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The Best Hulu Original Series

Updated January 13, 2021 4.8k votes 1.6k voters 110.6k views86 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. 

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  • Deadbeat1
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    Deadbeat

    Tyler Labine, Kal Penn

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Comedy

    Deadbeat (Hulu, 2014) is an American supernatural comedy series created by Cody Heller and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Mindy Project (Season 4-6)2
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    The Mindy Project (Season 4-6)

    Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

    The Mindy Project (Fox, 2012) is an American romantic comedy television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Wrong Mans3
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    The Wrong Mans

    James Corden, Mathew Baynton

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Sitcom, Thriller, Comedy

    The Wrong Mans is a BBC Television comedy drama series, co-produced with the American online... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Difficult People4
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    Difficult People

    Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Difficult People (Hulu, 2015) is an American comedy series created by Julie Klausner. Julie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Handmaid's Tale5
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Hotwives of Las Vegas6
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    The Hotwives of Las Vegas

    Erinn Hayes, Tymberlee Hill

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    The Hotwives of Las Vegas (Hulu, 2015) is the second season of American parody sitcom The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Castle Rock7
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    Castle Rock

    Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Mystery, Psychological horror

    Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 11.22.638
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    11.22.63

    James Franco, Sarah Gadon

    Premiered2016

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

    11.22.63 (Hulu, 2016) is an American science fiction thriller miniseries developed by Bridget... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Mother Up!9
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    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Future Man10
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    Future Man

    Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe
    Future Man (Hulu, 2017) is an American comedy television series directed by Brandon Trost,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Runaways11
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    Runaways

    Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano
    Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Act12
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    The Act

    Patricia Arquette, Joey King

    PremieredHulu

    Genres (Tv)Drama, True Crime

    The Act (Hulu, 2019) is an American true crime anthology drama web television series. A girl's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Harlots13
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    Harlots

    Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Period drama

    Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British-American period drama television series created by Alison... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Chance14
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    Chance

    Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol

    Premiered2016

    The Hulu original series, based on the Kem Nunn book of the same name. It focuses on a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Casual15
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    Casual

    Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Casual (Hulu, 2015) is an American television comedy-drama series created by Zander Lehmann.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Looming Tower16
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    The Looming Tower

    Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) is an American drama web television miniseries based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Path17
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    The Path

    Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Path (Hulu, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Jessica Goldberg. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Shrill18
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    Shrill

    Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Shrill (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, based on the book Shrill:... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Shut Eye19
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    Shut Eye

    Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery

    Shut Eye is an American drama television series created by Les Bohem, airing on the streaming... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Little Fires Everywhere20
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    Little Fires Everywhere

    Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu, 2020) is an American TV mini-series based on Celeste Ng's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The First21
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    The First

    Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Sci-fi

    The First (Hulu, 2018) is an American-British drama web television series created by Beau... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Letterkenny22
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    Letterkenny

    Jared Keeso, Alexander De Jordy

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Letterkenny (Crave, 2016) is a Canadian sitcom created by Jared Keeso and developed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Quick Draw23
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    Quick Draw

    John Lehr

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Western, Comedy

    Quick Draw is a TV-14 television series created by Nancy Hower and John Lehr for Hulu. Lehr... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • East Los High24
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    East Los High

    Vannessa Vasquez, Gabriel Chavarria

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

    East Los High (Hulu, 2013) is a teen drama web television series created by Carlos Portugal... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • UnREAL25
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    UnREAL

    Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Unreal (Lifetime, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Marti Noxon and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button