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Solar Opposites is a Hulu animated comedy series from Justin Roiland (co-creator of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty) and Mike McMahan (creator of Paramount+’s Star Trek: Lower Decks). The series premiered in May of 2020 and quickly became Hulu’s most-watched show that month.
The setup: after escaping the destruction of their home planet Shlorp, aliens Korvo (voiced by Roiland) and Terry (Thomas Middleditch), along with their “child replicants” Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) and Jesse (Mary Mack), must settle into suburban America. The unspoken twist: humans notice nothing odd about their new green-and-blue neighbors.
Thanks to its animation style and rapid-fire pacing, Solar Opposites looks and feels much like Rick and Morty, minus the heavy science theorizing and existential angst. It’s a family-dynamic sitcom taken to fantastical cartoon extremes, with a light sprinkling of social commentary.
Oh, and cute baby alien Pupa might evolve into a monster and annihilate Earth. NBD.
The eight-episode second season of Solar Opposites premieres Friday, March 26 on Hulu. The first season is available to stream now.
You’ll need to be a Hulu subscriber to watch Solar Opposites. Unlike Rick and Morty, which can be found on Adult Swim, HBO MaxTM, and Hulu, Solar Opposites is a Hulu exclusive.
If you already have Hulu in your streaming lineup, you’re set to catch up on Season 1 of Solar Opposites before Season 2 drops on March 26 (we recommend it; a lot happened in Season 1). As you probably already know, there are several ways to watch Hulu.
Hulu newbies have four Hulu plans to choose from, including standalone on-demand Hulu and Hulu + Live TV, which adds 70+ live cable channels to the package. Both allow access to Solar Opposites and the entire Hulu on-demand library.
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Rick and Morty fans will find plenty to like about Solar Opposites: smart, imaginative writing, pop-cultural references, gross-out humor, and all the adult language a cartoon can get away with (this show is not for the kiddies). Really, anyone who likes their animation with an edge should appreciate Solar Opposites.
The aliens-among-us conceit is nothing new (see also: Syfy’s Resident Alien, classic series 3rd Rock from the Sun, even . . . Ancient Aliens), but Solar Opposites puts a fast and fresh spin on the concept. For Shlorp’s sake, check out Season 1 before the second season drops March 26.
Hulu offers a 30-day free trial period for both its ad-supported and ad-free plans, and a seven-day trial for Hulu + Live TV. Either option gives you plenty of time to try out Hulu and dip into some episodes of Solar Opposites.
You can save money on a basic Hulu subscription by bundling it with Disney+ and ESPN+ for $13.99 a month, which comes out to $4.33 a month for each service. This bundle is also available for ad-free Hulu ($19.99 a month), ad-supported Hulu + Live TV ($72.99 a month), and ad-free Hulu + Live TV ($78.99 a month).
College students using Spotify Premium can bundle basic Hulu and SHOWTIME for a combined cost of $4.99 a month, or $1.66 per service.
Sprint Unlimited Wireless customers can get ad-supported Hulu for free with a Sprint mobile plan (which costs between $60 and $85 a month).
Solar Opposites is rated TV-MA—it may be a cartoon, but it’s definitely not for kids. The season 1 premiere episode alone featured a dozen F-bombs in under 30 minutes, and the instances of animated gore are a bit over-the-top for young eyeballs.