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The 20 Best Scary Movies On Hulu to Watch Right Now

Although Netflix was at one point the dominating force in streaming for all genres, their horror selection as of late has been a bit lackluster. Services like Shudder have filled in some gaps with an overwhelming selection of indie and foreign films, while HBO Max has a substantial list of classics. Hulu’s selection is pretty varied: the streaming service has a collection of under-appreciated arthouse movies alongside Oscar-winning thrillers.

Just ‘cause it’s almost summer doesn’t mean the spirit of Halloween is waning for real horror junkies, so we’ve curated a list of the 20 best scary movies we could find on Hulu. From sci-fi dystopias to home invasion to postmodern thrillers, here are 20 films that’ll keep your blood curdled.

20. ’28 Days Later’

Although needlessly gritty revampings of previously campy genres have become so totally overdone, Danny Boyle’s reinvention of the zombie sub-genre in 28 Days Later is absolutely astounding. Shockingly artistic and with breathtaking cinematography, this film is one of the best zombie movies ever made. Don’t expect slapstick humor or silly misadventures a la Return of the Living Dead, the Oscar-winning director’s clever take on post-apocalyptic terror remains a dark standout in a genre otherwise beaten to death.   

19. ’28 Weeks Later’

Danny Boyle did not return for the sequel to 28 Days Later, but director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo did a fantastic job of holding up the previous film’s aesthetic and tone. 28 Weeks Later is a post-post-apocalypse — it tells the story of what happens months after the world ends, and how humanity’s last survivors have since reshaped a rudimentary form of society. It’s equally as gritty and artistic as its predecessor, and about as violent. There are a few clever twists on the zombie mythos in here too.

18. ‘Blair Witch’ (2016)

At least one reviewer had described Blair Witch as “the worst of any 2016 release.” It’s definitely not — and figuring out why there’s such antipathy for this film is difficult. Perhaps critics are still angry they were duped by the avant-garde viral marketing of the original Blair Witch? In this reboot of the franchise which began in 1999, there are some pretty clever plot devices introduced to the Blair Witch cinematic universe: apparently, the entity commonly known as The Blair Witch can manipulate time! Either way, Blair Witch (2016) certainly doesn’t measure up to the pure terror of the first movie, but it’s a clever twist on the now-infamous urban legend nonetheless.

17. ‘Bug’ (2006)

Bug flopped big at box offices upon its release in 2006, partially because it was advertised as a traditional horror movie instead of what it actually is: an artsy and melancholic thriller about severe mental illness. But even though Bug is lacking in obvious scares, it’s one of the most frightening — and emotionally devastating — movies ever made. Based on the play by Tracy Letts and directed by horror master William Friedkin (best known for helming the original Exorcist film in 1973), Bug tells the story of two depressed drug addicts whose utter loneliness draws them into mutual madness and shared delusions of government conspiracies. It’s oddly prescient in the age of QAnon, and the human story — about a mother’s loss and longing — is extremely touching. Excellent acting from Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon would make this an Oscar-worthy film — if the Oscars weren’t so averse to anything resembling horror. (Note: there’s another, entirely unrelated horror movie also titled Bug on Hulu that is absolutely not worth watching.)

16. ‘Cabin in the Woods’

A post-modern love letter to the horror genre, Cabin in the Woods is a Scream-adjacent deconstruction of obvious horror tropes. Like Scream, the movie has a pretty good sense of humor that doesn’t take away from the more serious scares. We won’t get too much into the plot — there are too many twists and turns to reveal — but it also means that re-watches are equally as rewarding as first-time viewings. Writer Drew Goddard, who was behind some of the best episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, provides excellently witty dialogue throughout. 

15. ‘Children of the Corn’ (1984)

A24’s Midsommar was hailed as a highly original horror masterpiece shortly before the pandemic, but more casual moviegoers might not be aware there’s an entire sub-genre of harvest horror. An early example of this is Stephen King’s Children of the Corn, an occultic tale of rural terror. The movie itself is appropriately unnerving — lots of creepy children worshipping a mysterious agricultural deity — but the bombastic finale is pure silliness. 

14. ‘The Descent’

It’s hard to imagine straight-up monster movies could still be scary in the new millennium, but director Neil Marshall’s claustrophobic nightmare actually delivers. In The Descent, an all-female crew of cave explorers encounters a cannibalistic species of underground humanoids, as they’re picked off by the creatures one by one. It sounds pretty corny, but the amazing acting and use of darkness and shadow help this movie transcend its pretty simplistic concept. There’s also a shocking amount of emotional depth to the movie, too.

13. ‘The Haunting’ (1999)

The Haunting (1999) is based on the iconic horror film of the same name from 1963, which itself is based on the 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson (confusingly, none of these are actually related to The House on Haunted Hill movies). This Y2K era movie has a star-studded cast and shockingly good special effects considering the year it was released. The acting is all absurdly over-the-top — as is the violence — but it’s a supernatural joyride filled with campy pleasures. Like a carnival ride in Hell.

12. ‘Hellbound: Hellraiser II’

Although the sequel to Hellraiser is pretty incomprehensible without knowledge of the first film (which, itself, is pretty incomprehensible without reading the Clive Barker novel on which both are based), the special effects and insane character design of the perverse world of the Cenobites is undeniably enthralling. In Hellraiser, demonic entities who pursue pleasure and pain to their absolute limits enter our dimension to find new victims. An extended metaphor for forbidden, queer desires, Hellraiser 2’s surreal and gruesome imagery is hard to forget.

11. ‘The Host’ (2006)

Casual cinema-goers finally recognized the immense talent of director Boon Joon-ho when he won a much-deserved Oscar in 2020. Horror fans have been aware of him for a while, partially thanks to his beloved monster movie, The Host. Laden with social commentary about the hyper-competitiveness of post-war South Korean capitalism, this movie is a sympathetic story of survival, featuring much more three-dimensional characters than you normally see in Western cinema.

10. ‘Hollow Man’

Director Paul Verhoeven is known for both ultra-violent social commentary in movies like Robocop and Starship Troopers — and for sleazy sensuality, as in Showgirls. Hollow Man was a particularly salacious and sexually nasty movie, especially for the year 2000. In it, rogue scientists discover a chemical that can turn people invisible. But when the lead researcher realizes he can’t return himself back to normal, he begins going insane. The special effects are impressive to this day, and the story’s damning statement on masculinity’s corruptibility is starkly pessimistic.

9. ‘Little Joe’

Little Joe is a slow-paced, psychological sci-fi/horror film about scientists who genetically modify a plant so that its scent cures depression — but everyone who smells the flower starts acting really strange. Are they being driven to propagate the plant through its olfactory mind control, or are the protagonists becoming increasingly paranoid? Think Little Shop of Horrors, but taken totally seriously. Ben Wishaw and Emily Beecham star as the lead researchers in this Jessica Hausner-directed slow burn.

8. ‘My Friend Dahmer’

Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Derf Backderf, this film adaptation explores the childhood and adolescence of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Backderf was, in real life, a classmate of Dahmer’s and had a unique insight into his lonely life. Although the film depicts no actual violence whatsoever, the build-up to Dahmer taking his first victim is intense — and quite emotionally complex. My Friend Dahmer was criticized for glamorizing serial killers, but perhaps the film is a test of our capacity for empathy more than anything else. 

7. ‘The Omen’

Often put in a pantheon of classic horror alongside Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, The Omen is a Hitchcockian suspense movie about a creepy child who may or may not be the Antichrist. The devil is afoot as a diplomat and his wife try to solve some unexplained deaths in the area — and begin to fear their own child is to blame. It’s all for you, Damien!

6. ‘Pandorum’

In this extremely well made 2009, German/British, sci-fi/horror movie, humanity has built an interstellar ark to carry 60,000 people on a 123-year trip to colonize an inhabitable plane. Some time into the mission, flight crew members awaken from their hypersleep chambers, leaving them with partial amnesia, while possibly suffering from Pandorum — a space-related sickness that causes psychosis when under emotional duress. With seemingly no one else on board, and no memory of their mission, it quickly becomes clear that they’re not alone. While searching the massive ship, the space cadets encounter an alien race of hunters, as well as other crew members who’d thawed from their sleep too soon. But have they encountered a terrible future or are they all going totally insane?

5. ‘Parasite’

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite was so good that even the Academy had to overcome their statistically-proven racism to give it proper accolades. Although it’s not as conventionally scary as most of the films on this list, the movie’s chilling commentary on the cruelty of capitalism — and some actually stunningly violent twists in the film — make it far more impactful than your standard horror fare. 

4. ‘Possessor’

Although it’s probably unfair to compare Brandon Cronenberg to his father, David Cronenberg, the pair’s movies — at least so far — have a lot of thematic similarities. Exploring body horror, psychedelia, postmodernism, and the implications of technology on identity, Possessor tells the story of a near-future spy agency that can insert an agent’s consciousness into another person’s mind. It’s a deliriously deranged movie with a devastatingly original aesthetic.

3. ‘Predators’

Adrien Brody plays an unexpectedly buff action hero in this reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise which began in 1987. Although Predator is often remembered for its stylized 80’s aesthetic and iconically excessive performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger — this reimagining is deadly serious. The action scenes are well choreographed and the plot is pretty engaging considering the not-so-sophisticated subject matter.

2. ‘XX’

Horror movies directed by women are rare gems, thanks to the misogyny of Hollywood — and they’re are usually considerably better than the mediocrity produced by most men. Celebrating horror from a female perspective, this collection of four short films is hyper-stylized and varying in subject matter and brutality. “The Box,” directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, is the most disturbing of the tetralogy and deals with trauma and anorexia — but Annie Clark (better known as Saint Vincent) also showcases a dark quirkiness with her entry, “The Birthday Party.” 

1. ‘You’re Next’

It’s unclear what was happening in pop culture around 2010 such that home invasion horror had such a moment, but You’re Next is one of the standout entries in the sub-genre that became oddly popular at that time. The movie is deeply nihilistic — it’s never exactly revealed why the murderous masked individuals are so bloodthirsty — but the clever violence throughout is darkly humorous while still staying pretty scary. There’s a story of family dysfunction buried under a thick layer of blood.

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Spotify’s ‘Best of Star Wars’ Playlist Is All You Need to Listen to Today

First things first, May the Fourth be with You all.

May 4th is Star Wars Day, the annual day in which fans celebrate all things related to the franchise set in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Whether you’re watching the movies, shows, celebrating with Baby Yoda, or all the above, you’re also going to need a great soundtrack to go along with it. And there’s no better soundtrack to throw on than Spotify’s ‘Best of Star Wars’ playlist.

As expected, streams of John Williams’ legendary score, as well as the tracks that appeared in other movies and shows, such as Ludwig Göransson’s songs created for The Mandalorian, skyrocket on May the 4th. Don’t believe us? Spotify has the numbers to prove it.

Per Spotify’s official stats: “On this day last year (May 4, 2020), [Spotify] saw more than a 530 percent increase globally in streams for the “Best of Star Wars” playlist, with a 729 percent increase in the U.S. alone.”

Not only that, the streaming service reported that “global Spotify users have created more than 613,000 Star Wars playlists, 78,000 “Yoda” playlists, and 30,000 Mandalorian playlists.”

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The top-streamed Star Wars tracks should really come as a surprise to no one, as they are arguably the most famous entries in the franchise’s score.

The main theme sets the tone for any Star Wars-related marathon; the Imperial March lets you know that shit is about to go DOWN, and the Duel of Fates is the perfect addition to any sort of competitive atmosphere you’re trying to set.

Also, it plays during, in our opinion, the best lightsaber fight in the whole saga.

Observe:

Yes, we know that it might come from one of the worst Star Wars movies, but this fight is the GOAT, bar none.

At this point, you’re probably tired of hearing us ramble on about how great the playlist is, so put those headphones on (or blast it throughout the house, we won’t judge), crank the volume up, and hit the lightspeed button.

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The 26 Best Shows on HBO Max to Stream Right Now

HBO Max’s same-day theatrical release plan dominates a lot of conversation about the young streaming platform, but that just obstructs the fact that HBO Max is full of fantastic TV shows waiting to be discovered. As the notorious streaming wars continue to heat up, the platform has been doing its best to bring new series and additional seasons of old favorites straight to their subscribers. If anyone ever gets tired of the streamer’s massive library of movies, they can hit a button and dive into everything from classic sitcoms like Friends to recent animated programs for kids like Adventure Time.

Whether you’re looking for an HBO original, something that falls under WarnerMedia’s massive umbrella, or a licensed show, HBO Max truly has you covered. The HBO brand may be transforming, but it’s important to remember that it started as a premium channel with higher quality shows- and that sentiment hasn’t changed all these years later. Next time you’re searching for a binge-able show or an intricate world to explore on TV, consider choosing from one of the 26 best shows on HBO Max!

26. ‘Harley Quinn’

Put it this way: Harley Quinn ain’t a normal superhero show.

Set in Gotham City, where Harley Quinn and her long-time boyfriend, The Joker, have recently broken up, the supervillain—and sometimes anti-hero—has set out on her own in order to become one of the city’s leading crime bosses.

Voiced by Kaley Cuoco, who also serves as executive producer, Harley teams up with her crew of misfits, including Poison Ivy, King Shark, Clayface, and Dr. Psycho, to cause chaos in Gotham. She frequently battles other supervillains like Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, and, of course, The Joker, as well as Batman, and the results are often hilarious and, at times, incredibly touching.

25. ‘Warrior’

If intense action and character-driven stories sound appealing, Warrior is definitely the show for you. Executive produced by Justin Lin and Shanon Lee, Warrior, is based on an old story idea by Bruce Lee himself. Starring Andrew Koji as the fresh-off-the-boat Ah Sahm, Warrior is set in San Francisco during the late 1870s and tells a complex story about an interesting ensemble of characters, belonging to rival tongs, the city’s police squad, and the city’s political elites, trying to carve out space for themselves in the chaotic city. What started as a two-season long Cinemax original was recently renewed for a third season directly on HBO Max.

24. ‘Doom Patrol’

Based on DC Comics’ version of the X-Men, Doom Patrol is a quirky, thoroughly entertaining series. While the show revels in its comic book charm, Doom Patrol isn’t the traditional superhero story as it follows a group of societal outlaws who all receive their powers under chaotic circumstances and are both physically and mentally scarred as a result. A show that isn’t afraid to delve deep into the mental states of its ensemble, Doom Patrol manages to maintain a silly quality throughout no matter how extreme or dark the situation may be.

23. ‘Flight of the Concords’

Flight of the Concords stars the musical comedy duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie as fictionalized versions of themselves as they attempt to make it as musicians in New York City. As the two struggle to get gigs or get women to notice them at parties, the show weaves in some of the duo’s hilarious songs as a way to give the audience more insight into how they are feeling at that moment. Even if you’ve never heard of the band before this, Flight of the Concords is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates low-key comedy and fantastic wordplay. 

22.’Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’

A weekly series that dives into various topics, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has been airing on HBO since 2014. After cutting his teeth exploring political topics on The Daily Show under Jon Stewart, John Oliver has grown into the new gold standard of comedic news. The weekly format allows him to quickly go over certain events from the week, but the bulk of the episode is dedicated to relatively evergreen deep dives into various structural and cultural topics that allow Oliver to stretch his comedic chops and slowly get to the bottom of a complex subject. Whether you consider yourself a news buff or someone who is relatively unaware of what’s happening, Last Week Tonight is both extremely enjoyable and educational. 

21. ‘Rick and Morty’

What is essentially an outrageous, over-the-top spin on the dynamic between Marty McFly and Doc Brown in Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows the titular grandpa-grandson duo as they go on chaotic missions in space and other dimensions. Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, who voices both of the main characters, the show relishes in its childlike crudeness as Rick drinks and farts his way across the galaxy, but it is also capable of telling complex stories that leave the viewers with heavy hearts in addition to tears of laughter.

20. ‘Chernobyl’

A miniseries about the horrific events at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, Craig Mazin’s Chernobyl is difficult to watch in all the best ways. A five-part series that focuses on the brutal cleanup efforts and the bureaucratic mismanagement that defined that moment in Soviet society, Chernobyl features some incredible performances and terrifying makeup work as it tells a deeply researched but dramatized story about one of the most brutal moments in human history.

19. ‘Doctor Who’

Since Russel T Davies relaunched the classic British sci-fi series in 2005, Doctor Who has become a global cultural phenomenon. A series that stars a mysterious alien known as The Doctor, a Time Lord from the planet of Gallifrey, Doctor Who follows the character as he travels around time and space to go on adventures and help those in need. This most recent iteration of the show, broken up into various eras with different showrunners and performers playing the self-regenerating genius that give each season a distinct feel, feels like the ultimate Saturday morning viewing experience and is cheesy in all the best ways as The Doctor and his companions do everything they can to always save the day against seemingly insurmountable odds.

18. ‘John Adams’

A star-studded miniseries set before, during, and after the American Revolution, John Adams is a thorough examination of the earliest days in American history as seen through the eyes of one of the men who helped shape the nation. Starring Paul Giamatti as the titular historical figure, the miniseries follows Adams and his wife Abigail (Laura Linney) as they navigate the tumultuous times and assume their now iconic roles in history. Based on historian David McCullough’s biography of the 2nd American President, the series is full of historical detail and doesn’t shy away from displaying some of the brutal realities of war and disease at that time. 

17. ‘Sex and the City’

Adapted from Candace Bushnell’s book of New York Observer essays with the same name, Sex and the City is a New York City-based romantic comedy that follows a group of female friends as they try to advance their careers and go about their love lives in different fashions. The show has a fantastic ensemble, led by Sarah Jessica Parker as a fictionalized version of Bushnell named Carrie Bradshaw, and excels whenever the four lead characters are all on stage interacting with one another. A steamy and silly show, Sex and the City feels oddly relevant as people prepare for “Hot Vax Summer.”

16. ‘Watchmen’

Rather than directly adapting Alan Moore and David Gibbon’s iconic comic series, David Lindeloff decided to tell a wholly original sequel that asks viewers what it means to be a hero. Starring Regina King as former-cop-turned-costumed-vigilante Sister Knight, a.k.a. Angela Abar, Watchmen recontextualizes the entire history of American superheroes in the battle against white supremacy as the supremacist Seventh Kavalry organization makes its presence felt in a new plot to destroy the world. Obviously reading the original graphic novel or even seeing the film adaptation will provide additional context for viewers, but the 11-Emmy winning Watchmen is a complex, unique series that can still be enjoyed by people who are not familiar with the source material.

15. ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

If the dry and observational humor of Seinfeld is up your alley, then Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring and created by Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, is a must-watch. Following a fictionalized version of Larry’s own life as he goes about his business in Los Angeles and later New York City, Curb puts its curmudgeonly star in a lot of awkward or silly situations that allow his unique perspective to shine through. It’s hard to describe the unique humor and sharp dialogue of the series without simply saying it’s “pretty, pretty, pretty good.” 

14. ‘Succession’

Succession is essentially a darker, more dramatic Arrested Development. Ron Howard may not be narrating scenes, but this HBO original follows the dysfunctional Roy family as they vie for power over Waystar RoyCo, a powerful media conglomerate, once the patriarch of the family, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), starts having some health issues.  The satirical and comedic show has won two Emmys for outstanding writing in a drama series and has a fantastic, award-winning ensemble that knows how to bring all of the bickering and in-fighting to the silver screen perfectly.

13. ‘Insecure’

After the success of Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl web series, she took her storytelling skills to HBO with Insecure. Co-created by and starring Rae as Issa Dee, Insecure is a hilarious show that follows the late-20s protagonist as she tries to thrive in her work and personal lives. Both hilarious and personally heart-wrenching at moments, the show effectively explores societal and racial issues that define the experience of Black men and women in the United States. 

12. ‘Euphoria’

Skins for the (even more) modern age, Sam Levinson’s Euphoria is an ensemble story about a group of high school students as they experiment with sex and drugs and start learning about love and identity for the first time. An emotionally brutal show that examines trauma and doesn’t shy away from showing how dangerous drugs can be, Euphoria enabled Zendaya to become the youngest ever-winner for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmys. 

11. ‘Barry’

A dark comedy series unlike anything I’ve ever seen, Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s Barry follows a former Marine turned hitman named Barry Berkman (Hader) as he tries to give up his old life and become an actor. Despite Barry’s best efforts, he keeps getting pulled back into the dangerous world and he is forced to balance his new ambitions and dangerous obligations. The show has a fantastic ensemble and Henry Winkler even won an Emmy award for his performance as the self-obsessed drama teacher Gene Cousineau.

10. ‘Game of Thrones’

Thanks to HBO, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the medieval world of Westeros is now just as popular as the iconic Lord of the Rings. Game of Thrones is a world-spanning adventure series that sees numerous families vie for power in a feudal, Medieval society as magical forces slowly gather in the dark. Don’t let the widespread (and fair) criticisms of the final season fool you from trying it for the first time, the show is the most awarded series in Emmy history for a reason, and I can’t recommend diving into this dark and complex world enough.

9. ‘I May Destroy You’

Created by, written, starring, and co-directed by Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You is an emotionally challenging and occasionally comedic show about the emotional traumas people experience after being sexually assaulted or raped. Arabella Essiedu (Coel) is a young writer who finds herself in the spotlight thanks to the success of her first book, but her life suddenly takes a turn after she struggles to remember a night out with friends and discovers that she was raped. A show that touches on everything from the impacts of social media influence to how society views male assault victims differently, I May Destroy You is one of the most unique originals to hit HBO Max. 

8. ‘True Detective’

Created by Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective is an anthology crime series that follows different investigative teams as they dive into complex and disturbing cases. With fantastic ensembles featuring everyone from Mathew McConaughey to Rachel McAdams and Mahershala Ali, each season of True Detective pushes all of its characters to their physical, emotional, and occasionally spiritual limits as they proceed with their case. Admittedly, the second season isn’t as entertaining as the other two, in my opinion, but even that middle season is better than most things on basic cable.

7. ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

Right after Tim Burton’s Batman captivated the general public, Warner Brothers let animators Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski develop their own take on the Caped Crusader and Gotham City. The result, Batman: The Animated Series, is one of the most lusciously illustrated shows of all time. Not only is the art fantastic, but its Emmy-winning writing gives viewers complex, emotional stories that challenge the central hero and his rogues. The voice cast, featuring Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker, is borderline iconic and defines these characters for a generation of fans.

6. ‘Gomorrah’

Based on the novel of the same name by Robert Saviano, Gomorrah is a violent and riveting look at organized crime and the ramifications that it has on people in Naples. The show focuses on Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore), a member of the Savastano gang, as he tries to move up in the ranks of his organization and survive a bubbling war between various crime families. While the show is fictional, it is often praised for its realistic representation of the crime families as Saviano spent much of his career as a journalist who investigated the iconic Camorra crime syndicate.

5. ‘Oz’

The show that first took full advantage of HBO’s position as a premium provider with fewer restrictions, Oz is a dark and dramatic look at life inside the fictional Oswald State Correctional Facility for men. A creative and twisted show that details the harrowing experiences of various individuals behind bars, Oz follows each prisoner as they adapt to their new surroundings and struggle for power with rival gangs. The sometimes disturbing show is held together by its fantastic ensemble, featuring everyone from J.K. Simmons as an Aryan gang leader who terrorizes his new roommate to future Sopranos star Edie Falco as an officer at the facility. 

4. ‘Veep’

From the mind of political satirist Armando Iannucci, Veep is a hilarious, no-holds-barred look at Washington D.C. and the goons that run it. Following the political movements and career of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team, Veep is both crudely silly and deeply insightful into some of the motivations and personalities of people running our government. Some of the most ludicrous storylines and jokes of the show almost seem quaint now in light of the Trump years, but Veep is a must-watch series stacked with a fantastically funny ensemble.

3. ‘The Leftovers’

Forget Thanos’ infamous snap, in Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers, based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name, everyone suddenly discovers that two percent of the world’s population has suddenly disappeared. Following the chaotic and sometimes dangerous years that follow the sudden departure, The Leftovers is set in a traumatized and emotionally scarred world that sees everyone struggle to move on from the unexplainable event. Starring Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, a police officer with a unique connection to a larger spiritual conspiracy sweeping the world, The Leftovers manages to both touch and disturb its viewers as it slowly unwinds.

2. ‘The Wire’

Most police dramas focus on the officers as they jump from case to case, but David Simon’s The Wire takes a different approach to the cop show format altogether. Taking a larger, more structural view of the city of Baltimore, The Wire spends time with members of the police department, various gangs, and dock workers to paint a full picture of the corruption and pressures bearing down on the city. Each season focuses on a different institution in the city, like unions or schools, to help the ensemble show feel a bit different from year to year as the city’s corruption slowly compounds no matter how hard people like Detective James McNulty (Dominic West) or Detective Bunk Moreland (Wendell Pierce) work.

1. ‘The Sopranos’

Without a doubt, David Chase’s The Sopranos is one of the best television shows of all time. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is the leader of a New Jersey crime family, but the difficulties of balancing his work and family life have driven him to start seeing a therapist. The six-season show is amusingly violent and wonderfully paced as the mafia world slowly expands and the problems Tony and his crew face become more complex, but it’s really the wonderful ensemble, with the Emmy winning duo of Gandolfini and Edie Falco at the heart of everything as Tony and Carmela Soprano, that makes the show so gripping and addictive. Sit down with some gabagool and start watching!

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The 16 Best Sci-Fi Shows and Movies on Hulu

Robot police dogs, a global pandemic, a hentai addict covertly controlling an international cult from his home in Japan, social media networks for children, and helicopters on Mars: 2021 is already a bunch of different sci-fi movies smashed into one. It’s an odd time to want to engage in fictional dystopias considering the world we live in is … pretty dystopian.

Whether you look towards sci-fi for space-opera escapism or incisive questions about identity, there’s an appropriately overwhelming amount of media currently available for streaming. Hulu’s selection in particular is impressively expansive. Ranging from anime classics to original spins on important literature to trashy reboots of beloved franchises, we’ve picked out the 16 best TV shows and movies we could find — all currently available to be beamed directly into your brain!

16. ‘Aniara’

After the Earth becomes uninhabitable, an ark of survivors travelling to Mars is thrown off course, causing them to drift through space for eternity. A device used to calm the anxiety of the passengers begins malfunctioning, causing the ship’s passengers to hallucinate. This existential space drama’s vision of humanity is pretty ghastly, but its visual styling and shockingly dark ending are impressive, especially for a relatively under-the-radar release. 

15. ‘Possessor’

It’s a shame Possessor never got a proper theatrical release and thus flew under the radar in 2020, as it’s easily one of the best films released in that accursed year. In this hallucinatory, cyberpunk noir by Brandon Cronenberg — yes, he’s the son of legendary auteur David Cronenberg, and yes his filmmaking style is quite similar to his father’s — a shadowy agency invents a way to implant an undercover agent’s consciousness into a human vessel. But traversing various identities takes its toll on the agents, and some begin to lose their minds. Fleshy, dispassionate psychedelia abounds. 

14. ‘Tetsuo: The Bullet Man’

The third movie in the Tetsuo series, Bullet Man continues the nightmarish and absurdist non-narrative sequences of the previous films. In each movie, men’s sexual problems are metaphorized through complicated animation sequences in which tortured bodies become cyborg monstrosities without warning or explanation. Rife with psychoanalytic symbolism, these deeply strange movies have been shockingly influential on contemporary cinema and anime.

13. ‘Cowboy Bebop’

Netflix’s choice to reboot Cowboy Bebop is almost insulting considering the beloved anime series is actually perfect in every way. Why bother trying to improve on something with no flaws? This legendary 90’s anime uses a rousing jazz score to set the mood for various space-age, neo-noir adventures. The handsome but curmudgeonly Spike Spiegel leads a crew of misfit bounty hunters including a non-binary super hacker, a buxom femme fatale, and an adorable Welsh corgi on a series of ill-fated raids while slowly confronting his haunted past. Despite its seemingly shallow, action-oriented premise, the story is emotionally compelling and plays with both typical sci-fi themes about the ramifications of technology and more complicated questions about existential meaning and the ephemerality of identity and love.

12. ‘Dollhouse’

From the production company that created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Dollhouse is a precursor to the near-future sci-fi of Black Mirror. When a rogue scientist discovers a way to temporarily wipe peoples’ memories and replace them with modular personality traits, a nefarious entertainment company begins renting out living humans as dolls to be used as sex workers and assassins. Although the first few episodes are a standard monster of the week sci-fi, the story unravels quite quickly into a post-apocalyptic nightmare when the technology of this agency is used as a weapon. Eliza Dushku plays the protagonist and is ultimately quite overworked — she essentially has an entirely new personality every episode — but a talented supporting cast rounds out this shockingly intelligent cyberpunk hellscape.

11. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

When Margaret Atwood looked around at the growing Christian fundamentalism of the 1980s, she worried that the wild fanaticism of conservatism could result in widespread violence. She wrote The Handmaid’s Tale as a warning about the inherent misogyny of the American right — and frighteningly, many of her predictions came true. The first season of this Hulu original series sticks pretty close to the novel, but subsequent seasons veer in a different direction as the show moves through a handful of genres including torture porn and espionage thriller. It’s sci-fi in the sense that it takes place in some dark near-future, but don’t expect robots or space aliens.

10. ‘Gurren Lagann’

From the makers of FLCL and Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann is another giant robot anime with stunning hand-drawn animation. The story plays out like Gundam on methamphetamines as the protagonist frees himself from an oppressive underground society to find himself involved in intergalactic warfare. What it lacks in intellectual sophistication it makes up for in heart and excess: the fight scenes are beyond over-the-top and the characters’ iconic outfits are often totally absurd. 

9. ‘Futurama’

Originally debuting in 1999, Futurama is a long-running sci-fi comedy cartoon series created by Simpsons mastermind Matt Groening. When a pizza delivery guy wakes up 1000 years in the future after accidentally cryogenically freezing himself, he discovers how different the world he once knew has become. Hijinks ensue when he joins a motley crew of misfit space travelers including an alcoholic robot and an aging mad scientist. Don’t expect too much incisive social criticism — the show is mostly politically anodyne — but a few episodes are absolutely heart-wrenching and the cast is totally lovable. 

8. ‘Shape of Water’

Guillermo Del Toro’s Academy award-winning sci-fi film is a postmodern pastiche of creature feature tropes. In Shape of Water, a cleaning lady at a shadowy government facility discovers a captured aquatic monster — and begins to fall in love. Del Toro uses monstrosity as a metaphor for otherness so as to critique the emotional impact of racial discrimination and segregation. The anachronistic art direction is magically creative and stunningly executed using old-school special effects and makeup design. 

7. ‘All That We Destroy’

Hulu and the legendary horror studio Blumhouse (the production company behind contemporary horror classics like Get Out, Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Sinister, and many more) have partnered for an ongoing series of feature-length “installments” titled Into The Dark — basically, every episode is a stand-alone movie. Although the series is mostly more traditional horror, All That We Destroy You mixes in some elements: in it, a mother clones the same woman repeatedly to see if she can finally help her son conquer his murderous urges. All That We Destroy is one of a few sci-fi movies in that franchise along with I’m Just F*cking With You, Culture Shock, and a few others, but the other mini-movies in the franchise are worth investigating if you enjoy horror.

6. ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reunite for this 2019 continuation of the Terminator franchise. It’s far from the best in the series, but the campy pleasures of this dynamic duo’s return are worth the price of entry. Schwarzenegger in particular hams it up — there’s a bizarre running gag that the T-800 has been reprogrammed to be an interior decorator? — and Linda Hamilton remains a butch icon. The special effects and action are all decadently cheesy and the plot is totally incoherent, but it’s a mindless, fun watch nonetheless.

5. ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Wing’

Although Mobile Suit Gundam Wing was not the first series in the sprawling Gundam franchise to be translated into English, it was the first to be aired on television in the United States — thus garnering it immense popularity. Wing is technically the sixth installment in this idiosyncratic universe, but no knowledge of the previous characters or continuity is necessary. The characters and design in Wing are all multidimensional and the animation — although sometimes a little cheap looking — is often stunningly dynamic and graphically impressive. The story is also far more politically complex and adult than what you’d expect from a show that was ostensibly geared for children — in fact, the series is essentially an ongoing depiction of the psychological trauma caused by neverending war. 

4. ’12 Monkeys’

Terry Gilliam’s surrealist sci-fi masterpiece from 1995 is the main inspiration for this psychological, future thriller. Gilliam’s cult classic, which starred a young Bruce Willis, was a sort of steampunk-inflected nightmare world. The show is a bit less dreamlike than its source material but won multiple awards for cinematography nonetheless. Although its first season was not exactly warmly received, critics realized what a fully imagined universe it contained by the time they got to later episodes. 

12 Monkeys is set in a post-viral, post-apocalypse: following the spread of a deadly disease that wipes out most of humanity, clandestine networks begin experimenting with time travel in the hopes of averting widespread destruction. It all sounds a bit nauseating — especially in the age of Corona! — but the multiple timelines of the show make it a fascinating and visually stimulating puzzle box of a series. 

3. ‘Roswell’

For a certain group of millennials, Roswell formed a holy TV trinity alongside Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. These easily bingeable young-adult shows combined romance, horror, and science fiction in equal measures to create thoroughly enjoyable episodes featuring deliciously 90’s retro fashions. As Buffy and Angel, Roswell also featured surprisingly complicated characters engaging in teenage romances both emotionally touching and totally corny. Taking place in the infamous New Mexico town, Roswell follows a series of aliens attempting to fit in amongst normal high school students. They battle shadowy government agencies while navigating budding erotic feelings. It might all seem very silly at first, but it’ll be impossible to stop watching once you’re hooked.

2. ‘Akira’

Katsuhiro Otomo’s legendary 4000+ page manga was adapted into an astoundingly epic film in 1988 — with the help of every animation studio that had existed in Japan at the time. The story, an extensive exploration of the unwieldiness of youth and the atrocities of atomic weaponry, is hard to digest on a first watch-through, but subsequent viewings make the brutally ultra-violent scenes more legible. The stunningly crisp HD version currently available on Hulu makes every hand-drawn frame look impossibly beautiful and often gorgeously grotesque. 

1. ‘Melancholia’

Lars Von Trier, a pioneer in the cinema of evil, infamously suffered a nervous breakdown through the making of this movie. Upon its release, the director offered strange and controversial statements about artistry that caused the star of the film, Kirstin Dunst, to hesitantly disaffiliate from the auteur. It’s obvious this movie came from a place of immense suffering and sadness, but it’s truly a work of terrible beauty.

In Melancholia, a massive planet is hurtling towards the Earth and destined to destroy all life. With absolutely no hope for survival, humans totally give up and wonder if their lives are even worth grieving. An extended metaphor about the deep hopelessness caused by major depression, this masterpiece is far more emotionally complicated than your average big-budget sci-fi.

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The 30 Best 90s Cartoon Theme Songs, Ranked

90s babies had a lot to look forward to whenever they were given control of the TV remote, especially if their parents were baller enough to afford cable.

The overabundance of quality cartoons that existed during that golden age of entertainment meant you could sit down for hours just watching them all. Every genre you could think of, such as action/adventure, comedy, educational, and even sports, had an animated series dedicated to it. And the one thing that let you know a favorite of yours was about to come on was its signature theme song.

For some reason, the cartoons of the 90s delivered some fire tunes that are still worth a listen. We spent some time revisiting our younger days to come up with a definitive list of the best 90s cartoon theme songs. After making your way through this lineup, you’ll have everything you need to create the strangest workout playlist anyone has ever heard. It’s time to get those weight lifting reps in while that godlike X-Men cartoon theme blares through your headphones!

30. ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’

Nickelodeon’s golden era is still unmatched. You could check in during any time of the day and always get treated to an amazing carton or live-action sitcom. One of the animated series that easily captured everyone’s attention was Rocko’s Modern Life. The intro that kicked off another zany day in the life of Rocko features a rocking little diddy that’s perfectly in sync with the trippy world he inhabits.

29. ‘Doug’

Doug’s theme is simple, which is exactly why it’s so hum-worthy. Watching the young tyke interact with all his friends and his trusty pup in front of a white background is an unforgettable sequence. And the tune that accompanies it is a bop with a little bit of rock & roll mixed in for good measure. This tune gets the job done without doing too much heavy lifting in the vocals department.

28. ‘Bobby’s World’

Someone was definitely going ham on their Yamaha keyboard while this theme was being recorded. It’s the one art of the song that stands out the most and gives it that extra oomph. Hearing this theme blare out of your TV speakers while you were in another room was practically an alarm cluing you in to what was about to come on. Bobby’s World theme and its opening sequence certainly go hand in hand.

27. ‘The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police’

Steve Purcell’s anthropomorphic comic book duo got themselves an animated series back in 1997. And while it was short-lived, it still managed to produce a memorable run of episodes and leave behind an energetic theme song that always gets us pumped up. The madness that erupts during Sam & Max’s police capers are put on full display while this jazzy tune goes nuts in the background.

26. ‘Earthworm Jim’

“Earthworm Jim, The Soil He Did Crawl/Earthworm Jim, A Super Suit Did Fall.” What follows is a lively tale about a rambunctious earthworm that uses his new newly acquired power suit to battle the forces of evil. Oh and to keep his transforming doggie bud from tearing him to shreds, too. This theme features the type of lyrics that are easy to follow and sing along to, which makes it extremely catchy. This lost video game icon and his 90s cartoon will always get plenty of praise from us.

25. ‘Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series’

You gotta hand it to the intros that accompanied 90s Disney cartoons – they always had a vocalist on deck that would sing their hearts out as if their life depended on it. The creative team behind this show must have been inspired by some 80s hair metal when they cooked this theme song up. The singer that belts out the lyrics to this rocking tune got us hype on the regular and prepared us for another episode of heroic feats from the Mighty Ducks.

24. ‘Mummies Alive!’

Do you guys want to talk about bars? Then we have to hand out the utmost props to the man spitting the hottest of Dylan hot fire on this fast-paced tune. Man’s really broke down the entire backstory of this show in the quickest manner possible and had some amazing backup singers in tow to aid him on his vocal journey. This tune really gets the heart racing and raises our excitement levels just in time for some more mummy-busting action.

23. ‘The Tick’

Don’t be surprised if a 90s baby tells you their love for jazz came from their viewings of 90s cartoons. A lot of the children’s shows from that era featured some shockingly decent tunes from that genre of music. And one of the more memorable songs that went that route is the song that kicks off The Tick. The scat singing we get on this one sounds great and the instrumental playing in the background fits the burly blue hero and his timid sidekick perfectly.

22. ‘The Magic School Bus’

Fun fact – legendary rock & roll singer Little Richard blessed this quality educational cartoon with its lively theme. Cruisin’ down on Main Street was just the start of another wild field trip for Ms. Frizzle and her curious class. Richard provided our ears with an energetic song that instantly lifted our spirits each and every time we heard it. The Magic School Bus was and still is a great show. And we were happy to become science nerds thanks to Little Richard’s rocking intro.

21. ‘Hey Arnold’

“HEY ARNOLD!” The whole neighborhood rocked with the kid with the head shaped like a football and so did we. As evidenced by the constant callouts for Arnold on this theme, it became quite clear that the young tyke always managed to be the talk of the town. Helga constantly belting out Arnold’s name actually suited this theme quite well and signaled us in for another fun episode of this Nickelodeon classic.

20. ‘The Ren and Stimpy Show’

We must send our regards to the band known as Die Screaming Leiderhôsens. Thanks to their musical mastery, 90s babies like us were treated to another jazzy jam that marked the start of this twisted show. It’s hard to forget the intense bongo-playing that ensued while the rest of this theme’s instrumentalists played their hearts out. The Ren and Stimpy Show was quite the wild ride – this theme was a preview of the madness that was sure to come.

19. ‘Rugrats’

Besides the memorable toddlers featured in this whimsical series, Rugrats is most known for its signature sound when it comes to its musical offerings. Once a new episode of this Nickelodeon gem came on, this catchy tune came our way and stayed in our heads till this very day. A musical genius by the name of Mark Mothersbaugh is responsible for this warm melody and we’re forever grateful for his contributions to this show.

18. ‘Iron Man’

We had a hard time deciding which theme song from this Marvel Comics branded show belonged here. Both of them go extra hard, but we decided to give the edge to the second intro tune. You couldn’t help but get excited about Iron Man’s next superheroic clash as soon as the lead singer began belting out the hero’s name. “I…AM…IRON MAN!” This tune made us feel like the lead hero himself.

17. ‘Spider-Man’

Everyone’s favorite web-crawler doesn’t miss when it comes to cartoon themes. The iconic tune from his late 60s series is unforgettable and has even been played via quality interpretations these days. But we can’t shower that theme with all the love because the song that kicked off the 90s animated series for good old Spidey is just as awesome. The guitar riffs on this theme ruled, plus we always felt compelled to mimic the lead singer as he called out the name of Peter Parker’s alter-ego.

16. ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

Musical composer Danny Elfman is the masterful maestro that created this sweeping orchestral tune that backed one of the greatest animated series of all time. It fit the opening sequence so well – watching Batman speed into town to put a bunch of evildoers in their place looked and felt tons more thrilling thanks to this heart racing tune. Batman: The Animated Series is incredible and so is this unmistakable theme song.

14. ‘Captain Planet and the Planeteers’

The eco-friendly Planeteers and their combined powers activated the all-powerful being known as Captain Planet. We still think twice about dropping trash on the ground thanks to the strong lessons put forward by this animated series. The theme that emanated from this show features the type of lyrics and cadence that makes it super easy to sing along to. We always thought the Planeteers had a future in battle rapping as evidenced by the lyrical bomb they dropped at the end of this song.

13. ‘Sailor Moon’

“Fighting evil by moonlight/Winning love by daylight/Never running from a real fight!/She is the one named Sailor Moon!” Damn right! Talk to a bunch of dudes that grew up in the 90s and they’ll proudly proclaim their love for the Sailor Scouts. It was so easy to get sucked up into the flashy transformation sequences and epic boss finishes that this anime delivered. And thanks to the catchy tune that was put in place for the American dub, we’ll never forget about this show.

12. ‘Freakazoid’

Warner Brothers’ creative juices were certainly flowing during their 90s run when it came to cartoons. One of the classic shows from that era is Freakazoid, which is all about a zany superhero that had a habit of breaking the fourth wall. Thanks to the quality work of show frontrunners Tom Ruegger and Richard Stone, Freakazoid came with an amazing theme that matched the frenetic energy of the show itself.

11. ‘TaleSpin’

The lovable bear known as Baloo is one of the hardest working cartoon characters in Disney history. His days spent as an air cargo freight business operator paved the way for some wild adventures that put him in contact with some equally memorable characters. TaleSpin was always a good time and so is the theme song that kicked off the show. There’s no way you can remain quiet as soon as this tune enters your ear space.

10. ‘Darkwing Duck’

Just like the aforementioned Baloo, Darkwing Duck also deserves credit for working overtime within his chosen profession. And his duties mainly consisted of “getting dangerous” when pitted against a gang of villains that looked to harm his city. The upbeat and super catchy vibes that come from this show’s theme worked so well thanks to a sound that’s clearly inspired by the pop music sensibilities of the early 90s. Never forget – “When there’s trouble you call DW!”

9. ‘The Powerpuff Girls’

Once the unmistakable narrator for this Cartoon Network classic got done telling his tale, everyone’s ears perked up even more when this theme got going. What makes this tune stand out from the pack is the fact that it sticks to a genre of music that’s rarely used for animated series. This tune may just be what exposed 90s babies like us to the sort of electronic dance music that stuck to the jungle sub-genre. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup will forever be legends in our eyes and this tune matches up with their heroic sensibilities so well.

8. ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’

Bugs Bunny and the gang decided to hand down their usual brand of slapstick antics to a new generation of anthropomorphic younglings. The hilarious lessons they were given played out over seasons of gut-bustlingly funny episodes from Tiny Toon Adventures. All the lovable characters from this series summarized their outlandish adventures through this sing-songy tune and we adore it to this very day.

7. ‘Arthur’

You wanna know just how powerful this song is? Play this joint at a reggae festival of some kind and watch everyone in the crowd lose their minds to it. And that reaction happens for two reasons – the high quality of the song itself and the show it’s attached to. PBS’s animated Arthur series is a childhood staple for many and this theme song is as well. Famed reggae artist Ziggy Marley provided the vocals for this cheery tune and it came out so great because of him.

6. ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’

“ARE YA READY, KIDS?” Even as adults, we’ll always make time for the wily pirate that gets us ready for another trip down to Bikini Bottom. The yellow talking sponge that commands the attention of fans of all ages is quite the singer himself. But he let his old pirate buddy handle the honors for this call-to-action tune. Our inner swashbuckler can definitely get jiggy to this one.

5. ‘Animaniacs’

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot terrorized the Warner Brother lot. Yet we couldn’t help but watch and enjoy every moment of it. All three of the tower-dwelling siblings easily kept our attention thanks to their brand of slapstick humor and surprisingly educational show tunes. However, their best musical performance always came during the Animaniacs intro sequence. We loved this theme and always looked forward to the clever ending lyrics that wrapped everything up nicely.

4. ‘Pinky and The Brain’

The Pinky and The Brain brand was so strong back in the day that it got its very own show after debuting as an act from the Animaniacs series. Ask anyone who used to watch this show back in the day and they’ll instantly recite the words to its theme song. The individuals that belt out the words to that tune are infectious and could get even the most curmudgeonly folks to crack a smile and sing along.

3. ‘Dragon Ball Z’

Akira Toriyama’s iconic action anime has an amazing track record when it comes to quality theme songs. The Japanese themes get a lot of love from fans around the world. But the kids that grew up with Goku and his band of Z Warriors go mosh pit crazy when this theme kicks in. The Funimation dub came in hot with “Rock the Dragon” and we’ve been tryna go Super Saiyan in real life ever since.

2. ‘Pokémon’

There’s a reason why your local karaoke dive bar has this tune on deck for any drunkard that wants to perform it. It’s just too damn good to pass up when the opportunity arises to sing it at the top of your lungs. How can you be the very best by not knowing the words to this classic tune? You just can’t! The best way to get inspired to do anything is to have this theme playing at a ridiculously high volume in your headphones. It’s your destiny, after all. Side note – the Pokérap was kinda fire, too.

1. ‘X-Men’

How could we not place this theme at the top spot? It practically defined most kids’ cartoon-watching habits back in the day and got them prepped for another episode full of mutant wars between Professor X and Magneto’s associated stables. You can literally play the first three seconds of this theme and anyone with just a shred of geek knowledge will know what song it is. The 90s X-Men animated series ruled and so does the theme that backs its God-tier intro. Be sure to check Samara Ginsberg’s cello rendition of this tune when you get a chance. You can thank us later.

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The 20 Best Thrillers on Hulu To Watch

Few genres are as slippery as thrillers: what exactly differentiates thrillers from horror, or noir, or espionage? Boiled down to the most obvious motifs, thrillers are about crime, suspense, and psychological terror — but it’s more than that. Thrillers have a feel, a tone, and a mood that are distinct, but it’s hard to say where the genre begins and ends. 

Hulu’s selection of thrillers ranges vastly in quality and sub-genre: they’ve got original TV series based on beloved sci-fi — mingled in with brutal and avant-garde interpretations of true crime stories and campy erotic classics. We’ve gone through the whole thriller section and sorted out what’s actually worth watching. Check out our list of the best 20 thriller TV shows and movies currently available to stream.

20. ‘The Act’

True crime fanatics became obsessed with the case of Dee Dee Blanchard, a woman in Missouri who was murdered under mysterious circumstances. The real-life story that unraveled was deeply unsettling: it turns out Dee Dee had been keeping her daughter captive by convincing her she was debilitatingly ill and severely brain-damaged. Hulu’s original series, The Act, is a dramatization of this true-crime nightmare. Impressive acting from Patricia Arquette and Joey King helped garner the show a handful of Emmy nominees.

19. ‘Antebellum’

Janelle Monae stars in this Jordan Peele-esque social thriller, written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. Dealing with the legacy and brutality of slavery in the United States, the movie is a horror-inflected tale of a woman trapped in a plantation, desperate to escape. Critics were divided about the movie’s implicit morality and emotional impact, but it’s a politically complex film that takes Black identity and trauma as a subject of serious inquiry. 

18. ‘Die Hard’

Often considered the greatest action movie ever made, Die Hard is quite obviously Bruce Willis’s crowning cinematic achievement (other than Fifth Element). The plot is somehow totally irrelevant, as the movie is a series of high-octane chase sequences with quippy and memorable catchphrases in between. Even if the plot is incoherent, the suspense builds into a hypnotic crescendo. The movie wound up spawning numerous sequels, at least one of which is also available on Hulu, but it’s best to stick with the original.

17. ‘Fargo’

Based on the iconic dark comedy of the same name by the Coen brothers, Fargo is a bleak and morbidly humorous thriller about crime in the midwest. The show’s got an absurdly star-studded cast and features an anthology story structure, meaning that each season is a self-contained narrative. Although each episode claims to be based on true events, the plot is in reality totally fabricated. Despite its cynical tone, the show snagged an astounding amount of accolades: out of 226 nominations, it snatched a total of 51 awards. 

16. ‘Free Fall’

Free Fall is a German, erotic thriller with a broodingly serious tone. A meditation on repressed desire, the movie contemplates a gay affair between two police officers and the ramifications of their illicit love. With the protagonist’s fragile masculinity at stake, violence threatens to erupt at every moment. Don’t expect laughs: even the film’s most playful and sexy moments are filled with desperate angst.

15. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Based on the terrifying speculative sci-fi novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale considers America’s penchant for evangelical fascism by contemplating what a conservative revolt and subsequent coup would actually look like in action. In Atwood’s hideous future, women are enslaved and used as receptacles for breeding while being fed a brainwashing regiment of hyper-religious extremism. In the TV show Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, a woman captured and tortured by the Gilead regime. But can she organize an underground movement to overthrow her fanatical overseers? As American conservatism’s fervency reaches new insane heights in reality, the predictions of this show have seemed more accurate by the second.

The show deserves a bit of a content warning: while the first season sticks pretty close to the original novel, the second and subsequent seasons diverge significantly. Also, because forced breeding is a central plot point of the story, the whole series contains a nauseating amount of sexual violence that many people have found to be simply unwatchable. The second season in particular sometimes resembles torture-porn more than melodrama, but the third season tones down the violence just a bit.

14. ‘The Purge’

Based on the movie franchise of the same name, the concept of The Purge is simple: One day a year, all crime is legal. The backstory behind the strange concept is actually somewhat politically sophisticated: in this imagined near-future, the American government devised a way to reduce widespread violence by allowing Americans one day a year to release the anger and rage that boils inside them. What began as an extended contemplation on the USA’s obsession with violence has turned into a sanguine thriller about corruption and class resentment and the fanaticism of the Second Amendment. The first season focuses on a single Purge night in the year 2027 and follows several intersecting stories. In our current political climate, what seems like an absurd concept becomes more prescient by the second.

13. ‘Only God Forgives’

Nicholas Winding Refn’s film Drive made waves in 2011 for its hyper-stylized, neon-drenched aesthetic. His follow-up film, Only God Forgives, continues the auteur’s ultra-violent thesis in a gorgeously shot and moodily scored thriller about criminal organizations in Thailand. Also starring Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives is both mesmerizingly dreamy and stunningly bloody. It’s probably one of the most visually pleasing thrillers ever made, but it’s not for the squeamish or sensitive. 

12. ‘Vanilla Sky’

Based on the deliriously strange Spanish film Abre Los Ojos, Vanilla Sky is a philosophical exploration of the limits of reality. What the movie has in smarts, it lacks in aesthetic (and Tom Cruise’s terrible acting certainly doesn’t help) — but the existential questions it raises about the nature of dreams and our understanding of consciousness makes it an interesting film nonetheless. Loosely inspired by the hallucinatory novels of Phillip K. Dick, there’s a lot in here for people who love mindfucks.  

11. ‘Angel’

It would be easy to dismiss Angel as a cheaply made spinoff of the more popular Buffy The Vampire Slayer — but the show is just as lovable and sophisticated as the series that introduced its protagonist. After the eponymous demonic hero departs from Sunnydale, a strange series of events leads him to found Angel Investigations, a supernatural detective agency that winds up accidentally averting the apocalypse several times. Angel struggles with his own vampiric bloodlust while saving humanity from destruction. The show’s Lovecraftian fifth season, in particular, is astoundingly emotionally complex and well written.

10. ‘Hannibal’

ShowrunnerBryan Fuller takes a lot of creative liberties with novelist Thomas Harris’s Hannibal tetralogy in this mind-bending crime thriller about a super-genius psychologist with a taste for human flesh. The cannibal doctor and a detective investigating a bizarre series of murders engage in a terribly erotic dance of death over the course of several psychedelic seasons which at some points seem more like short art films than traditional TV. Excellent acting from Mads Mikkelson and Gillian Anderson elevates the drama and suspense to unparalleled excess. 

9. ‘Parasite’

Bong Joon-Ho’s widely celebrated social thriller about the cruelty of capitalism is an undisputed masterpiece. A family of con artists attempts to infiltrate a wealthy household, but discover deep, dark secrets hidden in the basement. We won’t say much more than that — there’s a lot of twists that aren’t worth spoiling — but the movie is an effective excoriation of how brutal and unrelenting South Korea’s enormous wealth gap has become.

8. ‘Hounds of Love’

Comparable to deeply vicious horror-thrillers like Snowtown Murders or Martyrs, Hounds of Love is a terribly nihilistic story, loosely based on the crimes of David and Catherine Birnie, a serial-killing couple in Australia. Although the movie is visually impressive and emotionally complex — especially in its portrayal of the dysfunctional relationship between the two murderous protagonists — the sexual violence throughout the film is hard to stomach, even for the most callous of audiences. It’s astounding that given the movie’s bleakness and graphic depictions of torture, it still managed to receive largely positive reviews and score several international awards nominations.

7. ‘Body of Evidence’

Few thrillers are as reviled as Body of Evidence, a movie which Roger Ebert frequently described as one of his most hated films. It’s tawdry, cheaply made, and stupidly written. But there are pleasures to be found in absurdly bad movies — especially ones starring Madonna! Often described as a ripoff of both Basic Instinct, this movie is an oft-ignored camp classic. 

6. ‘Twilight Zone’

Originally running from 1959 to 1964, The Twilight Zone set the standard for serialized sci-fi. The show’s episodes range from paranoiac thrillers to space-age psychosis — all in bite-sized 30 minute short stories. Rod Sterling drew from several authors for inspiration, and each mysterious tale usually came with a totally unexpected twist or moral warning. Although they’ve been endlessly spoofed and reinterpreted, the original episodes still make a strong impact.

5. ‘X Files’

Scully and Mulder can’t stop getting abducted by aliens in this 11 season sci-fi thriller investigating every conspiracy theory imaginable. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny remain charismatic protagonists throughout the show’s expansive run, and their travels into the supernatural have had a lasting impact on almost every show that came after. The quality throughout is extremely inconsistent, so if you’re looking to skip a lot of filler, consider following a guide.

4. ‘Lords of Chaos’

Jonas Åkerlund, the drummer of the notorious metal band Bathory, directs this crime thriller based on the real-life murders associated with a shadowy cult of black metal enthusiasts. How accurate the movie is in its depictions of these killings has been hotly debated, but it’s an interesting insider look into the social isolation and extremism that compels such heinous actions. 

3. ‘Ingrid Goes West’

In a similar vein as this year’s Promising Young Woman, Ingrid Goes West is a feminist thriller commenting on expressions of womanhood in the digital age. After release from a psychiatric hospital, the eponymous protagonist becomes fixated on a social media influencer’s perfect life. Her courting of the young celebrity becomes dangerously close to stalking as her obsession takes a pathological turn. Although the movie is technically a black comedy, the humor throughout is notably dark.

2. ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

A suburban mother (played by Tilda Swinton) had always suspected there was something wrong with her son, but she couldn’t ever figure out what. Then, one day, he commits mass murder at his high school. This heartbreaking movie is a descent into every parent’s worst nightmare, rendered with extreme emotional sensitivity and artistic complexity. Based on the novel of the same name by Lynne Ramsey, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a powerful and disturbing exploration of sociopathy and identity.

1. ‘Twin Peaks’

TV critics often cite Twin Peaks as the greatest show ever made, and with good reason. Romantic, surreal, emotional, erotic, melodramatic, and endlessly alluring, David Lynch’s deeply avant-garde series about the dark underbelly of an American lumber town spans several genres. What begins with an FBI investigation into the death of a homecoming queen winds up having apocalyptic ramifications: Special Agent Dale Cooper (played by the impossibly charming Kyle McLaughlin) slowly solves this unfathomable mystery through his dreams and travels to other dimensions. It sounds zany — and it is! — but the characters all have real hearts, and the visual styling throughout is devastatingly beautiful.

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The 45 Best Anime Characters to Watch Right Now

You can’t help but get sucked into a binge-watching session of the very first anime you’ve ever decided to check out. 

After a few recommendations come your way from those in the know, you’ll quickly attach yourself to one of your first choices and become enraptured with everything that transpires during said anime. At the heart of every worthwhile anime is a cast that will hopefully get you engaged in anything and everything they do. And when it comes time for those various personalities to get embroiled in a major conflict, the stakes are raised and emotions run high while your favorite characters struggle for their lives. Anime has been around for as long as we can remember and there’s been a ton of iconic individuals featured throughout them that have captured our hearts and imaginations. The characters we’ve listed below adorn our finest T-shirts, inspire plenty of fan art, and have entire cosplay communities dedicated to them. 

We can’t help but love each and every one of these iconic anime characters. And we’re sure most of you feel the exact same way.

1. Goku (Dragon Ball Z)

The Super Saiyan to rule them all is practically recognizable by everyone and their grandmother. Goku’s known for being a dunce that lets simple jokes go over his head most of the time, but he’s still quite beloved due to his constant desire for the types of battles that push him to his very limit. As Dragon Ball Z’s poster boy, Goku stands out as anime’s most iconic character and one of its most powerful warriors. Crazy to think that he might just have a new formation or two waiting in the tuck for future generations of Dragon Ball.

2. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

The yang to Goku’s yin is the battle-hardened Saiyan Prince known as Vegeta. Vegeta’s growth has been amazing to watch – he went from a planet-destroying member of the Frieza Force to a proud fighter that always looks to protect his loved ones and the planet he once tried to tear apart. The man is always in a salty mood and hardly smiles, but we can’t help but love it when it breaks the limit of his power and contends with a natural rival in Goku.

3. Piccolo (Dragon Ball Z)

Piccolo was once on the opposite end of the World Martial Arts Tournament arena when it came time to exchange fisticuffs and beams with Goku. But after their fight concluded, the formidable Namakian combatant turned to the hero side of things and fought on behalf of the denizens of Earth. Not only is Piccolo a super badass member of the Z-Fighters team, but he’s also an amazing father figure that helped Gohan realize his true combat potential.

4. Future Trunks (Dragon Ball Z)

Vegeta and Bulma’s son will always be remembered for having one of the dopest intros in an anime ever. Watching him make short work of Mecha Frieza and King Cold with his Super Saiyan toolset and signature blade in tow will forever stay in our memory banks. Trunks exudes so many likable traits and it’s so easy to root for the guy as he deals with the threats that exist in his future timeline. His heroic nature has always painted him as one of DBZ’s bravest warriors.

5. Frieza (Dragon Ball Z)

Frieza’s one of the most conniving, untrustworthy, and megalomaniacal villains to have ever existed within the world of anime. Even still, we simply can’t get enough of the guy. Even after being wiped out by Goku and company on more than one occasion, Freiza has found his way back to the world of the living and gotten back to terrorizing the universe. Frieza always plays dirty and will do anything to make his ultimate wish via the Dragon Balls. You gotta respect the purple and white menace’s tenacity in that regard.

6. Bulma (Dragon Ball Z)

The genius that’s closely associated with the Capsule Corporation owns her role as the greatest female character in Dragon Ball Z history. Bulma’s been around since the OG Dragon Ball days and has been on countless adventures with Goku, his son Gohan, Krillin, etc. She’s got quite the attitude on her, which shockingly makes her super likable since she has every right to be a bit snappy considering what she can invent and develop on a whim. Bulma’s the brains behind the Z-Fighters operation and we hope that position never changes.

7. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)

Following the growth of Naruto from an overconfident youngster to the level-headed Hokage of the village he calls home (Konohagakure) is incredibly inspiring. Naruto’s the type of series protagonist that saw his goals through to full completion and fully dedicated himself to protecting the friends he regards as family. His ninjitsu mastery is next level and it’s always exciting to watch him save the day with his amazing abilities in tow.

8. Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)

Team 7’s teacher is cool under pressure, incredibly strong, and has a sweet hairdo to boot. Besides passing on his knowledge to Naruto’s most recognizable trio, Kakashi has also showcased his battle-ready skills during the series’ most climactic clashes. The guy just looks so damn cool with his face mask on at all times and we’ve adorned our walls with images of him reading his beloved erotic novels. Kakashi has the right to unwind after doing so much good in the world of Naruto.

9. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)

Naruto’s biggest rival is none other than Sasuke Uchiha. His thirst for unrelenting power during his earlier story arc painted him as someone that was destined for evil. But as his story wore on, we came to understand Sasuke’s thirst for vengeance and were more than overjoyed when he finally chose to reunite with his original Team 7 squadmates. Sasuke may have originally come off as a cold and ruthless antagonist. But he eventually grew into someone we could admire and respect thanks to his newfound quest for redemption.

10. Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)

Sasuke’s older brother Itachi was forced to bring his entire clan to a demise in an effort to protect his younger sibling. That commendable act quickly made us gain the highest level of respect for Itachi Uchiha. Besides making one of the biggest character sacrifices in Naruto, Itachi also gets tons of credit for being featured in some of the most legendary fights in the series. Itachi has an intriguing backstory and the benefit of being a complete badass, which certainly qualifies him for this list.

11. Tsunade (Naruto)

Lady Tsunade definitely earned a top spot among Naruto’s pantheon of the manga/anime’s most beloved characters. Her leadership skills regularly inspired us during her time spent as the Fifth Hokage, plus watching her fend off Orochimaru while simultaneously protecting Naruto stands out as one of her finest moments. Tsunade gets top honors from us thanks to her affinity for putting hands on baddies and using those same hands to heal her allies all in one fell swoop.

12. Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)

Monkey D. Luffy just doesn’t know the word quit. The “Straw Hat” pirate always fights valiantly in the name of his fellow pirates and makes sure to do so to his very last breath. His fun-loving personality and the fact that he tends to speak at an incredibly high volume endeared us to him from the very start of One Piece. The many transformations he’s adopted throughout the sea-faring anime paint him as the sort of hero that can always be counted on to raise his game to all-new levels of power.

13. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)

Zoro’s skills as a master swordsmen always have us in awe. Some of the best fights in the entire One Piece series come straight from whomever Zoro chose to do battle with. Once a month, we spend some time raising our hype levels during our scheduled viewings of Zoro’s epic clashes with Ryuma, Daz Bones, and Bartholomew Kuma. Zoro is most definitely one of our favorite anime blade-wielding heroes.

14. Sanji (One Piece)

Sanji isn’t just a classy chef with a strong sense of adoration for One Piece’s female population, but he’s also a menace when it comes to delivering kicks. As long as we’ve been watching him in action, we’ve found ourselves in awe of the specialty kicks he dishes out. Add in his impeccable sense of fashion and you have an anime icon that dons the flyest suits and wears them while putting in work with his vicious kick-based arsenal.

15. Yusuke Urameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho)

In both the Human and Demon Worlds within Yu Yu Hakusho, Yusuke always did his best to fight on the side of good and utilize his immense power to uphold his duty as protector. Yusuke’s growth into a respectable young man happened in front of our very eyes, which is why we champion him as Yu Yu Hakusho’s best character. We can’t help but relate to a kid that always felt like no one could see him when it came time to engage in some fisticuffs. SPIRIT GUN VIBES, FOR THE WIN!

16. Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho)

This man Kurama has an immense amount of drip. And that’s because the combination of a fox demon’s spirit and a graceful human body resulted in nothing but pure excellence. Kurama’s combat mastery usually resulted in some of Yu Yu Hakusho’s most exciting battles – watching him put in work with that rose whip of his is always monumental. Kurama’s far from a pretty boy – he’s a cunning fighter with both brawn and brains in equal measure.

17. Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Another memorable member from Yusuke’s four-man unit is the man referred to as “Hiei of the Evil Eye.” Hiei’s height has and always will be a non-factor since he makes up for it with an amazing skill set. Extreme heat and severe cold conditions have no effect on him, plus his insane sense of speed always made his adept swordsmanship look that much cooler in action. Hiei’s third eye and the terrifying transformation that places even more eyes across his body give him a whole bunch of extra cool points that afford him a worthy spot on this list.

18. Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan)

The frontrunner for Attack on Titan has been through hell and back. Ever since he witnessed the demise of his mother at the hands of the Titans, Eren Yeager decided to stop cowering in fear and fight back against the enormous menace that threatens his world. Finding out that he has the ability to transform into a Titan himself was a mind-blowing moment that made us applaud Eren’s great strength and determination even more.

19. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

Mikasa Ackerman’s upbringing was quite harsh. Thanks to the assistance of Eren, she grew into a formidable member of the Survey Corps and eventually received a well-deserved promotion to an officer. Mikasa’s a headstrong fighter that does everything in her power to keep her loved ones safe from harm. She’s earned a special place in our hearts due to her constant feats of heroism alongside Eren and the rest of the Survey Corps.

20. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

The Ackerman siblings are quite the badasses, aren’t they? The brotherly half of the duo comes in the form of Levi Ackerman, who holds top rank as one of the strongest members of the Survey Corps. His facial expression always clues you into one thing and one thing only – he’s fully prepared to hand out justice by any means necessary. We also gotta give props to him for being one of the cleanest characters on Attack on Titan – Levi’s “clean freak” nature deserves all the praise in the world.

21. Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon)

She’s quirky, she’s awkward, and she’s also a bit lazy. But above all else, Usagi Tsuniko is a purveyor of love and justice. And when she gets into transformation mode, you can’t help but look on in amazement during her transition into Sailor Moon. The leader of the Sailor Scouts is a lovable heroine that’s had a legendary run that you definitely need to check out if you haven’t already.

22. Rei Hino (Sailor Moon)

Rei Hino is the incredibly fiery (pun definitely intended), highly disciplined, and most musically inclined member of the Sailor Scouts. Her affinity for flame-based attacks and her humorous rivalry with Usagi has made Rei another one of our favorite characters from Sailor Moon. And once she goes into Sailor Mars mode, the excitement level tied to the series’ combat encounters increases dramatically.

23. Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

Young Midoriya is already slated to be the strongest hero of them all at some point. Getting to watch him make his way through a series of overwhelming trials and tribulations as he tries to get his grip on his superhero abilities is pretty damned inspiring. Izuku wields One for All and is doing everything in his power to use it for good. We adore the young tyke and am always overjoyed whenever he nabs himself a major victory.

24. All Might (My Hero Academia)

Even without his powers, All Might still commands our attention. He makes for a great teacher and role model to Young Midoriya and the rest of Class 1-A. When he was at his peak of superhero strength, All Might managed to always save the day in the most epic fashion. Witnessing his vicious punch-based moveset in action is always a great time. All Might is power personified and the type of character that everyone should strive to be in their real lives.

25. Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)

Shoto Todoroki’s Quirk is straight-up Icy Hot to the extreme. And that’s why we love the guy so much. His toolset is already immensely powerful – we can already imagine him being even more of a force to be reckoned with once he grows into his adult years. His tough upbringing presents one of the more interesting backstories in My Hero Academia – seeing him come to grips with what his mother did to him and the treatment he received from his father puts his continued growth on full display.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
26. Shinra Kusakabe (Fire Force)

27. Benimaru Shinmon (Fire Force)

28. Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)

29. Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)

30. Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)

31. Asta (Black Clover)

32. Yami Sukehiro (Black Clover)

33. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

34. Saitama (One Punch Man)

35. Genos (One Punch Man)

36. Garou (One Punch Man)

37. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

38. Guts (Berserk)

39. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)

40. Light Yagami (Death Note)

41. Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter)

42. Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)

43. Jotaro Kuju (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

44. DIO (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

45. Jean Pierre Polnareff (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

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The 25 Best Hulu Originals to Stream Right Now

The streaming wars are officially upon us and Hulu is constantly vying for people’s attention in this packed landscape. As HBO Max’s original movies and Disney+’s cinematic-universe adjacent television programs dominate the media, Hulu has slowly become one of the best streaming platforms available. Not only does it have a lot of great network and cable programs available for viewers to watch at any time, but it has a wide array of original series that appeal to different audiences.

Whether you want to watch an animated comedy or a live-action drama that will leave you shocked as the credits roll, Hulu has you covered. Throughout the streamer’s history, the platform has shifted partial ownership a few times and now lands primarily under Disney’s purview as it continually puts out great content and licenses new movies each month. Next time you’re looking for a great series, consider picking from one of these 25 best Hulu originals!

25. ‘The Awesomes’

Before superhero shows were streaming on every platform, Hulu gave audiences the satirical animated series The Awesomes. Lasting three seasons, The Awesomes follows a group of superheroes who step up to take over an iconic superhero team after the original members dissolve the group. Co-created by Seth Meyers, who also lends his voice to the program, The Awesomes is a silly take on caped crusaders that features hilarious voice actors like Kenan Thompson and Rashida Jones.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/the-awesomes-c4d582d2-01ce-4639-a411-b0c903b88dcb
24. ‘Into the Dark’

A horror anthology series from Blumhouse Television, Into the Dark, is a creepy good time with different episodes that can appeal to various types of horror fans. Each episode lasts anywhere from 80-90 minutes, meaning viewers actually get time to see complex stories unfold rather than being rushed through a series of jump scares that fill a 45-minute runtime. Each episode stars a different cast and has a different creative team guiding things forward, enabling Into the Dark to display different tones and artistic styles without ever feeling forced. 

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https://www.hulu.com/hub/into-the-dark
23. ‘Casual’

Long before the pandemic forced families to move back in with one another, Zander Lehmann’s Casual showed audiences what it would be like to force a newly divorced woman named Valerie (Michaela Watkins) and her teenage daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) to move in with Valerie’s bachelor brother Alex (Tommy Dewey). The show is both funny and heartwarming as each member of the family has to modify their behavior around each other and figure out exactly what they want from this new chapter in their lives.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/casual-22d27085-0f5e-42aa-949f-1b81ba5726d8
22. ‘Normal People’

A collaboration with BBC Studios, Normal People follows Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), two people from the same small Irish town, as they dip back in and out of each other’s love lives in their young adult years. Based on Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name, the author is actually one of the writers on the show- meaning any fans of the book should be pleased with this tender adaptation. 

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https://www.hulu.com/series/normal-people-57048262-2ca5-41ee-9b57-53bb9b9e1596
21. ‘The Path’

Hot off the heels of Breaking Bad’s finale, Aaron Paul’s starring role in The Path was enough to make people interested in the series when it first debuted in 2016. Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul) and his family are all members of the Meyerist Movement, a philosophical group that is best described as a cult, and after returning from a trip abroad Eddie learns a secret that shatters his trust in the organization and the people who built it up. An action-packed drama, The Path does a phenomenal job at slowly building tension until everything snaps.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/the-path-0886112f-e00f-44c4-8bca-a6a59e864355
20. ‘Crossing Swords’

Crossing Swords animation may look a bit childish, but its comedic sensibilities are anything but. A stop-motion animation series set in medieval times, Crossing Swords follows Patrick (Nicholas Hoult), a peasant who suddenly finds himself thrust into the royal lifestyle when he becomes a squire for King Merriman (Luke Evans). His excitement and honor slowly subside though as he realizes the people who lead the nation aren’t the noble individuals he thought they were, they’re just a bunch of horny crooks.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/crossing-swords-ae4f3a01-3cf8-4cf3-b28a-5add46ec094f
19. ‘Runaways’

Being a teenager is hard, but it’s even harder when your parents run a criminal organization called Pride. Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, Runaways follows a group of six teenagers with special abilities who all realize that their parents have a dark and dangerous secret. Dramatic and entertaining, the show has a great ensemble and is set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe- meaning it is a must-watch for any Marvel completionists out there.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/marvels-runaways-47b48273-0bac-444e-8b20-4d4a9153eeb7
18. ‘Woke’

A comic book-adjacent series, Keith Knight and Marshall Todd’s Woke follows comic creator Keef Knight (Lamorne Morris) as he suddenly finds himself able to see and hear inanimate objects after an aggressive, racially charged interaction with a police officer. This unique mix of live-action and animation is charming and silly, but it doesn’t shy away from larger political issues and the power of any form of art to speak to society’s woes.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/woke-034909c6-8c46-4cad-8d0d-062574a9e5f1
17. ‘Animaniacs’

A remake of the classic animated series, Animaniacs is a hilarious series that sees the iconic mice return in the modern-day. Starring the Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot—who are all voiced by their original voice actors—Animaniacs drops the chaos-spreading kids into crazy situations like breaking into the NSA or accidentally starting the French Revolution. To make things even better, each episode of the series also features a new Pinky and the Brain short that also features the original voice actors.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/animaniacs-b072680d-5485-4adf-87ac-4805c0e96bee
16. ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’

Co-created by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA and screenwriter Alex Tse, Wu-Tang: An American Saga depicts a fictionalized version of the formation of the iconic rap group. Set in the early 90s, when the band was first coming up, the band follows how each member of the crew came together as a way to escape the drug epidemic sweeping the streets at the time. The show has been renewed for a second season and recently cast Uyoata Udi to play Inspectah Deck as a series regular.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/wu-tang-an-american-saga-8e4e1643-1254-4d6e-a567-d2c62f7b3e00
15. ‘The Mindy Project’

Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project started on Fox, but it ended its six-season run as a Hulu original. Starring Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, a gynecologist who is trying to balance her stressful professional life and personal life as she runs her own, the show is partially based on the life experiences of Kaling’s own medical professional mother. Set in New York City, The Mindy Project is a quirky, romantic comedy full of great characters and amazing comedic performances.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/the-mindy-project-6a9ba460-9474-481a-a3d8-dbc942f12355
14. ‘Devs’

Devs was originally envisioned as an FX original, but it ended up being one of the first FX on Hulu series released directly on the streaming platform. Written and directed by Ex Machina and Annihilation helmer Alex Garland, Devs follows Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno), a software engineer at the mysterious Amaya firm, as she tries to uncover what happened to her boyfriend and why things aren’t exactly as they seem at the quantum computing firm. Nick Offerman’s fantastic performance as Amaya’s oddly intense CEO Forest, Devs is a thought-provoking series that will grip viewers throughout its 8 episodes.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/devs-fd2f6cc3-dafc-4741-ae2e-d86494f3ca51
13. ‘Dollface’

After being dumped by a longtime boyfriend, Jules (Kat Dennings) suddenly has to adjust to life alone after an extremely codependent relationship. A comedic show that dips into some heavy visual metaphors as Jules’ imagination takes hold of her, Dollface follows her attempts at rekindling old, abandoned friendships as she continues her career as a web designer at a wellness company.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/dollface-5e0e449e-6bc7-4b29-8255-bc5a5f5a9f0d
12. ‘Letterkenny’

Like The Mindy Project, Letterkenny started with another network but has since become a Hulu original series. A Canadian sitcom set in a small, rural Canadian town, the show focuses on brother-and-sister Wayne (Jared Keeso) and Katy (Michelle Mylett) as they go about their lives and Wayne, in particular, defends his tough-guy reputation. The hilarious and award-winning show follows the siblings and their fellow community members as they deal with their problems and get into local shenanigans to pass the time.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/letterkenny-0f756343-1afc-46ba-805a-bb6b1c1e8c65
11. ‘11.22.63’

A time-traveling adventure based on a novel by Stephen King, 11.22.63 is historical fiction at its finest. English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) is given an opportunity to go back in time through a portal to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but things suddenly become increasingly complicated when Jake becomes increasingly enamored by the life he sets up for himself in the past. As he tries to collect intel leading up to the assassination of the President, Jake establishes a new life for himself and slowly becomes wrapped in a series of time crises that threaten to ruin everything.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/112263-8924769b-be48-49c9-a969-984a30a3a33e
10. ‘Solar Opposites’

If Rick and Morty is your cup of tea, then co-creator Justin Roiland’s Hulu original Solar Opposites, which follows a family of aliens who become refugees in the United States, should be on your radar. Not only does Roiland lend a number of voices to the series, but his comedic sensibilities are felt in every scene of this satirical, sci-fi romp. The second season debuted on the platform in March and was just renewed for a third.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/solar-opposites-f089664b-1a87-433b-86a5-24e7da5a246a
9. ‘Catch-22’

A mini-series based on Joseph Heller’s book of the same name, Catch-22 is a satirical story that follows Captain John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott) and his desperate attempts to stay alive while stationed in the Mediterranean during World War II. Unfortunately for Yossarian, he is stuck in a situational loop that sees him continuously flying dangerous combat missions despite his desire to be relieved of duty. The six-episode series has a fantastic ensemble, including George Clooney, and even features two episodes directed by Clooney himself.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/catch-22-858b02a2-61de-4597-aaa0-7e3f12b54673
8. ‘Shrill’

Starring Saturday Night Live performer Aidy Bryant as Annie Easton, Shrill is a hilarious series about self-love in a world always trying to change people. Annie is an overweight woman who wants to change certain things about her life, but she is quite happy with her weight. While working as a journalist, Annie tries to find some semblance of work-life balance as she dates and tries to assist her sick parents. An incredibly positive program, Shrill reminds viewers that everyone is unique and worthy of appreciation and love.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/shrill-54eab813-3a9b-496d-9d7e-908597ad8d1a
7. ‘High Fidelity’

A twist on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name, High Fidelity follows record store owner Robyn Brooks (Zoë Kravitz) as she attempts to reconnect with individuals who are on her Top 5 Most Memorable Heartbreaks list. A dramatic and funny show about romance and why certain people connect, the show has a unique sensibility and even breaks the fourth wall at moments to allow Robyn to fully express herself. The series also has a unique connection to the film adaptation as Kravitz is actually the daughter of Lisa Bonet, who had a role in the 2000 movie as someone on Rob Brook’s heartbreak list.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/high-fidelity-52cb09be-ccc9-4eb4-9db8-f00b0443b2f5
6. ‘Little Fires Everywhere’

Based on Celeste Ng’s novel of the same name, Little Fires Everywhere is a star-studded mini-series and slow-burning mystery that follows the seemingly picture-perfect Richardsons family, led by journalist and mother of four Elena (Reese Witherspoon), and the way their lives are turned upside down by the introduction of Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her daughter into their community. A complex and scarring story that explores mother-daughter relationships and how differing socioeconomic backgrounds impact people and their motivations, Little Fires Everywhere is a must-watch for all drama lovers.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/little-fires-everywhere-bce24897-1a74-48a3-95e8-6cdd530dde4c
5. ‘Pen15’

Middle school is always awkward, but the one depicted in Pen15 is something else entirely. Co-created by Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who also star in the series as middle school versions of themselves among an ensemble of actual children, Pen15 is a hilarious exploration of the hormones and awkward interactions that define middle school experiences. If you are happy to be far-removed from school-yard crushes and choir practices but remember how silly those days can be, then this is the show for you.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/pen15-8c87035d-2b10-4b10-a233-ca5b3597145d
4. ‘Castle Rock’

An anthology series that features numerous characters and locations from Stephen King’s countless novels, Castle Rock is a psychological horror show that is extremely creepy and moody. Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, the show is both extremely intimate and character-driven while also being larger-than-life and mythic-feeling.  Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Castle Rock won a Writers Guild of America award for Best Original Long Form series in 2019.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/castle-rock-b11816c9-9e35-44f3-bf04-220b1d12f770
3. ‘Ramy’

Created by and starring Ramy Youssef, Ramy is a dramedy that follows Ramy Hassan (Youssef), a millennial, first-generation Egyptian-American, as he tries to live a modern life while also pleasing his Muslim family. With a fantastic ensemble that features Mahershala Ali in the second season, the show is both touching and overwhelmingly funny as Ramy tries to figure out the best way to live his life. The A24 co-production has won a Peabody Award and landed Youssef a Golden Globe for his acting, and already been renewed for a third season.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/ramy-4bcb6c3a-3d9a-4d49-b8e0-57fb7de9c8d6
2. ‘The Great’

A historical fiction that takes great liberties with its real-life cast and events, The Great follows Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) before she becomes Empress of Russia. Stuck married to the foolish and cruel Emperor Peter III (Nicholas Hoult), Catherine plots a coup and tries to assert her own independence as she plots out a better future for Russia. Created by Tony McNamara, the screenwriter behind the Oscar-winning The Favourite, the dramatic and hilarious series has been nominated for numerous awards and was renewed for a second season.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/the-great-238db0d4-c476-47ed-9bee-d326fd302f7d
1. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Hulu’s signature original title is definitely Bruce Miller’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian story that follows the disintegration and transformation of American society after a second Civil War and fertility crisis. In this new totalitarian society, fertile women are deemed Handmaids, child-bearing slaves who serve the new patriarchal rulers. Elisabeth Moss leads this packed ensemble as June Osborne, a woman who is forced to become a Handmaid as she tries to rescue her daughter from this corrupt regime.

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https://www.hulu.com/series/the-handmaids-tale-565d8976-9d26-4e63-866c-40f8a137ce5f
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The Best Stoner TV and Movie Characters, according to ONE37pm

Happy Holidays ONE37pm fam. 

To celebrate, our team has put together a list of some of our favorite stoner characters from TV and movies. 

Allow me to kick things off. 

Turtle from ‘Entourage’

With the first overall pick, I have a lot of options. And there is no doubt that people will question every decision made. But that is what makes this conversation so fun. Everyone will have a say. 

For me, I didn’t have to give this one much thought. Give me Turtle from Entourage

On so many layers, Turtle could contribute to a quality smoke session… starting with rolling a quality joint. 

Now I would be lying if I said I didn’t take an IMMENSE amount of pride in my rolling abilities, but having another person who can take part in the fine art of rolling never hurts. 

But Turtle does more than just roll-up. The full-time driver of Vinny Chase also brings some incredible vibes, is a quality gamer, knows where the nearest dealer is and has an elite taste in music. 

This feels like a no-brainer.

Jesse and Chester from ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’

I couldn’t picture a better way to welcome America into the 21st century with the stoner classic Dude Where’s My Car. Now that it’s clear that Y2K wouldn’t destroy our planet, we get to watch and indulge as two pizza-delivering potheads have to save their own.

Both Jesse, played by Ashton Kutcher, and Chester, played by Seann William Scott, embody the minds and mannerisms of stoners alike. From how they handle themselves at the Chinese Foooood drive-thru…

To saving the day by cracking the Continuum Transfunctioner (which is really just a Rubik’s Cube that Chester has been struggling to solve throughout the duration of the movie) and using the Photon Accelerator Annihilation Beam to destroy the invading aliens, these two potheads know how to make a mess.

In the end, not only do they manage to win back their girlfriends (obviously), but they manage to find their car after all.

Brandon Shamy, Social Media Lead

Towelie from ‘South Park’

Towelie is a great character because who he is at his core is just so inherently funny. He is a sentient towel who was engineered to make people as dry as possible. Among his catchphrases are “don’t forget to bring a towel!” and, more notably, “wanna get high?”. He is a pot-loving towel whose creation was for the purpose of making “the worst character ever”. Despite this aim, he is adored by fans and critics alike. Towelie loves weed and because of his hilarious drug addiction, he was an easy pick for one of the best stoner characters there is.

Sean Millea, TikTok Lead

The Dude from ‘The Big Lebowski’
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There is truly no stoner more iconic than Jeff Bridges’ robed wanderer from The Big Lebowski. I honestly can’t imagine smoking a jay without picturing the Dude in his bathtub with the tiny remnants of a joint dangled in his roach clip. There’s no combination quite like a White Russian and a jay. The man is the blueprint.

Charlie Kolbrener, Associate Editor

David Wooderson from ‘Dazed and Confused’

“You got a joint?” 

“Uhhh, nah man, not on me.”

“It be a lot cooler if you did.”

One of Matthew McConaughey’s earliest roles as David Wooderson is also one of his most famous. Playing that one guy from your hometown that is just a little too old to still be hanging out with high schoolers, McConaughey’s character was a one-man quote machine. From the “it be a lot cooler if you did” line to the now-infamous “That’s what I like about these high school girls, man. I get older; they stay the same age.”

David Wooderson loves to party, drink beer, and smoke a whole lot of weed, and he deserves to make any list that ranks cinematic stoners.

Conor Sheeran, Associate Managing Editor

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In Honor of National Anime Day, Here Are 5 Animes to Watch Right Now

Anime is getting bigger and bigger and as gaming continues to grow, we will likely see anime get bigger as well. It’s an interesting phenomenon because they aren’t directly related.

Today is National Anime Day, so if you’re a fan or just looking to get into the genre, you’ll need some great shows and movies to watch. We’ve compiled five of our favorites, and we want to stress that this list is not ranked at all but is just for people who want to get into anime and want to know what to watch.

1. ‘Attack On Titan’

 Attack on Titan, the Anime, premiered in 2013 with the final episodes coming within the next year or so. I think it’s safe today that AOT is probably the best new-gen anime out there. Well written, great production, and just storytelling out of this world, this show just packs a punch. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by three enormous walls that protect them from the gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans.

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/attack-on-titan-9c91ffa3-dc20-48bf-8bc5-692e37c76d88
2. ‘Full Metal Alchemist’

Full Metal Alchemist is probably one of the most story-oriented anime and has some amazing fight scenes.

The show excels at creating emotional attachments to the many characters such as the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric.

In the show, the brother’s defy this world’s law of science by finding the philosopher’s stone and using alchemy to bring their mother back to life. 

watch on netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70204980
3. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

The newest and hottest out of the five, Jujutsu Kaisen just might be the anime that brings a more general audience into the anime world.

Jujutsu Kaisen is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami. The anime does a fantastic job blending action, horror, and adventure with its outstanding animation from studio MAPPA.

watch on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GX8fnVgocBIZDKQEAAABF?utm_id=sa%7c71700000077053038%7c58700006528832595%7cp59043298904&gclid=Cj0KCQjwyN-DBhCDARIsAFOELTmg74UZhHhqZtdZwwK7BvRUON4TOqdYC6Uleg6f92NxnFH0NcxWjUkaAoEzEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
4. ‘Demon Slayer’

In my opinion, Demon Slayer is the most underrated on this list. Demon Slayer (the Manga) is illustrated beautifully, so it’s no surprise that the Anime is just as eye-catching. The show starts with a young boy finding his family slaughtered and his sister being turned into a demon, thus beginning his journey to fight the very monsters that robbed him of his loved ones.

watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba-2c3e4b00-30d9-434d-bccc-cf346e40e868?&cmp=7958&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=BM+Search+TV+Shows&utm_term=%2Bdemon%20%2Bslayer%20%2Bwatch&ds_rl=1263136&gclid=Cj0KCQjwyN-DBhCDARIsAFOELTkSEwb4cCD1B1FiMozL3Ip5OWsRycZmN5BsVdMMJIM7U_uzrO_RV-8aAhgUEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
5. ‘Death Note’

Death Note and Attack on Titan are actually both made by the great Japanese animator Tetsuro Araki. For fans of Attack on Titan, you should watch Death Note as well as it is another masterpiece. The story follows a young teen genius who finds a book that gives him the ability to kill anyone just by writing it down.

watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70204970