Hulu has been a true savior for cord-cutters. While other services have gone more in the direction of original content, Hulu has continued its strategy of maintaining partnerships with traditional networks to get streaming rights after initial broadcasts.
Notably, NBC, ABC and Fox all have stakes in the service, so these traditional players often make it easy for you to stream their shows right after they air, which hasn’t been the case across the industry.
On top of everything, Hulu has created some truly great original shows that easily compete with what the network backers are putting on cord-based television. If you want a ton of shows to wade through and choose from, Hulu is the service for you.
For the weekend of Dec. 2, Streamline is recommending “Marvel’s Runaways” in the top spot for the first time.
The “Marvel” descriptor in television show names has not been synonymous with top-notch quality so far. Shows like “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Marvel’s Defenders” and “Marvel’s Iron Fist” are really not deserving of your time, if still mostly competent. Just a few weeks ago, “Marvel’s The Punisher” debuted to middling reviews at best.
But “Marvel’s Runaways” is worth checking out. The show comes from creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who gave the world cult classics “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl.” While many Marvel shows are just bad imitations of their big-screen universe ― giving viewers uncreative fight scenes watered down by smaller budgets ― Schwartz and Savage approach the genre with some fresh ideas.
As mentioned last week, this is still yet another superhero show in the seemingly never-ending “geek” dominated entertainment landscape and this is far from the best iteration within the genre. But try it out. Schwartz and Savage deserve more support.
This was also yet another week where stories of sexual harassment dominated the news cycle. Notably, NBC fired longtime “Today” co-host Matt Lauer. Now is a good time to revisit Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” so we’ve bumped that show up a few places on the list despite its relative age compared to other shows on the list. NBC has a significant stake in the Hulu service, so consider that when choosing what to binge this week.
Note: This list only includes shows that debuted their most recent episode less than a year ago. Much like the main list, it prioritizes newness.