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There’s never a bad time to stream TV shows, but this season still takes the cake as the snuggliest of the year. I mean, it’s cold out and dark by 4:30 pm, so there’s practically nothing better to do than nestle up on the couch and queue up your faves. In the lulls between meals, vegging out with the family in front of the TV might be one of our favorite holiday activities. But, here at AT, we recently found yet another reason why now’s the perfect opportunity to subscribe to a streaming service if you haven’t already.
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Starting today until Nov. 28, all new or rejoining Hulu subscribers will save 75 percent on the regular monthly subscription price. In other words — you’ll only have to pay $1.99 per month instead of $7.99 for your ad-supported Hulu streaming for the next year. Even Disney+ and ESPN+ standalone subscribers can get in on the deal! That’s virtually nothing, considering you get an almost endless selection of popular and award-winning movies and TV shows. To sweeten the deal, there are plenty of holiday movies and shows to stream. If you want to know more about what Hulu has to offer, we rounded up some fan-favorite series that you can watch immediately when you sign up.
1. FX’s Fleishman Is in Trouble: Series Premiere
This brand new series tells the story of recently divorced Toby Fleishman, who enters the world of dating apps before his ex-wife Rachel mysteriously disappears. Left to raise their two children alone, navigate Manhattan’s dating scene, and manage the return of old friends in his life, Fleishman realizes that his best chance of finding Rachel requires finally dealing with what happened in their relationship. Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s novel of the same name, this series will hold you entranced and keep you pushing the “next episode” button without even realizing it. Consisting of just eight episodes, it doesn’t require too much commitment on your part.
2. Grey’s Anatomy: Season 19 Premiere
Die-hard “Grey’s” fans will be happy to learn that Hulu is streaming the newest season of this gripping saga. After nearly two decades of seasons, the story of Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital’s doctors picks back up with more of what made this show so beloved. Expect drama, romance, and life-or-death emergencies — of both a medical and personal nature — with newly recurring characters and tried-and-trues like Dr. Grey, herself.
3. What We Do in the Shadows
Spooky season might be over, but it’s never too late to enjoy a comedy about four century-old vampires living it up in New York City. Of course I’m talking about the critically acclaimed “What We Do in the Shadows,” which was just recently nominated at the Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Comedy Series.” The vampires’ personalities are entrancing in this documentary-style production and will bring you scene after scene of laughs, morbid references, and banter in fun accents. If you’re looking for something to satisfy your thirst for dark humor, this is the show for you.
As its name suggests “The Great” tells the satirical, drama-filled tale of Catherine the Great and her journey to eventually become Russia’s longest reigning empress. Elle Fanning dons period garb once again to embody this multi-faceted character, who comes into her own over the course of two seasons. Supporting characters played by notable actors like Gillian Anderson and Nicholas Hoult infuse the series with shock and intrigue. And although the episodes take a modern approach to chronicling historical events, viewers will still get a well-rounded picture of the political, religious, and cultural markers of the eighteenth century empire. The stunning costumes are just the cherry on top of this visual masterpiece.
“Eat the Rich” takes on a whole new meaning in this over-the-top comedy about a formerly wealthy couple who loses their fortune. Johnny and Moira Rose, plus their grown children David and Alexis, find themselves penniless save for the small town they bought as a joke. Resigned to starting again in Schitt’s Creek, the family struggles to live like regular people and has trouble coming to terms with their new reality. As you watch the characters develop, you’ll laugh at their tone-deafness, delight in their struggles, and happy-cry over their personal triumphs. And who knows, Schitt’s Creek might just grow on a few of them.
A few times this year, it felt like we were actually living in an episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” so we get if this grim series hits a little too close to home. But we can all learn a thing or two from the prophetic mind of Margaret Atwood, especially when it comes to women’s rights, totalitarian governments, and the brave fight for survival from those most oppressed. This Emmy-award winning show will hold you in suspense and make you really think about your own place in society, so it’s definitely worth a watch.
November is Native American Heritage Month, so it’s important to look at both the history of this country and the modern experiences of Indigenous people today. Although Reservation Dogs isn’t based on a true story, it follows the very realistic journey of four Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma looking to make their way to California. They commit various crimes in order to reach their goal, all while struggling to maintain their friendship and look out for their community. It might sound tumultuous, but this colorful story will tug on your heartstrings and make you feel glad you came along for the ride.
In “Ramy,” the titular character, born to Egyptian immigrant parents, struggles with feeling truly at-home amid his divided New Jersey neighbors, Muslim community, and millennial cohorts. The Egyptian-American man embarks on a comedic journey of dating, socializing, and trying to succeed in America, while trying to maintain family and religious values. Viewers who’ve faced similar challenges around identity will find this engrossing series to be highly relatable.
Anyone who’s ever worked in a restaurant knows what a chaotic yet entertaining environment it can be. The staff is like its own cast of eccentric characters from all walks of life who randomly come together to run a business. That’s why “The Bear” works so well — it perfectly highlights both the tensions and attachments that form in the kitchen. The main character, Carmy, returns to Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop. All the while, he’s facing inner turmoil over his brother’s death and navigating the new realities of his life. By the end of this first season, you’ll be so immersed in the characters’ lives and eagerly looking forward to seeing how their paths continue to unfold.
After that drama-filled lineup of overcoming hardship and tense relationships, “Abbott Elementary” will be just the series you need to get back in good spirits. This delightful comedy follows a group of elementary school teachers who strive to serve their students and underfunded institution in the best way they can. The public servants are constantly butting heads with one another and their over-the-top principal, but in the end, it’s all about supporting the kids and learning new things.