February’s a short month, so it was no surprise when Hulu dropped a major release a few days early: Cult favorite one-season series Freaks and Geeks — created by Paul Feig, executive produced by Judd Apatow, and starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, and Busy Philipps, among others — headed to streaming on Monday, Janary 25.
Set at a Midwestern high school in 1980, it took years to get even a DVD release thanks to its pricey music rights (for songs by the Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, Joan Jett, the Who, Rush, Styx, and more) — so its new streaming home is great news for fans of the 18-episode, 100% Certified Fresh dramedy.
Other new TV highlights include a new two-episode documentary series on FX, Hip Hop Uncovered; the first installment of Into the Dark’s season 3, “Tentacles”; and an intriguing new episode of FX’s non-fiction New York Times Presents, “Framing Britney Spears,” a reexamination of the singer’s rise to fame, her career, and her controversial court-mandated conservatorship.
Two Oscar-friendly films will debut on Hulu this month: Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, and Lee Daniels’ Billie Holiday biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday, starring Andra Day. Some theatrical releases hitting Hulu include Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig; Possessor: Uncut from Brandon Cronenberg; and Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture Oscar-winner The Shape of Water.
Read on to find out what else is headed to the streaming service and what’s leaving in February, with a few highlights at the top.
Freaks and Geeks: Season 1 (1999)
Description: High school students cope with life at a Michigan high school in 1980. Stories focused on sophomore Lindsay (Linda Cardellini), who discards her straight-A image to hang with the burnout crowd and her freshman brother Sam (John Francis Daley), who’s tormented by bullies but gets moral support from his nerdy pals.
Critics Consensus: Freaks and Geeks lampoons real-life adolescence while affectionately embracing every growing pain along the way with refreshing honesty.
Premiere Date: January 25
Description: The meteoric rise and disturbing fall of Britney Spears has devolved into a Kafkaesque court battle that has reawakened her fandom and raised pressing questions about mental health and an individuals’ rights. A re- examination of her career and a new assessment of the movement rallying against her court-mandated conservatorship capture the unsavory dimensions of the American pop-star machine.
Premiere Date: February 5
Logan Lucky (2017)
Description: West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.
Critics Consensus: High-octane fun that’s smartly assembled without putting on airs, Logan Lucky marks a welcome end to Steven Soderbergh’s retirement — and proves he hasn’t lost his ability to entertain.
Premiere Date: February 17
Description: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
Critics Consensus: A poetic character study on the forgotten and downtrodden, Nomadland beautifully captures the restlessness left in the wake of the Great Recession.
Premiere Date: February 19
Description: Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad “Strange Fruit.”
Premiere Date: February 26
Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love: Complete Season 2 (Lifetime)
Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges: Complete Season 1 (History)
Kings of Pain: Complete Season 1 (History)
Married At First Sight: Complete Season 10 (Lifetime)
The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch: Complete Season 1 (History)
The UnXplained with William Shatner: Complete Season 2 (History)
Jane Austen’s Mafia! (1998)
The School That Tried to End Racism: Complete Season 1 (Banijay)
The New York Times Presents: “Framing Britney Spears”: New Episode (FX on Hulu)
Hip Hop Uncovered: Documentary Series Premiere (FX)
Dragnificent!: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)
House Hunters International: Complete Seasons 139 & 140 (Scripps)
House Hunters: Complete Seasons 160-162, 164 & 165 (Scripps)
Property Brothers: Complete Season 14 (Scripps)
Southern Gothic: Complete Season 1 (ID)
Bad Habits, Holy Orders: Complete Season 1 (Keshet)
Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Complete Season 19 (E!)
North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator: Complete Season 1 (National Geographic)
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019)
Spring Baking Championship: Complete Season 7 (Food Network)
American Dragons (1998)
Featured image photo credit: Claudette Barius / theatrical distributor: Fingerprint Releasing / © Amazon /Courtesy Everett Collection; Hulu; Searchlight Pictures