Hulu Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows On Now

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September tends to be Hulu's biggest month. Many long-running TV staples are back, including Grey's Anatomy (Season 13), South Park (Season 21!) and The Voice (Season 13). But we focus on highlighting the most promising freshman and sophomore offerings, like NBC's This Is Us, as well as Hulu's original shows, like The Mindy Project. The streaming service also just gained an archive of classic sitcoms, including the 1980s-1990s hit Full House. And lest you forget, Hulu has also become a powerhouse for movies. New offerings this month include varied recent classics, such as Crash, An Inconvenient Truth and Lilo & Stitch.

Television

The Orville, series premiere (Sept. 11)

Credit: Michael Becker/FoxCredit: Michael Becker/FoxSeth MacFarlane spoofs the Star Trek setup with this new Fox comedy, in which he captains a research vessel with his ex-wife as first officer. MacFarlane is a comedy pro, but he must live up to the high bar set by the 1999 Tim Allen comedy Galaxy Quest.

Top of the Lake: China Girl (Sept. 11)

Credit: See-Saw Films/SundanceTVCredit: See-Saw Films/SundanceTVIn the second iteration of Jane Campion's detective drama, Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) is still recovering from a harrowing murder investigation in rural New Zealand. When she receives gruesome evidence of another young woman's killing, another case begins.

Good Behavior, Season 1 (Sept. 15)

Credit: Brownie Harris/TNTCredit: Brownie Harris/TNTA con artist fresh out of prison tries to pull her shattered life together. Along the way, she learns of a murder plot and sets out to thwart it, putting herself in extreme danger.

This Is Us, Season 2 (Sept. 27)

Credit: Ron Batzdorff/NBCCredit: Ron Batzdorff/NBC2016's breakout hit returns with the continuing story of six people who share the same birthday. It's told through layers of intersecting storylines, set both in the present and in extensive flashbacks.

The Mindy Project, Season 6 (Sept. 12)

Credit: Jordin Althaus/HuluCredit: Jordin Althaus/HuluHulu's original dramedy (although it was originally a network series) about the promise and disappointments of love is now in Season 6, with some characters' relationships coming together and others teetering. Lead character Mindy is still up in the air, as Ben is about to propose, but she defensively rejects the idea of marriage.

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (Sept. 27)

Credit: Justin Lubin/NBCCredit: Justin Lubin/NBCThe latest entry in the crime-procedural franchise is ripped from the headlines. The Menendez Murders is a dramatization of the real-life trial of brothers Lyle and Erik Menéndez, who were convicted in 1994 for the murder of their parents in Beverly Hills.

Lethal Weapon, Season 2 (Sept. 27)

Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FoxCredit: Ray Mickshaw/FoxFox's new show reboots the buddy-cop film franchise about a mentally unstable cop and his straight-laced partner in LA.

Empire, Season 4 (Sept. 28)

Credit: Michael Lavine/FoxCredit: Michael Lavine/FoxKnown for a rich array of guest stars, this drama about a music empire focuses back on the core Lyon family in Season 4, according to the showrunners. And what a family! Patriarch Lucious was caught in an explosion that left him with amnesia at the end of Season 3, with no one to remember the worst misdeed from his dangerous wife, Cookie.

Full House: The complete series (Sept. 29)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionIn this 1980s-90s sitcom, a widower radio show host invites his brother-in-law to move into his San Francisco home to help raise his three daughters. The show made John Stamos a staple TV star and launched the careers of sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Ghosted, series premiere (Sept. 29)

Credit: Kevin Estrada/FoxCredit: Kevin Estrada/FoxComedians Adam Scott and Craig Robinson play paranormal investigators in this new Fox comedy. It will be interesting to see how it compares to Hulu's original paranormal spoof, Deadbeat.

Will & Grace, Season 9 (Sept. 29)

Credit: Andrew Eccles/NBCCredit: Andrew Eccles/NBCThis beloved sitcom, centered on the friendship between a gay man and a straight woman, was an Emmy Award-winning machine and Nielsen top-20 staple from 1998 to 2006. The cast reunites this month for a ninth season, and NBC has already greenlit a 10th.

Movies

A River Runs Through It (Sept. 1)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionRobert Redford directed this gorgeous 1992 adaptation of author Norman MacLean's memoir of growing up in Montana, where fly-fishing serves as a metaphor for perfection. The story of two brothers stands out for its portrayal of the younger brother, Paul, by Brad Pitt in his first major role.

Akeelah and the Bee (Sept. 1)

Credit: LionsgateCredit: LionsgateEleven-year-old Akeelah comes from a tough LA neighborhood but dreams of winning the National Spelling Bee. With tutoring from a stern professor (Laurence Fishburne), she exceeds everyone's expectations and unites her community in support.

An Inconvenient Truth (Sept. 1)

Credit: ParamountCredit: ParamountEarning two Oscars and helping clinch Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize, this 2006 documentary presents the irrefutable proof that climate change is about to wreak havoc on the Earth. It predicted that the planet would hit a tipping point in 10 years, serving as a prescient guide to today's events and a warm-up for this year's (less acclaimed) follow-up film, An Inconvenient Sequel.

Contact (Sept. 1)

Credit: GettyCredit: GettyJodie Foster owns the role of Ellie Arroway, an astronomer searching for extraterrestrial life in this 1997 adaptation of the novel by Carl Sagan. Sci-fi geeks and fans of Foster and Sagan tend to forgive the film's sometimes hokey or scientifically speculative aspects.

Mad Hot Ballroom (Sept. 1)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionNew York City elementary school kids learn about life, art and maybe romance in this documentary about a ballroom dancing competition for children.

Secretary (Sept. 1)

Credit: LionsgateCredit: LionsgateMary Gaitskill's grim short story inspired this 2002 dark comedy about a sadomasochistic relationship between a sleazy lawyer (James Spader) and his mentally ill secretary, Lee (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Lilo & Stitch (Sept. 4)

Credit: DisneyCredit: DisneyThis 2002 animated Disney film is the exceedingly fanciful story of an orphaned Hawaiian girl named Lilo and an alien monster called Experiment 626. Escaping to Earth ahead of an intergalactic force that seeks to imprison him, 626 joins Lilo's extended family as her "pet" Stitch, where he reconsiders his genetically engineered life mission to wreak havoc.

Crash (Sept. 6)

Credit: LionsgateCredit: LionsgateWriter Paul Haggis' directorial debut won three Oscars, including Best Picture. Its top-notch ensemble cast navigates intersecting storylines that focus on racial and ethnic animosity in Los Angeles.

An American Werewolf in London (Sept. 15)

Credit:Everett CollectionCredit:Everett CollectionA wild animal attacks two American backpackers in the English countryside, killing one and leaving the other gravely injured. As the survivor recovers, he realizes that his attacker was a werewolf and that he is now about to become one. Celebrated for the visual effects of man becoming monster, this 1981 film won the first Oscar for Best Makeup.

These Final Hours (Sept. 15)

Credit: Well Go USACredit: Well Go USAAn impending asteroid impact has unleashed a firestorm that is circling the globe and due to wipe out western Australia in approximately 12 hours. This 2013 thriller follows the journey of James, on his way to the "the party to end all parties," when he rescues a young girl, Rose, who is trying to find her family before the end comes.

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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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