The 15 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now

Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Kayvan Novak star in What We Do in the Shadows.
Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Kayvan Novak star in What We Do in the Shadows.
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Hulu (part of the Disney+ bundle for $12.99) has become a thriving destination not only for great original programming but also for terrific series you might not have caught elsewhere. Accordingly, we searched through the streaming service’s library of titles to create a shortlist of the best TV options they’re currently offering.

1. Normal People (2020)

Sally Rooney helped adapt her own novel of the same name for this dramatic series about two classmates whose lives intersect as they grow throughout adolescence and early adulthood. The show, which is just 12 episodes long, examines the backgrounds of Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones), an outspoken young woman, and her popular, athletic, sometime-boyfriend Connell (Paul Mescal) as they succumb to the pressures of academia, to their families’ expectations (and limitations), and to attraction to one another. It's a thoughtful and serious soup-to-nuts look at teenage love and self-discovery that doesn’t shy away from intimacy, physical and otherwise.

2. Dave (2020-present)

If you’re wondering if a sitcom should exist to explore the career of a white rapper making his way in a musical milieu created by black artists, rest assured that the sitcom is wondering that aloud the whole time. Focusing on the exploits of Dave Burd, better known as comedically-oriented rapper Lil Dicky, this show not only features some of the best new characters on TV but wrestles actively with the identity of those characters and the way characters like them are used as tropes in storytelling and culture while delivering some of the smartest and most inventive storytelling on TV. Skip to episode 5, “Hype Man,” for one of the most illuminating and thoughtful portraits of bipolar disorder I’ve ever seen, then scroll back to the beginning to watch this extremely talented rapper reckon with his rights, and his role, in contemporary hip-hop.

3. Little Fires Everywhere (2020)

Fresh off of two seasons of Big Little Lies, Reese Witherspoon teams up with Kerry Washington for this critically-acclaimed adaptation of the book of the same name by Celeste Ng about two mothers from different backgrounds whose lives are upended when their paths cross. The series—which exploring race, class, privilege, and preconceived ideas—dares to ask some important questions about identity, choice, opportunity, and expectation, bolstered by riveting performances by Witherspoon, Washington, and a cast of acting heavyweights.

4. What We Do In The Shadows (2019-present)

If Taika Waititi’s success has completely exploded in the past two or three years, his earlier work continues to set off reverberations that audiences are discovering now to great delight. After Waititi directed and co-wrote the 2014 horror-comedy of the same name about cohabitating, centuries-old vampires reckoning hilariously with both changing times and classic relationship foibles, his partner Jemaine Clement created this series. Cleverly, it does not revisit the same glories but instead relocates another group of bloodsuckers to New York for more, and different, shenanigans as they try to maintain their undead, sexy lifestyle while succumbing to the challenges and indignities of modern social niceties.

5. Ramy (2019-present)

Ramy star and co-creator Ramy Youssef won a Golden Globe for his performance in this show, which explores the life of a young American Muslim with an honesty and humor that few other shows (if any) ever have before. Youssef wrestles not only with his faith but cultural perceptions of Muslims, attempting to reconcile his personal and professional ambitions against the backdrop of a culture—not to mention a family and religious community—that has its own expectations of him. Safely juggling sitcom scenarios while digging into these deeper truths, Ramy delivers exactly what you want from a half-hour series while giving plenty you won’t expect.

6. PEN15 (2019-present)

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves in this funny, heartbreakingly honest show that exposes all of the wild discoveries of becoming a teenage girl, and the frequent indignities that come with them. Not just touching on coming-of-age staples like competition, peer pressure, and young romance, the show utilizes its actresses’ real ages to examine ideas like budding sexuality, the encroaching realities of adulthood, and the challenges of maintaining meaningful friendships and family relationships as each of these young characters becomes her own person.

7. The Handmaid’s Tale (2016-present)

Taking Margaret Atwood’s eponymous novel as its spine and inspiration, this series starring Elisabeth Moss explores a dystopian alternate reality and one frighteningly recognizable where some women are enslaved to bear children after fertility rates drop in the wake of STDs and environmental pandemics. The show makes audiences feel the devastating circumstances of Moss’s June Osborne week after week as it looks incisively at the circumstances that led to this type of control, including a slippery slope of bad legislation, complacency among voters until it’s too late, and oppressive patriarchal values that metastasize into a police state for women without the means to afford, or protect, their choices and their bodies. It's Infuriating and inspiring, and unmissable.

8. Difficult People (2015-2017)

Julie Klausner created this amazing series that exists for people who hate, well, pretty much everyone, except for that one best friend who also hates everyone. Klausner stars alongside Billy Eichner as two struggling comedians who wrestle with their many failures by inflicting their bitterness, hilariously, upon anyone within earshot. A perfect show for people who can’t get out of their own way, and for those who like watching hot messes, Difficult People is acerbic, bitter and brilliant.

9. Key & Peele (2012-2015)

Before Jordan Peele became a shepherd and truth-teller in horror and science-fiction storytelling, he and the great Keegan-Michael Key developed this series for Comedy Central, picking up the baton from Chappelle’s Show to create comedy from a uniquely multi-ethnic perspective. Where Chappelle was ruthless and unflinching in his indictments of behavior associated with people from all different backgrounds, Key and Peele nestled into the nuances and contradictions of those scenarios in a different, humanistic way along with some brilliantly off-the-wall set-ups that remains as identifiable, iconic, and hilarious today as ever.

10. Archer (2009-present)

FX’s (and later FXX’s) animated series Archer offers a delightful, raunchy deconstruction of James Bond and spy movies, anchored by the womanizing title character and the dysfunctional fellow agents, family members, and support teammates who revolve around him. The show has already catapulted a series of catchphrases into pop culture (“phrasing!”) but what’s remarkable about its longevity is how the characters have changed and grown in spite of the action-packed, puerile hijinks.

11. Killing Eve (2018-Present)

This twisty drama centers on MI5 intelligence officer Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) who matches wits with a Russian operative named Villanelle (Jodie Comer). As their rivalry intensifies, so do the stakes in this acclaimed BBC America presentation.

12. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (2005-present)

In the arena of “shows featuring reprehensible characters we somehow love,” Seinfeld walked so Rob McElhenney’s long-running show could run. Dennis, Sweet Dee, Mac, Charlie, and Frank seemingly exist to take the worst possible lesson from a given situation (Bar gets robbed? Buy a gun!), but the show’s ability to refine and develop these characters (Mac, an overcompensating himbo, discovers and slowly comes to accept his homosexuality) is matched only by the lengths to which the writers will go to degrade and humiliate them for their awfulness, while projecting random meta-textual ideas on the actors (McElhenney gains tons of weight one season, then strips down to rippling muscles, for no particular reason than it’s what actors do). It’s the best show on TV you will love featuring people you will hate.

13. Scrubs (2001-2010)

Bill Lawrence’s series about medical interns offers one of TV comedy’s greatest sneak attacks transforming the business of personality management and patient-of-the-week plot structures into a quietly sensitive and sweet look at entering adulthood, forging lasting romantic relationships, and maintaining special, important friendships. As the series develops with a wink, it unveils new dimensions about the world around us and spotlights the experiences and choices that are most important to our growth, best of all when we’re laughing too hard to notice.

14. The Office (2001-2003)

Tired of watching those episodes with Andy as the boss? Or when Brian The Sound Guy started talking to Pam? Take a break and check out the original series that inspired not just so many elements of the U.S. adaptation of The Office, but a worldwide franchise in German, French, Swedish, Czech, and more. Suffice it to say that Ricky Gervais’s show touched upon some universal truths about office dynamics; but if you’re not sure you have the stamina to revisit the saga of Jim and Pam over again from the beginning (in this case, Tim and Dawn), take heart knowing that this groundbreaking show amounts to only 15 episodes, including three specials.

15. Seinfeld (1989-1998)

If Friends is the crowd-pleasing Beatles of modern sitcoms, then Seinfeld is its boundary-pushing Rolling Stones counterpart. Created by star Jerry Seinfeld and future Curb Your Enthusiasm creator and star Larry David, the show develops one brilliantly off-the-wall scenario after another for its four main characters—at least one of whom you can relate to (probably a little too comfortably to admit) making them all loveable without bothering much to try and make them likable. An endless revolving door of colorful supporting characters, often played by up-and-coming and future A-listers, gives the show new luster as you can spot them sneaking through episodes on their way to stardom.

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Amazon's Best Cyber Monday Deals on Tablets, Wireless Headphones, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Beyond Queen Elizabeth: 10 Fantastic Shows to Stream After The Crown

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles in season 4 of The Crown.
Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles in season 4 of The Crown.
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So you’ve already torn through the latest season of The Crown, which arrived on Netflix in mid-November. You’ve watched and evaluated the performances of the new cast members, including Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher. You’ve done your Google searches on the events depicted in season 4, including the disappearance of Thatcher's son Mark. You’ve played back every scene featuring a corgi. What are you going to do now?

If you’re looking for something else that’s historical, royal, or just vaguely British, give one of these shows a try. They’re all available on a major streaming service and they all feature the same whispered bombshells and meaningful glances that make The Crown such a quietly devastating—and highly addicting—drama.

1. Victoria

Like The Crown, Victoria opens with a young queen ascending the throne after a death in the family. Only in this case, the queen is 18-year-old Alexandrina Victoria, who would rule Great Britain and Ireland for an astonishing 63 years. This costume drama hasn’t even covered a third of that reign, but it’s packed with plenty of royal scandal, real-world politics, and dramatic gowns into its three seasons. There’s no official word on when fans can expect the next batch of episodes, but writer Daisy Goodwin has promised “an absolute humdinger” of a fourth season.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

2. The Tudors

Henry VIII famously had a problem with commitment. He married six women, more than one of whom he had executed, making his life prime material for a soapy drama. Showtime delivered just that with The Tudors, which aired its final episode in 2010. The show covered each of Henry’s marriages and various international affairs in between, casting now famous British actors in some of their earliest roles. Henry Cavill appears in all four seasons as the king’s brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, and Natalie Dormer (a.k.a. Margaery Tyrell) dominates the first two seasons as Henry’s doomed second wife, Anne Boleyn.

Where to watch it: Netflix

3. Outlander

Take all of the historical intrigue of The Crown, add in some time travel and a lot more sex scenes, and you have Outlander. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series, this Starz original centers on Claire Randall, a nurse living in post-WWII Britain who is sent back in time to 1740s Scotland. Her travels don’t end there. Over the course of the show, Claire schmoozes with the French royal court in Paris and gets shipwrecked off the coast of the American colonies. She also falls in love with a Highlander named Jamie, even as she attempts to reunite with her husband Frank (played by Tobias Menzies, The Crown's current Prince Philip) in the present day.

Where to watch it: Netflix

4. Call The Midwife

Drawing on the diaries of a midwife who worked in the East End of London in the 1950s, this BBC show follows young women in medical training as they travel in and out of the homes of expectant Brits. By focusing on a working class neighborhood, Call the Midwife paints a picture of the London outside Queen Elizabeth’s palace walls, exploring in particular the stories of mothers in a post-baby boom, pre-contraceptive pill world.

Where to watch it: Netflix

5. Upstairs Downstairs

The first Upstairs, Downstairs aired in the 1970s—and when it ended, the tony Bellamy family had just been devastated by the stock market crash of 1929. The reboot (note the lack of comma in the title) picks up in 1936, with one of the original series' housekeepers serving a new family. Just like the original, it shows the very different lives of the “upstairs” aristocrats and their “downstairs” domestic staff, while nodding at current events that would’ve affected them both. A special treat for fans of The Crown: Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth in The Crown's first two seasons, playing the frequently misbehaved Lady Persephone Towyn.

Where to watch it: BritBox

6. Versailles

Ever wondered what it was like to party in the Hall of Mirrors? Versailles takes you inside the grand French palace of the same name, fictionalizing the lives of Louis XIV (the “Sun King”) and his court in the mid-1600s. Versailles isn’t quite as critically adored as The Crown and its cohorts—many reviewers have written it off as a slighter historical series—but it’s got all the requisite melodrama and the jaw-dropping sets we’ve come to expect from these costume epics.

Where to watch it: Netflix

7. Poldark

When war breaks out between the Brits and American colonists, Ross Poldark leaves his hometown of Cornwall to fight for King George III. After eight years of battles, the redcoats lose, sending Poldark back across the ocean, where he finds that everything has changed: His father is dead, his estate is in ruins, and the love of his life is engaged to his cousin. This is where Poldark, the BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s eponymous novels, picks up. While Ross Poldark is a fictional character, the show incorporates lots of real history, from the aftermath of the Revolutionary War to the subsequent revolution in France. Amazon Prime has all five seasons of the series, which ended its run in 2019.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

8. The Borgias

Rodrigo, Cesare, and Lucrezia Borgia were extremely influential nobles in 15th and 16th century Italy. In 1492, Rodrigo claimed the papacy and, with it, control of the Roman Catholic Church. That basically meant he and his children ruled the country: as long as Rodrigo was Pope Alexander VI, the Borgias could get anything they wanted. Showtime dramatized their power plays, betrayals, and rumored incest over three seasons of The Borgias, with Jeremy Irons in the lead role as Rodrigo.

Where to watch it: Netflix

9. Downton Abbey

If you missed out on the Downton Abbey craze in 2010, now is the perfect time to catch up. The entire series—which concerns the upper-crust Crawley family and their many servants—is available on Amazon Prime, and the 2019 movie is available on HBO Max (or for rent on Prime Video). Though the story is primarily set in the 1910s and 1920s, Maggie Smith’s withering insults are timeless.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

10. Coronation Street

If you want to understand the royals, you have to watch their favorite shows—and Coronation Street has long been rumored to be Queen Elizabeth’s preferred soap. (Prince Charles is also a fan; he appeared on the show’s live 2000 special.) Airing on ITV since 1960, Coronation Street follows several working-class families in the fictional town of Weatherfield.

Where to watch it: Hulu, Tubi

This story has been updated for 2020.