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The Best Hulu Originals

Updated September 1, 2021 4.3k votes 1.7k voters 115.1k views56 items

List RulesVote up the best original shows made just for Hulu.

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. What are the best Hulu original series? Vote up the best Hulu originals and see where the Hulu shows you love the most rank.

  • 1


    Tyler Labine, Kal Penn

    PremieredApril 9, 2014

    GenresSitcom, 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
  • 2

    The Mindy Project (Season 4-6)

    Mindy Kaling, Ed Weeks

    PremieredSeptember 25, 2012


    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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  • 3

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    PremieredApril 26, 2017

    GenresDrama, 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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  • 4


    Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey

    PremieredOctober 7, 2015


    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
  • 5

    Castle Rock

    Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins

    PremieredJuly 25, 2018

    GenresDrama, 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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  • 6


    James Franco, Chris Cooper

    PremieredFebruary 15, 2016

    GenresDrama, 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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  • 7

    Future Man

    Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe

    PremieredNovember 14, 2017

    GenresComedy, 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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  • 8

    Shut Eye

    Jeffrey Donovan, Kadee Strickland

    PremieredDecember 7, 2016

    GenresCrime 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
  • 9


    Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano

    PremieredNovember 21, 2017

    GenresDrama, 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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  • 10


    Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville

    PremieredMarch 27, 2017


    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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  • 11

    The Act

    Patricia Arquette, Joey King

    PremieredMarch 20, 2019


    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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  • 12


    Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol

    PremieredOctober 19, 2016

    GenresDrama, 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
  • 13

    The Path

    Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan

    PremieredMarch 30, 2016


    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
  • 14

    Difficult People

    Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner

    PremieredAugust 5, 2015


    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
  • 15

    The Looming Tower

    Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim

    PremieredFebruary 28, 2018


    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
  • 16


    Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope

    PremieredMarch 15, 2019

    GenresComedy, 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
  • 17

    Little Fires Everywhere

    Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

    PremieredMarch 18, 2020


    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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  • 18

    Wu-Tang: An American Saga

    Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore

    PremieredSeptember 4, 2019

    GenresDocudrama, Music, Hip-Hop & Rap

    Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by RZA and Alex Tse. Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, strives to unite a dozen young black men that are torn...  more

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  • 19

    Quick Draw

    John Lehr

    PremieredAugust 5, 2013

    GenresComedy, 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
  • 20

    The First

    Jahmela Biggs, William Catlett

    PremieredApril 2, 2014

    GenresRomance, Drama

    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....  more
  • 21

    The Awesomes

    Rashida Jones, Bill Hader

    PremieredAugust 1, 2013

    GenresComedy, Fantasy, Animated

    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 Meyers ("SNL")...  more
  • 22


    Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer

    PremieredDecember 3, 2019


    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 politically...  more

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  • 23


    Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler

    PremieredDecember 10, 2016

    GenresNature, Documentary

    Catch-22 (Hulu, 2019) is an American-Italian drama miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. Following the story of Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier...  more
  • 24

    Looking For Alaska

    Kristine Froseth, Charlie Plummer

    PremieredOctober 18, 2019

    GenresDrama, Romance

    Looking For Alaska (Hulu, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz, based on the 2005 novel by John Green. A new student (Charlie Plummer) at a boarding school falls...  more
  • 25


    Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle

    PremieredFebruary 8, 2019


    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 the...  more

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