratio it was shot in?

Running Man wrote:

Not a fan of the cropped-widescreen (or whatever it's called) perspective, but still great.

Fun fact: It's called "fullscreen" because at the time it took up the entire screen in the 4:3 ratio that televisions were at the time. So Seinfeld and other shows are in fullscreen because that's the way they were intended at the time.

Some shows, like Friends, have gone back and "un-cropped" the images from the original master films and now show in widescreen, however bits of stage equipment, film crew and such can sometimes show up on screen when they weren't intended to be seen.

There's one clickbait article that I kept seeing of Facebook, "That one time when they swapped Monica for another actress on Friends and nobody noticed!" It's simply because there was a stand-in or crew member standing off to the side when filming a closeup for another actor, and now they're in the shot when they wen't when it originally aired.

Tscott wrote:
Running Man wrote:

Not a fan of the cropped-widescreen (or whatever it's called) perspective, but still great.

Fun fact: It's called "fullscreen" because at the time it took up the entire screen in the 4:3 ratio that televisions were at the time. So Seinfeld and other shows are in fullscreen because that's the way they were intended at the time.

Some shows, like Friends, have gone back and "un-cropped" the images from the original master films and now show in widescreen, however bits of stage equipment, film crew and such can sometimes show up on screen when they weren't intended to be seen.

There's one clickbait article that I kept seeing of Facebook, "That one time when they swapped Monica for another actress on Friends and nobody noticed!" It's simply because there was a stand-in or crew member standing off to the side when filming a closeup for another actor, and now they're in the shot when they wen't when it originally aired.

Another fun fact, Buffy was shot in widescreen, but cropped to fullscreen as well. But in Europe, they already had widescreen at the time, so it was given to them uncropped. It was kind of a thing to constantly see boom mics and crew members in shots.

Jayhawker wrote:

I would assume after the DVD has time to sell some copies.

I thought one of the draws of Hulu was that it got network tv shows earlier? Obviously there's the whole "most recent five episodes" but I thought they also got the full seasons earlier than, say, Netflix. Netflix tends to get the prior season when the new season of a show launches.

garion333 wrote:

You mean where it was shot in SD, so you have black bars on the side on a widescreen HDTV so you get the original aspect ratio it was shot in?

No I thought they were cropping out the top/bottom of the 4:3 version then zooming in to make it fit in 16:9.

So you guys are saying Seinfeld and some other 90's shows were actually filmed in 16:9 but cropped to 4:3? I can understand the later seasons being shot that way, but surely they didn't for season 1 (way back in 1989-90).
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I was actually asking if they were shot in 4:3 but then fitted to your 16:9 by black bars, which seems to be what you meant.

Seinfeld was likely shot in 4:3 as 16:9 wasn't a thing then for tv. Why shoot in 16:9 to have to crop it? That's a ton of work. The Wire wasn't shot in HD/16:9, so I'm fairly certain that Seinfeld wouldn't have been. Then again, I don't know what I'm talking about other than The Wire.

If they're cutting and stretching the 4:3 to fit 16:9 that's usually ugly and looks less sharp. Blech.

It all depends on whether the series in question was shot on film or video. Many were shot on video because it was cheaper. If they were shot on film, they can go back to the sources (if they still exist) and HD-ify them in 16:9.

Video producers who create the abomination in Running Man's picture should be taken out back and flogged.

It's a TV comedy, so I'm not sure it matters as much in that case.