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.
I start out seeking capital-Q Quality
Only the finest superhero live-action parody ever. Viva Batmanuel (Nestor Carbonell) and Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey)!
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.
From the wacky to the plodding — yes, it’s Hump Day!
Superterse police procedural starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan. The granddaddy of police procedurals. A classic.
Talky police procedural from 1989 starring…a bunch of nobodies; excruciating. Hulu’s episodes of wheelchair-bound detective Ironside move faster.
I’m in the mood for sci-fi/supernatural
Big disappointment — not the good old 1960s Limits but the lousy ”new” 1995-2002 Limits.
A crime-solving day for me
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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