10 Hulu Picks For The Culture

Here’s some tea for you: Netflix's library has apparently been shrinking. According to Flixable’s “Netflix Museum,” the streaming platform has nearly 2,000 fewer titles today than it did in 2010. And this is largely in part due to their investment in creating and distributing their own original content. By forgoing continuing partnerships with broadcast networks and movie studios in order to prioritize their in-house shows and movies, Netflix has still managed to grow its membership while decreasing the amount of content available. This is great for Netflix, but not so great for fans of Black films and other programming. There are a bunch of classic Black titles missing from streaming platforms across the board, but it is an area where Hulu has a bit of a leg up.
Netflix’s green competitor, who celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year, hasn’t lost interest in securing distribution rights from studios and networks. The result is a much more captivating selection of series and movies by and for Black folks. Whether you want to binge watch a ‘90s sitcom or catch a relevant documentary, Hulu is doing it for the culture. Check out these 10 titles and chill.
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Living Single
If you like Friends, you’ll love Living Single. It’s the show that Friends ripped off and whitewashed, just saying. Anyway, Hulu did us all a solid when they added all six seasons of the ‘90s comedy to their site.
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A Different World
Another Black classic, this one predating Living Single, A Different World was the college spinoff of The Cosby Show that focused on eldest daughter Denise (Lisa Bonet). It was to The Cosby Show what grown-ish is to black-ish.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
This documentary about the late, iconic artist centers on an interview between Basquiat and Tamra Davis over 20 years ago. It tells the story of his rise to fame and untimely death in 1988.
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Currently in its fourth season, black-ish hasn’t collected enough dust to be considered a classic yet. But anyone who has seen the show knows just how special it is and how much it will mean to Black television and culture for long after its final episode airs.
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It may have crossed your mind that you wanted a documentary about Serena Williams. But I don’t know who dreamed big enough to bring us a documentary about Serena Williams, narrated by Serena Williams. You can get a deeper look into the life of one of the world’s greatest athletes in Serena on Hulu.
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Yes, you can stream the film that won Viola Davis a Best Supporting Actress Oscar win in 2017 on Hulu. Adapted from August Wilson’s screenplay of the same name, Denzel Washington, directed, produced, and starred in Fences. It tells the story of Troy Maxson, a waste collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, and his family. It is an ode to how Black history was made and felt not just by heroes and exceptional leaders, but by everyday men and women, too.
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You liked Rocky. You still like Michael B. Jordan. You love Creed. Jordan plays the son of a boxing legend looking to establish himself as an equally capable fighter in this highly charged drama.
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Fans of the WGN period drama about a group of runaway slaves/abolitionists were more than disgruntled when it was announced that it would be canceled after only two seasons. Luckily, you can watch the show in its entirety on Hulu while stars like John Legend (who executive produced the show) fight for it to find a new home.
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If you prefer to binge all of Donald Glover’s surrealist comedy about a rapper and his cousin/manager at once (and I don’t blame you for this strategy), Hulu has got you covered. All of season 1 is available on the platform, and season 2 will be available following its conclusion.
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Queen Sugar
Honestly, this Ava DuVernay-directed, Oprah-produced series is one of the most underrated shows on television right now. It includes stunning visuals, a gripping story, and beautiful portrayals of Black family and culture. If you don’t have access to OWN, watch the entire first season on Hulu now.