22 must-see Hulu original TV shows to add to your streaming queue

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  • Hulu is making waves with its original content, like its wildly successful "The Handmaid's Tale."
  • Other standouts include "The Great," "Woke," and a reboot of "Animaniacs."
  • Hulu Basic is $6 a month and Hulu Premium costs $12 a month. 
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Hulu Originals' bread and butter, this series based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name is set in a dystopian future in which women have been forced into sexual servitude. Elisabeth Moss has won two Emmy Awards for her outstanding and emotional performance as June. Three seasons are currently on Hulu, and it's been renewed for a fourth.

'The Great'

Hulu's latest miniseries, "The Great," is a fictionalized and satirical take on the life of Catherine the Great. Rather than offer a historically accurate account of events, the show takes a more playful and comedic approach to its story. The series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult as Peter, and Sebastian De Souza as Leo. All 10 episodes of "The Great" are now available to stream on Hulu.

'Little Fires Everywhere'

"Little Fires Everywhere" is a miniseries currently streaming on Hulu. The show tells the story of the idyllic Richardson family in Shaker Heights, Ohio. When an artist and her daughter arrive in town, the Richardsons' lives are suddenly capsized. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington star in the eight-episode series. 


Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner are familiar faces for any '90s baby who grew up with the original "Animaniacs" series. Hulu's reboot of the show finds the characters two decades separated from their original run but with similarly humorous adventures and songs throughout the season. The Warners adapt to their time away from showbiz as do favorites Pinky and the Brain who, in the premiere, utilize memes to take over the world.

'High Fidelity'

Based on Nick Hornby's novel, "High Fidelity" focuses on the romantic trials and tribulations of Rob Brooks (Zoe Kravitz), a record store owner with a penchant for Top Five lists. The book was previously adapted into a movie starring John Cusack as Rob, and this new version switches things up with a female protagonist. The 10-episode first season is now available to stream.

'Future Man'

Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, "Future Man" is an outrageous sci-fi comedy full of clever observations and gross-out gags. When a janitor named Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) is recruited by two time travelers to save the world, the very fate of humanity is put in peril — with hilarious results. All three seasons of "Future Man" are now available to stream on Hulu.


"Ramy" is a comedy drama centered on an American Muslim navigating the cultural divide between his Egyptian immigrant community and his millennial peers. The show's star and co-creator, Ramy Youssef, won the 2020 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series. The first and second seasons of "Ramy" are now available to stream on Hulu. A third season is in development.


Comedians Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as their 13-year-old selves in a show that captures all of the awkwardness of middle school in the year 2000. The rest of their classmates are portrayed by actual teenagers adding a hilarious twist to this clever comedy. Season one and the first half of season two are currently available to stream. The remaining episodes will debut later this year.


'Normal People'

Based on the novel of the same name, "Normal People" sees Connell and Marianne, both of different economic backgrounds, discover what it means to be "normal" and together in a relationship. The show stars Daisy Edgar-Jones of HBO's "Gentleman Jack" as Marianne, and Paul Mescal as Connell.

'The Act'

In 2015, the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard captured the nation's attention after it was revealed to be orchestrated by her daughter in an attempt to escape Dee Dee's abusive Munchhausen syndrome by proxy. "The Act" chronicles all the twists and turns of this captivatingly complex true crime story.

'Wu-Tang: An American Saga'

Based on the true story of the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, this miniseries follows Bobby Diggs aka The RZA as he tries to lead his group of friends away from the drug- and crime-riddled streets on New York. The music they create together chronicling their daily struggles and triumphs eventually leads them to meteoric success. The entire first season is currently available to stream, and a second season is on the way.


Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, an overweight woman who, despite societal pressures, has no interest in changing her body. But she's out to make improvements in other areas, namely her career, love life, and family life, but of course having it all is never easy. Seasons one and two of the comedy from executive producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks are streaming now, and the show has been picked up for a third season.

'Love, Victor'

This teen drama is based on the popular movie "Love, Simon" and follows Victor as he adjusts to life at a new high school. The series offers an examination of Victor's family life and his sexuality as he struggles between his interest in his girlfriend and another boy.


In 18th-century London, Margaret Wells butts heads with a rival brothel owner as they vie for control of the city's underground. Plus, she's got daughters to raise amidst her dangerous business dealings. This British drama's three seasons are currently streaming on Hulu.

'Marvel's Runaways'

These six teenagers couldn't be more different, except one important commonality — their parents are all evil. Now they must find a way to work together to take down their parents' criminal enterprise. Based on a Marvel Comics series of the same name, all three seasons of "Runaways" are available to stream. Though originally developed as a Hulu original, "Runaways" is also now available to stream on Disney Plus.

'Difficult People'

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Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner star as best friends navigating life in New York City. They're both struggling comedians, but their careers aren't the only thing they're struggling with. They're, well, difficult people, and they can't stand anyone but each other. All three seasons of "Difficult People" are currently streaming.


Valerie has just gotten a divorce, and now she and her teenage daughter must move in with her bachelor brother, Alex. With Valerie ready to get back on the horse, Alex must help her navigate the craziness of the dating scene — using the dating app he's invented. All four seasons of "Casual" are currently streaming.


This comedy series is packed with cultural analysis as it follows the life of Keef, a Black cartoonist. Keef's life is rocked by an altercation with the police, and afterwards he discovers that he can talk to inanimate objects. Keef's character is based on the show's co-creator, Keith Knight, whose comics in the '90s shed a light on race in America.

'The Bisexual'

Leila has identified as a lesbian her entire adult life, but when her 10-year relationship with Sadie ends, she finds herself attracted to men for the first time. Her new roommate helps her navigate dating both men and women and deal with the upheaval of her entire life and identity. The first season of "The Bisexual" can be streamed now.


James Franco stars as Jake, a high school English teacher faced with the opportunity to travel back in time to change the past. His task: prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and discover the answers to one of the most persistent conspiracy theories in American history. The entire eight-part miniseries executive-produced by J.J. Abrams is streaming now.


Produced by George Clooney and based on the novel by Joseph Heller, this six-part miniseries follows an army pilot during World War II who's furious that the army keeps increasing the number of missions he must fly before he's discharged. Ever-trying to find a way out, he shirks his duties by injuring himself, feigning illness, and forging the results of his missions. Fun fact: The novel this is based on is where the phrase "catch-22" originated.

'Castle Rock'

If you're a fan of Stephen King, you're familiar with the town of Castle Rock, Maine. A geographical anchor in many of King's works, it's the setting of "Cujo" and "The Dark Half" and is referenced in "IT," "The Mist," and many more. This series gives the town a life of its own, exploring the darkness that continues to plague it, making nods to many of King's novels and short stories along the way. The first two seasons of "Castle Rock" are streaming now.

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