Top 5 New Shows to Watch in 2017

As the New Year kicks off into full swing so do many new TV shows. Sorting through all of the different shows can sometimes be difficult and time consuming. With 2016 coming to a close we look forward to all of the new exciting programming that awaits us in the Year of the Rooster.

  1. Iron Fist – Netflix – Marvel’s The Defenders just added another character to the mix. Iron Fist enters the arena of Hell’s Kitchen to take on the Rand Corporation. Iron Fist is a warrior trained in the martial arts with the power to focus his chi energy to enhance his physical abilities to superhuman levels. We expect this to be just as good as Daredevil and Luke Cage.
  2. Young Pope – HBO – Jude Law stars as Lenny Belarado an extremely conservative American cardinal who becomes the first and youngest American Pope in history. This young Pope will find himself at odds with a liberal College of Cardinals and is sure to excite.
  3. Training Day – CBS -Taking place 15 years after the Denzel Washington film, this TV show sequel features an idealistic young cop who must go undercover in an elite LAPD squad where he pairs with a morally ambiguous detective. The pair must track down and hunt the city’s most dangerous criminals. This crime thriller is sure to be an instant hit.
  4. Taken – NBC – Another film to TV rendition, Taken is a prequel to the Taken films. This action thriller is sure to be a hit with viewers as it tracks the career of the young character Bryan Mills as a deadly CIA operative.
  5. The Deuce – HBO – The show is set in 1970s New York when prostitution and crime ran rampant. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce follows the story of legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry and the HIV and cocaine epidemics.

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Deciding between Netflix and Hulu

Because of the leaps and bounds made by technology over the couple of decades, all our favorite movies and television shows are now just a click away. Anyone with a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection can subscribe to a streaming video service. While there are a lot of streaming services, some may be better for you than others. Right now we’ll be comparing two of the most popular streaming services today: Netflix and Hulu.


Hulu has a smaller collection of movies and television series compared to Netflix. Though the libraries of both services are growing, Hulu only has about 1,650 shows and 2,500 movies, while Netflix has a library of about 100,000 movies and shows. In terms of sheer volume, Netflix definitely trumps Hulu by a lot.


Original Series

Producing quality series is no longer limited to big studios and outfits. Though Hulu and Netflix started out as streaming services that show series and movies produced by different studios, they have been able to produce their own work over the years. Hulu has produced 19 original series, with a whole lot more in production or about to premier. Netflix, meanwhile, has produced more popular shows like House of Cards, Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black, Narcos, Marco Polo, Stranger Things, and the continuation of Arrested Development. Netflix has also explored more genres and formats than Hulu.


Hulu used to draw flack for the presence of ads and commercials even for premium subscribers. However, it recently added an ad-free tier for the price of $11.99 a month. Hulu’s basic service is free, though not all shows and movies are available. Netflix’s basic service, however, already fetches $8 a month.


Video Quality

It might be better to view Hulu’s selections through a smaller screen. Hulu only offers 288p, 360p, 480p, and 720p (for some selections) resolution. Netflix, meanwhile, has different video qualities per tier. Tier 1 has DVD quality, Tier 2 is a little better, Tier 3 offers 720p, while Tier 4 recently offered 1080p HD.

Presence of Ads

As stated above, Hulu only recently introduced an ad-free subscription. Otherwise, Hulu hosts banner advertisements and you’ll also have to deal with frequent disruptions in your streaming. It’s much like watching television, unless you fork over $11.99 monthly for ad-free service. Netflix, meanwhile, does not play or host advertisements across all available tiers.