As 2012 comes to a close, Hulu has released their top 10 lists for the best TV dramas and TV comedies of the year. But if you’re interested in watching many of the shows on Hulu’s lists you may have to go elsewhere to get your fix. Only three of the streaming site’s picks for the best dramas of 2012 and eight of their picks for the best comedies are actually available on Hulu.
With so many streaming services out there, from Hulu to Netflix, Amazon Prime and iTunes, and on demand services from HBO, Showtime, AMC and others—all offering different content—tracking down your favorite shows can be tough.
Hulu’s top ten lists reveal the growing problem with discovering and watching popular television content on the web. If you’re lucky enough to have all the TV content you’d like to watch available in your area, you still have to pay to subscribe to virtually all of the streaming services if you want to have access to all of it. And even then, you still may find yourself having to wait until days or even weeks after the content airs on TV for it to become available on the Web.
All that aside, Hulu could have stuck to shows that they have the rights to stream when putting together their lists, but they opted for rounding up a true best of the best of 2012 TV. Check out their picks for best dramas and comedies below and feel free to share your personal picks in the comments. And here’s hoping that in 2013 someone comes up with a solution to make it easier for us to stream all the television content we want on the web!
1. Homeland – Not available on Hulu
2. Breaking Bad – Not available on Hulu
3. Downton Abbey – Available on Hulu
4. Mad Men – Not available on Hulu
5. Game of Thrones – Not available on Hulu
6. Boardwalk Empire – Not available on Hulu
7. The Walking Dead – Not available on Hulu
8. Sons of Anarchy – Not available on Hulu
9. Revenge – Available on Hulu
10. Parenthood – Available on Hulu
1. Parks and Recreation – Available on Hulu
2. Louie – Not available on Hulu
3. New Girl – Available on Hulu
4. Girls – Not available on Hulu
5. Community – Available on Hulu
6. Happy Endings – Available on Hulu (but only for 35 days after episodes air)
7. 30 Rock – Available on Hulu (last 5 episodes only)
8. Modern Family – Available on Hulu
9. Spy – Available on Hulu (Hulu exclusive)
10. Bob’s Burgers – Available on Hulu
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