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Family ‘Movie’ Night for the Time Crunched

It sounds silly, but one of my favorite ways to spend time with my husband is watching TV. I know, I know. Some will argue that sitting on the couch and staring at the screen does not count as ‘spending time together’ at all. But I’d argue otherwise. Truly, the time we spend next to each other on the couch is so sweet. We hold hands, laugh at the funny bits, chin-tremble at the sad parts. It’s a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day.

We used to be really big into Family Movie Night, saving movie after movie in our DVR and staying up until the wee hours of the morning when the credits rolled. But now that we have a little one, we don’t have the time (or energy) for that. We’ve been using our Xbox 360 to watch (and rewatch) our favorite television shows on Hulu Plus, thus getting our Family ‘Movie’ Night fix in 22 or 44 minutes. Hey – it may not be an entire movie, but sometimes, all you really need is one great episode of an awesome show.

The other advantage to watching shows on Hulu Plus is that we can catch up on the episodes we may have missed the first time around. You know how one person gets really into a TV show, but the other has missed a few pivotal episodes? Hulu Plus completely eradicates this issue, as it allows you to go back in time and rewatch the entire series. So for once, my husband and I are entirely on the same page with our favorite series!

Here’s a slideshow of our favorite shows to watch on the Xbox 360 and Hulu Plus. Are you a fan of any of these series?


  • Lost 1 of 7
    Lost
    This series follows a group of plane crash survivors as they try to navigate life on a mysterious island in the middle of the Pacific. Where are those noises coming from? Why is there a polar bear on the beach? And what's the deal with those lottery numbers? Although I really think Lost began to 'jump the shark' in the last two seasons, it's worth sticking it out until the end, when you finally figure out what exactly everything means... I think. They did kind of explain it, right?

    Lost on Hulu

  • The Office 2 of 7
    The Office
    The Office, based on a British series by the same name, is probably my favorite comedy show on television. I recently began to watch the first few seasons again and - man - it's even better the second time around. The scenarios are ridiculous but the emotions are heartfelt.

    The Office on Hulu

  • Grey’s Anatomy 3 of 7
    Grey's Anatomy
    This long-running drama follows a team of interns as they wade through life both in and out of the ER. It seems like every season there is a massive, traumatic, life-altering PLANE CRASH! FERRY SINKING! MADMEN SHOOTER! DEATH! but... you know... it's still great drama.

    Grey's Anatomy on Hulu
  • Glee 4 of 7
    Glee
    As mentioned, I'm just getting into this comedy/musical about a group of high schoolers and their ever-optimistic teacher who works hard to transform the Glee club into something worthy of the Nationals competition. I just like the music!

    Glee on Hulu

  • The Mindy Project 5 of 7
    The Mindy Project
    Another new show! I started watching The Mindy Project because the star, Mindy Kaling, is also on The Office. This comedy follows an OB/GYN as she tries to figure out work and life.

    The Mindy Project on Hulu

  • Gossip Girl 6 of 7
    Gossip Girl
    Confession: While I like Gossip Girl, it's my husband who REALLY loves it. Gossip Girl is his ultimate guilty pleasure. It's more soap opera than drama, but the clothes are fabulous, the scandals ridiculous, and the plot lines legendary.

    Gossip Girl on Hulu

  • Up All Night 7 of 7
    Up All Night
    We started watching Up All Night because we were pregnant - it's follows a funny, loving couple as they try to navigate parenthood, personal life, and work. It's the lightest, cheeriest half-hour on television. I think it's one of the most underrated comedies on TV - it's too funny.

    Up All Night on Hulu

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