Run out of shows, movies, mini-series, and documentaries on your other streaming services? Maybe you haven’t quite delved into what Hulu has to offer yet … I mean, we’ve got at least another three weeks left on lockdown, right?
If you haven’t tried Hulu, now is the time to get your free one-week trial! Stream as much as you want in those seven days to get a flavor for their wide-selection before opting all-in on one of their super reasonable plans or opting out.
What should you dig into for those seven days?
How about a slew of stellar, beautifully crafted, inspiring, educational, and motivating documentaries, mini-series, and shows? From culturally reflective gems to fitness videos to medically fascinating series, Hulu has a slew of options that are new streaming or classics to be watched again!
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Shows to Stream Now and Later
Looking for something a bit on the fresher side of things? Maybe a mini-series that has just hit the streaming service in the last year or you’re making a list of newer documentaries that are slated to hit Hulu within the next few months? Here are a few to get you going right now, as well as bulk up that hot topic list you’re curating for the long-haul-lockdown ahead of us.
1. Greta (2020)
If you don’t know the name Greta Thunberg, it’s time to get your nose out of Facebook and into the global crisis of climate change. This seventeen-year-old activist has taken the world by storm with her passion, tenacity, intelligence, and unrelenting drive to fight climate change — from the dirt and soil of the Earth all the way to the hotly political arena of United Nations Climate Change Conferences — which has landed her with a nomination for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Get inspired to make a change and join climate change activism all from the comfort of your couch!
2. Free Solo (2018)
Released in 2018, yet fresh to the Hulu audience, this beautifully shot, oscar-winning documentary film has now hit Hulu for all of us quarantined folks to binge! Free Solo takes the viewer on an epic outdoor adventure following climber “Alex Honnold as he attempts to be the first ever person to scale 3,200 foot El Capitan inside Yosemite National Park — without a rope,” also called free soloing. While it’s visually stimulating, the directors, Chin and Vasarhelyi make sure to delve into Honnold’s mind to discover his psychological drive and physical preparedness. A great watch for climbers, outdoor enthusiasts, or pretty much anyone looking to escape their living room for an evening!
3. Apollo 11 (2019)
For those who are truly looking to escape planet Earth right now, this documentary will take you into outer space and back in time. Apollo 11 is truly unique in that its been created from “newly-discovered … 70mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our moon landing. Along with a slew of realtime footage, director Todd Douglas Miller uses current interviews and exemplary narration to make this documentary truly come alive and inspire.
Classics to Check Out
The fact that these documentaries and shows are a few years past their release date hasn’t expired the content in relevancy, interest, or intrigue! This is especially true for all of us locked down in quarantine over the next month or two, looking for inspiration, knowledge, and entertainment all wrapped into one easy to digest documentary. Some of these docs and shows are eerily foretelling of a future some of us have already seen come to light, while others show the beginning of some of our favorite front facing personalities!
4. Jane (2017)
We all know the name Jane Goodall, but how much do we really know about her personal story?
This documentary by director Brett Morgan takes a deep dive into this icon, specifically looking through a personal scope at her “early years working in Tanzania, as well as a look at her relationship with husband and cameraman, Hugo van Lawick.” While there are countless Goodall docs to choose from, Morgan offers a human-interest side in Jane that many of the other selections are lacking.
5. Far From the Tree (2017)
Looking for that touching story to make you feel connected again? Far From The Tree is an incredibly unique documentary that “provides an intimate look at families in which society has deemed a member to be different or not normal.” This documentary is a great watch to delve into the mental health of the family structure and is a great “reminder that the things people are often defined by are the characteristics that are least exemplary of their true nature.”
6. Get Sweaty (2016)
This one-season celebrity-riddled, sweat-inducing fitness show invigorated Hulu audiences in 2016 and is still keeping us going today! Hosted by Emily Oberg — the previous Editorial Producer for Style at Complex — an influencer who is known for encouraging her followers “to make healthier choices, exercise, and, most importantly, have fun.” In the Hulu-streaming season of Get Sweaty, Oberg trains a variety of celebrities from “boxing with Nick Jonas to hanging with the self-acclaimed, ‘King of the Elliptical,’ DJ Khaled.” A fun way to get energized to workout at home!
7. Risky Drinking (2016)
Talk about relevant? This documentary released in 2016 still rings true today as nearly “70 [percent] of American adults drink alcohol and nearly [one third] of them engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives.” Risky Drinking breaks down a case-study that observes the “risks of alcohol use and the ways in which the medical community is viewing and treating ‘risky drinkers’ today.” Yet this film takes a deeper medical and cultural dive offering a “new perspective on alcohol use and misuse as it falls along a broad spectrum of risk and includes life-saving information about how to help people dial back or stop their drinking.” Want a lively video chat debate with your friends or family? Try streaming this one together!
8. The Weight of a Nation (2012)
A unique health and wellness documentary to stream right now on Hulu, yet produced by HBO in May 2012. The Weight of a Nation is a four-part documentary — you heard that right, this can last you at least four days in quarantine — addresses the “growing obesity epidemic in the United States” including an in-depth look at its “causes, symptoms, treatments, solutions, and more.” Plus, you’ll get some of that incredibly fascinating science-based info from scientific commentators including “Francis Collins, Samuel Klein, Rudolph Leibel, and Robert Lustig.”
9. Food Choices (2016)
Maybe this isn’t exactly what you want to be thinking about while locked away in quarantine, only a few steps away from your fridge on a regular basis, but that might mean that this documentary is more relevant than ever!
Released in 2016, Food Choices “explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species.” Michal Siewierski, the documentary’s director, relies on the knowledge and perspective of multiple world-renowned experts such as “Dr. T Colin Campbell, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Rich Roll, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Capitan Paul Watson, Dr. Toni Bark, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Michael Greger, and Gloria Athanis,” in order to unravel many of the misconceptions our society has about the food we eat and the diets we follow.
An inspirational and educational documentary to help you learn more about the food you eat!
10. Food, Inc. (2009)
If you’re looking for the inspiration to go unprocessed and plant-based, then this is the film for you! Food, Inc. — released in 2009, yet still chillingly relevant — “reveals surprising – and often shocking – truths about what we eat, how it’s produced, and who we have become as a nation.” While relying on true and grotesque facts about our food industry, this film also educates watchers about movements that you can take part in to reduce meat consumption in America, such as Meatless Monday.
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