The 74 Best Shows on Hulu Right Now (November 2021)

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imageHulu has so much great television content and continues to add new shows all the time.Whether it’s a brand new original or an old (or new) network show Hulu has picked up the streaming rights for, the selection is always changing.There are options for viewers of all ages, from adults to teens and young children.The amount of choice, in fact, can be pretty overwhelming.That is why we have done our research and put together a list of the best shows on Hulu right now.

From new shows to favorites that are even airing right now on linear networks, there’s something to fit the bill, no matter what mood you’re in.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best movies on Hulu , the best shows on Netflix , the best shows on Amazon Prime Video , and the best shows on Disney+ .

Recently added to Hulu Madagascar: A Little Wild tv-y 2020 Being Blago 2021 Animaniacs tv-pg 2020 The Next Thing You Eat 2021 Madagascar: A Little Wild (2020) new 5.6/10 Genre Animation, Kids Created by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath Cast Tucker Chandler, Amir O’Neil, Shaylin Becton, Luke Lowe Seasons: 5 tv-y watch on Hulu watch on Hulu After just over a year since its debut, Madagascar: A Little Wild is already five seasons in.Kids and parents alike love exploring the lives of their favorite characters from the 2005 film when they were just little ones living in the Central Park Zoo.See Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe as they navigate life in their rescue habitat in this animated show, which serves as a prequel to the popular animated comedy movie.Being Blago (2021) new 7.6/10 Genre Crime Created by ABC Localish Studios Cast Rod Blagojevich Seasons: 1 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu It shocked the nation when the 40th Governor of the state of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, was impeached, charged with public corruption, and sent to prison.It was even more shocking when, after spending nearly eight years behind bars, his sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump in 2020.

This four-part series is a fascinating look at his life after being released, what he’s up to now, his search for redemption, and answers the most pressing question: Will Blagojevich ever jump back into the world of politics? Animaniacs (2020) new 81% 7.8/10 Genre Animation, Comedy Created by Wellesley Wild (showrunner), Tom Ruegger Cast Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacHeille, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Andy Milder, Abby Trott Seasons: 2 tv-pg Trailer watch on Hulu Trailer watch on Hulu Sparking nostalgia for kids from the ’90s, Steven Spielberg and his company Amblin Entertainment (in association with Warner Bros.Animation) return with this reboot of the popular animated comedy musical.The original Animaniacs entertained kids with characters like Yakko, Wakko, Dot, and the Goodfeathers, and it pleased parents with the sneaky adult humor (from sexual innuendo to parodies and dated pop culture references) that went right over kids’ heads.Many of the original voice actors reprise their roles here, and there’s a similar variety show format with different skits following characters and their own independent plot lines.For anyone who grew up in the ’90s, it’s a must-watch throwback series, with or without kids.The Next Thing You Eat (2021) new Genre Docuseries Created by David Chang Cast David Chang Seasons: 1 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu David Chang is best known for his Momofuku restaurant empire and television shows like Ugly Delicious (not to mention being the first celebrity winner of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ).

He continues to make a name for himself in the entertainment world with this series that explores food in a different way than others.It’s just six episodes but the show delves deep into the future of what we eat.Will hamburgers as we know them exist in 30 years or will lab-created “meat” become the norm? Are robot pizzamakers making flipping pies a dying art? What about robot deliveries? Chang doesn’t just talk with chefs and journalists but also explores the topics from the perspectives of entrepreneurs, scientists, and others.It’s an interesting look at what we eat, why, and how food might evolve in the far, or even near, future.

Mom (2013) 69% 7.2/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker Cast Allison Janney, Jaime Pressly, Mimi Kennedy Seasons: 8 tv-14 Trailer watch on Hulu Trailer watch on Hulu There’s good reason that Allison Janney has taken home multiple Emmy awards for her role in this sitcom.It’s not only thoroughly entertaining and well-acted, but it also tackles serious subject matter in a lighthearted way that is informative and eye-opening.Janney’s character is Bonnie, who has struggled with addiction and reunites with her grown daughter Christy (Anna Faris), who has also had her own battles with addiction.Together, they try to help one another stay sober and clean up their lives, all while dealing with additional struggles, from cancer and domestic violence to gambling and teen pregnancy.

It sounds depressing, but as a sitcom, Mom manages to nicely balance the dark aspects of the story with humor, thanks in large part to the talented cast and clever writing.Check out all eight seasons.Party Down (2009) 93% 75% 8.2/10 Genre Comedy Created by Paul Rudd, John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge Cast Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Hulu Trailer watch on Hulu It’s a wonder that with such a star-studded cast, this sitcom only lasted two seasons in 2009 and 2010.Written in part by Paul Rudd, it follows a group of caterers in Los Angeles who rub elbows with the “who’s who” of Hollywood thanks to their jobs.

But they are all pining to one day make it big and eventually become the ones being served the food, not the other way around.Airing on Starz and well-received by critics, the ratings just weren’t there, and the show got the ax.It didn’t help that two of the biggest stars left for what would become hugely successful shows: Jane Lynch snagged a leading role on Glee , and Adam Scott was cast on Parks and Recreation .Take a nostalgic look back at this lesser-known series that is considered one the most underrated TV series of its decade.

Shrill (2019) 87% 73% 7.4/10 Genre Comedy Created by Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West Cast Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Hulu Trailer watch on Hulu Saturday Night Live ‘s Aidy Bryant stars in this comedy about a young woman navigating life in the big city.While she wants to change the course of her life, she’s happy with her plus-sized body, though some believe her size holds her back.With aspirations to become a journalist, however, Annie’s confidence helps her push back against a world that thinks she isn’t good enough.The Lorne Michaels-produced series ran for three seasons and was lauded for its “sharp social commentary” and themes of self-acceptance.

Mayans M.C.(2018) 86% 57% 7.6/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Kurt Sutter, Elgin James Cast J.D.Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos Seasons: 3 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu A spin-off of the popular FX series Sons of Anarchy , this crime drama follows the Mayans M.C.

motorcycle club as they become allies of the Sons.Set in the same universe, the series begins two years after the events that ended SOA ‘s run, miles away in the fictional town of Santo Pedre in California.

While Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes is a gifted young man, he finds himself being pulled into the dark criminal underworld of the cartel seeking vengeance and, like Jax Teller from SOA , can’t seem to make his way out.Queens (2021) 100% 75% 6.6/10 Genre Soap, Drama Created by Zahir McGhee Directed by Tim Story Cast Brandy Norwood, Eve, Naturi Naughton Seasons: 1 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu The music industry has gone through tremendous change over the last few decades, but the concept of the attempted comeback is nothing new.This musical drama explores it from the perspective of a once-popular group of female hip-hop innovators who decide to reunite after several decades and reclaim their fame as a girl group.Now in their 40s, however, and with a music industry and genre that looks nothing like it did in the ’90s, the “Nasty Bitches” are in for a wild ride.With Eve, Brandy, and Naturi Naughton heading up the cast, all of whom have first-hand, real-world experience about what it was like to be famous singers in the ’90s, alongside Nadine Velazquez ( My Name is Earl ), expect plenty of musical numbers and sharp and biting lyrics from these talented individuals.Dopesick (2021) 79% 66% 8.5/10 Genre Drama Created by Danny Strong Cast Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu With a star-studded cast and a topical and controversial theme, it’s no surprise that this miniseries has turned heads.

Based on the Beth Macy nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America , the drama takes Big Pharma head on through its riveting and emotional eight episodes.The series explores the opioid crisis in America, looking at the situation from various angles, focusing its lens on the marketing of the drug OxyContin and Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family.From pain relief to addiction, regulators, drugs salespersons, and legal issues, it delves deep into the devastating effects of drug addiction in the country and the people and companies being held responsible in the court of public opinion.Castle (2009) 82% 56% 8.1/10 Genre Drama, Crime Created by Andrew W.

Marlowe Cast Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas Seasons: 8 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu A staple in the primetime TV line-up through the mid-2000s, Castle is your typical formulaic crime-comedy-drama about a homicide detective who is reluctantly paired with a best-selling mystery novelist with a knack for helping her solve unusual crimes.With parallel stories of the unique crimes they encounter and their own personal hate-to-love relationship, it’s a satisfying watch, or rewatch, for fans of the police procedural genre.Saturday Night Live (1975) 8.0/10 Genre Comedy, News Created by Lorne Michaels, Dick Ebersol Cast Michael Che, Pete Davidson ,Chloe Fineman, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Bowen Yang (season 47) Seasons: 47 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Airing now for more than four decades, it’s tough to imagine a weekend TV line-up without Saturday Night Live providing hearty laughs during late-night viewing and viral sketches that pique conversation the next day.

While the cast has changed over the years, the sketch comedy show has served as a launchpad for some of the biggest names in entertainment of late, from Jimmy Fallon to Will Ferrell and Ted Lasso ‘s Jason Sudeikis, all of whom were cast members.Let’s not forget other comedic icons who graced fans with their talents over the years, from Eddie Murphy to Chevy Chase and the late Norm Macdonald.While you can’t watch the entire series’ run on Hulu (you’ll need NBC’s Peacock for that), you can view the last 23 seasons, including episodes from the currently airing 47th season.Shark Tank (2009) 7% 6.0/10 Genre Reality Created by Mark Burnett Cast Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin Harrington, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner Seasons: 13 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Talk about the American dream.Americans from all walks of life present their businesses, ideas, inventions, and concepts to the panel of “sharks,” wealthy venture capitalists like billionaire Mark Cuban and Daymond John, creator of FUBU, in hopes of receiving an investment and a possible business partner.

While some of the ideas are outlandish or the entrepreneurs overinflate their business’s value, leading to rejection, some huge brands have actually launched on the show.The most notable is Ring, which appeared on an episode as its previous name Doorbot and went on to become one of the biggest companies in smart home security.From a device to lift your feet while on the toilet to a simple scrubbing brush, the show has seen it all.While it inspires creativity, Shark Tank is also a great show for learning the basics of business.

The ribbing among sharks makes for an entertaining watch, too.Grey’s Anatomy (2005) 84% 64% 7.5/10 Genre Drama Created by Shonda Rhimes Cast Ellen Pompeo, James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson Seasons: 18 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu There’s good reason this series has become the longest-running scripted primetime medical drama: Every season brings a fresh, new take on the personal and professional lives of a team of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals working at Seattle Grace Hospital.While there has been a revolving door of cast members, including some major character deaths, the title character, Dr.Meredith Grey, remains at the heart of the show.With intense crossover episodes, special episodes that present like mini-movies, and heart-wrenching storylines, the series that brought to life doctors “McDreamy” and “McSteamy” continues to capture the attention of its core audience, and attract new viewers.Digital Trends Streaming Roundup Best shows on Netflix Best shows on HBO Max Best shows on Amazon Prime Best movies on Hulu Bob’s Burgers (2011) 91% 8.1/10 Genre Comedy, Animation Created by Jim Dauterive, Loren Bouchard Cast H.

Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman Seasons: 12 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu At first, Bob’s Burgers struggled to find traction in Fox’s animation block, failing to pull in the dedicated audiences of Family Guy and The Simpsons .Over the last decade, however, the Belchers have emerged as an entity all their own, a family struggling to make ends meet, but never struggling to cheer each other up and have as good of a time as they can.

The characters never age, but the sitcom only seems to get better with time, fixating on the fictional family and their burger joint.With a feature film on the way to further celebrate the show’s success, there’s no better time to start binging the Belcher family’s escapades.

Family Guy (1999) 58% 8.1/10 Genre Animation, Comedy Created by Seth MacFarlane Cast Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis Seasons: 20 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Being the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, it’s no surprise that Family Guy ‘s storylines, while absurd, often toe the line between humor and social commentary.The Griffin family is an eclectic bunch that includes the dimwitted dad Peter, evil baby Stewie, and the highly intelligent anthropomorphic pet dog, Brian.It’s no secret that MacFarlane and his team often include stories that touch on current events, using the series and the family in meta fashion as a parody of American culture.The adult animated sitcom has received its share of criticism, but more than two decades later, the series is still going strong.The Good Doctor (2017) 53% 8.1/10 Genre Drama Created by David Shore Cast Freddie Highmore, Richard Schiff, Hill Harper Seasons: 5 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu While some fans question the depiction of autism and the embellished and gimmicky storylines that sometimes come part and parcel with this medical drama, Freddie Highmore’s performance is universally praised.

He plays Dr.Shaun Murphy, a surgical resident who also happens to be an autistic savant.While Dr.Murphy has incredible skills and abilities, these also come with unique challenges.The show isn’t just about how the staff learns to navigate Shaun’s unique abilities, but how Shaun grows as a person as well as he tries to leave his troubled past behind him.The Simpsons (1989) 85% 87% 8.6/10 Genre Family, Animation, Comedy Created by Matt Groening Cast Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright Seasons: 33 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Chances are you watched The Simpsons as a child, and the adult animated sitcom endures as the original that influenced so many that came after it.

The Simpsons family members haven’t aged, but that’s OK, because while the characters remain their same lovable selves, the meta-humor storylines have evolved with the times, managing to stay relevant even after three decades.

Not only is The Simpsons the longest-running animated sitcom in the U.S., but it’s also the longest-running sitcom, period, in the country as well as the longest-running prime-time TV series.Clearly, the show is doing something right in its parody of the typical middle-American family, spawning tons of merchandise not to mention plenty of catchphrases.D’oh! New Amsterdam (2018) 47% 8.1/10 Genre Drama Created by David Schulner Cast Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery Seasons: 4 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu “How can I help?” That’s Dr.Max Goodwin’s manta as medical director of the fictional New Amsterdam public hospital, and words you’ll hear him utter over and over again each episode.Despite the predictability as far as stereotypical medical dramas go, the soapy series is worth watching thanks to its talented cast and ridiculous yet thoroughly entertaining storylines.

The story begins with Goodwin, believing his secret cancer diagnosis is a death sentence, decides to run the hospital the way it should be run, ignoring all the red tape and bureaucracy that might otherwise hold a medical facility back from providing sufficient medical care to all of its patients.Naturally, the powers that be are none too pleased with Goodwin’s “no rules” strategy and the risks it brings along with it, even if deep down they agree with his caring intent.As the series progresses, Max gets increasingly impassioned about changing societal issues of all kinds, using his position at the hospital to elicit widespread change.Home Economics (2021) 82% 64% 6.3/10 Genre Comedy Created by Michael Colton, John Aboud Cast Topher Grace, Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro Seasons: 2 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Imagine three siblings, each of whom followed their own path in life, with the rebellious slacker and youngest brother ironically emerging as a millionaire while the other two seemingly more intelligent and successful siblings struggle with their careers.It’s a refreshing story that examines the concept of social status and its awkwardness within a single generation of a family.

The fact that Home Economics is inspired by the real-life story of its co-creator Michael Colton makes it all the more interesting.

The talented cast of familiar faces and the beautiful balance between corny jokes, typical sitcom tropes, and heartwarming moments makes Home Economics worth watching with the whole family.Plus, it’s finally a new sitcom that isn’t a reboot or revival of an old concept.The Conners (2018) 93% 75% 5.3/10 Genre Comedy Created by Matt Williams Cast John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert Seasons: 4 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Decades later, the Conner family is back in this spinoff/continuation series of the ground-breaking ’80s and ’90s sitcom Roseanne .Just as with the original, The Conners tackles difficult and timely social, economic, and political topics head-on, with a focus on life as a lower- to middle-class American family.From addiction to financial struggles, immigration, and even the COVID-19 pandemic, no topic is off-limits.Yet the witty dialogue, frequent sarcasm, and quirky characters add doses of laughter that help bring both perspective and humor to difficult situations.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) 78% 66% 8.0/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Dick Wolf Cast Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish Seasons: 23 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Sometimes, all you want to do is sit down and escape into a formulaic police procedural, and as the longest-running prime-time live-action series in U.S.history, it’s safe to say that Law & Order: SVU is worthy of being at the top of the list.The first and most successful of the many Law & Order spin-offs, this version deals with particularly troubling crimes, including rape, pedophilia, and domestic violence.Often times, stories are taken right from actual headlines, embellished for dramatic effect, while others are inspired by real-life cases from the past (and some from outright fiction).With fairly compartmentalized episodes, you can easily watch at your leisure anytime there’s “nothing on TV.” Law & Order: Organized Crime (2021) 45% 61% 7.6/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Ilene Chaiken, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead Cast Christopher Meloni, Danielle Moné Truitt, Ainsley Seiger Seasons: 2 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Marking the return of Christopher Meloni to the franchise, this, the latest spin-off in the long-running and ever-growing franchise, sees the actor reprise his role as Detective Elliot Stabler, who, following the murder of his wife, has come out of retirement to join a special task force investigating organized crime.Unlike other Law & Order series, this one sees a single case covered over multiple episodes, so you’ll enjoy a longer story with a slower build, but with plot twists that will keep you engaged all the way through.

The Goldbergs (2013) 53% 8.0/10 Genre Family, Comedy Created by Adam F.Goldberg Cast Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Hayley Orrantia Seasons: 9 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu If you were to make every possible ’80s reference imaginable, from music to movies, toys, and technology, and mix them up in a blender, the result would be this hilarious period sitcom.Sure, it’s like an overload of pop culture references sometimes, but that’s part of the show’s charm.Adding to the appeal is that the series is based on the creator’s real-life growing up as a young boy.

Obsessed with becoming a filmmaker, Adam would incessantly film his family and make home movies.Stories and segments are drawn from old video footage, often with clothing, dialogue, and actions copied to a tee.

Make sure to watch all the way to the end credits of every episode to see original video footage spliced with the new one, or even hear from the real people on which each character is based, from Adam’s overbearing “smother” Beverly to his grumpy dad Murray, and loud and obnoxious brother Barry.If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, it’s a show that will bring back a ton of great memories.Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019) 74% 58% 8.3/10 Genre Drama Created by RZA, Alex Tse Cast Ashton Sanders, Siddiq Saunderson, Johnell Young Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Everyone loves a good success story, and in the case of the Wu-Tang Clan, it’s about a group of a dozen men who bucked the odds and rose above a life of violence and crime to great success in a life where they expressed themselves through music.This drama, which is highly rated by critics and audiences, alike , tells the backstory of Wu-Tang’s formation.It starts back in New York in the ’90s, during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, when rapper Bobby Diggs, aka RZA, brought the 12 men together, pulling them away from negative temptations and, despite all odds, working to pursue their passion for music.It’s a story of resilience, choices, and hope for a better life.

Only Murders in the Building (2021) 100% 76% 8.3/10 Genre Comedy, Crime, Mystery Created by Steve Martin, John Robert Hoffman Cast Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu What do you get when two you combine two comedic icons with a Disney Channel actor turned pop music star? Apparently, it’s a buddy-type comedy about three strangers played by Steve Martin (also co-creator of the show), Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, who come together because they share an obsessive passion for true crime.But when they find themselves actually involved in one, the situation gets hairy.Out of the gate, the series was praised for the charming central characters, along with the “ hilarious and insightful ” story that takes a silly look at society’s obsession with this tragic genre.Keep an eye out for guest appearances from Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, and Sting.

What We Do in the Shadows (2019) 97% 83% 8.5/10 Genre Comedy Created by Jemaine Clement Cast Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou Seasons: 3 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu This isn’t your typical vampire drama — it’s actually a mockumentary comedy that presents the idea of vampires living among us, going about their mundane daily lives.

At the heart of the story, which is based on the 2014 movie of the same name, are four vampires living as roommates.The leader has a penchant for useless house meetings while another dabbles in pornography, and two others are having a “secret” affair.It’s full-on hilarity and perfect for anyone looking for an anti-vampire show that pokes fun at the typical tropes instead of playing into them.Critics call it “ delightfully absurd ” and “ridiculously fun.” American Horror Story (2011) 77% 65% 8.0/10 Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk Cast Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, and others (varies by season) Seasons: 10 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu American Horror Story is an anthology series, with each season centering on its own unique story, including a core cast with changing roles from season to season (along with some notable new additions from time to time).Each season provides scares and frightening psychological storylines, whether they take place within a troubled family home, amid a coven of witches, or inside a hotel of circus freaks.

American Horror Story is a unique drama, one that capitalizes on the work of series creator Ryan Murphy.

Archer (2009) 90% 79% 8.6/10 Genre Comedy, Action & Adventure, Animation Created by Adam Reed Cast H.Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter Seasons: 12 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Sterling Archer is an agent for a dysfunctional intelligence agency in this animated sitcom that takes inspiration from franchises like James Bond and mid-century comic art.

Relying on reference-heavy humor and meta-comedy, Archer revolves around the narcissistic, womanizing secret agent Archer and his seven colleagues, each with their own quirks, like his snarky mother, delusional and psychotic personal assistant, and a morally bankrupt scientist.The later seasons of this series, which was originally created for basic cable network FX then moved to sister network FXX, are designed like an anthology, with each season having its own self-contained story.The Handmaid’s Tale (2017) 83% 8.4/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama Created by Bruce Miller Cast Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes Seasons: 4 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu In a not-too-distant future, after an environmental disaster causes widespread infertility, an extremist cult in the United States stages a coup, establishing the totalitarian state of Gilead.

In this new society, women are relegated to subservient roles, and due to the low birth rate, a class of women called “handmaids” is conscripted to bear children for the leaders of Gilead.

The protagonist of The Handmaid’s Tale , Offred (Elisabeth Moss), is one such woman, forced to have ritualized sex with Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) to provide him and his wife with a child.Living without any rights or power, Offred tries to survive each day, hoping to one day be free.The Handmaid’s Tale is a masterful adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s grim novel of the same name, with excellent performances and gorgeous, oft-disturbing scene composition.

Reservation Dogs (2021) 98% 83% 8.1/10 Genre Drama, Comedy, Crime Created by Taika Waititi, Sterlin Harjo Cast Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Paulina Jewel Alexis Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu With a predominantly Native American cast and crew, Reservation Dogs provides a comedic glimpse into indigenous life.When four Indigenous teenagers living on a reservation in rural Oklahoma set their sights on moving to a wonderful and exotic place they know as California, they are willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

That means engaging in criminal activities to acquire the funds they need to leave.But when a rival gang shows up in town, the boys find themselves fighting crime as much as they are committing it.Having just premiered in early August 2021, the series is already getting rave reviews.With a perfect 100% Certified Fresh RottenTomatoes rating , critics say it’s a “low-key comedy that deftly captures the malaise of youth and Rez life.” Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) 95% 73% 8.4/10 Genre Comedy, Crime Created by Michael Schur, Daniel J.Goor Cast Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews Seasons: 8 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur and director Dan Goor struck comedy gold yet again with their action-comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Andy Samberg stars in the show, which focuses on a fictional police department precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Andre Braugher plays the yin to Samberg’s yang, providing dry yet hilariously timed humor during each episode.In just its first season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine took home two Golden Globe trophies.The series will conclude after its eighth and final season.Legion (2017) 91% 82% 8.2/10 Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Noah Hawley Cast Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza Seasons: 3 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Noah Hawley, the creator of FX’s Fargo , tries his hand at telling a superhero story with Legion , a visually dynamic series that isn’t your typical man-in-a-cape origin story.

The show follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who, having heard voices in his head since a young age, starts the series in a psychiatric hospital.His official diagnosis is schizophrenia, but after meeting another patient, Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller), who can switch bodies with anyone she touches, he discovers that the voices in his head are a sign of his own latent powers.Fitting for a show about a man who may or may not be insane, Legion is a hallucinogenic ride, with psychedelic visuals and format-breaking sequences that keep David — and the viewer — confused as to what is real.Atlanta (2016) 97% 93% 8.6/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Donald Glover Cast Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Donald Glover is a modern Renaissance man: Since launching a comedy career via skits circulated on YouTube, he has branched into rapping, acting, and even showrunning, with the remarkable, surreal comedy-drama Atlanta .The show follows a dogged college dropout named Earn (Glover), who sleeps at his on/off-again girlfriend’s place and struggles to provide for their child.When he learns that his cousin Alfred is starting to achieve success as a rapper — stage name: Paper Boi — Earn becomes his manager.

There is not much of an overarching plot to Atlanta .Most episodes play out like short films, and the show experiments with a variety of stories and formats — one standout episode is presented entirely as an episode of a local interview show, complete with fake commercials.Daring and frequently poignant, Atlanta is one of the most exciting shows on TV today.

PEN15 (2019) 97% 86% 8.0/10 Genre Comedy Created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman Cast Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu These days, coming-of-age stories are a dime a dozen, but few of them are as novel — or cringeworthy — as PEN15 .Co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as 13-year-old versions of themselves, allowing the series to address topics and situations many would consider taboo if performed by younger lead actors.

The two find their footing in hormone-fueled incidents involving masturbation and AOL Instant Messenger, not to mention everyday encounters with parents, principals, and the kind of insult-spewing preteens you can expect to find at any middle school.

It’s all served with a heavy dose of ’90s-inspired nostalgia, meaning if the show’s no-holds-barred look at adolescence isn’t enough, perhaps the constant references to the Spice Girls will be.Season 2 debuted on September 18, 2020.Rick and Morty (2013) 94% 87% 9.2/10 Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure Created by Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland Cast Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer Seasons: 5 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Creators Dan Harmon ( Community ) and Justin Roiland ( House of Cosbys ) teamed up to create one of the best animated comedies in years.The basic premise centers on Rick (Roiland), a scientist who employs the help of his grandson, Morty, to assist him with dangerous quests and various schemes across space and time.The Adult Swim series is chock full of biting satire and clever humor, and moreover, has garnered a cult following in the wake of its successful and highly-acclaimed first season.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009) 83% 8.4/10 Genre Reality Created by RuPaul Cast RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and others (varies by season) Seasons: 13 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu There’s good reason that this series has earned numerous Primetime Emmy Awards, including not only for RuPaul as host but also as Outstanding Reality-Competition Program; in 2018, the series became the first to ever win in both categories the same year.The contestants set out to win the race to become the next big drag superstar.They receive mentorship and coaching from RuPaul, as well as critiques on their performances in different challenges from a panel of judges.

Now on its 13th season, you can catch the first seven streaming.This Way Up (2019) 91% 81% 7.8/10 Genre Comedy Created by Aisling Bea Cast Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan Seasons: 2 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Irish comedian, actor, and writer Aisling Bea both wrote and stars in this British comedy-drama about Aine, a young single woman living in London and teaching English as a second language.The story picks up after Aine leaves a rehabilitation center following a nervous breakdown and deals with picking up where she left off in life.That includes coping with both the personal and professional pressures, with the help of her worried sister, Shona.Its first season was a huge success, with a perfect 100% audience score and a 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, which described the show as a comedy about “moving on, moving forward, and trying to find happiness.” Season 2 starts streaming on Hulu beginning July 9, giving you lots of time to binge season 1 first.

DAVE (2020) 83% 8.3/10 Genre Comedy Created by Jeff Schaffer, Lil Dicky Cast Dave Burd, Taylor Misiak, Andrew Santino Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Rapper/comedian Lil Dicky became internet famous after releasing his song “Ex-Boyfriend” on YouTube back in 2013, then released his debut rap album, Professional Rapper , in 2015.He went on to collaborate with the likes of Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Wiz Khalifa.In 2020, Dicky, real name David Andrew Burd, worked with producer Jeff Schaffer to create a comedy series based on his life, and, as it turns out, the talented rapper is a talented comedian, too.Burd stars in the series as a fictionalized version of himself, a neurotic young man living in a small suburban town who believes he can make it big in the rap game.

GaTa, Burd’s real-life hype man, plays himself on the show, including depicting his real-life battle with bipolar disorder.Critic reviews for the first season applaud the “juvenile sense of humor,” for those who appreciate those types of jokes.It’s a refreshing and fun show with a laundry list of A-list guest stars, not to mention Kevin Hart counted among its executive producers.Love, Victor (2020) 95% 69% 8.1/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger Cast Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel Seasons: 2 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu A refreshingly modern take on your typical coming-of-age teen drama, this series follows a young man named Victor as he navigates life in a new high school and embarks on a journey to self-discovery, including figuring out his sexuality.

The series is set in the same world as the 2018 teen drama Love, Simon , which starred Nick Robinson as the title character.Robinson is now a producer and narrator, helping Victor through his struggles and providing guidance.The spinoff series received an overwhelmingly positive reception, with the consensus being that it’s an easily digestible and entertaining watch.Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.(2021) 88% 6.3/10 Genre Comedy, Animation Created by Patton Oswalt, Jordan Blum Cast Patton Oswalt, Melissa Fumero, Aimee Garcia Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu With a stellar voice cast, lots of laughs, and striking stop-motion visuals, this latest Marvel project is a hit.

Referred to by critics as an “ entertainingly chaotic diversion ,” Patton Oswalt voices the title character, a Marvel supervillain and floating robot-engineered head who is convinced that he’s far superior to other supervillains and despises everything about superheroes.But after losing his company and his family, he enters a troubling mid-life crisis.M.O.D.O.K.is rated for mature audiences, so this adult animated series isn’t one to watch with the kids.But for adult Marvel fans, it’ll provide some hearty laughs.

Community (2009) 88% 74% 8.5/10 Genre Comedy Created by Dan Harmon Cast Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi Seasons: 6 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Community saw its fair share of ups and downs while on NBC but this Dan Harmon comedy is one of the funniest shows on TV — its first three seasons were, at least.The show centers around a group of newly acquainted friends who attend a blunder of a community college.Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, and Donald Glover headline this hilarious show while Jim Rash’s turn as the dean is as funny as any character on TV.It’s no longer on the airwaves, but rumors of a forthcoming movie persist.

Solar Opposites (2020) 96% 72% 8.0/10 Genre Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Justin Roiland, Mike McMahan Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu From the creators of Rick and Morty , this Hulu original animated sitcom, which has a solid 92% aggregate critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, sees four aliens crash-land into a suburban American town.While waiting for the right moment to take over Earth, they do their best to learn the ways of humans and live among them — but they each have their own perceptions about human behavior and what is awful versus awesome.

With an impressive voice cast, including both main and recurring characters, the series has been a hit for Hulu.Lost (2004) 85% 84% 8.3/10 Genre Action & Adventure, Mystery Created by J.J.Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jeffrey Lieber Cast Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Malcolm David Kelley, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, and others Seasons: 6 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu One of the most talked-about shows of the early- to mid-2000s, this drama combined elements of supernatural with sci-fi and general intrigue.

A group of survivors winds up on a mysterious island after the commercial jet airliner they’re traveling on supposedly crashes.Every episode delves into character backstories, raises questions, and introduces strange new happenings.

You’re continually drawn into the compelling, puzzling, mind-bending twists and turns — it’s near impossible to watch just one episode per sitting! Binge all six seasons of this J.J.Abrams series that has widely been considered one of the greatest of all time.Image: https://www.hulu.com/series/lost-466b3994-b574-44f1-88bc-63707507a6cb The Twilight Zone (1959) 82% 9.0/10 Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Rod Serling Cast Rod Serling Seasons: 5 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Rod Serling’s science fiction/fantasy series The Twilight Zone remains one of the best-written shows ever to air on American television.The original series aired for five seasons from 1959 to 1964 with Serling serving as not just head writer but also host and narrator.

Each episode’s new story sees the main character encounter paranormal or unusual events that lead to an eventual moral.Though it has spawned two spinoff series, the original Twilight Zone is the best of the bunch.Vikings (2013) 93% 74% 8.5/10 Genre Action & Adventure, Drama Created by Michael Hirst Cast Alex Høgh Andersen, Jordan Patrick Smith, Marco Ilsø Seasons: 6 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu History (the network) melds historic accuracy with epic action in Vikings, a dramatized recounting of a prolific figure in Scandinavian lore, Ragnar Lothbrok.Vikings follows the exploits of the cunning Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as he becomes the most powerful ruler of Europe’s Viking Age, or at least, the one the history books and Nordic sagas remember him as.The show has received much acclaim during its run thus far — and without the gratuitous nudity common to most cable epics — earning it numerous Emmy nominations for both effects and design.Mrs.

America (2020) 96% 87% 7.8/10 Genre Drama Created by Dahvi Waller Cast Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu The effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was one of the central battlegrounds of the women’s movement in the 1970s.Mrs.America chronicles that fight and the unexpected backlash brought by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett), dubbed “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Told through the eyes of Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug, and Jill Ruckelshaus, Mrs.America is a political drama that adroitly plays both sides of the aisle, depicting one of the toughest political battles of the 20th century.The series explores how this fight helped give rise to the Moral Majority and completely shifted the American political landscape.Little Fires Everywhere (2020) 79% 69% 7.7/10 Genre Drama Created by Liz Tigelaar Cast Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Megan Stott Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Hollywood A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington burn their talented acting candles bright in this gritty miniseries as both show off their talents for pulling off seriously dramatic — and highly emotional — roles.Based on the 2017 Celeste Ng novel of the same name, the period series is set in the ’90s and highlights the dramatic differences between these two women.

While they share motherhood in common, they come from very different socioeconomic backgrounds, making them markedly different people with very different lives and life experiences.It beautifully examines the dichotomy between wealth and privilege and hardship and sacrifice.Reviews criticize the series for playing it safe sometimes, but there’s no denying that it’s electric when Witherspoon and Washington share screen time.The Great (2020) 88% 8.1/10 Genre Drama, Comedy Created by Tony McNamara Cast Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult star in this satirical, genre-bending drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from boring outsider to Russian Empress.The anti-historical romp through 18th-century Russia would make Chekhov blush and throw his vodka.It’s a fictionalized series that leans into some of its historical characters’ basest, silliest, and most stereotyped characteristics, which makes for some great fun.Fanning’s Catherine is delightfully intense and idealistic with just a touch of sadism toward her depraved, dopey husband, Peter III.

Homeland (2011) 85% 81% 8.3/10 Genre Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime, War & Politics Created by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa (based on Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff) Cast Claire Danes, Maury Sterling, Numan Acar Seasons: 8 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu This spy thriller kept fans glued to their screens for eight seasons as they watched Claire Danes brilliantly portray Carrie, a CIA agent trying to balance her career with her bipolar disorder.The series began when Carrie believed that a sniper from her team who had been captured by al-Qaeda had been turned and posed a threat to the team.The plot evolved and spiraled from there to touch on a long list of twists and turns, and viewers couldn’t get enough of the story.The series garnered consistently favorable reviews through to the end, with the final season lauded for being “tautly thrilling” and providing a fitting finish to the captivating story.Letterkenny (2016) 8.6/10 Genre Comedy Created by Jared Keeso Cast Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett, K.Trevor Wilson, Dylan Playfair, Jacob Tierney Seasons: 9 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Set in the remote, rural town of Letterkenny (populated, the show tells us, entirely by hicks, skids, hockey players, and Christians), Jared Keeso’s comedy Letterkenny follows a group of hicks: Wayne (Keeso), his friend Daryl (Nathan Dales), sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), and Squirrelly Dan (K.Trevor Wilson), as well as a pair of hockey players, Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr), with whom Katy has a three-way relationship.The show revolves around their lives and encounters with the other eccentrics in the town.

It’s a show deeply rooted in Canadian culture, with heavy use of slang, but even those unfamiliar with the vernacular will quickly come to appreciate the show’s deadpan wit.Fargo (2014) 93% 85% 8.9/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Noah Hawley Cast Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman (season 1); Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson (season 2); Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (season 3) Seasons: 4 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Based on the Coen brothers’ beloved film of the same name, Fargo returns to the icy plains of Minnesota, a place where nefarious plots are conceived and enacted by otherwise seemingly normal folks.

The TV adaptation features a rotating all-star cast that has included Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, not to mention Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman, and stays true to the same black comedy and deadly mishaps that made the original film so popular.The X-Files (1993) 67% 65% 8.6/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery, Crime Created by Chris Carter Cast David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi Seasons: 11 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Chris Carter’s science fiction drama, The X-Files, operated under one simple premise: The truth is out there.FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate unsolved mysteries called X-Files.These X-Files deal with paranormal activity, aliens, UFO sightings, and various phenomena.

Mulder believes in the existence of alien life while Scully offers scientific explanations for the mysterious happenings, with their relationship serving as the show’s bedrock.Killing Eve (2018) 89% 79% 8.2/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge(developed for television by) Cast Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw Seasons: 3 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu For MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), the life of a spy is more mundane than the movies make it out to be.She’s stuck working at a desk, and the most excitement she sees is late-night karaoke, rather than infiltrating high-tech facilities or something similar.Eve gets a shot at a much livelier case when someone murders a Russian politician and Eve correctly deduces the assassin was a woman.Soon, she is on the trail of the assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a highly-skilled killer with no conscience, who takes an interest in the woman hunting her.Blending drama, humor, and international spy antics, Killing Eve is an exceptional psychological thriller, built around a complicated cat-and-mouse relationship.Sons of Anarchy (2008) 87% 68% 8.5/10 Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller Created by Kurt Sutter Cast Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Tommy Flanagan Seasons: 7 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu A biker gang, the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (aka SAMCRO), makes ends meet by trafficking guns and subverting the law at every turn.

However, when the gang’s young vice president Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) discovers the diary of his deceased father, he begins to question SAMCRO’s business decisions.This puts Jax at odds with his stepfather Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), who presides as the club’s president.The series tells the story of Jax’s efforts to keep the club together while balancing his complicated family life.

Veronica Mars (2004) 91% 78% 8.3/10 Genre Mystery, Drama, Comedy Created by Rob Thomas Cast Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring Seasons: 4 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Fans were outraged when this teen noir mystery drama, airing from 2004 to 2007, was canceled prematurely.It has since developed a cult following and even spawned a follow-up film in 2014 as well as an eight-episode fourth-season revival in 2019, 12 years after the original cancellation.Putting Kristen Bell on Hollywood’s radar as a young actor to watch, the show starred the then up-and-comer as the title character, a high school student who works as a private investigator at night with her detective father.While a mystery at heart, Veronica Mars is really the story of a sharp-tongued young woman and her somewhat atypical yet still very relatable coming-of-age story.

You can binge all four seasons.Ramy (2019) 96% 85% 8.0/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch Cast Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Dave Merheje, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, Laith Nakli Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu The streaming world is awash in introspective, character-driven comedies, and while Ramy’s format will feel familiar, it adds a new wrinkle.The eponymous character (played by comedian Ramy Youssef) isn’t just a millennial dealing with the awkward ups and downs of work and dating in the 21st century.He’s also Muslim trying to lead a moral life in amoral times.

Ramy wades in ambiguities and its protagonist’s hypocrisies and hang-ups; for instance, he’s uncomfortable kissing a Muslim woman on their first date, but fine hooking up with non-Muslims, for which the former chews him out.It’s a show with a unique perspective and a willingness to present its characters in an unflattering light.Nathan For You (2013) 97% 8.9/10 Genre Comedy, Documentary Created by Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman Cast Nathan Fielder Seasons: 4 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Life is tough for small business owners, but if your business is struggling, there’s one man you can turn to for help: Nathan Fielder (playing a fictional version of himself), a consultant with a metaphorical briefcase full of bizarre marketing ideas and social anxiety.

When an ordinary business owner finds themselves in a tricky situation, Fielder strolls into their lives like an awkward Rumpelstiltskin, ready to solve their problem in some bizarre way.

Nathan for You is a brilliant mockumentary, with Fielder’s outlandish marketing stunts confusing the ordinary folk entangled in them — his parody coffee shop Dumb Starbucks even made international news! Catch-22 (2019) 84% 70% 7.8/10 Genre Comedy, Drama, War & Politics Created by Luke Davies, David Michôd Cast Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Daniel David Stewart Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Adapting a great work of literature, particularly one as stylish as Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 , is a daunting task, but George Clooney and company managed to do it, more or less successfully, in this six-part miniseries.Set during World War II, Catch-22 follows Capt.Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), an American bombardier desperate to get out of the war.He wants to take advantage of the military’s policy of discharging any soldier on the basis of insanity.Unfortunately, Yossarian’s desire to get discharged for insanity is stifled by the military’s Catch-22 clause: Anyone who is crazy can ask to be discharged, but anyone asking to be discharged is clearly thinking rationally.

So Yossarian keeps flying missions, and his superiors keep raising the number of missions required to end the war, and the war seems no closer to ending.

Catch-22 is a darkly hilarious examination of the horrors of bureaucracy (and war), with a brilliant cast including — along with Abbott — George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and Julie Ann Emery.The Venture Bros.(2004) 92% 8.5/10 Genre Comedy, Animation, Action & Adventure Created by Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer Cast Christopher McCulloch, Michael Sinterniklaas, James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Doc Hammer, Steven Rattazzi, Dana Snyder Seasons: 7 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Adult Swim’s long-running (the series has been airing off and on since 2003) dark comedy The Venture Bros.is a hilarious, occasionally depressing exploration of failure and legacies, set in a world full of colorful characters.

Originally built as a parody of ‘60s adventure shows like Jonny Quest , The Venture Bros.focuses on Dr.

Rusty Venture (James Urbaniak), a once-famous boy adventurer who fizzled out, growing up to become a failed scientist.Now the owner of his father’s company, the show follows Rusty, his two sons Hank (Christopher McCulloch) and Dean (Michael Sinterniklaas), and their bodyguard, secret agent/bulky murder machine Brock Samson (Patrick Warburton), through various adventures and schemes, flitting through various genres and story structures.The humor is weird but often brilliant — one particularly strange episode reimagines the Scooby gang as a bunch of drug-addled fiends — but what truly stands out about the show is how it has built a vast world full of recurring, oddball characters whose relationships evolve over time.Better Things (2016) 97% 87% 7.8/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.

Cast Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, Celia Imrie Seasons: 4 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu The age of the subversive sitcom continues with Better Things , a dark, caustic comedy about growing older and raising kids.The show follows Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a struggling actress raising three kids by herself in Los Angeles.Sam juggles her attempts to advance her career and have fun with her responsibility to her daughters, each of whom presents their own unique difficulties.Adlon and co-creator Louis C.K.

(who is no longer involved) previously worked on the surreal comedy-drama Louie , and Better Things shows a similar mean streak, narrowing in on the grimy, depressing aspects of parenthood that other sitcoms gloss over.Key & Peele (2012) 97% 78% 8.3/10 Genre Comedy Created by Keegan-Michael Key Cast Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele Seasons: 5 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Great sketch shows have been in short supply for a while now, which makes it all the easier to appreciate the short but brilliant life of Key & Peele .Starring former MADtv members Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the show is an adventurous collection of sketches that blend absurdist humor and social commentary.See, for example, a skit in which white news anchors complain about the dangers of “black ice” on the streets at night, to the indignation of their black colleagues.

Not every sketch is political, however; sometimes they just freak out about the latest Liam Neeson film.Both hosts bring manic energy and throw themselves fully into a variety of roles.It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) 94% 71% 8.8/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Rob McElhenney Cast Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney Seasons: 18 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu What South Park is to late-night animation, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is to sitcoms.

Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day — who also created and write the show — star as three best friends who kind of hate each other, while Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito round out the cast as the infamous Dee and Frank.The group often finds itself in some of the most absurd situations as the members push into the uncharted and irreverent comedic territory for which the show is well known, usually as a result of their own botched schemes.Adventure Time (2010) 100% 8.6/10 Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Pendleton Ward Cast Pendleton Ward, Olivia Olson, Jeremy Shada Seasons: 10 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time amassed a huge audience over its ten-season run, one that crosses over into numerous demographics, making it a contemporary classic for adults and kids alike.

The stories of best friends Jake and Finn in the magical Land of Ooo are a joy to watch.Whether the duo is protecting the land from the evil (and misunderstood) Ice King or helping a young vampire navigate her family life, Adventure Time captures a sense of adventure and fun, while providing a subtle maturity that speaks to older audiences.Broad City (2014) 99% 82% 8.4/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson Cast Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress Seasons: 5 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Ilana and her best friend Abbi are two 20-something women, living in New York.Abbi is a struggling artist, working at a fitness center while she attempts to get her career off the ground.Ilana, on the other hand, does everything in her power to avoid working, and instead pursues all manner of pleasurable distractions, including sexual escapades and consuming large amounts of marijuana.

The two are often pulled into crazy situations, frequently as a consequence of one of Ilana’s ill-conceived plots.Broad City has received high praise from critics due to its clever writing and subtle-yet-effective message of female empowerment.Arrested Development (2003) 74% 78% 8.7/10 Genre Comedy Created by Mitchell Hurwitz Cast Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett Seasons: 5 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Despite getting canceled by Fox in 2006, Ron Howard and Mitchell Hurwitz’s Arrested Development saw critical success across the board.Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Michael Cera star as family members of the very dysfunctional Bluth family living in Newport Beach, California.The show centers around Michael Bluth (Bateman) as he’s forced to assist his off-the-wall relatives after the family business comes under fire.

black-ish (2014) 92% 77% 7.1/10 Genre Comedy Created by Kenya Barris Cast Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner Seasons: 8 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu ABC’s Black-ish is one of many shows to have sprung up during the latest sitcom renaissance, which seems to emphasize distinct points of view not often seen on TV.This particular sitcom follows the Johnsons, an upper-middle-class family in America.Parents Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) try to raise their children, whom they worry may be growing up in a vastly different milieu than they did.The show takes a critical look at issues of race and identity in contemporary America, balancing heavy social commentary with character-driven comedy.

Digital Trends Streaming Roundup Best shows on Netflix Best shows on HBO Max Best shows on Amazon Prime Best movies on Hulu Futurama (1999) 93% 74% 8.4/10 Genre Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure Created by Matt Groening Cast Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, David Herman, Frank Welker Seasons: 7 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Although it didn’t attain immortality like its unending older brother The Simpsons (which now has the most scripted episodes of any prime-time series), Matt Groening’s other cartoon, Futurama , established an identity of its own as a funny, often poignant vision of the future.

The show follows Philip J.

Fry (Billy West), a delivery boy who stumbles into a cryogenic pod and wakes up a thousand years in the future.He ends up working for an interplanetary delivery company, working with a variety of colorful characters, including steely cyclops Leela (Katey Sagal) and hard-drinking, sociopathic robot Bender (John DiMaggio).Futurama is an inventive comedy, with every episode going in some wild directions, and it has an incredible cast of oddballs to bounce off each other.

Firefly (2002) 77% 63% 9.0/10 Genre Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Joss Whedon Cast Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass Seasons: 1 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Before he was the mastermind behind Marvel’s cinematic universe, Joss Whedon was known for creating memorable television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly .While the latter only lasted for one season before it was ultimately canceled and later revived with the film Serenity , it has garnered a rabid cult following.The sci-fi series is set just after an interplanetary civil war between the populated inner system planets and the outer planets, where life resembles the American West.The series is well known for its cast of likable characters, including Nathan Fillion’s Mal Reynolds, who captains the titular ship and is arguably the coolest space criminal since Han Solo.

Cowboy Bebop (1998) 100% 8.9/10 Genre Action, Adventure, Animation Created by Hajime Yatate Cast Koichi Yamadera, Unsho Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara Seasons: 1 tv-14 watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Anime is often labeled as a niche genre, but like with all forms of media, there are breakout examples that transcend the genre, crossing over in appeal.Cowboy Bebop is a prime example.Set in the early era of humanity’s colonization of the solar system, a ragtag group of bounty hunters led by Spike Spiegel (Steven Blum) makes ends meet by taking in wanted criminals, while simultaneously trying to avoid the law and powerful criminal organizations.This space-western has been lauded as one of the best anime series ever made, with a memorable cast and compelling story, featuring one of the most iconic final scenes ever.

Star Trek (1966) 8.3/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama Created by Gene Roddenberry Cast William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Seasons: 3 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Few franchises have grown as massive of a fanbase as Star Trek .The Original Series features William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as the iconic Captain Kirk and Commander Spock, respectively.Though dated — the show aired from 1966 to 1969 — it’s an appreciated blast from the past and one which created the foundation for so many TV spinoffs and movies.Few would argue that Kirk and Spock are among television’s all-time best duos.Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) 91% 51% 8.6/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery Created by Gene Roddenberry Cast Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner Seasons: 7 tv-pg watch on Hulu watch on Hulu Perhaps the most popular of the Star Trek TV shows, The Next Generation ran for an impressive seven seasons from 1987 to 1994.

Patrick Stewart takes the lead as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who guides the Enterprise across the galaxy in search of new life and civilizations.It built off the cult success of The Original Series and solidified the Star Trek franchise as one of the best science fiction universes across TV or film.

Despite taking place within the boundaries of space — where no man had gone before — TNG drew allegories to our earthbound cultural issues that took place during its televised run.

Harlots (2017) 97% 73% 7.7/10 Genre Drama Created by Alison Newman, Moira Buffini Cast Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Dorothy Atkinson, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Kate Fleetwood, Holli Dempsey, Douggie McMeekin, Edward Hogg, Richard McCabe, Danny Sapani, Hugh Skinner, Eloise Smyth, Liv Tyler, Sebastian Armesto, Julian Rhind-Tutt Seasons: 3 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu This historical drama follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), a madam running a brothel in 18th century London.Eager to climb the social ladder — and dodge the authorities — Margaret moves into the territory of her former boss, high-class madam Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), sparking a war between the two.

Caught up in Margaret’s schemes are her two daughters, Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth), whom she has pushed into prostitution.

Despite the lurid subject matter, Harlots is never merely titillating; this is a show with a keen eye for the power dynamics at work in its setting, and how hierarchy turns even sex into a cold transaction.A complicated drama with intriguing characters, Harlots is a great show for people who like their historical dramas on the seedier side.Twin Peaks (1990) 82% 83% 8.8/10 Genre Drama, Mystery Created by David Lynch, Mark Frost Cast Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton Seasons: 3 tv-ma watch on Hulu watch on Hulu In the quiet titular town of Twin Peaks, the sudden and tragic murder of high school student Laura Palmer set off a chain of events that turns the town on its head.FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) teams up with local sheriff Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean) to solve the murder, only to uncover a complicated mess of grisly truths that border on the supernatural.Twin Peaks is among director David Lynch’s most iconic works, yet the show initially only lasted two brief seasons.

Despite this, it produced some timeless episodes .Those who have finished the original two seasons will be delighted to know that the show returned for its first new episodes after 25 years in 2017, though those aren’t available on Hulu.The 50 best movies on Netflix right now The 53 best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now The 100 best movies on HBO Max right now The 98 best movies on Hulu right now The best shows on Netflix right now.

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