We, as a society, have decided that cheating is not okay. If you’re in a relationship, you’re committed, damn it! But like many others, I find myself tempted to leave my beloved for a younger, hotter side fling.
Netflix has been a steady and loving figure in my life for years. My parents love Netflix. He is uncomplicated, easy to understand. He’s been there for me when I cried myself to sleep over job rejections and breakups. He encouraged me to order all the Seamless I wanted and never dared to question my weight. He genuinely liked me with hair tied, sweatpants chillin’ and no makeup on. That’s when we spent the most time together.
But there’s been signs that our relationship isn’t the smooth sailing it once was.
It’s like, have we been together so long that there’s nothing new?! How many times can I watch the third season of Friends before I crave something different?! Before, Netflix offered what seemed like an unlimited catalog of stories for me. Now, it’s just the same old, same old. It’s boring. Routine, even. How hard is it to get some new stories? And no, not those straight-to-DVD sequel stories, Netflix. UGH.
And Netflix is trying hard to compensate by acting like he knows me and offering me things based on what he thinks I like. And, like, it’s sweet and all, but did you ever even know me at all, Netflix? Why do you keep suggesting I watch Human Prey when I’ve never tried to watch a nature documentary? I get it, you think it’s good, but whatever. And I know you’re trying to impress me with all these “Movies with a Strong Female Lead.”
The problem is, I tried Hulu and I liked what I saw.
I really enjoyed our time together. SO MANY TV SHOWS THAT I LOVE. SO MANY. And! Current seasons too. My eyes grew wide with the possibility of all the fun Hulu has to offer me. And Hulu is always bringing me The Mindy Project. Hulu actually understands what my favorite TV comedy is. Hulu has a massive collection of hits that I genuinely like and haven’t already binge-watched. And they’re bringing top-notch original programming too, with shows like 11.22.63 and The Path. OH, AND THEY’RE OFFERING THE O.C., my favorite teen drama of all time. Hulu knows what I’m secretly looking for, what I don’t already have.
So is it time to throw in the towel and switch over to Hulu? There’s no denying Netflix has a lot of appeal, and there is new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt coming up, almost like a peace offering, a desperate plea to stay. But Hulu is simply giving me more of what I need.
Is it okay to love both? Only my wallet can decide.