What to watch on Hulu: 34 best TV shows streaming now – The A.V. Club

There’s no dearth of options on Hulu, so deciding what to watch can be quite overwhelming. Instead of wasting time trying to figure out which show will keep you on your couch for several hours, check out our roundup of the best of the best on the streamer, including beloved Hulu originals, FX hits, rewatch-worthy big-network classics, and cult favorites. Looking for something timely? Dig into the recently finished Fleishman Is In Trouble and The Patient, and keep up with ongoing episodes of ABC’s Abbott Elementary.
This list is in alphabetical order. It was last updated on January 10, 2023. It will update monthly. 
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Stars: Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Janelle James, William Stanford Davis
Number of seasons on Hulu: 2
Abbott Elementary made a splash as soon as it premiered on ABC in December of 2021. In less than a year, the workplace comedy has earned praise from fans and critics and multiple Emmy wins. And it’s all for a good reason. Created by Brunson, the series follows underfunded school teachers of a Philadelphia public school as they work hard to make the best of their situation. The mockumentary format recalls The Office and Parks And Recreation, but Abbott has wisely carved its own space in the genre. The second season is ongoing, with new episodes dropping on Hulu a week after they air on ABC.
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Stars: Hilary Swank, Jeff Perry, Grace Dove, Matt Malloy, Ami Frank, Joe Tippett, Meredith Holzman
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
Spotlight director and co-writer Tom McCarthy’s affection for stories about journalism continues with Alaska Daily. The drama follows New York City reporter Eileen Fitzgerald, who moves to, yes, Alaska after a career scandal. She teams up with a local journalist to write about the case of missing Indigenous women, something long-ignored by major outlets. New episodes air every Thursday on ABC, and are available to stream on Hulu the following day. The show returns from winter break in February.
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Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, LaKeith Stanfield, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Number of seasons on Hulu: 4
In a post-Community world, Glover found more mainstream success as musician Childish Gambino and through his FX comedy, Atlanta. This isn’t to say the show is by any means mainstream. In it, he plays Earn Marks, a rookie manager trying to get his cousin Paper Boi’s (Henry) rap career to take off. Over four seasons, Atlanta evolved into a sharp, incisive series with nuanced observations on race and other societal issues, with some can’t-miss standalone episodes.
5 / 36
Stars: Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Liza Colón-Zayas, Lionel Boyce, Abby Elliott
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
No one saw it coming, but The Bear ended up as the show of the summer in 2022. Created by Christopher Stohrer, the dark comedy follows chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, who moves from the fine dining world to run his family’s Italian beef sandwich shop in Chicago after the death of his brother. He has to manage an unruly staff and rundown kitchen, but it’s fine because, in the process, White and The Bear have turned “Yes, chef” into an instantly iconic phrase. Here’s an excerpt from The A.V. Club’s review: “Once you’re acclimated, The Bear becomes something of a marvel, a show with its own rhythm and with characters you generally want to be around, even as they’re losing it.” The show has been renewed for season two.
6 / 36
Stars: Pamela Adlon, Celia Imrie, Mikey Madison, Hannah Riley, Olivia Edwards, Deidrich Bader, Alysia Reiner, Rebecca Metz, Kevin Pollak
Number of seasons on Hulu: 5
Adlon quietly created one of TV’s most sublime, must-watch comedies about motherhood, aging, and evolving familial bonds. Better Things borrows very specifically from her own life as a working-actor single mother of three daughters but feels eternally universal thanks to its resonant writing. Be sure to read our interview with the creator-star about the end of the show.
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Stars: Bill Skarsgård, André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Lizzy Caplan, Elsie Fisher, Paul Sparks, Barkhad Abdi, Yusra Warsama
Number of seasons on Hulu: 2
Creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason struck gold when they made Castle Rock, a kaleidoscopic exploration of Stephen King lore that isn’t tied to one book or short story. Instead, it pulls liberally from the horror author’s entire body of work. Like a cursed curio cabinet, the show displays some of King’s eeriest ideas with unnerving elegance. Beautifully written with a rich atmosphere, it’s a short-lived titan of terrifying TV.
8 / 36
Stars: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Woody Harrleson, Kirstie Alley
Number of seasons on Hulu: 11
A mainstay on any sitcom list worth its salt, Cheers forever raised the bar for the half-hour ensemble comedy with an 11-season run that somehow still feels too short. What starts as a will-they-won’t-they between waitress Diane (Shelley Long) and bartender Sam (Ted Danson) becomes a fully lived-in ecosystem of situational humor and friendship that’s since been mimicked by The Office, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and plenty more beloved series. Still, nothing beats an ice-cold Cheers. 
9 / 36
Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash
Number of seasons on Hulu: 6
Over its six-season run (and now a confirmed #movie), Community cemented itself as a weird, clever send-up of pop culture. While creator Dan Harmon’s series began as a semi-normal sitcom following seven misfits who find themselves at a community college, it quickly morphed into something far greater through its many parody episodes, running gags, and just a few games of paintball. As Pierce would say, the show was “streets ahead.”
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Stars (Japanese subtitled): Koichi Yamadera, Norio Wakamoto, Megumi Hayashibara, Unshō Ishizuka, Aoi Tada
Stars (English dubbed): Steve Blum, Skip Stellrecht, Wendee Lee, Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
Widely regarded as one of the best animated series ever (and that’s some stupidly steep competition), Cowboy Bebop perfectly combines film noir melodrama, spaghetti Western sensibilities, and high-energy anime action. It’s a smooth-riding saga that’s timeless in its start-to-finish confidence, deftly bookending its half-hour adventures about a bounty-hunting space crew with a killer intro sequence and an equally iconic stinger. As cool as hero Spike Spiegel, Cowboy Bebop is slick, smart, top-shelf mystery writing with style to spare.
11 / 36
Stars: Billy Eichner, Julie Klausner, Andrea Martin, James Urbaniak, Cole Escola, Jackie Hoffman, John Cho
Number of seasons on Hulu: 3
Difficult People follows two aspiring comedians trying to make a name for themselves, while seemingly hating on everyone except each other. Caroline Seide wrote it best in her review (in which she called the show “uber-specifically made for The A.V. Club”): “Difficult People isn’t for everyone. Despite the genuine sweetness of Julie and Billy’s friendship, the show’s barbed humor and unlikable characters are potentially off-putting. In an era when, as Billy puts it, comedies have “become 30-minute dramas,” the broad joke-a-minute style can feel almost old-fashioned. But for the right erudite, pop-culture-obsessed, sardonic audience, Difficult People is the kind of show that feels like it’s reaching out just to them.”
12 / 36
Stars: Michael Keaton, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosario Dawson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hoogenakker, Philippa Soo, Mare Winningham, Jake McDorman
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
We won’t lie: Dopesick, an eight-part limited series detailing the rise of OxyContin over multiple decades and numerous settings, is a challenging show. Still, the importance of the material and excellent performances from Keaton and Dever make this a must-watch. As Danette Chavez writes in her review for The A.V. Club: “When [the show] does choose substance over gimmicky style, you won’t be able to look away.”
13 / 36
Stars: Amanda Seyfriend, Naveen Andrews, William H. Macy, Dylan Minnette, Bill Irwin, Laurie Metcalf, Sam Waterston, Camryn Mi-Young Kim, Stephen Fry, Kate Burton, Elizabeth Marvel, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
Come to The Dropout for Amanda Seyfried’s chilling turn as Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes; stay for Naveen Andrews’ even more deranged take on her partner, Sunny Balwani. The two ran their company to the ground while scamming folks into constantly giving them money for an advanced blood testing machine that didn’t exist. Hulu’s limited series is an enticing depiction of the events, digging into how Elizabeth and Sunny manage to get investors while running a tight, paranoid ship at the office.
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Stars: Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman (season one), Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson (season two), Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon (season three), and Chris Rock and Jessie Buckley (season four)
Number of seasons on Hulu: 4 
A blood-soaked love letter to the Coen brothers (inspired by their 1996 masterpiece but bursting with references to a bunch of their films), creator Noah Hawley’s anthology series is that rarest of birds: a show completely steeped in the mythology of other peoples’ creations that somehow still feels remarkably fresh. Fargo’s second and third seasons, in particular, were marvelous, high-water marks in an era of peak television. And even when the show dips in quality ever so slightly (cough, season four, cough), it’s a fascinating, beautifully made dip that we can’t turn off.
15 / 36
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes, Adam Brody, Meara Mahoney Gross, Maxim Jasper Swinton
Number of seasons: 1
First of all, talk about an enviable ensemble. Fleishman Is In Trouble lives up to the hype of the cast and the Taffy Brodesser-Akner book it’s based on. The show follows Eisenberg’s Toby, a recently divorced man trying dating apps for the first time. Just as he begins to find success, his ex-wife disappears and leaves him to care for their kids, all while he just gets a promotion at the hospital where he works. Through this story, Fleishman examines marriages, relationships, and how they might fall apart in the first place.
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Stars: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Sacha Dhawan, Phoebe Fox, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Adam Godley, Belinda Bromilow
Number of seasons on Hulu: 2
Tony McNamara’s historical comedy isn’t necessarily a true story at all. It is loosely—like, very extremely loosely—based on the life of Russian Empress Catherine the Great (Fanning), who usurps power from her cruel husband, Peter III (Hoult). The show has a helluva time depicting how she plots to overtake his kingdom, all while avoiding falling in love with him. For his part, Hoult delivers an extraordinarily funny, awards-worthy performance.
17 / 36
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley, O.T. Fagbenle, Joseph Fiennes, Bradley Whitford, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Max Minghella
Number of seasons: 5
Yes, The Handmaid’s Tale and its dystopian nightmare doesn’t sound like an appealing escape. Even so, there’s no better time to catch up because Hulu’s award-winning drama returns for a fifth season on September 14. Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, the show follows June Osborne’s (Moss) attempts to escape Gilead, formerly the U.S., which is reorganized based on religious fanaticism where women have no agency. It’s a dark, daring TV drama that regained its groove last season.
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Stars: Zoë Kravitz, Jake Lacy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David H. Holmes
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
We’re as pissed as Zoë Kravitz about the cancelation of High Fidelity, a fiercely smart, inclusive retelling of Stephen Frears’ 2000 rom-com about a heartsick record store owner. Not only did Kravitz’s star performance deliver a complex portrait of a queer woman looking for love, but the series also offered a comforting sense of old-school cool, something modern TV had been missing. Even if it ends on a cliffhanger, High Fidelity is worth watching on repeat.
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Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito
Number of seasons on Hulu: 15  

Against all odds, The Gang and the havoc it inevitably wreaks don’t seem to be going anywhere—15 seasons and counting!—and that’s just fine by us. Dennis Perkins summed up Sunny’s endurance nicely in his recap of its most recent episode: “A lot’s been made about It’s Always Sunny’s unprecedented longevity, and how, despite the occasional misstep, its astoundingly consistent quality. As time’s gone on, the extreme difficulty built into Sunny’s singularly dark and bitter formula has only made that consistency more impressive.”
20 / 36
Stars: Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, Melanie Scrofano, Michelle Mylett, Dylan Playfair
Number of seasons: 11
One of Canada’s best recent sitcoms (yes, alongside Schitt’s Creek and Kim’s Convenience), Letterkenny is one hell of a good time. The scathing comedy from series star Keeso and Jacob Tierney is set in the titular rural community. It follows siblings Wayne and Katy; the duo runs a farm and produce stand with the help of their friends. The show deals with the low-stakes problems they encounter, and subverts the trope that all small-town residents are, well, idiots. The 11th season debuted on Hulu in December 2022. Season 12 will arrive this year.
21 / 36
Stars: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Naveen Andrews, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Josh Holloway, Michael Emerson, Terry O’ Quinn, Henry Ian Cusick
Number of seasons on Hulu: 6
It can easily be argued that Lost, which follows a group of people who land on a seemingly deserted island after a plane crash, changed how ensemble-driven dramas can succeed on TV. The show reveled in a puzzle-box setting, using flashbacks, flash-forwards (and flash-sideways!) to set up an epic and gut-wrenching mystery. Despite a divisive finale—which actually rules hard, sue me—Lost remains one of the most groundbreaking TV shows of our generation. It’s always a good time to watch (or rewatch) it.
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Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Sarah Greene, Aislin McGuckin, Sebastian De Souza
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
Few adaptations feel as innately “correct” as Normal People, Hulu’s hugely affectionate retelling of Sally Rooney’s beloved romance novel. Across 12 half-hour episodes, each more tender than the last, Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) come of age while falling in and out of love along Ireland’s Atlantic coast. The result is a tortured fantasy that will leave you screaming, “JUST FUCKING TALK TO EACH OTHER!” in the most satisfying way imaginable.
23 / 36
Stars: Martin Short, Steve Martin, Selena Gomez, Aaron Dominguez, Amy Ryan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Jane Lynch, Jackie Hoffman
Number of seasons: 2
After only two seasons, Only Murders In The Building could just be Hulu’s best offering to date. Short and Martin are frequent and terrific collaborators, but their pairing with Gomez makes the series an immediate hit, with the three playing residents of a fancy New York City building who begin a true-crime podcast. Season two wrapped in August 2022, with the third one set to air in 2023.
24 / 36
Stars: Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Nick Offerman, Seth Rogen, Taylor Schilling
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
Although it wasn’t permitted by the real Pamela Anderson or Tommy Lee (which, let’s be real, feels icky as hell), this limited series dramatization of the true story behind Pam and Lee’s infamous 1995 sex tape scandal is top-to-bottom bonkers–and deeply entertaining. Seth Rogen stars as Rand Gauthier, a down-on-his-luck contractor whose vengeful robbery of an A-list couple meets unforeseen consequences that changed both celebrity culture and the internet forever.
25 / 36
Stars: Steve Carell, Domhnall Gleeson, Linda Emond, Andrew Leeds, David Alan Grier, Laura Niemi
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
The Patient is the first follow-up to The Americans from co-creators Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg. In this tense psychological thriller, Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson go toe to toe as a therapist and serial killer, respectively. Dr. Alan is kidnapped and chained in the basement by his murderous patient, Sam, who hopes therapy can cure him of his homicidal tendencies. It leads to deep conversations—and plenty of tension.
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Stars: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Taj Cross, Mutsuko Erskine, Richard Karn, Melora Walters, Dallas Liu, Taylor Nichols
Number of seasons on Hulu: 2
Cringe comedy is never easy to get through, and Pen15 has heaps of it. We’re talking full-body shudders. Created by Erskine and Konkle, the two play 13-year-old versions of themselves, as they try to survive eighth grade and all the issues that come with it: first crushes, AIM chats (remember those?), pool parties, early stages of friendships. Pen15 is definitely wince-worthy, but damn if it doesn’t remain endearing from start to finish.
27 / 36
Stars: MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Billy Porter, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, Ryan Jamal Swain, Angel Bismark Curiel, Angelica Ross
Number of seasons on Hulu: 3
There isn’t another show quite like Pose. Set in the 1980s, it dives into New York City’s drag ball culture scene, assembling a history-making cast with multiple trans actors, led by Rodriguez. She plays Blanca, the mother of House of Evangelista, who takes in a number of struggling young folks. While it features the hardships that LGBTQIA and people of color went through during the time, Pose is still effervescent and joyous as it celebrates their existence.
28 / 36
Stars: Ramy Youssef, Hiam Abbass, May Calamawy, Mohammed Amir, Amr Waked, Steve Way, Laith Nakli, Mahershala Ali
Number of seasons on Hulu: 3
Created by and starring Youssef, the show follows Ramy Hassan, a first-generation Egyptian American living in New Jersey with his family who goes on a spiritual quest to explore facets of his community, including volunteering at and spending time in a Sufi mosque. He’s caught up between both of his identities and strives to make sense of the world while believing life is just a morality test. Ramy features stunning performances all over, especially from Abbass and Calamaway.
29 / 36
Stars: Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, D’Pharaoh-Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor, Zahn McClarnon, Sarah Podemski, Dallas Goldtooth, Gary Farmer, Elva Guerra
Number of seasons: 2
Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s sublime, heartwarming comedy tells the coming-of-age story of four Indigenous teens from rural Oklahoma who are mourning the death of their friend and trying to make money to honor his wishes to get out of town and move to California. Reservation Dogs is really something else, dealing with how they come to terms with their identity, friendship, and community.
30 / 36
Stars: Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Noah Reid, Dustin Milligan, Jennifer Robertson, Chris Elliott, Sarah Levy
Number of seasons on Hulu: 6
Schitt’s Creek’s ascension from a have-you-heard-about-this comedy into a mainstream pop-culture favorite is highly deserved. Eugene and Dan Levy’s show about the Rose family—who move from lavish mansions to the rundown titular town after losing their wealth—fleshes out its seemingly unlikable characters with detailed, heartfelt humor. It also lays down a roadmap for normalizing LGBTQ relationships with David and Patrick’s romance. There’s a reason it swept the Emmys in 2020, after all.
31 / 36
Stars: Padma Lakshmi
Number of seasons on Hulu: 2
No one knows food better than the Emmy-nominated host of Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi. Taste The Nation is evidence of this. Her culinary travel docuseries doesn’t just celebrate delicacies across the globe, it takes a deep dive into various immigrant cuisines and how they impacted the food culture in the States. In his review, Randall Colburn noted: “By focusing specifically on the immigrant groups that have seen their native dishes appropriated, as well as the ways in which they seek to preserve those original traditions, it inches toward an answer more complex than ‘fast food.’”
32 / 36
Stars: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, John Cameron Mitchell, Ian Owens, Patti Harrison
Number of seasons on Hulu: 3
Shrill may have met its maker in 2021, with an unceremonious cancelation that left protagonist Annie as lost in her identity journey as ever. But this feel-good Aidy Bryant vehicle about an ambitious Portland writer living life on her terms was really good while it lasted, delivering 22 episodes of delightful self-discovery and quirky comedy chops to fans who loved them deeply. Come for the promise of Bryant getting the starring role she deserves; stay for Lolly Adefope and Patti Harrison stealing scenes like crazy.
33 / 36
Stars: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Colton Dunn, Mark McKinney, Kaliko Kauahi
Number of seasons on Hulu: 6
Everything about Superstore screams quintessential American workplace comedy. Hailing from Justin Spitzer (The Office), the talented and diverse cast plays employees of big-box retail chain store Cloud 9 in Minnesota. Through the lens of their working-class jobs, the show explores their friendships and livelihoods. While series star Ferrera exited before the last season, Superstore goes out with an emotionally charged last bow as it tackles the pandemic. The show excels at character development (look no further than Lauren Ash’s Dina) and remains one of the funniest binges on Hulu.
34 / 36
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Gil Birmingham, Wyatt Russell, Sam Worthington, Adelaide Clemens, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Billy Howle, Rory Culkin
Number of seasons on Hulu: 1
Based on Jon Krakauer’s sprawling book of the same name, Under The Banner Of Heaven follows the real-life case of the murder of Brenda Lafferty and her toddler in the ’80s. The emotionally striking series is told through the eyes of Detective Jeb Pyre as he wrestles with his own faith while solving the case that shook his LDS Church community in Utah. Here’s an excerpt from The A.V. Club’s review: “UTBOH is a thoughtful and evocative display of reckoning with one’s faith. It doesn’t match up to Krakauer’s sprawling volume, but it’s still an earnest effort from the whole cast and crew, and deserving of its own spotlight.”
35 / 36
Stars: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch
Number of seasons on Hulu: 4 

When this American TV adaptation of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s hilarious 2014 mockumentary was announced, you’d have been forgiven for giving a skeptical shrug. How, exactly, would showrunners be able to capture the original’s offbeat magic and sustain our interests over several seasons? We’re not sure how they could pull off just that, but it could have a lot to do with the chemistry between these Staten Island-dwelling vampires (and one doting familiar). The particularly strong performances by Demetriou, Proksch, and fan fave Guillén certainly don’t hurt, either.
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