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Hulu is about to dominate animated comedy.
Hulu is about to be an animated comedy powerhouse.
The streaming giant announced this week that it will soon be the exclusive home to all past seasons of Futurama, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. The deal inked with 20th Century Fox will bring each show’s full library to the streaming platform, meaning your mindless summer viewing queue just got a huge shipment of new options.
As of today, all episodes of The Cleveland Show and Bob’s Burgers are available on Hulu. Futurama and American Dad will be added “in the coming weeks.”
Introducing these huge properties strengthens Hulu’s already-impressive animation portfolio. The streaming service has exclusive contracts with Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Disney XD, and Fox—so adding entire runs of four fan-favorite shows is a strategic move. And it certainly places Hulu in a good position to attract subscribers who may be frustrated with other services.
Fans were upset in June when Futurama was quietly removed from Netflix, but now it seems like we know why. And with Hulu subscriptions at $7.99/month, the price point is comparable to Netflix‘s $8 membership fee—so if anyone out there was a Netflix user solely for their animated comedy library, it’s a pretty easy switch to make.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.