After realizing that the COVID-19-induced quarantine would last a little longer than we initially expected, I knew that I had to find some way to entertain myself (and my family) in the interim. At first, we were keeping busy with some board games, dancing, and cooking. But I quickly found that I would need to solicit a little help from the television to keep us from going stir crazy.
So, I finally clicked the button for the free Hulu trial that came up in my email so frequently. I was really, really surprised at what happened shortly thereafter.
Not only did I find one Hulu-original series that I fell in love with instantly, I found three. I also found two series that were favorites of mine that I was able to binge-watch with very few interruptions. I loved having the ability to watch episode after episode at the precise moment that I wanted to, rather than waiting until the network aired the next episode.
Here are the shows currently in my Hulu cue:
Little Fires Everywhere
Based on the chart-topping novel by Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere is one of the most talked-about shows of this summer. Set in Ohio in the 1990s, the show follows the intertwined stories of two mothers from very different backgrounds, played by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. With multiple storylines to the show, each episode is packed with action and events to keep you interested.
The Handmaid’s Tale
With three seasons already released, The Handmaid’s Tale has been one of Hulu’s biggest successes. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, this dystopian series is set in a time following a Second American Civil War where a totalitarian society exists. Exploring themes of a patriarchal society and power, the show features superb acting and an engrossing story. And if you enjoy the show, the good news is Season 4 will be coming your way in the near future.
Good Girls is a crime comedy-drama series starring Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman. The series follows three suburban mothers living in Detroit, who are struggling to make ends meet. Together they decide to pull off an unlikely idea of robbing a supermarket, only to discover they are in for a whole lot more adventure than they expected. Expect a whole lot of laughter during the three seasons we have so far following the troublesome ladies.
Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., For Life is a legal drama starring Nicholas Pinnock and Joy Bryant. Premiering in February of 2020, the show has already been a huge hit and renewed for its second season. The series follows main character Aaron, a former club owner who is serving a life sentence. With no chance of parole, he earns his license to practice law and uses his newfound knowledge to help his fellow inmates.
Already in its sixth season, Black-ish may have escaped your watch list over the last few years, but it’s a sitcom you will quickly be hooked into! Following an upper middle class African-American family, the show revolves around the Johnson family’s lives. Handling many personal and socio-political issues, the family is led by actors Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Those are just a few of my favorite shows on Hulu so far, but I can’t wait to delve deeper into the catalog of shows available. What have been your favorite shows so far during this quarantine period? Tell me in the comments below what I should add to my cue!