Hulu Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows on Now

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Lots of new or returning TV shows appear on Hulu in December, and a few are worth your time. Beyond long-running hits like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hulu welcomes new entries like the FX sci-fi hit Legion. Hulu launches a second season of its con-artist dark comedy Shut Eye, and says farewell to its high-school drama East Los High with a special finale episode. Speaking of farewell, Hulu is also dropping a lot of titles at the end of November. Among them: Barbershop (and Barbershop 2), The Quiet American, Swingers and Volver.

TV Shows

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 5 (Dec. 2)

Trust Me, Season 1 (Dec. 1)

The Wine Show, Season 2 (Dec. 1)

Shut Eye: Season 2 (Dec. 6)

The Great American Baking Show, Season 3 (Dec. 8)

Legion, Season 1 (Dec. 8)

Movies and Specials

At Close Range (Dec. 1)

Chicago (Dec. 1)

East Los High: Finale Event (Dec. 1)

The Falcon and the Snowman (Dec. 1)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Dec. 1)

Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2 (Dec. 1)

Light Sleeper (Dec. 1)

The Pope of Greenwich Village (Dec. 1)

Searching for Sugar Man (Dec. 1)

Titanic (Dec. 1)

Superbad (Dec. 4)

Killers (Dec. 6)

The Crow (Dec. 15)

Banksy Does New York (Dec. 23)

November Picks

TV Shows

Baskets, Season 2 (Nov. 1)

Credit: Pamela Littky/FXCredit: Pamela Littky/FXIn FX's deadpan comedy series, Zach Galifianakis plays a performer, Chip Baskets, who failed out of a prestigious French clown school. Now, he can continue to practice his métier only as a rodeo clown in Bakersfield, California, where he's moved back in with his mother and rival, twin brother (also played by Galifianakis). The role of Mrs. Baskets earned an Emmy award for the show's co-creator, Louie Anderson (you read that right).

Taboo, Season 1 (Nov. 10)

Credit: Steffan Hill/FXCredit: Steffan Hill/FXA prodigal son, long thought dead, returns to 1814 London to inherit the remnants of his father's shipping company in this FX drama. The returned son is quickly drawn into a brutal battle — one he relishes — with his former employer, the almighty East India Company.

Future Man, Series Premiere (Nov. 14)

Credit: Erin Simkin/HuluCredit: Erin Simkin/HuluLike the dopey cousin of NBC's Chuck, this new comedy is the story of a young loser thrust into the role of saving all humankind. Josh Futterman is a janitor at a biotech company, and his lone talent is for a video game. As it turns out, the game is a test from the future, designed to uncover the ultimate warrior to save humanity.

Marvel's Runaways, Series Premiere (Nov. 21)

Credit: Paul Sarkis/HuluCredit: Paul Sarkis/HuluIn Hulu's new original show, a band of teenage frenemies discovers that their parents are all members of an evil cabal. The teens realize that they must stop the villains. Fortunately for the kids, they can tap into superpowers to aid in the battle.

Movies

25th Hour (Nov. 1)

Credit: Disney/EverettCredit: Disney/EverettSpike Lee directs this 2002 dark love letter to post-9/11 New York City (based on the book by Game Of Thrones writer/producer David Benioff). Ed Norton plays a convicted drug dealer, spending his last night of freedom with his onetime best friends, all of whom have grown distant over the years.

Bad Santa (Nov. 1)

Credit: DimensionCredit: DimensionIf you don't buy into the hype and obligatory cheer of the holiday season, this dark comedy is the perfect salve. Billy Bob Thornton plays a depressed, drunkard con man who makes his bones as a department-store-robbing Santa Claus.

Bound (Nov. 1)

Credit: Gramercy PicturesCredit: Gramercy PicturesCo-stars Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon light up the screen in this 1996 drama by the Wachowskis (The Matrix). Two beautiful women, one the moll of a brutal gangster, begin an intense romance and plot to escape from the mob with millions in cash.

Goldfinger (Nov. 1)

Credit: MGMCredit: MGMIf you watch just one James Bond film, make it this 1964 Sean Connery classic. It has a fortune in gold, a nuclear bomb, nerve gas, a killer hat, deadly lasers, one of the best Bond girls and the nastiest end to a Bond villain.

The Joy Luck Club (Nov. 1)

Credit: Buena Vista/EverettCredit: Buena Vista/EverettAmy Tan adapted her own novel for this 1993 movie about mothers and daughters. Four elderly women in San Francisco share a close bond through their heartbreaking experiences as émigrés from China. The story weaves together flashbacks from the women's youth in China and the current lives of their daughters.

Ocean's Eleven (Nov. 1)

Credit: Warner Bros.Credit: Warner Bros.Steven Soderbergh directed this 2001 revival of the 1960s caper film of the same name. Its stars — including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt — are modern counterparts to the Rat Pack cast of the original film.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Nov. 1)

Credit: MGMCredit: MGMAustralian actor and supermodel George Lazenby subbed in for one Bond film before Sean Connery was coaxed back to the franchise. This edition features some gems, such as Diana Rigg as tough, capable Bond girl Tracy; Telly Savalas as archenemy Blofeld; and perhaps the best (though not only) ski-chase-with-machine-guns scenes of the franchise.

The Purple Rose of Cairo (Nov. 1)

Credit: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/GettyCredit: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/GettyDepression-era housewife Cecilia (Mia Farrow) finds herself in a surrealist love triangle with Tom Baxter, fictional hero of her favorite film (also called The Purple Rose of Cairo), and Gil Shepherd, the real-life actor who portrays him. Jeff Daniels plays both incarnations in this bizarro Woody Allen comedy.

The Spy Who Loved Me (Nov. 1)

Credit: MGMCredit: MGMThough Roger Moore made plenty of stinkers, this Bond story is one of the best in the franchise. In the midst of the Cold War, East and West team up (including in the bedroom) to take on the supervillians of Spectre, headed by evil genius Karl Stromberg (German film legend Curd Jürgens).

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Nov. 1)

Credit: TriStarCredit: TriStarTaking advantage of a bigger budget than the original could muster, this killer robot sequel turns everything on its head. No longer the damsel in distress, Sarah Connor is now the badass leader of a rebellion. A new version of the Terminator robot (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been sent back in time to protect Connor, and her son, John Connor, from a shape-shifting robot assassin.

Winter's Bone (Nov. 1)

Credit: Roadside AttractionsCredit: Roadside AttractionsIn her breakout role, Jennifer Lawrence plays a teenage girl, Ree, whose meth-dealing dad skips bail, putting the family home at risk. Setting out to find him, Ree challenges a dangerous cult of secrecy in her Ozark community.

Allied (Nov. 10)

Credit: ParamountCredit: ParamountMarion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have never looked prettier than in this gorgeous WWII period piece (which won an Oscar for best costume design) by screenwriter Steven Knight and director Robert Zemeckis. But the story ain't pretty: A Canadian officer faces the prospect that his lovely French wife is not who she appears to be.

Obey Giant (Nov. 11)

Credit: Don Holtz/Allentown Productions/HuluCredit: Don Holtz/Allentown Productions/HuluBefore the Barack Obama campaign had "Hope," Andre the Giant had a posse. This Hulu documentary profiles Shepard Fairey, the extra clean-cut street artist and small-time outlaw whose ironic stickers and posters cover U.S. cities. Interestingly, Fairey once battled the Associated Press over the iconic Obama campaign poster, which uses a Fairey image.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Nov. 11)

Credit: Phil StanziolaCredit: Phil StanziolaIn the 1960s, New York City urban planner Robert Moses had the power to raze whole neighborhoods — until he set his sights on Greenwich Village. This Hulu documentary tells the story of Jane Jacobs, the neighborhood activist who stopped Moses in his tracks and saved much of Lower Manhattan.

Fences (Nov. 24)

Credit: ParamountCredit: ParamountA former baseball player in 1950s Pittsburgh can't let go of his anger over the racial lines that kept him out of the major leagues. He inflicts this bitterness on his wife and son. Viola Davis and Denzel Washington reprise their Tony-winning roles from the 2010 staging of the play in this 2016 movie, which earned Davis an Oscar for best actress.

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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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