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The Best Hulu Original Series

Updated May 21, 2021 4.8k votes 1.6k voters 113.6k views89 items

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. 

  • 1

    East Los High

    Danielle Vega, Gabriel Chavarria

    PremieredJune 3, 2013

    Genres (Tv)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
  • 2


    Tyler Labine, Kal Penn

    PremieredApril 9, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Paranormal

    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, who attempts...  more
  • 3

    The Mindy Project (Season 4-6)

    Mindy Kaling, Ed Weeks

    PremieredSeptember 25, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Mindy Project (Fox, 2012) is an American romantic comedy television series created by Mindy Kaling. A young OB-GYN doctor (Kaling) balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by...  more

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  • 4

    The Wrong Mans

    James Corden, Mathew Baynton


    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
  • 5

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    PremieredApril 26, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science 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 subjugated,...  more

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  • 6

    Difficult People

    Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner

    PremieredAugust 5, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 City...  more
  • 7

    Castle Rock

    Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins

    PremieredJuly 25, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror

    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 intertwines characters and themes from the...  more

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  • 8


    James Franco, Chris Cooper

    PremieredFebruary 15, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Miniseries

    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) gets the...  more

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  • 9

    Quick Draw

    John Lehr

    PremieredAugust 5, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Western

    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
  • 10


    Jack De Sena, Meighan Gerachis

    PremieredFebruary 14, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Battleground (Hulu, 2012) is a mockumentary comedy-drama web series created by J. D. Walsh. Led by campaign manager Chris "Tak" Davis (Jay Hayden), a team battles against corrupt politicians and...  more
  • 11

    Future Man

    Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe

    PremieredNovember 14, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Science fiction

    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, is...  more

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  • 12


    Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano

    PremieredNovember 21, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Science fiction

    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....  more


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  • 13


    Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville

    PremieredMarch 27, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British-American period drama television series created by Alison Newman and Moira Buffini, inspired by The Covent Garden Ladies by British historian Hallie Rubenhold....  more


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  • 14

    The Act

    Patricia Arquette, Joey King

    PremieredMarch 20, 2019

    Genres (Tv)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 mother...  more

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  • 15

    Mother Up!

    Eva Longoria, Jesse Camacho

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Adult animation

    Mother Up! (Hulu, 2013) is a Canadian animated series created by Marnie Nir and Katherine Torpey. After she resigns from her job and her husband leaves her, Rudi Wilson (Eva Longoria) becomes a...  more
  • 16


    Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol


    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller

    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 his...  more
  • 17


    Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey


    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Casual (Hulu, 2015) is an American television comedy-drama series created by Zander Lehmann. After learning her husband is having an affair, Valerie (Michaela Watkins), a successful shrink, files for...  more
  • 18

    The Path

    Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan


    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....  more
  • 19

    The Looming Tower

    Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim

    PremieredFebruary 28, 2018

    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 the CIA...  more
  • 20

    I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman

    Sarah Silverman, Mather Zickel

    Genres (Tv)Talk show

    I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television late-night talk show directed by Allan Kartun. Presented by comedian Sarah Silverman, the show delivers hilarious...  more
  • 21


    Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 Dales)...  more

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  • 22


    Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope

    PremieredMarch 15, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Comedy drama

    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 her...  more

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  • 23

    Little Fires Everywhere

    Jung So-min, Min-ki Lee

    PremieredOctober 9, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Romantic comedy, Drama

    Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu, 2020) is an American TV mini-series based on Celeste Ng's novel of the same name. The eight-part limited series tells the story of the picture-perfect Richardson family...  more

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  • 24

    Shut Eye

    Jeffrey Donovan, Kadee Strickland

    PremieredDecember 7, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Fantasy

    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 as a...  more
  • 25


    Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer

    PremieredJune 1, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Romance

    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 unscrupulous...  more