Best shows to watch on Hulu right now

As one of the most popular video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services, Hulu offers more plans than its competitors. You have the option to choose from Hulu‘s base or No-Ads plan, both of which give you access to thousands of licensed and original shows and movies. Or, you can opt for a more traditional TV experience with Hulu + Live TV. 

The highly coveted Disney+, Hulu, ESPN + package only costs $13/mo. and gives you access to a broad range of content. Whether you’re new to streaming services and interested in getting started or a Hulu subscriber looking for something to watch, this guide will introduce you to the best shows on Hulu. 

Even though Hulu isn’t as well known for its programming as Netflix, it produces a solid number of comedies, documentaries, dramas and miniseries. The Handmaid’s Tale and Ramy are just two of the popular, award-winning Hulu TV shows that have garnered energetic fanbases. With Hulu + Live TV, you can also watch network channels like Comedy Central, ESPN or NBC and save content with Cloud DVR storage. And with Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, FX and FXX shows will be accessible on Hulu following their initial broadcast. 

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Shows that have been nominated for awards

The Handmaid’s Tale (2017)

The Handmaid’s Tale is one of Hulu’s flagship series. It’s received numerous accolades for its performances, story and overall production. The series is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name, in which America has fallen from environmental disasters and a collapsing birthrate. The story unfolds in a new theocratic society where women suffer under an oppressive regime. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 77%
  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel and O.T. Fagbenie

11.22.63 (2016)

From the mind of Stephen King, 11.22.63 is the story of a man who tries to change the path of history. More specifically, 11.22.63 is the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. This miniseries follows the pursuit of a high school English teacher as he travels back in time to stop one of the most infamous assassinations in modern history. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 88%
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: James Franco, Daniel Webber, Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones and T.R. Knight

Ramy (2019)

Caught between two worlds, the series’ title character, Ramy, juggles the conventions of his Muslim community with the challenges of being a millennial in New Jersey. The show overflows with hilarious scenarios conveying the nuances of identity in a politically-divided time. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 84%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Ramy Youssef, Mo Amer, Hiam Abbass and Amr Waked

Pen15 (2019)

Two friends in middle school, comically portrayed by adults, deal with the awkwardness of puberty while navigating the social hierarchies of middle school in 2000. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Dylan Gage Moore 

Shows you’ll want to rewatch 

Marvel’s Runaways (2017)

Teenagers with various superpowers team up after discovering that their parents are supervillains. Follow the excitement as they run away and attempt to redeem the wrongs of the previous generation. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi 
  • Number of seasons:
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Ariela Barer, Brigid Brannagh and Ever Carradine 

The Mindy Project (2012)

Mindy Kaling plays an ob-gyn in this hilarious sitcom. She struggles with her personal life, wishing it to be as perfect as her favorite romcoms. In her office, however, she finds happiness while attempting to reel in her staff, comprised of quirky and neurotic personalities. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 82%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 6
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Mindy Kaling, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant and Xosha Roquemore

Castle Rock (2018)

Adapting the Stephen King multiverse into the fictional town of Castle Rock, the show explores themes and psychological musings from some of King’s most beloved works. The series features elements of horror and suspense, and is set in a small woodland town of Maine. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 80%
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
  • Number of seasons:
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Terry O’Quinn, André Holland and Bill Skarsgård 

Into the Dark (2018)

Into the Dark is an anthology horror series where each episode tells a unique and terrifying tale about a specific holiday. Full of creepy Christmases, heart-stopping Valentine’s Days, horrifying Halloweens and more, the show is known for plot twists of massive proportions. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 59%
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller 
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Dustin Milligan, Angela Sarafyan, Julian Sands and Kyle Howard

Shows that will cheer you up

Future Man (2017)

The fate of humanity is placed in the hands of a janitor by extraterrestrial visitors. The hero travels through time to fight for the safety of his civilization. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 82%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Josh Hutcherson, Glenne Headly, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson and Ed Begley Jr.

Casual (2015)

A newly divorced woman and her bachelor brother end up living under the same roof. They support one another through the woes of dating and raising her teenage daughter. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Michaela Watkins, Tara Lynne Barr, Frances Conroy, Tommy Dewey and Patrick Heusinger

Letterkenny (2016)

Letterkenny is a comedy series that follows two friends in rural Ontario. The show pays plenty of attention to the hilarious yet understated shenanigans and absurdities of small-town living. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 8
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett, K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair

I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman (2017)

Comedian Sarah Silverman is on a mission to solve one of the greatest questions of our time: Are we all really that different? As Silverman travels America far and wide, she tries to connect people with differing viewpoints and show you can disagree and still be friends. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 52%
  • Genre: Comedy, Talk-Show
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Sarah Silverman, Joshua Funk and Anthony Atamanuik

The takeaway 

It’s no secret that Hulu commands an expansive library of licensed shows from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to Grey’s Anatomy and Rick and Morty. The service constantly adds new licensed and original shows to its catalog. Hulu’s base and No-Ad plans offer both come with free 30-day trials. The company gives you seven days to dip into Hulu + Live TV for free. Cancel your subscription online before your trial period is up, and you won’t be charged. And unlike traditional TV providers, there aren’t any contracts or hidden costs. Discover more content on Hulu by visiting our guide on what movies to watch on Hulu, or if Live TV is more up your alley, visit our full Hulu channel list.

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Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of soda.com. He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.