Hulu Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows On Now

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Whatever you're looking for in April, our Hulu picks should satisfy you, from documentaries (Origins: The Journey of Humankind), to mystery (Top of the Lake), to sci-fi (Dimension 404). And that's just the TV show offerings! Movies range from the 1973 true-life cop drama Serpico to the 2016 comedy Barbershop: The Next Cut. But the most attention will be on Hulu's serial adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian, political-protest novel "The Handmaid's Tale" — no small undertaking.  

TV Shows

Dimension 404, Season 1 (April 4)Credit: RocketJump/HuluCredit: RocketJump/HuluNamed after the error code for a dead web link, this is internet production-house RocketJump's version of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Each episode of the anthology sci-fi show explores a new and often frightening vision of the digital world.

Preacher, Season 1 (April 5)

Credit: Lewis Jacobs/Sony Pictures Television/AMCCredit: Lewis Jacobs/Sony Pictures Television/AMCAn outlaw turned man of God is inhabited by a spirit that gives him supernatural powers. Together with an Irish vampire and (just as random) his ex-girlfriend, he sets out on a battle involving good, evil and everything in between.

Cesar Millan's Dog Nation, Season 1 (April 22)

Credit: Leepson Bounds/National Geographic ChannelCredit: Leepson Bounds/National Geographic ChannelCesar Millan is the dog whisperer in this new Nat Geo show. He travels the country, helping pooches and their guardians through difficult situations, like teaching an aggressive dog to chill out when he's out for a walk.

Top of the Lake, Season 1 (April 24)

Credit: Parisa Taghizadeh/Sundance ChannelCredit: Parisa Taghizadeh/Sundance ChannelIn Jane Campion's 2013 take on the small-town-with-big-secrets trope, a detective (Elisabeth Moss) returns to her home in rural New Zealand. There, she must investigate the attempted rape and subsequent disappearance of a 12-year-old girl. Watch this season to prep for the long-awaited second season, which will debut later this year.

Origins: The Journey of Humankind, Season 1 (April 25)

Credit: National GeographicCredit: National GeographicHow did humans take over the world? Through eight great inventions or discoveries, beginning with fire. That's the narrative of this documentary series, which, like all Nat Geo shows, feels like the old National Geographic on Adderall.

The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1 (April 26)

Credit: HuluCredit: HuluMargaret Atwood's 1985 novel describes a future United States under a Christian theocracy, in which women have no rights. Although a 1990 movie version was disastrous, Hulu is now taking a stab at a longer adaptation with this series, starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men). Political undertones? Absolutely.

Movies

Almost Famous (April 1)

Credit: DreamWorksCredit: DreamWorksDirector Cameron Crowe's career started as a teenage rock-and-roll journalist. His 2000 film is loosely inspired by his own experience. Almost Famous tells the story of a 15-year-old Rolling Stone writer who goes on the road with an up-and-coming band in the early 1970s.

The Hours (April 1)

Credit: Clive CooteCredit: Clive CooteThree women suffer crises in their unfulfilling lives. Nicole Kidman plays depression-prone author Virginia Woolf writing her novel "Mrs. Dalloway" in 1923. Julianne Moore plays a repressed housewife reading the novel in 1951, and Meryl Streep plays the embodiment of the novel's protagonist in 2001.

Searching for Bobby Fischer (April 1)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionMax Pomeranc plays Josh, a child-prodigy chess player. Josh is thrown into an adult world of cutthroat competition by his hard-nosed instructor, Bruce (Ben Kingsley).

Serpico (April 1)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionSidney Lumet's 1973 drama stars Al Pacino as real New York City cop Frank Serpico, who fought rampant corruption among his fellow NYPD detectives. As a result, the real-life Serpico nearly died — just two years before the film debuted.

Hello, My Name Is Doris (April 2)

Credit: Roadside AttractionsCredit: Roadside AttractionsSally Field, who began her career as a teenager, plays an elderly woman who rediscovers her youth when she befriends a group of Brooklyn hipsters.

Barbershop: The Next Cut (April 8)

Credit: Chuck ZlotnickCredit: Chuck ZlotnickFourteen years after the first Barbershop, the franchise is still going strong in this 2016 sequel, which stars most of the original cast. The barbershop has merged with a beauty parlor, leading to new, hilarious exchanges among the characters. But in the background, crime is soaring in their Chicago neighborhood.

In a World (April 9)

Credit: Roadside AttractionsCredit: Roadside AttractionsWriter-director Lake Bell plays an aspiring voice-over actor living in the shadow of her insufferable father, who is the ultimate "In a world…" movie trailer voice. The quirky cast includes comedians Rob Corddry, Demetri Martin, Tig Notaro and Nick Offerman.

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.

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  • CaedenV
    So I felt like I was missing out on cable and TV, so I picked up Hulu Plus for a few months to 'catch up' with mainstream shows... turns out that the shows are rubbish, and paying for the right to watch commercials is one of the dumbest 'features' ever to hit the internet. I thought that I would enjoy Hulu enough to get a real cable service... but it isn't even worth the $8/mo for Hulu... how on earth do people justify their cable bills?
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