While Netflix may have paved the road for other streaming services to develop appealing original content, Hulu has the most historically significant shows. The Handmaid’s Tale earned it the first-ever Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series from a streaming service in 2017. That was one of eight Emmys the show won in its first season, and it has continued to win and be nominated for awards ever since.
Despite the fact that other streaming services have emerged after Hulu gained critical acclaim, the network’s original programming and network agreements set it apart as the official home of FX programs and others. Listed here are some of the best shows currently available on Hulu.
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What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows was a 2014 mockumentary written, directed, and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi about a bunch of vampire roommates whose lives are surprisingly mundane. The 2019 series debuted with a new cast of vampires who are too lazy to get out of bed, let alone conquer New York City as they have been taught.
The action had previously taken place in New Zealand. Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) overcomes a supernatural hex, energy vampire Colin (Mark Proksch) seeks a political office, and gentleman scientist Laszlo (Matt Berry) tries to discover the cause of Guillermo’s (Harvey Guillén) transformation in the upcoming fifth season.
New episodes will premiere on July 13. Now is a great time to start watching if you haven’t before.
You’ve probably heard of The Bear (and maybe had at least one person recommend it to you) even if you haven’t seen it. Last summer, everyone was talking about the thrilling new series that debuted in June 2022.
After his brother’s suicide, celebrity chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) returns to his hometown of Chicago to restore the family’s failing sandwich shop. Carmy has a hard time adjusting to his new life at home and the retro vibe of the restaurant he inherited at first, but he comes to terms with the fact that it is never too late to make changes.
It’s no secret that working in a busy kitchen can be stressful, and The Bear does a great job of conveying that emotion. The story isn’t as straightforward as it seems because we only learn about Carmy’s past in small, tantalizing morsels spread out over the course of the series. Season 2 of The Bear is finally available on Hulu, and that means it’s time to binge.
Based on a novel by J.P. Pomare, this new crime series follows two narrative threads: Freya (Teresa Palmer), a cult survivor, is confronted with her own demons after witnessing the abduction of a young girl. Simultaneously, we see cult leader Miranda Otto (Miranda Otto) do horrific acts against young girls. As you might expect, their paths cross in unexpected and unsettling ways.
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi states in the pilot episode of Taste the Nation, “The gateway to another culture often happens first through food.”
This cuisine show, inspired by shows like Parts Unknown and Bizarre Foods, is pretty much summed up by that sentence. Lakshmi is an engaging tour guide because she can take us to Ukraine, Cambodia, Italy, and beyond without ever leaving the United States.
Not Dead Yet
Until she abandoned her work to follow a man to London, Nell Serrano (Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin) was living the good life as a journalist in New York City. After five years away, she decides to come back to New York City in the hopes of resuming where she left off.
She faces challenges such as being assigned to write obituaries and so having to physically interact with the people she writes about in her articles. The Sixth Sense, but with a lot more laughs.
Class of ’09
Plenty of shows have been made about the FBI, and that includes the FBI. Class of 2009, however, seems to be a different story. In this trilogy, set in three eras, we watch as a group of FBI agents “grapple with immense changes as the US criminal justice system is altered by artificial intelligence.”
The limited series, available exclusively on Hulu, boasts a stellar ensemble, including Brian Tyree Henry (Tayo), Kate Mara (Poet), and Sepideh Moafi (Hour), with some of the coolest-sounding character names ever introduced in a law-enforcement series. Now is your chance to watch an FBI series with a unique spin on things.
This smart, fast-paced, humorous (but not really) dramatization of Catherine the Great’s ascent to power has standout performances from Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult. The Great was written and directed by Tony McNamara, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film The Favourite.
Like that film, The Great features lavish costumes and settings alongside cutting commentary on the world and women’s place in it. This program, which just finished its third season in May and has a tale that sounds as true today as it did in the 18th century when Catherine the Great became empress of Russia and brought about the Age of Enlightenment, is one of the few that effectively challenges ideas of class, decorum, and monarchal control.
In fact, the show’s makers have gone so far as to call it “anti-historical” (which is part of the fun) that history buffs should seek elsewhere.
Tiny Beautiful Things
Two words sum up why you should watch this eight-part limited series: Katie Hahn. Hahn is a comedic powerhouse who can swing from comical to dramatic in the space of a scene, if not a single syllable. Tiny Beautiful Things is a showcase for her abilities as she plays Claire, a writer who starts an advice column and uses her life’s horrors to help others.
The stories in this book, which are based on Cheryl Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” columns, may seem disjointed at first, but Hahn manages to tie them all together.
Lil Dicky is the stage name of comedian and rapper Dave Burd. Dave features Burd as a rapper named Lil Dicky who is aiming to become more well-known and successful. It would be nice if his various neuroses didn’t get in the way all the time.
Dave, which Burd co-created, stars in, and has written numerous episodes of, grapples with some surprisingly difficult issues, including mental illness, when it easily could have turned into some poor experiment in meta storytelling. Even more surprisingly for a guy with the moniker “Lil Dicky,” he does so with sensitivity and candor.
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Unlike Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, this new picture is not so much a retelling as it is a new take on the story.
The story of Pip, a young boy who aspires to an upper-class life, is transformed into a gothic tale that tackles the moral compromises one must make to advance in the world, and Olivia Colman stars as the legendary Miss Havisham in this six-part series.
It’s the ideal miniseries for aficionados of the novel—or viewers encountering Dickens’ great narrative for the first time—thanks to its gorgeous performances and slick aesthetic (or “try-hard edginess,” depending on who you ask).
History of the World, Part II
Mel Brooks, a giant in the comedy world, has gathered a who’s who of humorous characters for a sequel to his classic History of the World, Part I. The list of contributors to this sketchbook includes such luminaries as Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Skykes, Jason Mantzoukas, Hannah Einbinder, and Quinta Brunson. Everyone gets a joke, from Sigmund Freud to Rasputin to Jesus Christ.
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