Why the Hell Does Hulu Show Spoiler Commercials for the TV Show You're Watching?

By Casey Chan on at

Hulu, for all its good intentions and fairly solid stream quality, kind of sucks. It doesn't have enough TV shows, it doesn't have enough episodes, you still have to watch commercials even when you pay for Hulu Plus but worst of all, sometimes those commercials you're forced to sit through are about future episodes of the freaking TV show you're watching. Basically, if you watch Hulu, it's like being chained down to a chair for Spoiler Russian Roulette.

It's terrible.

Yesterday, I was watching an old episode of a TV show that shall remain nameless for fear of embarrassment (it's a lovely half-hour comedy that stars a quirky actress with bangs, big blue eyes and a propensity to ask Siri silly questions who lives in a loft with three other roommates. It's on a network that rhymes with BOX and its name is the complete opposite of 'Old Boy'. Enough hints, you guys will never guess it!) because I was behind on the series and wanted to catch up. It's a situation that a lot of people probably find themselves in, rapid watching episodes of a show to get back on schedule.

When I started the episode, Hulu said the following program was brought to you by FOX. I didn't think anything of it, even when I saw Kevin Bacon as some sort of serial-killer detective in a new show that seems like every other show on CBS, it was just the usual fog of blankness reserved for commercials. And then the next commercial break hit. And it was an ad for next week's episode of New Girl that revealed a certain BIG SPOILERY THING HAPPENING that I was unaware of ever happening because I was still three episodes behind next week's episode.

To twist the knife even more, when I watched the next episode, Hulu decided to tell me that the following program was brought to you by... NEW GIRL. The show I was watching was sponsoring the show I was watching. The episode preview I was watching was spoiling the current freaking episode I was watching. How does that make any sense?!

Luckily for New Girl, spoilers aren't that big of a deal. It's not Homeland or Breaking Bad or some incredibly plot driven show. It's a silly sitcom. But how hard is it for Hulu to not splice spoiler commercials into shows you're currently watching? Where the hell is my money going?

If I see a spoiler for a show I'm watching through another TV show, it's my own dumb fault for being behind. But if I'm watching that same show while Hulu is spoiling it for me? That's fucking Hulu's bloody fault.