With the fall TV premieres behind us, Hulu has cooled down a bit since September, but there are still some promising new titles to try out, plus one older series we couldn't resist. Even if there were no TV offerings, Hulu would keep you plenty busy with movies, a collection especially rich in 1970s, '80s and '90s classics. It includes the Pink Panther series and a handful of Woody Allen's best.
American Horror Story, Season 5: Hotel (Oct. 4)
Those who know this horrific anthology from previous seasons may be shocked to discover that this one is considered especially dark. Hotel has an expansive cast, headlined by Lady Gaga playing The Countess. She owns the Hotel Cortez, which features a creepy, bizarre and deadly crew of tenants. Longtime series stars Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy sit this one out, but there's no shortage of great regulars, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Chloë Sevigny and Wes Bentley.
American Housewife: Series Premiere (Oct. 12)
In ABC's new comedy, a perfectly normal family tries to make it in the perfectly perfect 1-percenter community of Westport, Connecticut. Here, everyone is richer, skinnier and way snootier.
Chance: Series Premiere (Oct. 19)
Hugh Laurie plays a very different doctor from House in this Hulu original thriller, based on the novel by Kem Nunn. A San Francisco neurosurgeon named Eldon Chance is struggling through divorce and his efforts to help hopeless cases, including Jaclyn Blackstone (Gretchen Mol), a sexy patient with multiple personality disorder.
Conviction: Series Premiere (Oct. 4)
ABC's new drama is another turn of the bad-person-makes-good trope, with some extra high stakes. Hayley Atwell (Marvel's Agent Carter), plays attorney Hayes Morrison, who happens to have both a former president for a father and a mother running for Senate. Morrison also has a coke problem, but trades jail time for promising to work in a legal team that investigates possible wrongful convictions. Phew, that was a lot to explain!
Freakish (Oct. 10)
Hulu debuts a teen horror series just in time for Halloween. The zombie-esque plot: An incident at a chemical plant kills everyone in a town, except for kids at the local school who sheltered in place. Some got out fine, but others were contaminated and turned into creepy monsters that stalk the survivors.
Safari Brothers, Series Premiere (Oct. 15)
National Geographic's new reality series is about two brothers, Brent and Grant Reed, who run a safari company in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Timeless: Series Premiere (Oct. 4)
This new NBC drama combines crime, espionage and time travel. A villain is zipping through time, trying to rewrite American history (starting with the Hindenburg disaster of the 1930s). A three-person team chases after him to undo the damage.
Uproarious: Series Premiere (Oct. 8)
Fuse TV's new show recruits comic personalities from YouTube and social media, then brings them in to take a shot at stand-up in a Los Angeles club.
Years of Living Dangerously: Series Premiere (Oct. 19)
Celebrities try to save the world again, this time by hosting a National Geographic docuseries about the really, really horrible effects that climate change is having around the world. The star correspondents include Gisele Bündchen, Jack Black, Ty Burrell, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Chicago Fire: Season 5 (NBC)
- Fresh Off the Boat: Season 3 (ABC)
- The Middle: Season 8 (ABC)
- The Mindy Project: Season 5
- Please Like Me: Complete 3 (Pivot)
- The Real O'Neals: Season 2 (ABC)
- Saturday Night Live: Season 42 (NBC)
- Smallville: Seasons 1-10
- StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Season 3 (National Geographic)
A Shot in the Dark (Oct. 1)
The second in the Pink Panther series is the first with Peter Sellers in the lead role as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Considered the best of the franchise, this film establishes staple characters like Commissioner Dreyfus and Clouseau's mad sparring partner, Cato.
Bananas (Oct. 1)
Woody Allen combines two of his favorite motifs, the plight of the working schlub and political satire. He stars as the downtrodden Fielding Mellish, who follows sexy activist Nancy (Louise Lasser) to a fictional South American country, where he somehow winds up the leader of a leftist insurgency.
The Blair Witch Project (Oct. 1)
After what seems like a hundred installments of Paranormal Activities, the found-footage genre may be played out. But in 1999, the Blair Witch Project's use of grainy, shaky, off-kilter video was a creative milestone in scary storytelling. It created the illusion that you, the viewer, will ultimately know more than the filmmakers themselves about how this frightening tale ends.
Bowling for Columbine (Oct. 1)
School shootings were still a relatively rare event when Michael Moore made this documentary about America's fascination with guns. The leftist filmmaker travels the U.S. to explore the topic, culminating in an interview with Charlton Heston, the actor-turned-NRA president.
Carrie (Oct. 1)
Sissy Spacek showed no fear of weirdo typecasting when she took on this role. In the schlocky 1976 horror flick, Spacek plays an awkward, bullied teenager, Carrie, who also happens to have telekinetic powers. As the tricks and taunting get worse, so does her vengeance.
Chinatown (Oct. 1)
Set in the 1930s, this 1971 film noir is inspired by the dirty dealing that secured Los Angeles cheap water at the expense of other communities. But the central story is of private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson), who goes down a rabbit hole of intrigue when he's employed by a mysterious heiress Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) with an unspeakably dark family past.
City of Gold (Oct. 7)
Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold hits the streets of Los Angeles to explore its vast ethnic cuisine in this documentary. He's more likely to find it in a strip mall than on a chichi boulevard.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Oct. 1)
Young Woody Allen delved into his favorite topic with this wackadoodle 1972 film, based on the popular book. Seven vignettes are inspired by book chapters like, "What Is Sodomy?", in which Gene Wilder plays a doctor in love with a sheep. Orgasms are covered as a mini 1960s auteur-style movie with Allen and all the characters performing in Italian.
Groundhog Day (1993) (Oct. 1)
A cynical weatherman (Bill Murray) gets stuck in a time loop, forced to live the same day over and over again until he learns his lesson about life. Murray's dry humor, and the creative variations in plotlines, keep the story of repetition from feeling merely repetitive.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Oct. 1)
The rebellion by the downtrodden citizens of Panem is nearly complete as they make their assault on the tyrannical Capitol. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is now itching for the coup de grace, finishing off the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2 (Oct. 1)
An homage to the work of Bruce Lee and other martial arts classics, this two-part revenge tale puts a woman with no name (played by Uma Thurman) in the role of ultimate assassin. The violence is continuous, but so ridiculous that it often feels more like cartoon pranks. At one point, she literally splits a guy in half, head to toe, with one swing of a very special samurai sword.
Last Night (Oct. 1)
The world is going to end at midnight. This lo-fi sci-fi movie makes little effort to explain why (something to do with a defect in the sun). The story is really about how people would spend their final hours: raping and pillaging, copulating, spending quality time with family, or just sitting home alone.
The Last Waltz (Oct. 1)
Martin Scorsese's documentary recounts an amazing night in music: the farewell concert for Canadian roots-rock group The Band. It includes performances by longtime collaborator Bob Dylan and a "who's who" of musicians from the time and genre: Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and more.
Love and Death (Oct. 1)
Wooden Allen's raunchy parody of "War and Peace" from 1975 centers on Boris Grushenko (Allen), the worst soldier in the Russian army, an incompetent pistol dueler and the hapless pursuer of true love — with his cousin, Sonja (Diane Keaton).
Midnight in Paris (Oct. 1)
In this delightful Woody Allen comedy, Owen Wilson plays frustrated author Gil, vacationing in Paris with his emotionally distant fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams). Gil steps out for a midnight stroll and somehow finds himself in the 1920s, surrounded by his artistic heroes: Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody), Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and more. Gil also meets Adriana (Marion Cotillard), who's everything that Inez is not.
The Pink Panther (Oct. 1)
Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) was meant to be just a slapstick secondary character but stole the show in this heist comedy. He pursues the would-be jewel thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), who's out to steal an enormous pink diamond, known as the Pink Panther. Hulu features many of the installments in the film series, but aside from A Shot in the Dark, the others can't compare.
Platoon (Oct. 1)
Activist director and Vietnam vet Oliver Stone took on the mindless fury of war in this 1986 tale. It stars Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp and a not-yet-crazy Charlie Sheen.
Roger Dodger (Oct. 1)
Neurotic high school virgin Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) enlists the help of his Casanova uncle Roger (Campbell Scott) in order to seduce women. Isabella Rossellini and Jennifer Beals co-star.
Room 237 (Oct. 1)
Some movies are so good they deserve their own movies made about them. For fans of The Shining, this is the one. It explores various interpretations of the Stephen King-Stanley Kubrick creation.
Secretary (Oct. 1)
Based on the unsettling short story by Mary Gaitskill, this 2002 film is more of a dark comedy — almost a rom-com — about a sadomasochistic relationship between a sleazy lawyer (James Spader) and his mentally ill secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
Snatch (Oct. 1)
A diamond heist goes terribly wrong, again and again, as the goods trade hands among a motley crew of rubes and brutes. This Guy Ritchie comedy stars just about everyone: Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Brad Pitt, Jason Statham and Lennie James.
Swingers (Oct. 1)
Some guys are just smooth, and some guys really aren't. Vince Vaughn plays the former and Jon Favreau the latter in this hysterical adventure about dating in Los Angeles from 1996. Fair warning: The increasingly awkward voice-mail scene may make you want to climb under your chair.
The Warriors (Oct. 1)
The true story of ancient Greek mercenaries escaping the Persian Empire inspired this 1979 exploitation flick. In it, a street gang from Coney Island is pursued across New York by every other gang in the city. It's hokey in just the right way — a cult classic.
- Air Force One
- Curse of the Pink Panther
- A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
- The Patriot
- The Pink Panther Strikes Again
- The Pink Panther (2006 remake)
- Revenge of the Pink Panther
- Son of the Pink Panther
- Throw Momma from the Train
- Trail of the Pink Panther
What Else to Stream
The amount of good content online doesn't stop here. Check out our list of the best shows to binge watch to find some more gems you'll want to stream.