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Having Hulu has been one of the best investments that I have ever made. Paying the extra couple of dollars to keep it commercial free is even better because it is like network television cable and I am a fan of that. But the one thing that I started to notice, as I would search shows was that my youth started to flash before me via the shows that would come up. That was when I quickly realized that Hulu is now in charge of my youth, of Generation X/Y’s entire television history – and they are making a fortune off of it and it will not be ending anytime soon. Binge watching is huge and now, we can go back in time and see things through a different lens, leading many to wonder why we were such fans of the shows that I have found in the first place.

For example, we have “The Baby-Sitters Club,” the long-forgotten television show that aired on the Disney Channel. It was based on the Ann M. Martin smash-hit books and was turned into a movie in the mid-90’s. It would be easy for one to think that they could never see the original television show, so you just put it in the back of your head, but guess what? The entire series is available on Hulu. Granted, it is only like twelve of thirteen episodes, however watching it transports you back to a time where friendship bracelets were in, side ponytails were all the rage, and being 11 made you a qualified babysitter. I think that every person who watched the show or read the books wanted to be a part of the club and maybe even tried to start their own. Re-watching the series, I saw that it was still fun and cute BUT the telephone numbers bugged me. 555-KLM? Is that a radio station or a hotline? Nevertheless, if you want to take a binge down memory lane, Hulu has it there for you.

Oh “Doug.” Love the show – Patty Mayonnaise, the blue dog, but I never understood why all of Doug’s friends looked like they played paintball and never washed off after. Maybe it was a play on acceptance and learning to love one another despite their color. It still holds up but I wish, much like on “Rugrats,” which you can stream as well, that the characters would have more than one outfit. Did they own washing machines? That leads into “Daria,” the hit animated series from MTV, also a spin-off of “Beavis and ****-Head.” Those characters always wore the same clothes (made sense for Beavis and ****-Head) but for Daria, Jane, Quinn, and Co., I never got it, but the jokes still crack me up. Now that I have long graduated high school, I can see so many different classmates and I think, “Wow, this show was on point and I want to know where they are now.” Yeah, I want to know where cartoon characters are now, so what?

Finally, there is Melissa Joan Hart, former star of “Melissa and Joey.” She is dominating Hulu with her two hit series, “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Sabrina The Teenage Witch.” Let’s be real; so many of us wanted to be Clarissa and we wanted an alligator named Elvis and a best friend like Sam who could climb up the ladder and end up in Clarissa’s room. That’s Dawson and Joey before Dawson and Joey. Clarissa’s outfits were always awesome and super colorful and then she became Sabrina and had magical powers and then I really wanted to be her. All seven seasons of “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” can be binged on Hulu and this is just the beginning. There are so many more shows that owned my youth and now, I can watch them anytime and in this age, more shows will come out and a new generation will be #huluowned.

Mandi Nowitz

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