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    The Hulu No-Commercials Plan Is Absolutely Worth It And Here's Why

    An extra six bucks a month for your streaming dreams come true? Yes, pls.

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    Considering it's 2020 and we are currently spending lots of time inside in need of things to watch, I'm sure you're familiar with a little streaming service called Hulu. Some (me) have even argued it's better than a site that rhymes with Schmetflix.


    Honestly, I go through phases with whether I watch Netflix or Hulu more, depending on what I'm bingeing. Hulu has some movies but is mostly the dream destination for TV, including shows that are still in season that have new episodes available the day after they air. Plus some original shows you may have heard of like The Handmaid's Tale and Little Fires Everywhere.

    But IMHO, Hulu can only rival Netflix if you opt for the no-commercials plan so you can enjoy the same uninterrupted binge-watching bliss. Both basic plans are pretty affordable — you can get a subscription with commercials for $5.99/month or without commercials for $11.99/month. Oh, and in case you're watching a heck of a lot more TV right now, you can try either plan for one month *free*.


    Even the standard plan has fewer commercials than watching live TV, but still enough to detract from the emotional gravitas of a This Is Us episode and interrupt the ~flow~ of a good-old-fashioned binge-watch.

    There are a few popular shows that say they're "excluded" from the no-commercials plan, but that really means just a short clip at the beginning and the end of the show, so the actual episode is uninterrupted. For me, it's usually just a short "Watch How To Get Away With Murder on ABC!" clip that doesn't even feel like an ad before I see what mess Annalise and co. are in now.

    After all, binge-watching is a lot less fun (and more time-consuming) when you gotta sit through ads. With my beloved no-ad plan, I've binged some of my all-time favorite series all the way through — without relying on them being on Netflix, waiting for the latest season to finish, or paying for them on Amazon or Apple TV.

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    For example, must-watch shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore, and Love Island* (oh yeah, Hulu's selection of reality TV is AWESOME — from Say Yes To The Dress to KUWTK).

    *Okay fine, I've only watched season three of Love Island, but does any season without Camilla Thurlow matter???

    Another reason I adore Hulu is its amazing selection of anime, and many series are available in both subbed *and* dubbed versions. Guess I didn't need that Crunchyroll Premium membership for commercial-free anime goodness. TBH, most anime are so freaking long already, you don't want to have to deal with commercials AND filler arcs.


    Side note: I love filler arcs.

    The GIF above expresses my joy at being able to watch Cowboy Bebop uninterrupted, start to finish.

    Even though Hulu is mainly known for TV, it has a solid offering of movies, too! And I think we can all agree movies are especially annoying to watch with commercials.

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    Some OMG-I-CAN'T-BELIEVE-THEY-HAVE-IT picks? Crazy, Stupid, Love and Parasite.

    I have a slightly old lady taste in TV shows and actually keep up with a lot of (*gasp*) network TV. I have a DVR for when I want to watch things the day they're on, but when I don't get to a show until the next day, I often cheat on my DVR with Hulu in the ultimate move of laziness. Now there aren't even any commercials to fast-forward!


    It's also NBD if my DVR misses a must-see episode or cuts off the last couple minutes — for most of my fave shows, it'll be on Hulu the next morning!

    Even if you're already a Hulu subscriber, you can upgrade your plan by going to your account settings page! Trust me, the extra six bucks a month is worth it for a treat that every TV lover deserves.


    In conclusion:

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    One more time — get a subscription with commercials for $5.99/month or a no-ad subscription for $11.99/month.

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