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8 Escapist Shows To Watch On Hulu When ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Gets Too Real

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Hulu’s new television adaptation, The Handmaid’s Tale has been making headlines for a reason — it’s good. It is a powerful work of cinema portraying a dystopian, totalitarian theocracy (Gilead) where women are oppressed, forced to fulfill their respective roles of wife, handmaid, servant, or prostitute — or they will be exiled.

Margaret Atwood’s novel was published in 1985, but the show feels eerily relevant today, like a dark warning of what could be to come if we don’t fight authoritarianism and sexism in the world. The television adaptation has been called a “wake-up call for women,” “timely adaptation,” “chilling man’s world,” a “chilling Trump-era series,” and, simply put: “the scariest.”

Watch it. Watch it, contemplate on the uneasy state of the world and of women.

And then, give yourself a minute to indulge in mindless, stress-free escapism: Hulu has a few options that will allow you to forget what you’ve been reading in the news, pretend everything is relentlessly cheerful, and even fall asleep at night.

1. The O.C.

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Watch for: Seth and Summer’s adorable banter, the Spiderman reenactment kiss, Christmakkuh

Watch out for: THE SEASON 3 FINALE. THIS WILL NOT CHEER YOU UP.

2. Bob’s Burgers

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Watch for: Tina Belcher, who puts her bra on one boob at a time, just like anybody else

Watch out for: mild disappointments and let-downs

3. Parks & Recreation

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Watch for: Chris Traeger talking about his therapist, Dr. Richard Nygard, who he sees lit-rally every single day, Leslie and Ben’s “love you and I like you” vows

Watch out for: all of the scenes in which Leslie is running a campaign against Bobby Newport: the debate scene especially is unnerving

4. New Girl

Watch for: Schmidt, True American drinking game, wholesome best friendship between roommates

Watch out for: the episode where Jess and Cece campaign for Hillary (it is too painful)

5. Famous in Love

Watch for: first-world problems, glamorous parties, excessive love triangles

Watch out for: Paige’s roommate who is the worst friend in the whole entire world and deserves to be labelled as such

6. America’s Next Top Model

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Watch for: modeling challenges swinging from vines in rainforests dressed as various types of birds (probably)

Watch out for: racist photoshoots, body-shaming

7. Say Yes to the Dress

Watch for: stunning gowns, atrocious gowns, believing in happily-ever-after

Watch out for: truly terrible family members who do not support the bride, crimes against fashion

8. Dawson’s Creek

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Watch for: schoolgirl crushes, melodramatic plot twists, parents with dark secrets, PROM

Watch out for: some genuine heart-wrenching moments

Buy some sour straws and settle in. It’s a harsh world.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
Writer. Boxed mac & cheese aficionado. I tried to start a girl-band when I was 12.