40 Best Series on Hulu Right Now

40 Best Series on Hulu Right Now

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With titles like The Act, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Normal People, Hulu has long been holding its own in the streaming wars, able to go head-to-head with original-content heavyweights like Netflix and Amazon Prime. But when it became the official streaming hub of premium channel FX in 2019, Hulu has been unstoppable ever since with its array of original titles and FX assets (an enviable collection that includes Reservation Dogs and Atlanta, among others). 

Given all this content, it can be difficult to wade through your options. So below, we’ve gathered the most worthwhile shows you can catch on the streamer. These have been hand-picked by our curators as among the very best not just on Hulu, but on TV right now. 

40. Deadbeat

7.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Brandon T. Jackson, Kal Penn, Lucy DeVito, Tyler Labine

Moods

Easy, Funny

This ridiculous comedy is about a man who works as a medium between people and their ghosts.

Kevin Pacalioglu sees and communicates with ghosts for a living, but that doesn’t mean he is good at his job. His only friend is also a drug dealer whose services end up worsening Kevin’s motivation even more. In his own words, his living clients “end up wanting to spend more time with the ghosts than me.” So to make ends meet, Kevin ends up accepting ghostly missions from dead clients with unresolved issues.

39. Bordertown

7.0

Country

Finland

Actors

Anu Sinisalo, Matleena Kuusniemi, Ville Virtanen

This cold Finnish series is about a successful detective who moves to a small town seeking calm. But once he settles in a town on the border with Russia, a series of murders ensue.

Because Finnish TV is alien to most of us, the way this detective story is told is so unique. It’s bleak – very bleak – and even when the most intriguing murders take place, the biggest plotlines are the ones that are driven by character development.

38. Breeders

7.1

Country

United Kingdom, United States of America

Actors

Daisy Haggard, Martin Freeman

Moods

Funny

Martin Freeman stars opposite the ever-reliable Daisy Haggard (Back to Life) as two parents who are overwhelmed by their two kids. “I would die for those kids but often, I also want to kill them,” his character jokes. 

Breeders might be a comedy but it’s a relatable portrayal of how consuming raising kids can get. The days of serene vacations in Spain are long gone, replaced with uncontrollable rage and lack of sleep. 

37. Reboot

7.2

Country

United States of America

Actors

Calum Worthy, Johnny Knoxville, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key

Moods

Easy, Feel-Good, Funny

In Reboot, a famous sitcom from the early 2000s is revived for a modern audience. While members of the cast attempt to rekindle their fame, the writers behind the show stir up endless debates about what constitutes “funny” in an age of political correctness. The hijinks and meta-humor that arise from this are admirable, but what really makes Reboot tick is its obvious love for the sitcom format. Underneath all the jokes is a commitment to TV comedies; like the most typical of them, Reboot switches from laugh-out-loud hilarity to tender moments of joy and sorrow. The only difference is that Reboot benefits from being self-aware—it’s unafraid to make fun of itself and all the people and shows that came before it. 

36. This Fool

7.3

Country

United States of America

Actors

Chris Estrada, Frankie Quiñones, Julia Vera, Laura Patalano

Moods

Binge-Worthy, Easy, Emotional

This Fool is a half-hour, 10-part series following Julio Lopez (played by co-creator Chris Estrada) a self-proclaimed “punk-ass bitch” and pushover who’s still in the process of learning to stand up for himself. Julio works for a gang rehab center called Hugs Not Thugs, where he also helps his cousin Luis (Frankie Quiñones) get back on his feet. It’s equal parts silly and sweet, but it also reflects the socio-political problems that tend to pervade Julio and Luis’ Southern LA community. References to violence and inequality are as present as they’ll be in stories like these, but they’re injected here with surreal humor, making it an easygoing but meaningful watch. 

35. The Split

7.3

Country

United Kingdom

Actors

Ellora Torchia, Nicola Walker

Moods

Binge-Worthy

This legal drama is about a kind of lawyer that is rarely romanticized: a divorce attorney. In fact, a family of them: two sisters and their mother who have the same job.

“There is a paradox in a divorce lawyer who’s actually averse to divorce”, a coworker tells one of the daughters, played masterfully by British TV veteran Nicola Walker.

In fact, The Split is not so much about divorce as it is about family, what it takes to make it work and what causes it to become dysfunctional. And there is perhaps no better illustration than the dynamics of a family whose profession is litigating for and against families being together.

34. Better Off Ted

7.6

Country

United States of America

Actors

Andrea Anders, Isabella Acres, Jay Harrington, Jonathan Slavin

Moods

Dark, Discussion-sparking, Funny

Every episode of Better Off Ted starts with a satirical commercial from Veridian Dynamics, a multinational that does just about anything: biotech, weaponry, food, clothes, furniture. A soothing, soulless voice narrates the ad as happy, empty stock footage fills the screen: they can get you anything you please as long as it pleases them more. Money before people, goes the company motto, and there seems to be nothing that can stop them from achieving this goal.

Except perhaps for Ted and his small research and development team. As the conscience of Veridian Dynamics, he mediates between his amoral supervisors and hardworking colleagues and sticks up for the little guy as best as he can. He looks for the slim silver lining in every project he’s assigned, but the hijinks that ensue are both silly and sinister, highlighting the inherent contradiction of ideas like “family company” or “work-life balance.” 

Released in 2009 and cut short by ABC after its second-season run, Better Off Ted is an impressively prescient show that holds its own in a TV age obsessed with satirizing corporate culture. It tackles topics like racially-biased tech and meatless meat before they’ve even entered mainstream knowledge. It lacks some of the warmth and character depth you may be used to in typical half-hour sitcoms, but if you’re looking for something wickedly sharp, Better Off Ted is the way to go.

33. Under the Banner of Heaven

7.6

Country

United States, United States of America

Actors

Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Garfield, Billy Howle, Chloe Pirrie

Moods

A-list actors, Challenging, Character-driven

In Under the Banner of Heaven, Andrew Garfield plays Detective Jeb Pyre, a devout Mormon whose faith is shaken when he takes up a violent case that involves his church. When he discovers the gruesome death of a fellow worshipper and her 15-month-old child, he is driven mad by the choices he needs to make about his faith, his family, and the threat of fundamentalism these two pillars present. Terrifying and compelling, Under the Banner of Heaven is not for the weak-hearted, but it is recommended to anyone up for a good, challenging watch. 

32. Moone Boy

7.6

Actor Chris O’Dowd had a special childhood growing up in rural Ireland. So he wrote, created, and starred in this sitcom based on his experiences. He plays his childhood imaginary friend.

Moone Boy is a funny and easy show, winner of an Emmy for Best Comedy in 2013 when it first aired. The setting in the late 80s makes everything better.

31. The Dropout

7.7

Country

United States, United States of America

Actors

Amanda Seyfried, Bill Irwin, Dylan Minnette, Elizabeth Marvel

Moods

Binge-Worthy, Character-driven, Dramatic

The Dropout is an eight-part series about disgraced biotech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, played here to eerie perfection by Amanda Seyfried. The show follows Holmes as she drops out of Stanford and pursues her dream to be rich and famous at any cost—even if it means swindling her way to the billion-dollar finish line.

With the facts of the case publicly available and a plethora of scammer shows already streaming on the internet, it’s a small miracle that The Dropout is still able to stand out as a compelling series. This is thanks in large part to Seyfried: she plays Holmes as a shaky, self-conscious, and hyper-ambitious magnate with little to no remorse, and it works. Even though Holmes is pretty much a cautionary household name at this point, The Dropout is still worth watching if only to see Seyfried’s thoughtful portrayal. 

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