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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Things‘ Joe Keery, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dave Foley to the cast list
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 Squad‘s Cara Delevingne, and Kim Kardashian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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