Monday, July 21, 2014

Hulu, You Might Be My New Best Friend

Tomorrow is going to be my first date with Hulu. I plan to watch The Secret Life of Us.

I'm trying to decide if I should binge watch or alternate between a bunch of shows. In the past, I've done the latter. I alternated between Love My Way, Dance Academy, All Saints, Home and Away, Offspring, Sea Change...and maybe others.

Now I just watch Neighbours and Home and Away, plus occasionally Offspring.

I think I prefer binge-watching. It's a more intense experience.

The only problem is it's hard to stick to one show when there's so many I want to watch.

What I'll probably do is binge-watch, but not a whole series. Maybe I'll just do a season at a time.

I'm going to continue watching an episode of Neighbours and Home and Away every day; then I'll do an hour or so of Hulu.

I should be fairly healthy because I exercise while watching my Aussie shows. So I should be getting about 80-90 minutes of moderately intense cardio. That all prevents me from feeling like a total couch potato.

Anyway...right now I'm exploring Hulu and looking at all the Aussie shows. They have a bunch of ABC stuff.

From the Heart looks like something I might like. It's a documentary type thing. Though I tend to prefer fiction. I'm not a huge documentary fan. I like them in theory, but I sometimes get bored. Or depressed. I mean...if it's a depressing documentary. I did like Rachel Perkin's The First Australians. That didn't bore me at all.

They have five week old episode of Neighbours. It would be surreal to watch 1980's episodes while also watching episodes from 2014. I'm not sure I'll do that.

Now I'm looking at a company called Endemol on Hulu. They have a lot of Aussie shows.  Lord Wiki says, though, that their not Australian. It's a Dutch company that works with TV production and distribution.

Some of the Aussie shows they have on Hulu: Offspring, City Homicide, Bananas in Pyjamas, McLeod's Daughters, All Saints, Packed to the Rafters, Tangle, The Secret Life of us.

Oh! And they have two Aussie miniseries that I would love to see—Paper Giants and Howzat.  Both of them feature stars from Offspring.

Hulu has CloudStreet, which I'd love to watch.

I'm not really interested in Sea Patrol, but maybe I'll try an episode or two.

I decided to seek Google's help in finding TV shows to look for. I found this article.  I'll see what interests me, and then see if they have it on Hulu.

So far, I'm not having much luck. I'm seeing shows I'm sort of interested in seeing, but Hulu doesn't have them.

Of course I'm not complaining. Hulu already has enough to keep me busy for a year or so.

Well, here's something that might be fun. A Moody Christmas. Is that the guy from Offspring?

Ah! Yes.  It is.  Patrick Brammall. I like him on Offspring.

The other show I want to watch is House Husbands.

What I think I'll do is watch the first season of The Secret Life Of Us; then use Random.org to pick my next show.


4 comments:

Jason Ward said...

I loved the secret Life of Us when that was screened on TV here in Australia. It was on when me and my partner lived in an apartment in St Kilda East in inner city Melbourne which is only a 5 minute drive from St Kilda where the show was set and filmed.

The TV series really captures the vibe and life of those of us that lived in this area of Melbourne back in the early 2000's.

Dina said...

Jason,

I hope I love it too!

When we were in Melbourne last year, we stayed in St. Kilda...on Acland Road. I really loved that area.

It will be nice to get a perspective of people living there, rather than being tourists like us.

Who were your favorite characters on the show?

Jason Ward said...

I loved most of the characters in the show but I would say my favourite would have been Alex who was played by Claudia Karvan.

I think you will love the show. It represents a really good snapshot of the life of 20 and 30 somethings living in inner city Melbourne in the early 2000's.

Dina said...

Jason,

Thanks!

I'm liking it so far. The love will probably come eventually.

Did/Do you watch any of those other shows...Love My Way? Offspring?