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Hulu: Worth watching?

The content-rich website lets you program your own mini-network from its library of current shows and old favorites. See how EW’s Ken Tucker used this power to fill his TV grid for five days

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Hulu: Worth watching?

If you do Hulu like I do Hulu, you’ll have some fun. Right now the TV part of the site doesn’t include all the major networks’ fare, so don’t go looking for, say, All in the Family or Lost. (Currently, Hulu offers only the inferior Archie Bunker’s Place. The site does, however, aggregate links to other places where some non-Hulu shows might be available, such as, in the case of Lost, ABC.com.) But you can be your own mini-network programmer, and dip in and out of shows, watching only the parts you want. Here’s how I spent a work week, throwing a Hulu hoop around TV history.

MONDAY
I start out seeking capital-Q Quality

THE TICK
Only the finest superhero live-action parody ever. Viva Batmanuel (Nestor Carbonell) and Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey)!

ST. ELSEWHERE
The first season — an earnest Denzel Washington, Howie Mandel with hair and a Red Sox cap, David Morse looking about 12 years old.

TUESDAY
Now I want to see the oddities or what silly things I can do with Hulu

JOHNNY SOKKO AND HIS FLYING ROBOT
Crazy, dubbed ’60s Japanese sci-fi starring a winsome kid and his giant robot: camp culture discovery!

DEAL OR NO DEAL
The Deal ”Model Theater” parody of The Bionic Woman: better than the original and the remake.

WEDNESDAY
From the wacky to the plodding — yes, it’s Hump Day!

DRAGNET
Superterse police procedural starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan. The granddaddy of police procedurals. A classic.

NEW DRAGNET
Talky police procedural from 1989 starring…a bunch of nobodies; excruciating. Hulu’s episodes of wheelchair-bound detective Ironside move faster.

THURSDAY
I’m in the mood for sci-fi/supernatural

OUTER LIMITS
Big disappointment — not the good old 1960s Limits but the lousy ”new” 1995-2002 Limits.

FIREFLY
Joss Whedon‘s no-longer-underrated sci-fi swashbuckler. Amusing to see Summer Glau playing a shy-waif type, not the kick-ass-robot type she plays on Sarah Connor Chronicles.

FRIDAY
A crime-solving day for me

KOJAK
The 1973 premiere guest-starred a Mean Streets-era Harvey Keitel as a robber. Bonus: Telly Savalas didn’t suck on a single lollipop.

THE ROCKFORD FILES
You cannot go wrong with an episode of this tangiest of all private-eye series with the great James Garner. I recommend season 1’s ”The Four Pound Brick.”

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