If you're a fan of foreign television, you should be checking out Hulu, a site that, in 2012, became particularly dedicated to bringing shows to Americans that they might not otherwise have access to. This summer, they brought in the acclaimed British political satire series The Thick of It, as well as the kindhearted sitcom Rev (both of which I love). Now, they're extending their reach from just the UK to bring us some television we have even less chances of seeing: Australian TV.
This month, Hulu premiered the Australian series The Straits, a crime drama straight from down under. The series stars Emmy Award-winning Brian Cox (Deadwood, X2, The Bourne Supremacy) as the patriarch of the Montebello crime family, who decides to step down from the family business. His abdication "ignites a vicious battle between his power hungry sons," according to the press release. "While under attack from ambitious bikies and and mercurial Papua New Guinea Raskol gangs, the family must hold together through torture, assassination, and imprisonment."
The miniseries, which aired this spring in Australia, will run for ten episodes. The third episode of the series premieres today on Hulu. The entire season will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus on Saturday, February 16.
Will you check out The Straits? It's certainly an intriguing premise from a country that hasn't really managed to export its television to America with any great success. If The Straits proves successful for Hulu, it could mean we get more television from Down Under -- and that's okay with me.
Check out a couple of promotional photos from The Straits below: