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. 

30. The Great

7.8

Country

Italy, United Kingdom

Actors

Adam Godley, Belinda Bromilow, Douglas Hodge, Elle Fanning

Moods

A-list actors, Binge-Worthy, Grown-up Comedy

When Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult play power-hungry monarchs, what else more is there to say? The actors are very much in their element here, having already perfected similar roles in many films prior (one of them being The Favourite, which was co-written by The Great’s creator). They are the picture of elegance and royalty, and we need no convincing that they can hold 18th-century court. 

Which is why when The Great takes us into its true, crude depths, they transform from simply credible to incredible. Aided by a wonderfully offbeat cast and the one-two punch of a hilarious and raunchy script, Fanning and Hoult deliver splendidly. 

To be sure, this satirical show is not always funny. Sometimes, it takes dark turns to underscore the cruelty of the era, and other times it is genuinely moving in its drama. But this revisionist take on Russia’s Last Empress will always be a ball to watch, if only to see the artifice of aristocracy be stripped off and mocked with acerbic wit and might. 

29. My Mad Fat Diary

7.8

Country

UK, United Kingdom

Actors

Ciara Baxendale, Claire Rushbrook, Dan Cohen, Ian Hart

Moods

Binge-Worthy, Character-driven, Emotional

Sixteen-year-old Rae Earl struggles with many things, among them: severe mental illness, a distorted body image, and less-than-ideal home life. In an attempt to redefine herself and pursue the teenage dream she’s always wanted, she reconnects with her estranged friend Chloe and the cool new people she’s met in Rae’s absence. As Rae gets to know this group more, she embarks on a coming-of-age journey that is, at turns, hilarious, awkward, and painfully real.

Set in ‘90s-era UK and scored to the unbeatable, headbanging tunes of English rock, My Mad Fat Diary is also an effective throwback of a show. It’s sure to be nostalgic to those who grew up in that era, while also doubling as a finely-aged portrait of a simpler time to the rest of us. Elevated, too, by diary doodles come to life and Rae’s unflinching witticisms, the series is a gem for anyone who has struggled to come to terms with their teenage self. 

28. My So-Called Life

7.9

Country

United States of America

Actors

A.J. Langer, Bess Armstrong, Claire Danes, Devon Gummersall

Moods

Binge-Worthy, Discussion-sparking, Dramatic

Coming-of-age shows are not hard to come by these days. If anything, there might be too many, with a majority of them being hit-or-miss in terms of quality. But before all this, there was one show that tested the waters and bravely went where no teen show had gone: it was called My So-Called Life, and like anything ahead of its time, it was canceled almost from the get-go. 

The show was one of the first to forgo happy endings and neat tie-ups in exchange for depicting the messy, complicated, and real. Fifteen-year-old Angela Chase (Claire Danes) was hardly likable, what with her bouts of angst and anger, but she was always relatable, and you could rely on her and the rest of the Three Rivers gang to deliver the unfiltered truth about teenhood. Even though the ’90s series didn’t attract enough eyeballs to warrant a second season, it’s now getting its due among modern audiences who recognize its influence in every disaffected young lead trying their best to navigate the confusing waters of youth.  

27. In the Flesh

7.9

Country

United Kingdom

Actors

Emmett Scanlan, Harriet Cains, Luke Newberry, Wunmi Mosaku

Moods

Character-driven, Original, Thought-provoking

This short-lived BBC series is premised on a simple but ingenious idea: what if zombies could be treated and welcomed back into society? In the Flesh posits that the battle between humans and the undead would be more political and social, rather than just fatal. It sees a return to the use of zombies as a more direct representation of alienation and societal divide, instead of having them just be soulless creatures to be feared and killed. So if you ever wished you could view a less gory Walking Dead, then the haunting and profound In the Flesh is your best bet.

26. The Patient

best

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Andrew Leeds, David Alan Grier, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Niemi

Moods

A-list actors, Binge-Worthy, Challenging

When therapist Alan Strauss (Steve Carell) is kidnapped and imprisoned by Sam (Domhnall Gleeson), a patient with homicidal urges, Alan begins a painful journey that directs his attention to his dangerous surroundings as well as his repressed thoughts.

Both Carell and Gleeson are creepily good in this, with Rotten Tomatoes even dubbing their work here as a “career best.” Carell is almost unrecognizable as the troubled but subdued prisoner, while Gleeson is unnerving as the reform-seeking serial killer. The backstories and the ongoing mystery propel the story with great force, but the show is at its best when it takes time to sit with its two leads and let them go at each other. All this makes for a rewarding mystery and a compelling two-hander.

25. The Act

best

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

AnnaSophia Robb, Calum Worthy, Chloe Sevigny, Joey King

Moods

Binge-Worthy, Character-driven, Dark

Based on true events, the series follows the lives of Gypsy Rose Blanchard her mother Dee Dee, whose relationship is pushed to the brink when it’s discovered that Dee Dee has been faking Gypsy’s illnesses. The strange case that gained publicity following a viral 2016 BuzzFeed story and a 2017 HBO documentary works well as an absorbing, well-paced drama. Each episode is visually interesting, offering compelling imagery with a palpable tension. Haunting and spectacularly acted by both Patricia Arquette and Joey King, The Act is a highly-recommended television series, perfect for drama and true crime fans.

24. Better Things

best

8.0

Country

United States, United States of America

Actors

Celia Imrie, Hannah Alligood, Hannah Riley, Mikey Madison

Moods

Character-driven, Emotional, Funny

This bittersweet comedy centers on Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single mother and working actress doing her best to get by in LA. In between juggling the pressures of both parenthood and Hollywood, Sam lets loose in brave and funny ways. Things often get the better of her and her three young daughters, but her bold, funny, and always loving approach to life is what makes Sam—and indeed the show—a true knockout.

Better Things is a semi-autobiographical story, with Adlon also having daughters of her own, so it’s no surprise that many things ring true in this big-hearted show about single motherhood.

23. Reservation Dogs

best

8.0

Country

United States of America

Actors

Devery Jacobs

This coming-of-age comedy series is about four indigenous teenagers in Oklahoma who try to get enough money to leave for California. 

Co-created by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Sterlin Harjo, the show has so much of Waiti’s brand of heartfelt quirkiness that’s still very much grounded in reality. The main character, Bear, is haunted by an indigenous warrior spirit – only it’s a warrior whose horse tripped before he got to the battle so his wisdom doesn’t always come off as reassuring. 

The teenagers commit various small crimes in their hopes of gathering enough money to leave, as they mourn a friend who couldn’t cope with the town’s environment. Reservation Dogs is such a good mix of comedy and drama, and it might be a little teen-y at times, but if you don’t mind that, it’s also very addictive. 

22. Bad Banks

8.0

Country

Germany, Luxembourg

Actors

Albrecht Schuch, Barry Atsma, Désirée Nosbusch, Desiree Nosbusch

This high-production-value German series is about a junior investment banker who finds herself at the center of events that will cause a big financial crash. The show starts with the crash then goes back a year to tell the story of how the young Jana Liekam got caught in the middle of it. 

Bad Banks functions sometimes as a cautionary tale on the dangers of investment banking but it’s mostly just a simple, good, and enjoyable corporate thriller. It’s also a great introduction to quality German TV, if you’re ever looking for one.

21. Devs

8.0

Actors

Jin Ha, Nick Offerman, Sonoya Mizuno

Moods

Mini-series

This mini-series by Alex Garland (28 Days Later writer and Ex Machina director) is about a tech company like Google that has a building that only select developers (devs) work in. Sergei is one of the lucky ones that get the call but he disappears after his first day. His girlfriend, who works for the same company, tries to find out what happened to him, first by uncovering well-kept dark secrets about that building. If you liked Mr. Robot or Ex Machina, you will love this. And a surprise bonus: Nick Offerman plays the CEO of the company, in a great serious role.

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