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Best of hoopla: Television
In my new obsession with streaming television shows I’ve discovered that Hoopla helps to fulfill that obsessive need! And I’m not talking about that fleeting kind of obsession that normally happens to me when I’m shopping at Target and I come across an item that I saw on late night TV and had to have, I mean who doesn’t want a “Flippin’ Fantastic” that makes 7 perfectly shaped pancakes at once?!? But I digress, have you ever started watching a funny youtube clip and next thing you know it’s 12 hours later and you’re late for work and the cat hasn’t been fed, that’s what can happen to you with television shows on Hoopla. You can stream or download 6 shows a month and you have 72 hours to watch them.
The Television categories on Hoopla range from Health & Fitness, Documentaries, Mini-Series, PBS Kids and Reality TV. In addition to streaming Hoopla television shows to your devices, you can also download them, so far only on mobile devices. And if you have a Roku player, you can stream television shows through the Hoopla app (my main choice for watching TV shows from Hoopla). So far the Roku Hoopla app can only stream shows, you cannot search or check out any movies yet, but once that capability is available, your Roku Hoopla app will be updated. Well, enough about that...let’s get on with my choices for the best that hoopla: Television can offer!
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite animated shows. Hoopla only has the first season, but it’s a wonderful introduction to the world of the Aang the Avatar. Great animation and an even better story, it’s one of the best animated shows created. If one season of Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t enough, you might also want to check out The Legend of Korra. Created by the same people, in the same world, same great animation and storytelling.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to speak Spanish? What about building a better vocabulary? If so than The Great Courses are for you. The Great Courses allows you to experience the classroom without having to be in a classroom. One that is timely is “How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises” includes 24 engaging and information-rich lessons that teaches you Python, one of the most accessible and powerful computer languages.
Unforgivable Blackness is a documentary about African American boxer Jack Johnson, who lived life out loud, wearing fancy clothes, driving fast cars and flaunting the conventions of the times by dating and marrying white women. Told in two parts, this Ken Burns documentary follows the rise and fall of Jack Johnson, who in 1908 became the first African American to become Heavy Weight Champion of the world.
When a new year rolls around, resolutions are made and one of the most popular resolutions is to exercise more. Well, hoopla has you covered with intense workouts from Jillian Michaels and Yoga from Rodney Yee. I found Beginning Yoga with Chrissy Carter a great way to start my yoga journey.
A few years ago, I started watching the show Humans on AMC and really enjoyed it. I loved the questions that it brought up: What makes us human? Can a synthetic creation ever think and feel the way we do? And if so, what do we do about it? Well, Season 3 starts this year on AMC and hoopla has seasons 1 & 2 available for you to catch up before the 3rd season starts.
I’m a big fan of fractured fairy tales and before Once Upon a Time and Grimm graced the small screen, there was the mini-series The 10th Kingdom. Everything about this mini-series is great! It’s funny, it has a great story, it has great actors and it looks great. This was released back in 2000, so it’s 17 years old, but it holds up really well.