Top 10 TV Shows on Hulu in 2016

There is no arguing that Hulu has the best show selection compared to any other streaming service online. Though the likes of Amazon and Netflix might heat things up in the world of streaming televisino, Hulu has consistently proven to be the best and now that it has started offering an ad-free version, it is expected that it will cement its position as the top streaming service in the country. And the good news is that it not only avails a wide selection of shows, but also the quality of the shows is also something to be admired, making it be the ultimate choice for all individuals in need of television entertainment. With all the quality and entertaining shows available, here are the top 10 show on Hulu in 2016:

10. Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica can be described simply as a show by flawed people fighting for their survival. This is one of the best sci-fi series you will ever watch on Hulu. With the crew not encountering any aliens during its exodus, it is a show about religion against science, family against conscience, freedom against security and lots of tension with no ready easy answers. Battlestar Galactica is nothing but an epic tale where there are few villains with the number of the heroes being even fewer.

9. Parks and Recreation

When Parks and Recreation first aired, it was like a mirror of The Office, but during the third season, things turned around and the student all of a sudden became the master. Parks and Recreation have flourished over the years due to its blend of unique and interesting characters in modern comedy. The adored comedy achieved the near-impossible and became of the most popular shows on Hulu when the series was almost coming to an end in 2015. But just like other great comedies, the time to take a bow is never definite, and due to this, Leslie Knope together with her crew of friends kept the masses laughing right to the end of the series and still kept millions glued to Hulu in 2016.

8. I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy is one of the most iconic sitcoms of our times and it is a show whose well structure as well as the passion it elicited from the ardent fans keeps it going strong in 2016, despite the fact that the last new episode aired way back in 1957. I Love Lucy was the first show to be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and it has been named one of the best shows of all times by several publications, including TIME and TV Guide. The wacky adventures of Ricky Ricardo and Lucy have influenced several series that aired after this show and it is also a fact that a huge part of the sitcom genre has drawn most of its staple from I Love Lucy.

7. The Shield

If you were a fan of The Wire, you will agree that The Shield is also at the same level. The Shield is a perfect illustration of what grimdark stuff is like before the world became accustomed to the current definition of grimdark. In this show, you won’t find the normal good guys and the bad guys trying to square it out according to their convictions, but what you find here is just a bunch of good guys who sometimes tend to do bad things and bad guys who sometimes tend to do good things. The television series is full of doom enough to make Bard himself give a cunning smile, and it is also full of dubious morality.

6. Fargo

Fargo was created by Noah Hawley and stars Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. During its heydays, the show was a legend, a myth, and a tall tale all bundled up in one. Since every great myth requires a great villain, Fargo had the best villain of the year and this came in the pairing of the antagonist Lorne Malvo Billy Thornton. From the show, it was evident that Malvo was only human, but the fans were fully prepared that the show would reveal something extra ordinary about him. Towards the end of the show, Malvo’s outcome becomes more apparent and fans couldn’t help but expect that he would rise again. For the entire ten episodes of the show the character Malvo, metarmophosized from the unknown to a character larger than life. Perhaps it was the intrigues of such a character which made it become a favorite for the fans, making the show be one of the top shows in Hulu in 2016.

5. The Office

The Office by Ricky Gervais has earned reputation for being a perfect sitcom considering the way it balanced sentimentality and cynicism. It is the story of a comedy that is dark, brutal, heartbreaking, and oppressive. It highlights the heartbreaking abyss of modern capitalism, which for many people implies dreaded white collar jobs which do nothing but eat our time and puts our souls on slow death. During its peak, David Brent, an incompetent and pompous narcissist sees himself as some kind of guru, yet in the actual sense, he is a moron. It was amazing to see how Gervais was able to reach the heartstrings with the slow budding romance between Dawn and Tim which later on turns into a classic soap opera, with the capacity to make the viewers ache. The pudding in the comedy was in its design where it never gave anything quite easily. The difficult settings and the disappointments always ensured that the viewers were kept in constant suspense and anxiety throughout the show.

4. Arrested Development

Arrested Development is the story of a wealthy family that lost everything and a son who had no choice but the keep the whole family all together. The show debuted six weeks after the first episode of Two and Half Men, but unfortunately, it didn’t manage to gather a good fan base necessary to keep it alive. But still, the creator, Mitch Hurwitz added a lot of awesome stuff in the three short seasons. These include stuff such as the chicken dance as well as other twists like “It’s Not Easy Being White”. The design of the show could be somewhat compared to Seinfeld, where every loose thread would perfectly be constructed to lead to the next act. It can be said that Arrested Development elevated self referencing postmodernism to a whole new level, no wonder it remains a darling in the hearts of millions of television show lovers, even years after the last episode aired, and one of the top television show being watched on Hulu in 2016.

3. Cheers

Just like with other long running sitcoms, the Cheers aired during the 90s was fundamentally different from what was aired in the 1980s. It featured less about the dating life of Ted Danson’s Sam and had a lot of what would be considered as ensemble device, with characters who were all loved at that particular moment. It was during the final episodes of the show when the characters got to shine and the final episode received mixed reaction then, however, nostalgia has made it secure a place into the list of the top show on Hulu.

2. Seinfeld

Seinfeld is one of those television shows on Hulu which millions of Americans don’t mind watching every time and again. Since the 76 million viewer finale, the show has been in continual reruns and syndications and this is a further prove of how beloved the show has remained, even in 2016. Though it ended close to 16 years ago, the show is still a moneymaker for most networks. Its adoption of pop culture was on a level of its own and so was its deviation from the typical sitcom conventions. In Seinfeld, love triangles and long term relationships were practically unheard of. Characters never gave apologies to one another and they never learnt from their mistakes. The creators of the show were instead keen on creating a story depicting the everyday lives of people who perceived themselves as average or generally decent.

1. The Simpsons

When it was at its creative peak in the mid 90s, there was no doubt that The Simpsons was the better written show on TV. The density of the jokes was something to be admired. If you were to go back and watch an episode from shows like “Who Shot Mr. Burns,” one thing which you will notice to be standing out is how insanely fast things have been moving. You will notice that there is literally a joke after every second and the jokes have been beautifully crafted. You are also certain to find all of the humor types, ranging from the ubiquitous references to pop culture to wordplay, slapstick, parody and silly iconic characters. You will agree that there is no TV character which has been quoted the number of times as Homer Simpsons has been quoted since the early 90s. It is thus easy to understand why The Simpsons sits pretty at the top of the top 10 shows on Hulu.

The 10 Best TV Shows on Netflix in 2016

Netflix has always been the home of great entertainment for millions of Americans. If you have a special love for TV shows or you were wondering which ones stood out of the crowd in 2016, below is a complete list of the best 10 TV shows for 2016 worth watching on Netflix:

  1. The Crown

At the bottom of the best 10 TV shows on Netflix in 2016 is The Crown. The first episode of the show aired on 4th November and it quickly shot up the list garnering a rating of 8.9 by IMDB. The Crown is a television show based on The Audience – an award winning play by Peter Morgan. This Netflix’s original drama follows the footsteps of the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the mid 40s to the present.

At the beginning of the series, we are given a look at the early reign of the queen, how she ascended to the throne at a tender age of 25, following the death of her father – King George VI. As time passes by, romances, personal intrigues, and political rivalries which played a huge role in shaping the events of the 20th century begin to be revealed.

  1. Narcos

If the name Pablo Escobar rings a bell in your head, then you will be pleased by this Netflix’s modeling of this infamous Medellin drug lord. Pablo Escobar was a Colombian kingpin who amazed great wealth through the sale of narcotics and other contraband from Colombia to the United States and Mexico. In the show, the story is told from Pablo’s point of view, with Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Pablo and DEA Agent Steve Murphy as Boyd Holbrook on the other side, in what later on turns out to be an all-out war.

The show begins during the early days of drug battle, when the biggest offenders were those who were caught with a kilo of marijuana, and then it proceeds to the violent bloody battles between cartels fighting to control tones of kilos of Colombian coke and the drug agents from USA, Mexico and Colombia. Eventually, it is estimated that up to 4,000 were lost during the battles which lasted for about two decades.

  1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the story of a 15 year old girl rescued from a cult, who decides to reclaim back her life by venturing into New York, not knowing what really lies ahead of her or the battles she will have to fight. While in New York, she decides to face life with wide-eye open enthusiasm, and despite her relatively tender age, she decides to rent a room from Titus, a Broadway wannabe actor, who makes a living as a street performer at Times Square.

The unlikely duo soon finds out that they can both help one another and Titus decides to introduce Kimmy back to modern life by first enthusing into her the inspiration that she should never give up. As a team, they are determined to make it through, irrespective of what life throws their way.

  1. Luke Cage

For those who love action shows, Luke Cage is another interesting television show by Netflix in 2016. The show first aired on 30th September, 2016 and it is an action packed drama that follows the evolution of Luke Cage. Luke Cage is a guy with immense strength and unbreakable skin which resulted from a sabotaged experiment.

When his relationship with Jessica Jones fails, Cage attempts to build a quiet life in New York. But his attempts to live a quiet life are thwarted when he finds himself pulled out of the shadows to fight for his city, where confronting his past life, which he tried to bury, becomes inevitable.

  1. House of Cards

House of Card is a Netflix original production featuring Francis Underwood, a US Rep for South Carolina as a ruthless politician out to seek revenge. Garrett Walker, a presidential aspirant promises Underwood the post of Secretary of State if he will help him ascend to the presidency. But just before the inauguration, Walker decides to change his mind and tells Underwood he is more valuable while serving in the congress.

From the outside, Underwood seems to accept the matching orders, but on the inside, he vows to bring Walker and all his allies down, with the help of his wife, who is an environmental activist. The show is based in the UK version with the same name, and the US version also offers a glimpse of the kind of greed and corruption that prevails in the American politics.

  1. Making a Murderer

In Making a Murderer, Steve Avery spends nearly two decades in a prison for a crime he did not commit. After being exonerated, Avery files a suit against all those involved with his arrest, but shortly after, he is put behind bars again, being accused of murdering Teresa Halbach, a 25 year old photographer, who was last seen in Avery’s property. Avery and his nephew are tried, found guilty and convicted of the crime.

Later on, Columbia graduate students Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi read about the Avery Story and thought that it could make a nice documentary. Netflix decided to take their concept and produced about ten episodes of the docuseries, which generated a lot of publicity leading to petitions to have Avery’s case reviewed.

  1. BoJack Horseman

This is a Netflix original television series which has been running since August 2014. It is the story of BoJack Horseman, a humanoid horse who decides to get lost in the sea of booze and self loathing, and later on decides after he’s got enough of all that, that maybe it is time for a comeback. Back in the 90s, the show used to be the hottest thing around, when BoJack was an adoptive father of three orphaned kids and was also once a star of the sitcom during that time. The show was however cancelled, only for it to reappear later, with BoJack wanting to regain his dignity.

With the help of a feline ex-girfriend who is now his agent, BoJack sets out on a quest to regain his dignity. But Hollywood has changed from what it used to be back in the days and it is not an easy to task to get used to stuff like Twitter if it is your first day. The show is laced with plenty of references to drugs, alcohol and sex, and thus not suitable for the little ones.

  1. Daredevil

Daredevil is the first in a planned series of show by Netflix, giving out the details of the Marvel Universe. It is the story of Matt Murdock, a guy blinded by an accident as a child, who during the day practices as an attorney, but becomes a vigilante by night. Following the accident and the blindness, Murdock has heightened senses as a Daredevil with which he uses to fight crimes on the streets of New York ones the sun retires for the day.

Since he is an attorney and he is required to believe in the criminal justice system, Murdock has an altered ego and decides not to believe in the system, but instead take the law in his own hands to protect his neighborhood and the nearby communities. The show was directed by Steven K DeKnight and the earlier episodes are available on YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon Video.

  1. Orange is the New Black

At number 2 in the list of the top 1 best TV show on Netflix in 2016 is Orange is Black. In this show, Piper Chapman seems to be having a relatively good life as a public relations executive and a fiancé, when suddenly life decides to take the wrong turn on her. Chapman is in her mid 30s and is sentenced to serve 10 years in a medium security prison due to her association with a with a drug runner. While in prison, she is forced to trade power suits for the prison orange, a venture that makes her wade her way through the stringent prison system. She adjusts to the life in prison, and even makes friends many unusual, eccentric and unexpected persons she meets behind bars.

  1. Stranger Things

And number one on the list of the top 10 best TV show on Netflix in 2016 is Stranger Things. This is a thrilling Netflix original drama featuring award winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers. Joyce’s son, who is 12 years old, goes missing and she, together with the local authorities launches a terrifying investigation into the disappearance of the child.

As the investigation takes shape and their search for answers intensify, they unearth a series of strange mysteries about secret experiments being conducted by the government. The investigations also lead them to unraveling supernatural forces as well as a very unusual little whose details you can only find by watching the television show. The show is based on a story back in the 1980s, when science fictions shows still captivated the audiences.

 

Streaming TV and the Death of Cable

In our world, technology is constantly improving and amazing us every year. It’s exciting, and has opened up a whole new set of possibilities, as well as businesses. However, it’s not necessarily good for everyone, as the art of ‘cable cutting’ has started to spread across the globe. With access to thousands of films and television series at a cheaper cost than most TV providers, streaming has started to take the world by storm. But does this spell the death of cable? In this article we explore cable and satellite television, as well as the world of streaming, to see how TV providers are coping with the change.

What are Cable and Satellite?

These are the two forms of television that people can choose from. Cable works via a radio frequency that is transmitted to a box inside your home, via coaxial or fibre optic Cables. The latter, however, uses light pulsing as opposed to radio transmissions. It’s available in all weather conditions, but it isn’t necessarily available everywhere. In the USA and the UK, very rural areas are less likely to be able to receive cable television.

Satellite works where a dish is attached to the outside of your home so that it can receive information from communications satellites. It is received via the parabolic reflector (antennae) on the satellite dish itself. This is then transmitted to the satellite box in your home. However, it is not necessarily available in bad weather conditions as the signal can be disrupted by this. It is available anywhere, though, so it doesn’t matter where you live.

Cable and satellite television tend to be quite pricey, at around £50 ($75) per month. In the United Kingdom, there is a free service known as Freeview which offers a selection of digital channels.

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What is Streaming?

The definition of streaming is listening to music or watching videos in ‘real time’. By this, we mean that you do not need to download the file and you can instead watch it as it loads via an internet connection. Streaming videos online has become increasingly popular, as it offers the things people want to watch and listen to on demand, without having to wait for them to be aired on their cable or satellite TV channels.

Streaming can be free or paid for, it all depends on who you decide to go with (we will look at providers later). Of course, there is also illegal streaming, where videos or music are uploaded to the internet without permission from the creators. This used to be the most popular form of streaming, but with the introduction of new, legal, and more reliable services, the use of illegal ones has declined quite rapidly.

Why are People Choosing Streaming?

It’s no secret that more and more people have been choosing to use streaming services over cable and satellite in recent years. Since 2012, the number of people using services from TV providers has dropped steadily, and it is predicted that this will only continue. The question is, why are people choosing streaming services over cable and satellite?

The main reason is the price. Streaming services like Netflix offer access to thousands of television series and films for incredibly low prices, especially when compared to the TV providers. Most people would rather spend £8.99 a month for Netflix than £50 for Sky when half the channels are ones they don’t want.

Tying into this, we also have the issue of contracts. Many people don’t like the obligation of having to pay £50 a month for a whole year without being able to leave. After all, if you decide to leave before you time is up, you will face an incredibly hefty fee. Streaming services don’t have contracts; you can cancel your subscription at any time and start it up again just as easily. There are no obligations, and that is one of the most attractive features.

As well as being cheaper, it is also faster. Streaming content from the internet is quick and easy, with no need to worry about satellite disruptions or slow feeds. Plus, it’s easier to watch the stuff you like on the go, as most streaming services have apps that you can use on your tablet or smartphone. So no matter where you are, you can enjoy the programs you love.

You also have services like Amazon Prime Video. When you purchase Amazon Prime, you get one-day delivery on all of your orders for free, exclusive offers, and access to Amazon Prime Video as well as free books for the Kindle. Offers like that are hard to resist and combine a number of features that customers want for a very reasonable yearly fee.

Netflix have also started creating their own TV series, backed and funded by them. These shows tend to be exciting and fantastic quality, and people have been swarming to watch them instead of TV shows on cable or satellite. These shows have often proved to be massive successes, with titles like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and Stranger Things receiving high acclaim as well as awards.

In fact, the only real issue there could be with streaming is a poor internet connection or none at all. Without internet, streaming doesn’t work. This can be difficult if you internet is down for the day or the outside wires become damaged, but other than this it works seamlessly.

What Have TV Providers Done?

TV Providers have not let streaming get in the way of their business. Some have tried to offer better bundle deals for satellite television in a bid to persuade customers to choose them over streaming services. Sky very cleverly developed Now TV, a fast-growing streaming service that offers you around 20 Sky channels for £6.99 per month. For an additional cost, you can add Sky Movies, Sky Kids, and Sky Sports. Combined, it is still cheaper to buy all the packages than to pay for Sky each month.

It’s a join them instead of fight them mentality, offering customers a contract-free alternative that is cheaper and more selective than regular television services. Plus, the Now TV box even comes with catch-up apps for the BBC, channel 4, ITV, channel 5, and many more. It’s an all-inclusive streaming service that can be watched on your television, gaming console, or smartphone and tablet.

Will Cable and Satellite Die Out?

It’s not yet clear whether streaming will be the death of cable and satellite television. Currently, many members of the older generation prefer conventional methods of watching television to streaming services. Many find the concept complex and a bit of a hassle. Some streaming companies have been advertising themselves as a little friendlier to the older generation in a bid to get them to use the services they provide.

As more people get to grips with the concept of streaming, the cheaper price and ability to select what you are watching is one that will likely appeal to most people. Experts predict that the number of people watching television via cable and satellite will decrease, but whether or not these services will have to shut down completely has yet to be seen.

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