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The Best Hulu Original Series 

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Hulu original series are dramatic, hilarious, and addictive - they're basically everything you want out of a television show. Some of the best Hulu shows are Hulu originals: brand-new, original content produced by Hulu, specifically for Hulu customers. You can't see this content anywhere else, but when you're watching the best Hulu originals, you'll probably forget that mainstream television even exists.  

Hulu is one of the top websites for watching hundreds of television series and movies instantly online. Their business model differs from Netflix and Amazon because they still depend on monthly subscribers and advertisers for all of their revenue. Limited commercials allow Hulu to fund and create more original content. These shows include hilarious story ideas from the biggest names in comedy, the cleverest minds in the entertainment business, and international writers and producers that help bring awesome content from other countries to your couch via Hulu. 

Among the many Hulu TV series are cartoons like The Awesomes and Mother Up!, talk shows like The Morning After, and comedies like The Wrong Mans and Deadbeat. There are also shows in the genres of science fiction, documentary, reality TV, teen drama, suspense/thriller, social commentary, and behind-the-scenes. Other must watch Hulu original series include The Handmaid's Tale, Future Man, Difficult People, and Marvel's Runaways

The original shows on Hulu are smart, entertaining, and groundbreaking in their respective genres. Hulu is likely to have a long history in original programming as long as they continue to take risks.   

Vote for your favorite Hulu Original Series below! If you don't see your favorite show on our list, feel free to add it. 

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Casual is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Casual Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, Tara Lynne Barr

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Casual is a 2015 television comedy-drama series that premiered on Hulu. After learning her husband is having an affair, Valerie (Michaela Watkins), a successful shrink, files for divorce and ...more

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Deadbeat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Tyler Labine, Kal Penn, Brandon T. Jackson

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Comedy

Deadbeat (Hulu, 2014) is an American supernatural comedy series created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner. Kevin "Pac" Pacalioglu (Tyler Labine) is a lazy slacker, and a medium for hire, ...more

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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Genres (Tv): Comedy

The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling, is co-produced by ...more

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Chance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Sazonana added Chance Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol, Paul Adelstein

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

The Hulu original series, based on the Kem Nunn book of the same name. It focuses on a forensic neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Eldon Chance, living in San Francisco, who is semi-willingly pulled into ...more

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Difficult People is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Difficult People (Hulu, 2015) is an American comedy series created by Julie Klausner. Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) are two struggling and jaded comedians living in New York ...more
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The Wrong Mans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
James Corden, Mathew Baynton

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 6

Genres (Tv): Crime, Sitcom, Thriller, Comedy

The Wrong Mans is a BBC Television comedy drama series, co-produced with the American online television provider Hulu. It premiered on BBC Two on 24 September 2013 and in the United States on 11 ...more

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Quick Draw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
John Lehr

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 8

Genres (Tv): Western, Comedy

Quick Draw is a TV-14 television series created by Nancy Hower and John Lehr for Hulu. Lehr stars in, and Hower directs, this partly improvised half-hour comedy Western. The show follows Harvard ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more

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The Awesomes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Rashida Jones, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers

Premiered: 2009

The Awesomes" is an animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the irreverent and inspired comedy that is the hallmark of show co-creators Seth ...more
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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy

Genres (Tv): Horror, Drama, Fantasy

Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes ...more

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Future Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Luke Albright added Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson
Future Man (Hulu, 2017) is an American comedy television series directed by Brandon Trost, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day and a gamer by night, ...more

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11.22.63 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-fi

11.22.63 (Hulu, 2016) is an American science fiction thriller miniseries developed by Bridget Carpenter, based on the book by Stephen King. A recently divorced English teacher (James Franco) ...more
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Harlots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Harlots Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lesley Manville

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British period drama television series inspired by "The Covent Garden Ladies" by Hallie Rubenhold. Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) runs a brothel in 18th ...more

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East Los High is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Vannessa Vasquez, Gabriel Chavarria, Danielle Vega

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Teen drama

East Los High (Hulu, 2013) is a teen drama web television series created by Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya. A group of friends at East Los High face the trials and tribulations of teenagers ...more
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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Runaways Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner
Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Six teenagers from different backgrounds unite against a common enemy.

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The Act is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Chloƫ Sevigny

Genres (Tv): Drama, True Crime

The Act (Hulu, 2019) is an American true crime anthology drama web television series. A girl's (Joey King) quest for independence from the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective ...more
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The Path is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
The Path Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Hugh Dancy

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Path (Hulu, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Jessica Goldberg. A man (Aaron Paul) who converts to a controversial following suffers from a crisis of faith.

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The Looming Tower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) is an American drama web television miniseries based on the book by Lawrence Wright. With the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, the rivalry between ...more

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Shut Eye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
JoeNapier added Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Susan Misner

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery

Shut Eye is an American drama television series created by Les Bohem, airing on the streaming service Hulu. The series centers around the life of failed magician Charlie Haverford, who now works ...more
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Shrill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Shrill (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, based on the book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. While the world around her deems her not good enough because of ...more

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The First is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sci-fi

The First (Hulu, 2018) is an American-British drama web television series created by Beau Willimon. A team of astronauts become the first humans to visit Mars.
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Letterkenny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Jared Keeso, Alexander De Jordy, Andrew Herr

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 7

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Letterkenny (Crave, 2016) is a Canadian sitcom created by Jared Keeso and developed and written by Keeso and Jacob Tierney, with Tierney as director. Friends Wayne (Keeso) and Daryl (Nathan ...more

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UnREAL is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko, Freddie Stroma

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Black comedy

Unreal (Lifetime, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. A young reality television producer (Shiri Appleby) is pushed by her ...more
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PEN15 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

PEN15 (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Sam Zvibleman. Erskine and Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in ...more
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Ramy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hulu Original Series
Ramy Youssef, May Calamawy

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Ramy (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by and starring Ramy Youssef. The show follows a first-generation American Muslim who is on a spiritual journey in his ...more