UPDATED: September 9th, 2021
Despite utilizing the National Geographic in all its marketing and including a National Geographic brand tile at the top of Disney+, there are still a surprising amount of National Geographic films, series, and specials streaming exclusively on Hulu.
Some of these are there because of pre-existing contracts. A few are streaming on Hulu due to Disney+’s awful cap on maturity ratings, limiting titles to TV-14 or PG-13. Others were newly added in 2021 for baffling reasons – possibly a puritanical obsession with keeping Disney+ “brand” preschool-friendly in America while internationally subscribers receive the full library, including Rated R and TV-MA titles.
This list will share the identity of all titles still on Hulu as of July 17th, 2021 and also include the month titles that are eligible for Disney+ were added, updated, or renewed. Knowing that month can help predict when titles will expire and leave Hulu as most licensing lasts an exact amount of years. It also shows how Disney continues to add titles to Hulu after launching Disney+.
Here are some interesting takeaways:
- No titles added to the service were added prior to 2019 unless they are a multiple season series. This suggests the contracts are 2-3 years at most. For multi-season shows, the general rule for licensing is they remain on same service for a certain amount of years after the show is over forever.
- Only 2 of the titles streaming are TV-MA and 1 is Rated R. This means the other 36 should be on Disney+.
- 2 titles are streaming simultaneously on Disney+.
- A considerable amount of these titles were added in August 2019 – hopefully they will expire August 2021.
- Disney is still choosing to “renew” some of these even when they come up for expiration which suggests poor decision-making. It’s depressing to have to inform you – Hulu has more Nat Geo titles now than they did when Disney+ launched. It appears Disney doesn’t take their brand tile or promises of everything in one place seriously.
- A handful of SharkFest titles remain exclusive to Hulu even as Disney+ poured many into Disney+ this year. Hopefully when they expire they make the move…
- Disney added or updated 9 titles in 2021 so far… 9 too many. None of those 9 were Rated R or TV-MA.
- 15 titles were added or last updated in 2019
- 15 titles were added or last updated in 2020
- Yet another title is arriving to Hulu in the next couple months – 9/11: One Day in America (2021). Again – it’s unreal how restrictive Disney+ topics are that they allow Nat Geo to cover.
- 9/11 One Day in America (2021)
- Activate: The Global Citizen Movement (2019)
- Barkskins (2020) (Season 1)
4. LA 92 (2017) (Renewed May 2021)
1. To Catch a Smuggler (2020) (Season 2)
2. Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (2021) (Season 1)
3. Dead by Dawn (2019) (Season 1)
4. The Cave (2019)
5. Locked Up Abroad (2006) (Season 11 Episodes Added Next Day, Season 10 is also streaming)
6. Sea of Shadows (2019)
7. The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream (2021)
8. North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator (2021)
9. Legendary Catch (2019) (Season 1)
10. Puppies vs the World (2017)
11. Extreme Rescues (2020) (Season 1)
12. Genius (2017) (Season 3) [Moving to Disney+ for Season 4 January 2022. Will previous seasons move?]
13. Superstructures: Engineering Marvels (2019) (Season 1)
14. Narco Wars (2020) (Season 2)
15. Drug Lords: The Next Generation (2020) (Season 1)
16. Blood on the Wall (2020)
17. Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (2021)
18. The Boonies (2016) (Season 1) (Renewed July 2020)
19. Underworld Inc (2015) (Seasons 1-2) (Renewed July 2020)
20. Drugs Inc (2010) (Seasons 6-7) (Renewed July 2020)
21. When Sharks Attack (Seasons 1-6) (Renewed July 2020)
22. The Armstrong Tapes (2019)
23. Apollo Back to the Moon (2019)
24. Hitler’s Last Stand (2018) (Season 1)
25. Cannibal Sharks (2019) [Sharkfest 2019]
26. Great Shark Chow Down (2019) [Sharkfest 2019] [Streaming simultaneously on Disney+]
27. Forecast Shark Attack (2019) [Sharkfest 2019]
28. Shark Movers (2019) [Sharkfest 2019]
29. Nazi Megastructures (2013) (Season 4 and Season 7)
30. Texas: Spirit and Soul (2021) – WTF? A TV-PG documentary in 2021?!
31. Buried Secrets of WW2 (Season 1) (2019)
32. Bin Laden’s Hard Drive (2020)
33. Pop Goes the Vet (2020) (Season 1)
34. Ultimate Survival WW2 (Season 1) (2019)
35. Snake City (2015) (Season 6)
36. City So Real (2020) (Season 1)
37. Rebuilding Paradise (2020)
Drew Ryan is a film, TV, and Disney geek. He has degrees in English, Student Personnel Administration, and Library & Information Science from Lawrence University, Concordia University-Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Interested in the minutia and licensing of streaming service content, he is always publishing lists, suggestions, and advocating for Disney’s missing library to be added to Disney+. Drew subscribes to Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, and Paramount+. You can find him waxing nostalgic over classic Disney Channel or geeking out over Marvel, CW shows, & Disney on Twitter.