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Hulu has locked down streaming rights to a host of animated series, including new addition King of the Hill.
All 13 seasons of the Fox series from Mike Judge, which ran from 1997-20, are available to stream on the service as of Thursday. Hulu has also acquired exclusive streaming rights to Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Futurama, American Dad and The Cleveland Show.
The deal expands a licensing agreement Hulu has with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. The service will be the only streaming home for Fox’s Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy and TBS’ American Dad after their initial airings. It also will have all episodes of Futurama and The Cleveland Show.
The Hulu pact comes a few months after Comedy Central picked up broadcast rights to King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show.
All of the series in the new deal are produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which is in the process of being absorbed by Disney. The latter will also be the majority owner of Hulu when the deal closes.
The added library series bring 471 more episodes of animation to Hulu. The streamer is also home to Rick and Morty, South Park, Adventure Time and Robot Chicken, among other animated shows, and has a roster of thousands of episodes of cartoons.
The deal also comes in the midst of a surge in animated programming aimed at adults. More than 10 new animated series have debuted in 2018 thus far, and Netflix and CBS TV Studios are each starting in-house animation arms. Though Hulu doesn’t release viewing data for individual shows, the company has said animated shows are among the most-streamed content on the service: Viewers watch nearly 20 hours of animation on Hulu per month.
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