We’re so damn far into the forever streaming wars, that just about every streaming service has a lineup worth subscribing for. At this point, it’s just up to you to decide which ones are worth denting your pocket. One of the power players? Hulu. You might have first subscribed when it was one of the only streaming services where you could catch up on your old favorites—we’re talking the Modern Families and The Bachelors of the world.
Since then, Hulu has also filled up an impressive stable of original shows. You’ll find series that are dark (The Handmaid’s Tale), hilarious (Pen15), and mind-opening (Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi) alike. So yeah. Come to get all that Bachelor, reality-TV bingeing out of your system. Stay for a good, legitimate cry with the Normal People Dubliners. Here are the best shows on the platform.
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Yeah, we’re bummed too: Hulu inexplicably cancelled High Fidelity after its brilliant first season. If you haven’t watched the TV adaptation of the John Cusack movie of the same name, it’s still a blast of a beginning-to-end story that’s worth picking up. Zoë Kravitz gives an all-time career performance as Rob, a cool-as-hell record store owner who, after a messy breakup, finds herself running back the rest of her list of exes.
It seemed a little weird at first. A try at an anthology series in the Coen brothers’ Fargo universe? Turns out, as always, weird is good when it comes to the Coens. The three seasons of Fargo (with a fourth on the way) manage to capture every ounce of Midwestern passive-aggressiveness from the 1996 and more—picking up with new cops-and-robbers-esque adventures. The backdrop? Snow. Lots of snow.
What We Do in the Shadows
Taika Waititi’s 2014 beloved film, What We Do in the Shadows, introduced us to a quirky (but still bloodthirsty) group of vampires, who struggle to find some sort of normalcy and fun in their forever lives. The film’s spiritual follow-up, a TV show of the same name, might be even better. Meet a new group of vampires in the same mockumentary format, who stir up trouble in, of all places, Staten Island.
Taste The Nation with Padma Lakshmi
We don’t blame you if you’re tired of the travel-and-eat documentary. We really don’t. But please make an exception for Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi. In the show, the celebrated author gives us one of the most nuanced, exciting, and yes, tasty (see: burritos, pad thai, kebabs of all sorts) entries in the genre’s history.
By now, we all know that Donald Glover is insanely talented. Atlanta, which he created, produced and stars in, shows his entire range as a creative force. The show follows Glover’s character after he drops out of college and takes charge of his cousin’s rap career while also attempting to redeem himself with his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child.
This limited series actually did justice to the Sally Rooney novel it was based on. Set in Ireland, it follows the relationship between Marianne and Connell from their high school beginnings into adulthood, full of complicated twists and turns. Even if you haven’t read the book, this show will definitely draw you into its deep and enthralling emotional rollercoaster, with outstanding performances by the two leads.
Originally on FX, Hulu now has all six seasons available of this Western crime drama starring Timothy Olyphant. His character, Deputy Raylan Givens, is one of those badass good guy types who doesn’t always go about things the right way, but he’s charming as hell. It’s a must-watch if you didn’t get a chance when it was on air.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
If you’re looking for a fun, dark, sometimes shocking, but always entertaining comedy with tons of seasons to binge, look no further. Starting in 2005, this show took off and developed a bit of a diehard cult following. It documents the more or less degenerate lives of “The Gang,” who own Paddy’s Pub, through all of their schemes and misery.
Elle Fanning stars in this new Hulu original that depicts her fictionalized rise from Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great. It’s a satirical, comedic drama set in 18th-century Russia, with some occasional historical accuracies and plenty of love, hate, and humor. It’s already been renewed for a second season, so definitely worth the watch.
Hi, I’m Dave. The 2020 freshman series has a premise that really could go either way—a white, Jewish rapper wants to dive into the world of hip hop, and he enlists a rag tag group of friends to push him upward. But don’t judge Dave on description; judge the series on heart because it has a lot of it. Already renewed for Season Two, it is currently FX’s highest rated comedy.
Mrs. America is practically the product of a prestige drama machine. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, and a whole litany of others, the FX x Hulu series follows Second Wave Feminism of the ’70s and the trajectory of the Equal Rights Amendment… especially as it applies to Phyllis Schlafly, the far-right activist who spearheaded the movement against the feminist agenda.
Alex Garland’s new mini-series centers on Sonoya Mizuno’s Lily Chan who is an engineer for a fictional quantum computing tech giant called Amaya. When her boyfriend Sergei goes missing, she’s caught up in a plot of corporate espionage and a technology that fundamentally changes the existential notions of human existence. It’s a challenging plot, which should not come as a surprise for fans of Garland’s other works like Annihilation and Ex Machina. But if you can put in the mental effort, it’s absolutely worth it.
It’s a throwback, but it’s a solid one. Donald Glover is a post-high school jock looking for a community college degree. Allison Brie is an uptight, anxious mess. Yvette Nicole Brown is… well, she’s just perfection. The sitcom about a gang of misfit community college students ran for six seasons (and almost a movie!) and has a cult following to this day.
If you’ve never watched the ill-fated Happy Endings, all three seasons are available on Hulu. It’s like Friends, but enjoyable. Fun fact: ABC botched the roll out and aired episodes out of order, so the first season doesn’t quite make sense (wonder why it was cancelled after Season Three?), but you can find the correct order online. This is the perfect light watch that won’t make you feel as sad as, say, one particular Elisabeth Moss show.
Hulu knows when they have a good thing, and sticking with Stephen King’s horror canon? That’s a damn good thing for the platform. Two seasons deep, Castle Rock explores the world of Castle Rock, Maine and the horrifying goings on that happen there. Season Two in particular had quite the Misery bent, so if you’re a King fan, this is a must-watch.
Fancy actor in a limited series? That’s becoming a Hulu specialty. George Clooney, the ultimate movie star, braved the waters and returned to TV in Catch-22, Hulu’s adaptation of the book of the same name. It didn’t get the critical fanfare that some of Hulu’s other limited series brethren got, but damn if it’s not a good watch, if for no other reason than to see Clooney acting his ass off.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Do you love to feel sad? Miss the fine line between dystopian fantasy and dystopian reality? Then do we have a show for you. In all seriousness, The Handmaid’s Tale is an incredible series with even more incredible acting—even if it does veer a bit too close to home. Trudging through some of its sadder plot points is worth it though, because as of Season Three, these once-enslaved women are fighting back.
PEN15, the series that follows two teens of the 2000s (played by grown-ass adult women) and how they interact with their peers (who are actual teenagers), seemed to come out of no where last year. It’s a bit bizarre, but it’s also hilarious. A firm departure from the prestige-grabby kind of fare all over television today, PEN15 is sharply funny and absolutely worth your time.
We. Have. To. Go. Back.
If you noticed that the J.J. Abrams show from the 2000s is off Netflix, it’s because Lost has a new home. Following a group of survivors of Oceanic 815, the ABC saga is now on Hulu for your consumption. Don’t get too caught up in the questions though; I promise, they don’t matter in the end.
Cat and mouse is perfected in Killing Eve. Following MI5 agent Eve Polastri, the BBC America series dives into the complex world of a sociopath, played beautifully by Jodie Comer. Now that the series is more established, you can watch the drama exclusively on Hulu. Considering that it’s already been renewed for a fourth season before the third season has even been released, you should get caught up. Fast.
Andy Samberg’s Fox-turned-NBC comedy is some of the best sitcom TV you can find on television these days. Following the fictional 99th precinct in Brooklyn, Detective Peralta (Samberg) and his confidants keep Brooklyn safe(-ish) while also managing to crack you up. You’d be hard pressed to find a more cohesive cast out there right now, drama or comedy.
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Drag Race is unlike any reality show on television—there’s a reason it keeps sweeping at the Emmys every year. While it may not strike you as your cup of tea, the reality competition where only the best drag queen can wear the crown is as charming as it is addictive. After a few episodes, you’ll be saying, “I’d like to keep it on please.”
Once you get to Season Nine, you’ll get that joke.
Ramy is one of those special shows that flies under the radar, but if its recent Golden Globe win is an indicator, it is absolutely the show you should be watching right now. Following the titular character through his life in New Jersey, the series is all about life as a second-generation Egyptian-American in New Jersey.
This Kat Dennings comedy is only a couple months old, but it’s very much worth your attention. Following a break up, Jules Wiley (Dennings) has to enter the world of singledom again. But it’s not what you think. Yeah, it’s hard to start dating again, but after a long term relationship, she’s come to realize that the friends she left in her wake may not be the same people she left before.
You Marshmallows love a good sleuth reboot. After years off the air, Veronica Mars returned to television for one final season. With that came the first three seasons where fans fell in love with the high schooler-turned-investigator. Kristen Bell is as delightful (if not more so?) in the reboot as she’s always been, but be warned. That final season is explosive.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.
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