Hulu has become one of the biggest video streaming services in the United States, offering access to thousands of films and television shows. It has become home to an increasing number of exclusive shows. Many of these shows were released to critical acclaim, and some have even received Emmy awards, most notably The Handmaid’s Tale, which won the Best Drama series award.
Hulu has been quite aggressive in adding original TV shows to its lineup in the past few years. Here’s a look at a few of the best shows on the service right now.
This eight-part series adapts Steven King’s novel about a man who is tasked with going back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The show, which stars James Franco, is a scary, riveting, and definitely a must-see for fans of time travel stories. It’s one of the service’s earlier original series but remains one of the best Hulu shows. Hulu has another original series based on King’s work coming soon, too. Castle Rock will be based the fictional town in Maine which is mentioned in many of the horror writer’s stories.
The Mindy Project
Originally shown on Fox, Hulu is now the exclusive home for new episodes of this long running sitcom. It’s created by and starring Mindy Kaling ,who plays a woman trying her best to balance her professional and personal life. If you are looking for a funny, but still traditional, comedy, this may be to your liking. It’s definitely one of the best shows on Hulu.
The Path follows a family of cult members, where the father is beginning to question his faith. The series stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and explores how a cult can exert its influence on others.
Two seasons of The Path are currently available to watch, and a third season will be released in 2018. It’s a drama with a setting that hasn’t been seen in TV before and is a must-see on the service.
This recent addition to the service brings actor Hugh Laurie (of House fame) back to TV. Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, Laurie plays a psychiatrist who gets caught up in a web of crime and deceit. It’s an adult thriller series with lots of twists and turns.
You can watch the full first and second season now!
The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, this is Hulu’s biggest and most acclaimed original series yet.
Set in a future world where the United States has fallen to a theocratic military dictatorship, it examines what might happen to women when all of their rights have taken away. The Emmy-award-winning series made its debut in 2017 and will get a second season in 2018.
This sci-fi anthology series comes from the team at Rocket Jump, who are the creators of some of the coolest looking visual effect-heavy short films on YouTube, as well as the web series Video Game High School. Dimension 404 is like The Twilight Zone, but with a lot of humor and some great effects. There’s no word on if there will be a second season, but it’s still worth checking out.
This UK-based period show is no Downton Abbey. It’s set in 18th century London, where at the time one in five women made their living as prostitute.
Harlots takes place in a brothel focuses on the lives of several of the women who work there. It’s not for kids, but definitely worth a watch. You can watch the first season now, and a second season is due in 2018.
This family dramedy centers on Valerie, played by Michaela Watkins, a newly single mother who has to navigate the dating scene again while also dealing with her younger brother and teenage daughter.
This is one of those Hulu shows that goes for laughs, but can also be quite serious. The show’s three seasons are available to stream now.
Unlike Casual, Difficult People has been made just to make you laugh. Comedian Julie Klausner created and stars in this series, alongside Billy Eichner. The two are not exactly likable; they seem to hate everyone but each other. Thankfully, it’s funny. This duo keeps you watching even as they are mean to everyone. You can catch the first three seasons now on Hulu.
Future Man follows the story for Josh Futterman (Josh Hutcherson), a lowly janitor in a medical research facility. He becomes the first person ever to finish an impossible-to-beat video game, which turns out to be a training program that is sent back from the future to find mankind’s savior. Characters from the game appear and take Josh on an adventure to prevent the extinction of man.
From the creative minds behind Sausage Party and Preacher, it’s not surprising that the comedy in this show is often filthy and may not be for everyone. If you’re a fan of Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (the last two have executive producer credits) and their other work like Preacher, Sausage Party and more, this will be a must watch. The first season of Future Man is available on Hulu, and the great news is that the show has already been picked up for a second.
After discovering their parents are super-villains, a group of teenagers band together to run away from their homes in order to atone for their parents’ actions and to discover the secrets of their origins. While on the run, some discover their own powers and try to figure out what that may mean.
The show gets off to a rather slow start, but you will be hooked as you go further into the season. It’s nowhere as dark and gritty as Marvel’s Netflix fare though. If nothing else, there’s a dinosaur! Hulu followed a weekly release schedule for the show after dumping the first three episodes, but the entire first season is now available for streaming. The story is just getting started, and a second season has already been announced.
Hulu shows no signs of slowing down with its original programming. The sci-fi comedy Future Man and the Marvel Comics-based teenage superhero series Runaways are coming in November. Castle Rock is expected in 2018. A number of other programs have pilot commitments, including Locke & Key, which is based on the acclaimed comic book from writer (and Steven King’s son) Joe Hill.
Which of these Hulu shows do you think are the best and why? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!