Have you heard of Hulu's new gangster series 'The Straits'?

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: 



- The Straits
- Brian Cox

Written by: mcpherson
Dec 29th, 2012, 2:25 pm


Message Posted On Mar 13th, 2013, 1:07 pm
Do we know if they are making a second season or not yet? I am just finishing up watching the first season on Hulu, and while it isn't the greatest acting ever I still gave it a chance and it hooked me in. I would like to see it at least go for a second and third season - I think it has the potential to take off if they choose to get a little more creative with the story line and plot and a little less predictable. Over all, I am a fan and would recommend this show to other people with Hulu.

Message Posted On Jan 19th, 2013, 4:01 pm
This show is on Hulu in USA. I like it for the value it adds to Hulu. On Hulu you pick when you want to see it. Original programming beats a lot of waisted air play during my viewing time. Does it compete with American drama? Yes. I think that images of Aussie crime is bad for tourism, though. In a higher profile it would do bad for New Zealanders and Aussies here as Sopranos and MTV reality shows have done for other ethnic groups. Not as shocking as the Wire, but could go that route.

Message Posted On Jan 1st, 2013, 9:58 pm
just watched the full series - besides the ending, which was weak, i enjoyed the show - another Aussie series in a similar i enjoyed a lot was "Underbelly" - 5 or 6 seasons, some better than others, but overall worth watching

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Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 6:47 pm

Will check out this series.  I'm a fan of Mr. Cox' work.

Show is found on TPB (full season)

Southern Gent

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 4:34 am
I watched it when it first aired and for an Australian series it's not half bad but as noted by mike1616 by American standards it wouldn't really hold water. I found the show to have ALOT of potential with it's characters and general plot though the acting was far from oscar worthy and some of the storylines didn't seem fully thought out but I would like to see the series further developed

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Message Posted On Dec 29th, 2012, 4:02 pm

This is a good example of good Australian TV being discarded by the American Networks.

This show is over a year old and they still haven't made up there minds if there is going to be a 2nd season yet.

It may not be as exciting as an American drama show but it is beleavably real and not over the top with overly complicated plot lines just to keep the audiance interested.

Watch the first 3 shows and I think you will find your selves wanting to know how it continues.

Saying that, this show will not be for everyone, but those of you who like it, make a comment and show your support and hopefully there will be a second season.

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