Having given up on cable some time back, most of my television entertainment comes from Netflix or Hulu+, streamed directly to my TV via my ROKU box. Numerous times I have offered up Top Five lists of content streaming on Netflix, but I've never done the same for Hulu+, so I thought I'd give it a go.
Here are the top 5 TV shows on my radar that are currently streaming on Hulu+, whose entire run is available, and that are not available on Netflix.
21 Jump Street: This teen-themed cop show is probably horribly dated today, but it was the cat's pajamas when it first aired on television. Richard Grieco and Johnny Depp were hipper than hip back in 1987. One of them still is. The other is Richard Grieco. If your only exposure to the franchise was the 2012 film of the same name, go back in time and see where it all started.
American Gothic: This soapy supernatural series takes place in Trinity, South Carolina and features an evil sheriff who uses his dark powers to control and influence all of the townsfolk. Think Picket Fences with a more evident horror movie vibe. Executive produced by Sam Raimi.
New Amsterdam: This show (like too many other good ones) got yanked from the air far too early. I watched all eight episodes of this series when they first aired, and the concept of an immortal homicide detective in New York had plenty of mythology that it never had an opportunity to explore. True, it wasn't the most original idea, but a Homicide Highlander could have evolved into something great.
The Shield: Vic. Freakin'. Mackey.
The Yard: Not a lot of people have heard about this short-run series which debuted in Canada, but it's somewhat brilliant and often hilarious. It's like a prison movie starring kids, with the school being prison, the playground being the yard, and the bullies being a rival gang to our heroes--a group of foul-mouthed, cunning and conniving little bastards. You simply have to give it a go.