What To Stream On Hulu: ‘Hardy Boys,’ ‘Animaniacs’

Feb 12, 2021, 8:14 AM | Updated: 9:04 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – With all the different streaming services available, and with so many program choices on each service, it’s getting harder and harder to know what to watch and where and how to find it.

KSL NewsRadio’s Andy Farnsworth, who hosts the Fan Effect Podcast and covers movies and pop culture for KSL Today, has some streaming recommendations for you and your family so you can spend less time searching and more time watching.

Here are a couple of series that are worth a look on Hulu.

The Hardy Boys

Andy’s first recommendation is “The Hardy Boys,” a series based on the classic young adult mystery books.

“This is not the cheesy version from the 1970s, either,” he says.

“The Hardy Boys” is a new, Hulu original that was released in December 2020. It’s set in the late 80s or early 90s and features brothers Frank and Joe Hardy investigating a more-mysterious-than-it-appears death of a close family member.

“I was pleased to see that the show is more of an ensemble than just focusing on the two main characters, which I think will help it appeal to a broader audience,” Andy says.

Each of the 13 “Hardy Boys” episodes is about 45 minutes long. If you aren’t familiar with the Hardy Boys already, don’t worry. Those who read them as a kid will notice some familiar names, but the story is entirely original.

The content is mostly family-friendly and has a TV-PG rating, but there are some suspenseful and tense moments as well as some violence. Andy recommends this one for ages 8 or 9 and older.


Another Hulu original Andy recommends is the rebooted “Animaniacs” cartoon.

It brings back the silliness of the old 1990s cartoon series (which, conveniently enough, is also available on Hulu). The reboot now touches on current topics and has more up-to-date jokes.

It also features the original voices of the “Warner brothers” Yakko and Wakko and the “Warner Sister” Dot, all three of whom, it’s worth noting, are coming to FanX in Salt Lake City this fall.

Some of the side characters also return, like Pinky and the Brain. But not all of the side characters do – sorry Goodfeathers and Slappy Squirrel fans!

“I have laughed out loud at this new version lots of times, and all of my kids from age 7 – 16 absolutely love the show,” Andy says. “It’s even gotten them to start watching the original series, too.”

As for Hulu’s service itself, the app works on all smart TVs, streaming devices and computers.

The basic service costs you $5.99 a month, but you’ll have to watch the occasional commercial. There’s also an ad-free version for $11.99 a month.

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What To Stream On Hulu: ‘Hardy Boys,’ ‘Animaniacs’