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The best shows on Hulu right now (December 2023)

The best shows on Hulu right now include tons of variety, from Hulu originals like Only Murders in the Building to shows made in partnership with other networks and streaming services, like FX’s A Murder at the End of the World and The Bear, and Culprits from Star via Disney+. Last month, Fargo returned for its long-awaited fifth season with Jon Hamm joining the cast. There are just so many choices when it comes to what you can watch on Hulu.

Here, we are highlighting the best shows on Hulu right now, including a synopsis of each and why it’s worth watching. Of course, while critic reviews are important, you also want to make a judgment call for yourself. With so many options, you’ll easily find something to watch throughout December to make good use of some downtime during the holiday season.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best movies on Hulu, the best shows on Netflix, the best shows on Amazon Prime Video, and the best shows on Disney+.

Recently added to Hulu

Moving (2023) new

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Ryu Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo, Zo In-sung
Created by Kang Full, Park In-je

A must-watch South Korean drama, Moving is finally coming to Hulu with a dubbed version for English-speaking audiences who can enjoy it without subtitles. A Disney+ original directed by Park In-je, the man behind the popular Netflix series Kingdom, Moving is a supernatural drama about three teenagers who discover they have superpowers.

The series, which became Disney+’s most-watched Korean original globally, follows the high schoolers as they deal with their superhuman abilities and their parents figure out what they are capable of doing. Critics call Moving a fascinating superhero series with character arcs for the parents that are just as compelling, if not more so, than that of the kids.

Culprits (2023) new

1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Gemma Arterton, Eddie Izzard
Created by J Blakeson

A high-stakes heist series, Culprits is about a crew that believes they have pulled off the perfect heist. Once all is said and done, they go their separate ways, taking on new identities and living their best lives in different parts of the world. But when one gets killed, then another, it’s clear someone knows what they did and is coming for revenge. Now, they may need to come back together to save the lives of the remaining group members and catch who is picking them off, one by one.

Premiering on Star via Disney+ before coming to Hulu, Culprits has been well-received by both critics and viewers alike. The action crime drama is praised for its pacing and hints of horror that give it a unique spin. “Slick, chic, and blood-soaked,” writes one reviewer. Culprits is poised to be one of the best heist dramas in recent years.

Letterkenny (2016) new

tv-ma 12 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett, K. Trevor Wilson, Dylan Playfair, Jacob Tierney
Created by Jared Keeso

Set in the remote, rural town of Letterkenny (populated, the show tells us, entirely by hicks, skids, hockey players, and Christians), Jared Keeso’s comedy Letterkenny follows a group of hicks: Wayne (Keeso), his friend Daryl (Nathan Dales), sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), and Squirrelly Dan (K. Trevor Wilson), as well as a pair of hockey players, Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr). The show revolves around their lives and encounters with the other eccentrics in the town.

It’s a show deeply rooted in Canadian culture, with heavy use of slang. But even those unfamiliar with the vernacular will quickly come to appreciate the show’s deadpan wit. The show comes to an end after its 12th and final season.

A Murder at the End of the World (2023)

A Murder at the End of the World
1 Season
Genre Mystery
Cast Emma Corrin, Brit Marling, Clive Owen
Created by Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij

Thanks to the success of movies like Glass Onion and shows like Poker Face and Based On a True Story, the murder-mystery genre is experiencing a revival of sorts. A Murder at the End of the World is in the same vein as Knives Out and the movies that inspired it, like Clue and Death on the Nile, in that it centers around an ensemble cast of characters invited to a location, only for one of them to wind up dead.

The Crown’s Emma Corrin stars as Darby, one of the guests invited to a reclusive billionaire’s estate. She also happens to be an amateur detective. When someone is found dead not long after joining the party, Darby takes it upon herself to use her skills and investigate and stop another murder from happening. The FX series, which has just seven episodes, also stars Clive Owen, Alice Braga, and Jermaine Fowler.

Black Cake (2023)

Black Cake
1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Chipo Chung, Rupert Evans, Ashley Thomas
Created by Marissa Jo Cerar

Another entry in the murder-mystery genre, Black Cake is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and based on the novel of the same name by Charmain Wilkerson. It’s about a woman named Eleanor (Chipo Chung) who passes away from cancer. But before she died, she chronicled her life in stories saved to a flash drive for her children.

As the children experience the stories about their mother’s journey from the Caribbean to America, they also learn the odd story about a runaway bride named Covey who went missing in the 1960s. The more they learn, the more the kids discover shocking truths about where their family comes from and who they truly are.

Fargo (2014)

85 %
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman (season 1); Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson (season 2); Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (season 3)
Created by Noah Hawley

Based on the Coen brothers’ beloved film of the same name, Fargo returns to the icy plains of Minnesota, a place where nefarious plots are conceived and enacted by otherwise seemingly normal folks. The TV adaptation features a rotating all-star cast that has included Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, not to mention Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, and Chris Rock.

Each season, which takes place in Minnesota North and South Dakota, and/or Missouri, stays true to the same black comedy and deadly mishaps that made the original film so popular. The fifth season adds Jon Hamm, Ted Lasso‘s Juno Temple, Stranger ThingsJoe Keery, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dave Foley to the cast list

American Horror Story (2011)

American Horror Story
tv-ma 12 Seasons
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Emma Roberts, Matt Czuchry, Kim Kardashian
Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk

American Horror Story is an anthology series, with each season centering on its own unique story, including a core cast with changing roles from season to season (along with some notable new additions from time to time). Each season provides scares and frightening psychological storylines, whether they take place within a troubled family home, amid a coven of witches, or inside a hotel of circus freaks.

American Horror Story is a unique drama that capitalizes on the work of series creator Ryan Murphy. While some seasons are better reviewed than others, the cast is always top-notch and the stories always thrilling, disturbing, and entertaining. The latest season, American Horror Story: Delicate, features Emma Roberts, Suicide Squads Cara Delevingne, and Kim Kardashian.

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)

Ash vs Evil Dead
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago
Created by Sam Raimi

You can watch the full series of Ash vs. Evil Dead, a sequel series to the popular Evil Dead movies created by Sam Raimi, including all three seasons before its untimely cancellation. Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash Williams, who is now, 30 years after the events of the last movie, working as a stock boy in a value grocery store. Naturally, however, Ash must roll up his sleeves and get to work once again when he’s faced with the return of the Evil Dead.

Now joined by two friends Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), the trio must do what’s necessary to save humanity. For fans of the original movies, Ash vs. Evil Dead provides a new perspective and an interesting future story for the beloved hero.

Bob's Burgers (2011)

Bob's Burgers
tv-14 14 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Animation
Cast H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman
Created by Jim Dauterive, Loren Bouchard

At first, Bob’s Burgers struggled to find traction in Fox’s animation block, failing to pull in the dedicated audiences of Family Guy and The Simpsons. Over the last more than a decade, however, the Belchers have emerged as an entity all their own, a family struggling to make ends meet, but never struggling to cheer each other up and have as good of a time as they can. The characters never age, but the sitcom only seems to get better with time, fixating on the fictional family and their burger joint.

With a feature film that celebrates the show’s success as well (note that the movie is no longer streaming), there’s no better time to start binging the Belcher family’s escapades.

Shoresy (2022)

tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Jared Keeso, Tasya Teles
Created by Jared Keeso

If you’re a fan of the Canadian comedy Letterkenny, you’ll love Shoresy. In Letterkenny, the character of Shoresy is never seen by face, and that’s for good reason: He is actually played by the show’s creator Jared Keeso, who also stars as the lead character, Wayne. In this spinoff, Shoresy is seen in all his glory. He has decided to move to Sudbury to help a flailing local hockey team, bringing his unique sense of small-town Canadian flare.

Apparently, Shoresy is one of the most popular characters from Letterkenny when it comes to merchandising, so fans were excited to learn more about his story in this comedy that is rife with Canadian slang and other familiar humor.

Welcome to Wrexham (2022)

Welcome to Wrexham
75 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Documentary
Cast Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney

It’s about as close to a real-life Ted Lasso story as we might get. When actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds decided to purchase a small-town Football Association of Wales club, the third-oldest in the world, they knew nothing about managing a sports team and arguably less about football. They also didn’t know one another very well at the time. But they saw an opportunity to revive a struggling club that was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing number of less-than-enthusiastic fans.

Watch their process to turn the team around in this docuseries that highlights both the passion and camaraderie of these actors, who are determined to bring positive change and hope to a community. Welcome to Wrexham combines humor with heartwarming stories about a working-class town and two Hollywood comedic geniuses getting to know the game, the people, and the inner workings of a team in hopes of bringing home a victory.

Welcome to Wrexham Official Trailer | Rob McElhenney, Ryan Reynolds | FX

Once Upon a Time (2011)

Once Upon a Time
tv-pg 7 Seasons
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Lana Parrilla, Colin O'Donoghue, Robert Carlyle
Created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

Imagine if all the stories and characters you read about in those fairy tales when you were a child came to life? That’s the premise in Once Upon a Time, which takes place in two worlds: one of fantasy where fairy tales occur and another in a fictional seaside town. Despite living in the real world, the fairy tale characters experience the same stories we have come to know and love, with interesting twists.

See real-life versions of everyone from Show White to Prince Charming, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Evil Queen. With all seven seasons streaming, it’s a fun show to watch with or without older kids.

Only Murders in the Building (2021)

Only Murders in the Building
76 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Cast Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez
Created by Steve Martin, John Robert Hoffman

What do you get when two you combine two comedic icons with a Disney Channel actor turned pop music star? Apparently, it’s a buddy-type comedy about three strangers. Steve Martin (who is also the co-creator of Only Murders in the Building), Martin Short, and Selena Gomez are all residents of an upscale New York building who come together because they share an obsessive passion for true crime. But when they find themselves actually involved in one, then two, and yet another, the situation gets increasingly hairy, and their sleuthing skills are put to the test.

Out of the gate, the series was praised for the charming central characters, along with the “hilarious and insightful” story that takes a silly look at society’s obsession with this tragic genre. The show has had a long list of guest and supporting stars, including Tina Fey, Sting, Nathan Lane, Shirley MacLaine, and, for season 3, Meryl Streep and Paul Rudd.

Justified: City Primeval (2023)

Justified: City Primeval
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Timothy Olyphant, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Boyd Holbrook
Created by Michael Dinner, Dave Andron

This neo-Western crime drama miniseries is a continuation of the story told in the series Justified, which originally aired on FX from 2010-2015. Timothy Olyphant reprises his role as the tough Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who has now relocated to Miami from Kentucky. In the first season, however, he travels to Detroit to hunt down a criminal known as The Oklahoma Wildman.

Justified: City Primeval has received rave reviews, with Olyphant in particular praised for his performance. Both this series and Justified are based on the Elmore Leonard novels, City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit and Fire in the Hole.

Reservation Dogs (2021)

Reservation Dogs
83 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Drama, Comedy, Crime
Cast Devery Jacobs, D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Paulina Jewel Alexis
Created by Taika Waititi, Sterlin Harjo

With a predominantly Native American cast and crew, Reservation Dogs provides a comedic glimpse into indigenous life. When four indigenous teenagers living on a reservation in rural Oklahoma set their sights on moving to a wonderful and exotic place they know as California, they are willing to do whatever it takes to get there. That means engaging in criminal activities to acquire the funds they need to leave. But when a rival gang shows up in town, the boys find themselves fighting crime as much as they are committing it.

Having premiered in early August 2021, the series, which ends after season 3, has received rave reviews. With an almost perfect 98% Certified Fresh RottenTomatoes rating, critics say it’s a “low-key comedy that deftly captures the malaise of youth and Rez life.”

Archer (2009)

79 %
tv-ma 14 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Action & Adventure, Animation
Cast H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter
Created by Adam Reed

Sterling Archer is an agent for a dysfunctional intelligence agency in this animated sitcom that takes inspiration from franchises like James Bond and mid-century comic art. Relying on reference-heavy humor and meta-comedy, Archer revolves around the narcissistic, womanizing secret agent Archer and his seven colleagues, each with their own quirks, like his snarky mother, delusional and psychotic personal assistant, and a morally bankrupt scientist.

The later seasons of Archer, which was originally created for basic cable network FX and then moved to sister network FXX, are designed like an anthology, with each season having its own self-contained story. Season 14 is the long-running show’s last.

Solar Opposites (2020)

Solar Opposites
72 %
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Justin Roiland, Mike McMahan

From the creators of Rick and Morty, this Hulu original animated sitcom, which has a solid 92% aggregate critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, sees four aliens crash-land into a suburban American town. While waiting for the right moment to take over Earth, they do their best to learn the ways of humans and live among them — but they each have their own perceptions about human behavior and what is awful versus awesome.

With an impressive voice cast, including both main and recurring characters, Solar Opposites has been a hit for Hulu. So it comes as a surprise that the series has already been renewed for a fifth season as well.

What We Do in the Shadows (2019)

What We Do in the Shadows
83 %
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou
Created by Jemaine Clement

This isn’t your typical vampire drama — it’s actually a mockumentary comedy that presents the idea of vampires living among us, going about their mundane daily lives. At the heart of the story, which is based on the 2014 movie of the same name, are four vampires living as roommates.

The leader has a penchant for useless house meetings while another dabbles in pornography, and two others are having a “secret” affair. It’s full-on hilarity and perfect for anyone looking for an anti-vampire show that pokes fun at the typical tropes instead of playing into them. Critics call it “delightfully absurd” and “ridiculously fun.”

The Bear (2022)

The Bear
85 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri
Created by Christopher Storer
When he left his job in the world of fine dining to take over his family’s small-town sandwich shop, Carmen (Jeremy Allen White) had no idea what he was in for. Not only is he dealing with the grief of family loss, but he is also trying to navigate a professional world very different from the one he knows, including a team of rough-around-the-edges employees and the challenges of running a small business. Nonetheless, Carmen is not only determined to succeed professionally but to grow personally as well. From FX, the comedy hails from Christopher Storer, the man behind successful shows like Ramy and Eighth Grade, and The Bear has been a delightfully entertaining, deeply emotional watch through the two seasons.

Futurama (1999)

74 %
tv-14 8 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure
Cast Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, David Herman, Frank Welker
Created by Matt Groening
Although it didn’t attain immortality like its unending older brother The Simpsons (which now has the most scripted episodes of any prime-time series), Matt Groening’s other cartoon, Futurama, established an identity of its own as a funny, often poignant vision of the future. The show follows Philip J. Fry (Billy West), a delivery boy who stumbles into a cryogenic pod and wakes up a thousand years in the future. He ends up working for an interplanetary delivery company, working with a variety of colorful characters, including steely cyclops Leela (Katey Sagal) and hard-drinking, sociopathic robot Bender (John DiMaggio). Futurama is an inventive comedy, with every episode going in some wild directions, and it has an incredible cast of oddballs to bounce off each other.

This Fool (2022)

This Fool
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy

Julio (Chris Estrada) is 30 and still living at home. Working at a non-profit and unable to commit to his long-term girlfriend, Julio always manages to run away from responsibility. But things get hairy when his ex-gang member cousin Luis (Frankie Quinones), recently released from prison, moves in with the family.

Inspired by Estrada’s own life story (he also serves as co-creator) and counting Jonathan Groff and Fred Armisen among the executive producers, the irreverent comedy runs a half hour per episode. Maintaining a solid 100% Rotten Tomatoes critics score, This Fool’s first season is praised for its balance of heart and laughter, with some calling it the funniest new show on television.

Mayans M.C. (2018)

Mayans M.C.
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast J. D. Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos
Created by Kurt Sutter, Elgin James

A spin-off of the popular FX series Sons of Anarchy, this crime drama follows the Mayans M.C. motorcycle club as they become allies of the Sons. Set in the same universe, the series begins two years after the events that ended SOA’s run, miles away in the fictional town of Santo Padre in California.

While Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes is a gifted young man, he finds himself being pulled into the dark criminal underworld of the cartel seeking vengeance, and, like Jax Teller from SOA, can’t seem to make his way out. Mayans M.C. concludes with its fifth and final season.

Unprisoned (2023)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Kerry Washington, Delroy Lindo, Marque Richardson
Created by Tracy McMillan

Kerry Washington is back on the small screen in Unprisoned, a comedy about Paige, a single mom and therapist who finds her already messy life thrown for a loop when her father is released from prison after serving a 17-year sentence. He moves in with her and her teenage son, and the new family of three must find a way to get along.

While the show is a comedy, it also unpacks a lot of more dramatic topics like childhood trauma, forgiveness, grudges, and boundaries. Receiving high praise in early reviews, Unprisoned is dubbed a “snappy comedy” with heavy themes, with both lead actors, including Delroy Lindo as Paige’s father, Edwin, shining in their respective roles.

Animaniacs (2020)

tv-pg 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille
Sparking nostalgia from the original, Steven Spielberg and his company Amblin Entertainment (in association with Warner Bros. Animation) return to create this reboot of the popular animated comedy musical. Originally from the ’90s, Animaniacs entertained kids with characters like Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, and The Goodfeathers, and pleased parents with the sneaky adult humor that went right over kids’ heads; from the sexual innuendo to dated pop culture references. Many of the original voice actors reprise their roles in a similar variety show format with different skits following different characters and their own independent plotlines. For anyone who grew up in the ’90s, Animaniacs is a must-watch throwback series, with kids or without. The series concludes with three seasons.

Welcome to Chippendales (2022)

Welcome to Chippendales
70 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Crime, Comedy
Cast Kumail Nanjiani, Murray Bartlett, Annaleigh Ashford
Inspired by the K. Scot Macdonald and Patrick MontesDeOca book Deadly Dance: The Chippendales Murders, learn the backstory of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the Indian businessman and entrepreneur who founded Chippendales. He was running a successful L.A. club, but once he added a male stripping dance troupe, it turned heads: This was something that hadn’t been seen before in America. Banerjee’s story from there, however, takes some dark and ominous turns, leading to murder. Kumail Nanjiani (Eternals, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Silicon Valley) tackles the lead role with vigor and commitment, bringing the mogul to life on screen.

The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

The Handmaid's Tale
81 %
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes
Created by Bruce Miller
In a not-too-distant future, after an environmental disaster causes widespread infertility, an extremist cult in the United States stages a coup, establishing the totalitarian state of Gilead. In this new society, women are relegated to subservient roles, and due to the low birth rate, a class of women called “handmaids” is conscripted to bear children for the leaders of Gilead. The protagonist of The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred (Elisabeth Moss), is one such woman, forced to have ritualized sex with Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) to provide him and his wife with a child. Living without any rights or power, Offred tries to survive each day, hoping to one day be free. The Handmaid’s Tale is a masterful adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s grim novel of the same name, with excellent performances and gorgeous, oft-disturbing scene composition.

Ramy (2019)

85 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Dave Merheje, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, Laith Nakli
Created by Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch
The streaming world is awash in introspective, character-driven comedies, and while Ramy’s format will feel familiar, it adds a new wrinkle. The eponymous character (played by comedian Ramy Youssef) isn’t just a millennial dealing with the awkward ups and downs of work and dating in the 21st century. He’s also a Muslim and trying to lead a moral life in amoral times. Ramy wades in ambiguities and its protagonist’s hypocrisies and hang-ups; for instance, he’s uncomfortable kissing a Muslim woman on their first date, but fine hooking up with non-Muslims, for which the former chews him out. It’s a show with a unique perspective and a willingness to present its characters in an unflattering light.

Abbott Elementary (2021)

Abbott Elementary
80 %
tv-pg 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James
Created by Quinta Brunson
Lauded for its relatability and honest look at the trials and tribulations of the public school system, Abbott Elementary is delivered in mockumentary style. The story begins with a documentary crew recording teachers working in underfunded schools. The sitcom’s creator, Quinta Brunson, also stars as Janine, a second-grade teacher navigating life with her colleagues, students, and the school’s tone-deaf principal. While every day is a challenge, the teachers simply want to do the best for their kids. But that’s easier said than done. Having picked up multiple Emmy wins for its sophomore season, Abbott Elementary is a must-watch for anyone with kids and especially for teachers who will be nodding their heads the whole way through.

Atlanta (2016)

93 %
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
Created by Donald Glover
Donald Glover is a modern Renaissance man: Since launching a comedy career via skits circulated on YouTube, he has branched into rapping, acting, and even showrunning, with the remarkable, surreal comedy-drama Atlanta. The show follows a dogged college dropout named Earn (Glover), who sleeps at his on/off-again girlfriend’s place and struggles to provide for their child. When he learns that his cousin Alfred is starting to achieve success as a rapper — stage name: Paper Boi — Earn becomes his manager. There is not much of an overarching plot to Atlanta. Most episodes play out like short films, and the show experiments with a variety of stories and formats — one standout episode is presented entirely as an episode of a local interview show, complete with fake commercials. Daring and frequently poignant, Atlanta is one of the most exciting shows on TV today.

The Americans (2013)

The Americans
89 %
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor
Created by Joseph Weisberg
Hailing from FX, The Americans originally aired for six seasons from 2013 to 2018. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Soviet KGB intelligence officers posing as American suburbanites, living with their two kids just outside of Washington. The spy drama was universally praised for its writing, characters, and acting. Set in the ‘80s, it covers stories surrounding the Ronald Reagan administration, examining issues from the perspectives of both the KGB and the FBI. Contributing to its sense of realism is the fact that the show was created by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA officer. Named by many critics as being among their favorite TV dramas of all time, it’s worth a watch, even years after the show concluded its run.

Killing Eve (2018)

Killing Eve
79 %
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge(developed for television by)
For MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), the life of a spy is more mundane than the movies make it out to be. She’s stuck working at a desk, and the most excitement she sees is late-night karaoke rather than infiltrating high-tech facilities or something similar. Eve gets a shot at a much livelier case when someone murders a Russian politician and Eve correctly deduces the assassin was a woman. Soon, she is on the trail of the assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a highly-skilled killer with no conscience who takes an interest in the woman hunting her. Blending drama, humor, and international spy antics, Killing Eve is an exceptional psychological thriller, built around a complicated cat-and-mouse relationship. The series ends with its fourth and final season.

The Old Man (2022)

The Old Man
72 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman
Created by Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine
With Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow heading up the cast, The Old Man is a winning thriller. Based on the Thomas Perry novel of the same name, Bridges plays Dan Chase, a former CIA operative who, after retirement, went to live off the grid. But when his location is discovered and an assassin tries to kill him, Chase ends up on the run. Meanwhile, Harold Harper (Lithgow), the Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI, wants to take advantage of Chase being out of hiding to discuss some unfinished business between them. Early reviewers call The Old Man a “dazzling intense dramatic thriller,” propped up, in large part, by the stand-out performances of its leads.

Love, Victor (2020)

Love, Victor
69 %
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel
Created by Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
A refreshingly modern take on your typical coming-of-age teen drama, this series follows a young man named Victor as he navigates life in a new high school and embarks on a journey to self-discovery, including figuring out his sexuality. The series is set in the same world as the 2018 teen drama Love, Simon, which starred Nick Robinson as the title character. Robinson is now a producer and narrator, helping Victor through his struggles and providing guidance. The spinoff series, which ended after season 3, received an overwhelmingly positive reception, with the consensus being that it’s an easily digestible and entertaining watch.

The Orville (2017)

The Orville
36 %
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson
Created by Seth MacFarlane
While critics might not be as kind to Seth MacFarlane’s newest show, fans absolutely love it. With three seasons of the comedy-drama under its belt, the show takes a sci-fi-inspired look at life 400 years into the future. The crew aboard the U.S.S. Orville, an exploratory ship, sets out to see what’s going on in the universe and discover new things (and dangers) in outer space. But as they discover new life, they also have their own complicated lives and personal relationships to deal with. Expect typical Macfarlane humor, social commentary, and parodies that any fan of his other works will enjoy.

Under the Banner of Heaven (2022)

Under the Banner of Heaven
70 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Cast Andrew Garfield, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sam Worthington
Created by Dustin Lance Black
Andrew Garfield stars in this FX series as Detective Jeb Pyre, a devout Mormon man who begins to question his faith following the investigation of a murder. Inspired by the true-crime bestseller of the same name by Jon Krakauer, a young woman and her baby daughter were murdered in 1984. As Pyre looks into what happened, he uncovers truths about the Latter-day Saints (LDS) religion and how unwavering faith by other devout followers may have played a role in the killings. The seven-episode season has been well received by early reviewers, who describe it as a stunning look at one’s crisis of faith.

The Dropout (2022)

The Dropout
74 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Amanda Seyfried, Naveen Andrews, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Created by Elizabeth Meriweather
In 2003, entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes founded the biotechnology company Theranos that promised to offer a revolutionary new method for blood testing. By 2015, she was was the richest self-made billionaire in America, but after the validity of her tech came under fire, it all fell apart, leading to her indictment and eventual conviction in January of this year for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Based on the Rebecca Jarvis ABC Audio podcast of the same name, The Dropout stars Amanda Seyfried as Holmes and follows the story of how she and Theranos COO Ramesh Balwani (Naveen Andrews) misled and defrauded investors. If you’re curious about the story, The Dropout beautifully dramatizes events that Rolling Stone’s Alan Sepinwall says “would feel too absurd to be true if we didn’t already know otherwise.”

PEN15 (2019)

86 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine
Created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman
These days, coming-of-age stories are a dime a dozen, but few of them are as novel — or cringeworthy — as PEN15. Co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as 13-year-old versions of themselves, allowing the series to address topics and situations many would consider taboo if performed by younger lead actors. The two find their footing in hormone-fueled incidents involving masturbation and AOL Instant Messenger, not to mention everyday encounters with parents, principals, and the kind of insult-spewing preteens you can expect to find at any middle school. It’s all served with a heavy dose of ’90s-inspired nostalgia, meaning if the show’s no-holds-barred look at adolescence isn’t enough, perhaps the constant references to the Spice Girls will be. The final episodes of season 2, which will be the show’s last, are now streaming.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
71 %
tv-ma 15 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
Created by Rob McElhenney
What South Park is to late-night animation, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is to sitcoms. Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day — who also created and write the show — star as three best friends who kind of hate each other, while Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito round out the cast as the infamous Dee and Frank. The group often finds itself in some of the most absurd situations as the members push into the uncharted and irreverent comedic territory for which the show is well known, usually as a result of their own botched schemes. The show is on its 15th season, though it has already been renewed through to season 18.

Dopesick (2021)

66 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg
Created by Danny Strong
With a star-studded cast and a topical and controversial theme, it’s no surprise that this miniseries has turned heads. Based on the Beth Macy nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, the drama takes Big Pharma head on through its riveting and emotional eight episodes. The series explores the opioid crisis in America, looking at the situation from various angles, focusing its lens on the marketing of the drug OxyContin and Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. From pain relief to addiction, regulators, drugs salespersons, and legal issues, it delves deep into the devastating effects of drug addiction in the country and the people and companies being held responsible in the court of public opinion.

Legion (2017)

82 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza
Created by Noah Hawley
Noah Hawley, the creator of FX’s Fargo, tries his hand at telling a superhero story with Legion, a visually dynamic series that isn’t your typical man-in-a-cape origin story. The show follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who, having heard voices in his head since a young age, starts the series in a psychiatric hospital. His official diagnosis is schizophrenia, but after meeting another patient, Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller), who can switch bodies with anyone she touches, he discovers that the voices in his head are a sign of his own latent powers. Fitting for a show about a man who may or may not be insane, Legion is a hallucinogenic ride, with psychedelic visuals and format-breaking sequences that keep David — and the viewer — confused as to what is real.

The X-Files (1993)

The X-Files
65 %
tv-ma 11 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery, Crime
Cast David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
Created by Chris Carter
Chris Carter’s science fiction drama, The X-Files, operated under one simple premise: The truth is out there. FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate unsolved mysteries called X-Files. These X-Files deal with paranormal activity, aliens, UFO sightings, and various phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of alien life while Scully offers scientific explanations for the mysterious happenings, with their relationship serving as the show’s bedrock.

Sons of Anarchy (2008)

Sons of Anarchy
68 %
tv-ma 7 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Tommy Flanagan
Created by Kurt Sutter
A biker gang, the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (aka SAMCRO), makes ends meet by trafficking guns and subverting the law at every turn. However, when the gang’s young vice president Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) discovers the diary of his deceased father, he begins to question SAMCRO’s business decisions. This puts Jax at odds with his stepfather Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), who presides as the club’s president. The series tells the story of Jax’s efforts to keep the club together while balancing his complicated family life.

Broad City (2014)

Broad City
82 %
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress
Created by Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson
Ilana and her best friend Abbi are two 20-something women, living in New York. Abbi is a struggling artist, working at a fitness center while she attempts to get her career off the ground. Ilana, on the other hand, does everything in her power to avoid working, and instead pursues all manner of pleasurable distractions, including sexual escapades and consuming large amounts of marijuana. The two are often pulled into crazy situations, frequently as a consequence of one of Ilana’s ill-conceived plots. Broad City has received high praise from critics due to its clever writing and subtle-yet-effective message of female empowerment.

Arrested Development (2003)

Arrested Development
78 %
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett
Created by Mitchell Hurwitz
Despite getting canceled by Fox in 2006, Ron Howard and Mitchell Hurwitz’s Arrested Development saw critical success across the board. Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Michael Cera star as family members of the very dysfunctional Bluth family living in Newport Beach, California. The show centers around Michael Bluth (Bateman) as he’s forced to assist his off-the-wall relatives after the family business comes under fire.

Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Cowboy Bebop
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation
Cast Koichi Yamadera, Unsho Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara
Created by Hajime Yatate
Anime is often labeled as a niche genre, but like with all forms of media, there are breakout examples that transcend the genre, crossing over in appeal. Cowboy Bebop is a prime example. Set in the early era of humanity’s colonization of the solar system, a ragtag group of bounty hunters led by Spike Spiegel (Steven Blum) makes ends meet by taking in wanted criminals, while simultaneously trying to avoid the law and powerful criminal organizations. This space-western has been lauded as one of the best anime series ever made, with a memorable cast and compelling story, featuring one of the most iconic final scenes ever.

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