Best comedy movies and shows to watch on Hulu

Hulu’s vast on-demand catalog certainly has its fair share of comedy content. Whether you’re a fan of classic network sitcoms or into recently released hilarious movies, you’ll find plenty of both via the popular streaming service. The only issue is deciding exactly what to watch. Luckily, we’ve sifted through the masses of titles to find the best comedies on Hulu right now. So sit back and prepare for a few bouts of hysterical laughter. For more information on the platform, check out our Hulu review.

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How we evaluated Hulu’s best comedy movies and shows

Sorting the great from the not so great Hulu comedy content involved making a few notes. What did professional critics think of the show or movie? What about the viewers themselves? Were they crying with laughter, or were there more straight faces than smiles? Of course, we found plenty of opinions via the Hulu platform, IMDb and the all-powerful Tomatometer. As well as reviews and ratings, we also took a look at the awards history of our chosen titles. If it’s an Emmy-winning series or featured an Oscar-winning star, it was guaranteed to end up on our best of list.

Best comedy movies on Hulu

Take a comedic trip through the decades, thanks to Hulu’s expansive movie list. The streaming service has everything from darker comedies to lighthearted coming-of-age tales with retro classics like Heathers all the way up to recent hits like Parasite. Here are five of the very best funny films on the platform. For more feature-length entertainment, here are a few more recommended Hulu movies.

Booksmart (2019)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 77%
  • Length: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis

Olivia Wilde directs this high school comedy that follows two students, Amy and Molly, experiencing an existential crisis. As the pair approach graduation, they begin to wonder if their teenage years have been wasted. While their noses were stuck in a book, their classmates were out and about. Determined not to miss out forever, the pair decide to have the wildest night they could possibly imagine.

Heathers (1989)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 83%
  • Length: 103 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

Being part of the most popular clique at school can be hard work, as Winona Ryder’s character, Veronica, quickly finds out. Teaming up with her new boyfriend to stop the teenage cruelty of her former friends, Veronica quickly realizes she has entered into a much darker pact — one that will end up with more than a few dead bodies.

Parasite (2019)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Length: 132 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Oscar-winning Parasite is one black comedy you don’t want to miss. Discover two South Korean families living in very different environments. One, the Park family, is the epitome of wealth. The Kim family, on the other hand, falls on the opposite side. But when the two are brought together, the relationship between rich and poor becomes even more complicated.

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 70%
  • Length: 112 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Danny Glover

Another black comedy, Sorry to Bother You takes viewers to a different version of reality. Set in present-day Oakland, the movie shows what happens when telemarketer Cassius Green finds a magic key that ensures his professional success. Unsurprisingly, greed quickly ensues, resulting in plenty of personal and professional problems.

Superbad (2007)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Length: 113 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Before they go their separate ways to college, two high school teens want a night to remember. But their idea of hosting the best party in town goes very, very wrong. Cue cops, drugs and brawls with much older men. At least it’ll be a night they won’t forget in a hurry.

Best comedy shows on Hulu

Hulu is great for female comedic talent. Women dominate several of the best comedy series, including 30 Rock and Broad City. If sketch shows are more your thing, try the likes of Key & Peele. There’s even plenty of animated content to keep cartoon fans happy. Below, you’ll find our selection of Hulu’s greatest comedy show hits. Head here for more great Hulu shows to browse.

30 Rock (2006)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%
  • Number of seasons: 7
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Tina Fey plays Liz Lemon, the head writer of a primetime sketch comedy show in this much-loved series. Juggling writing tasks with arrogant head honchos and louder than life stars, she’s one step away from losing her cool.

Broad City (2014)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%
  • Number of seasons: 5
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress

The teeny-tiny events that make up our everyday lives become colossal sources of comedy in this female-led sitcom. Meet Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams: two best friends living in New York City with big dreams and bigger problems. As they navigate their way through adulthood, they learn to live freely and unapologetically with hysterical results.

Key & Peele (2012)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%
  • Number of seasons: 5
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele 

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, director of the critically acclaimed Get Out and Us, star in this hilarious sketch show. Fusing pre-recorded shorts with live comedy, the pair deal with everything from bad horror movies to systemic racism.

Rick and Morty (2013)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer

If you’re a fan of animated shows, turn on Rick and Morty. Missing for almost two decades, scientist Rick Sanchez makes a surprise appearance at his daughter’s doorstep. He swiftly moves in, roping his grandson, Morty, into his weird and wacky adventures.

Shrill (2019)

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 66%
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones

Another woman trying to juggle everything from ill-suited romantic partners to micro-managing bosses, Annie wants to change it all — except the way she looks. But modern society has other plans, forcing her to battle unrealistic ideals while embracing self-love.

How to watch comedy movies and shows on Hulu

To access all of Hulu’s comedy content, you’ll need to become a subscriber. Thankfully, you don’t have to part with your hard-earned cash straight away. Hulu offers a 30-day free trial of its on-demand package and a seven-day free trial of its combined live TV and on-demand plan. As soon as you sign up for the trial, you’ll be able to browse Hulu’s entire catalog. Head to the home page and look for the genre section to find a long list of comedy titles. Alternatively, if you know what you want to watch, just use the search bar to type in the name. 

Hulu’s nifty personalization features mean the more comedy you watch, the more comedy you’ll see. So if you watch nothing but animated series, the platform will begin to customize its recommendations, showing you cartoon show after cartoon show. Similarly, if movies are more your thing, you’ll begin to see fewer shows and more feature-length greats. You can also like and dislike certain titles to help the streaming service learn more about you for a greater personalized experience.

Of course, to do any of that, you’ll need a device that has the ability to access Hulu. Here’s every device that’s currently compatible with the streamer:

  • Amazon Fire tablets
  • Amazon Fire TV devices
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Android TVs (select models)
  • Apple TV (4th generation or later)
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show
  • iOS phones and tablets
  • LG TVs (select models)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku devices (select models)
  • Samsung TVs (select models)
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Web browsers (both on Mac and PC)
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Our hot take

Compare Hulu to rival streaming services, and you’ll notice the sheer amount of comedy titles available for your viewing pleasure. Not only does the platform hold entire seasons of sitcoms and sketch shows, but it also has hilarious movies from recent years and decades gone by. Titles can come and go without much warning. But whether you’re a Jordan Peele fan or a lover of teenage movies, you’ll find a truly funny film or series to keep you occupied.

*Current as of October 2020

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Lauren Sharkey