A Dive into Hoopla TV
I logged into Hoopla and viewed the cover images for all of Hoopla’s 6,857 available movies and TV shows—the number changes slightly every day–so you won’t have to. Actually, you may still have to, since your taste may be different than mine. Also, it’s just fun to look through the possibilities and think, Hmm. That looks interesting.
Today, I want to concentrate on TV show genres: my goal is to encourage you to spend some time with Hoopla’s extensive and easy-to-use collection.
Note that you can borrow seven Hoopla titles from the library per month. On the plus side, there’s no waiting for a Hoopla title, so multiple people in different locations can watch the same film at the same time. You can watch Hoopla shows on your computer, phone, or tablet. I stream Hoopla to my Smart TV using my Roku device.
Popular Shows from the Deep (and Not-so-Deep) Past
Is Dark Shadows (1966-1971) as terrifying as it once seemed? Or does it just seem campy? Can The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971) still make me laugh until I cry? Moving forward in time, how funny is Reno 911 (2003-2009) now? What about Absolutely Fabulous (off and on from 1992-2005)? Not all episodes are always available via Hoopla, but you’ll get to see enough to judge how your old favorites have held up.
Atmospheric British Mysteries
In addition, Hoopla offers a wide variety of British mysteries, from Agatha Christie’s Marple and Poirot, to Vera, to Inspector Lynley. Genuinely mysterious and lavishly produced. Some blood and gore also.
Arranged follows the lives of young couples whose marriages have been arranged for them, mostly by parents with strong religious or cultural beliefs. Each episode of Forged in Fire is a competition among three blacksmiths to create perfect weapons, at the TV studio and in their “home forges.” Teen Mom—well, Teen Mom needs no introduction. You can also watch episodes of Hoarders, American Pickers, and many others.
Right now, Hoopla offers 174 TV episodes in French; 84 in Spanish; 66 in Chinese; 57 in German; and smaller numbers in Japanese, Arabic, and other languages. Watching non-English TV is a great way to hone your language skills. Or you can always turn on the subtitles. Some options are Der Tatortreiniger (Crime-Scene Cleaner, about a guy whose blood ‘n’ guts clean-up work never turns out to be straightforward), Türkisch für Anfänger (Turkish for Beginners, where a German woman and a man of Turkish descent fall in love and move in together along with their teenaged children: modern-day Brady-Bunch like adventures ensue); Un Village Français (French Village, a drama about the village of Villeneuve in occupied France); and Galerías Velvet (Velvet, a Spanish drama about a high-end department store in the 1950s, and the love between the store’s heir and a seamstress who works there.)
Biographies: the Familiar and the Surprising
Finally, it won’t surprise you that you can find enough biographies about the British royal family, and others about the fighter Mohammed Ali, to watch a different one nightly for about a week. Hoopla also offers biographical films about people you might be surprised to know biographies even exist about: Esther, from the Bible; Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceaușescu (told using only Ceausescu’s own words); singer and songwriter Nicki Minaj; and Yangsi, who was recognized at the age of 4 as the reincarnation of Tibetan Buddhist master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. This film follows him as a young monk from ages 4 until 18.
I hope I’ve encouraged you to spend some time with Hoopla’s extensive and easy-to-use collection.
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