Fresh off their well-deserved Emmy win for the original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu is riding high. More viewers than ever are bound to be asking themselves, “Network TV? What network TV?” and looking beyond Netflix for their programming needs. Of course, they will find that, like other streaming services, Hulu giveth and taketh away its shows and movies each month. Fortunately, October on Hulu is giving us generous helpings of it all, from scary to the silly.
Halloween on Hulu
Classics like “The Amityville Horror” and “Carrie” are coming as well as a slew of Godzilla features and “Pet Sematary.” You can also see season six of “American Horror Story.”
Thank goodness for those options since naturally, as the weather cools, people will want to contemplate the horrors of their own mortality as they sip their pumpkin spice lattes. If you want to mix it up, the gloriously campy “Little Shop of Horrors” musical from 1986 is also coming online, so at least the monstrous plants can sing about your doom as they plot it. Also be sure to check out our article covering the best horror movies on Hulu.
Movies on Hulu This October
At the end of the month on October 28, Hulu viewers will be treated to last year’s “Arrival” starring Amy Adams. This must-see is just eerie enough for Fall but also rich with insight about who we are and how we communicate. If pondering those questions isn’t the way to start to wrap up this strange, estranging year, I don’t know what is.
But it’s not all ghosts and spooky stuff out there on Hulu. Flee the scariness of both autumnal fiction and the eye-popping news by indulging in some good old-fashioned romcoms. Relive Alicia Silverstone’s “Clueless,” which defined a generation’s love for fluffy pens and witty retorts, as well as “The Cutting Edge,” which gave us all romantic Olympic ice skating fantasies. (That was all of us, right? The word “toepick” gets everybody dreamy-eyed, right?) You’ll be conjuring mental images of college dorm room’s tiny tv and scarfing down pints of Ben & Jerrys before you know it.
To mix it up, watch Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” Volumes 1 and 2 for a kick-butt, quippy woman wreaking justified vengeance. The patriarchy had it coming, you know.
Best of all, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will be on Hulu as well. If that can’t put a smile on your jaded 2017 face, then nothing can. Save Ferris, am I right? Bueller? Bueller? Then again, if you’re a Millennial, then you might not know what I’m talking about. But sprint for this one, you won’t be sorry–at the least, your 40-something co-workers will enjoy your foray into their culture.
You might also find them crying into their coffee as they softly sing “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” the vastly popular musical about 1990s New York bohemians. The 2005 movie version will also be online this month. As long as they don’t start dancing on the tables belting out “La Vie Boheme,” they’ll be ok.
TV Coming to Hulu this October
Modern-day shows are there too, with the season premieres of “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” coming October 4. Season 9 of “Adventure Time” goes on Hulu October 21 while you can also check out premieres of new shows “Ghosted” and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.”
“Will and Grace” fans will also be able to catch all previous seasons as well as the new episodes on Hulu as of the end of September.
And for those still kind of pining for flicking around cable TV, fear not: Hulu’s got you covered. You can watch all the House Hunters, Chopped, Property Brothers, and Dance Moms that you desire since the service keeps adding new seasons.
Finally, anyone who misses “Liz Lemon!!” will be happy to hear all seasons of “30 Rock” are coming on October 1, featuring Palin-era Tina Fey, pre-Kimmie Schmidt Jane Krakowski, and an Alec Baldwin before he had to be 45. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to back to there.
Hulu is available online at hulu.com and as an app on iPhones, iPads, and Android products. You can also watch on your TV using Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Hulu offers a deal in which you can watch free for 30 days if you are a new customer. Check out our review of Hulu for more information.
You can check out a complete list of the new TV and movies coming to Hulu this month on their website.
Karen Beck is a freelance writer, friend, and aficionado of science fiction and dystopian books and television. You can Follow @Karenofnine on Twitter
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