August is just around the corner, which means a bunch of new releases will be added to streaming service Hulu for good people like you and I who deserve some good shit to watch this Summer. Without further ado, let's have a look at what Hulu have in store for us.
Exec-produced by Saturday Night Live alum and hipster favourite Amy Poehler, Hulu original Difficult People centres on "two best friends living in New York City whose typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations". Do you like watching grown people make fools of themselves? Come on in!
Watch this if you liked: Parks & Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Arrested Development, anything ever written by or starring Amy Poehler
Available to stream: August 5 (first 2 episodes, 6 more to follow)
Doctor Who is basically an unstoppable juggernaut of PG-13 rated monsters and mysteries and constantly revolving companions at this point. Seasons 1 to 7 are already up on Hulu, with season 8 - the beginning of Peter Capaldi's slightly less youthful take on the Timelord - coming as a new release in August.
Watch this if you liked: Merlin, Atlantis, Supernatural, Sherlock.
Available to stream: now (seasons 1-7), Aug 8 (season 8 - 12 x 45 min episodes)
When FX announced their adaptation of the classic Coen Brothers snow-and-bloodshed black comedy Fargo, eyebrows were raised. I won't deny that my own eyebrows took a trip skyward, and didn't come down for literally minutes.
But they say the best way to prove critics wrong is to produce something great, which is what FX did. Season 1 went down a storm with critics, deviating from the original story enough to justify its existence. With season 2 on the way - a new story, an earlier decade, this time starring Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson - now is the perfect time to marathon season 1 (even though you technically don't need to). Hulu has the exclusive rights, so cancel your Netflix and hop on over.
Watch this if you liked: the movie, In Order of Disappearance, True Detective (you know - the season that was actually good).
Available to stream: August (rumoured, precise date unknown, but certainly before season 2 hits FX in October.)
Mistresses, as you might have guessed, is a soapy drama about a bunch of women who are mistresses. Why don't they just get a boyfriend of their own?, I hear you ask. Because then they wouldn't be mistresses, duh.
Is Mistresses actually any good? I wouldn't like to comment.
Watch this if you liked: Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, The L Word.
Available to stream right now (33 x 40 min episodes)
Prime Suspect (UK)
It's hard to think of another British drama series which had as much impact as Prime Suspect, which ran for 7 seasons between 1991 and 2006, and basically paved the way for every female cop you've ever seen on TV. Without DCI Jane Tennison, played with pure steel by Helen Mirren, there would be no Sarah Lund, no knitted sweaters, no suggestion that a woman could do a man's job as well as, if not better than her male counterparts. Watch it and you'll understand.
Watch this if you liked: The Killing, The Bridge, Law & Order: SVU, The X-Files.
Available to stream right now (15 episodes)
Another new release for the Summer, South Beach is a Hulu original series which may or may not have been pitched and produced purely off the back of Empire, the absurd Fox mega-hit about a hip-hop dynasty in crisis.
Hulu's contender centres on Carmen Suarez, "a gorgeous popstar who tops the charts in both English and Spanish". So far, so J.Lo. As Suarez prepares for her world tour, mayor Gus Garcia is murdered, and somehow the two events are connected. The series was written in the style of a Spanish telenovela (for the blissfully uneducated, that's basically a wildly over the top soap opera in which nothing makes sense and everyone is related to everybody else).
Expect music, murder, money, and a whole lot of beautiful people.
Watch this if you liked: Empire, Revenge, Dallas, Devious Maids.
Available to stream: July 29 (6 x 30 minute episodes).
Like you need any intro to South Park. All 18 seasons and 257 episodes of the Comedy Central classic are available exclusively on Hulu, right now, so go watch "Obama Wins!", "Erection Day" and "Scott Tenorman Must Die" right now, and get ready to LMFAO like it's 2001.
Watch this if you like: to laugh.
Available to stream right now (257 episodes)
I've already raved about Wayward Pines, and why it's the best show nobody's talking about. The series begins with Matt Dillon's FBI agent showing up in a small, kinda creepy town where everybody seems ridiculously happy - too happy, in fact. With every episode this show gets more and more insane - episodes five and six are two of the best from any series this year. But you don't need to worry about getting hooked on another series which creates a mystery but never solves it, because Pines is smartly written and seems destined to go down as a cult classic.
Watch this if you liked: Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Lost.
Available to stream right now (10 x 40 min episodes)