Official Guide to Hulu Originals Streaming Now
The demand for Hulu Original shows and movies is on the rise. With Emmy® Award nominations for Hulu Originals like Ramy and The Act, and titles like Little Fires Everywhere and Palm Springs topping the Hulu charts for most-watched in 2020, subscribers are craving more — and we’re delivering.
Following the buzz around the Season 9 return of Letterkenny and the renewal of The Handmaid’s Tale for a fifth season, there’s never been a better time to catch up on these fan favorites.
We get it, committing to a new show is kind of a big deal. That’s why we’re breaking down some of the best Hulu Originals to help you decide on your next Hulu binge or movie marathon with no regrets.
Best Hulu Original Comedies
Welcome to Letterkenny! This comedy has quickly become one of our most popular Hulu Original shows, with nine full seasons of shenanigans for your binge-watching pleasure.
Set in a small Canadian town, the show centers around siblings Wayne (Jared Keeso) and Katy (Michelle Mylett), who run a produce stand. Residents generally fall into three groups: the farmers or “hicks,” the hockey players, and the skids, who usually end up feuding with one another for no good reason.
Whether or not you think you can relate to the folks in Letterkenny, you’re in for a flannel-wearing, whiskey-drinking, butt-kicking good time. Trust us, you’ll feel right at home in no time.
You’re going to want to call your middle school best friend and plan a Pen15 Watch Party immediately.
This Hulu Original show brings all the fun, cringiness, and relatability you crave in a comedy. It stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who play the middle school versions of themselves in the year 2000.
As if thirty-somethings playing thirteen-year-old outcasts isn’t hilarious enough, their castmates are actual thirteen-year-olds. Plus, these bite-sized episodes pack a lot of laughs and will supply you with GIFs to share in your friends’ group chat for the rest of time.
Ready to relive some of the most awkward days of your life? Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Pen15 now.
Think your family is old school? Try being Ramy, a first-generation Egyptian-American who’s caught between his New Jersey Muslim community and his twenty-something millennial peers.
Produced by and starring Ramy Youssef, Ramy has been praised for its realistic portrayal of Muslim-American culture, taking viewers on a hilarious journey of self-discovery and delivering lots of relatable moments and laughs along the way.
Ramy won a Golden Globe® Award in 2020 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Comedy) and was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now, and Season 3 is coming soon.
Best Hulu Original Dramas
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is arguably Hulu’s most acclaimed original show — let’s just say its awards shelf is looking more like a shrine these days.
The series, based on Margaret Atwood’s famous novel, is set in a near-future totalitarian society called Gilead (formerly the United States) in which a fertility crisis and government takeover forces women into sexual servitude.
The story follows award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne (renamed Offred), who has been captured by the government and stripped of her identity, on her journey to escape the confines of her new life as a handmaid and reunite with her family.
The female-dominated cast stuns in this story about war, freedom, and making unthinkable sacrifices. Handmaid’s has been recognized with 15 Emmy Awards — including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series — and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series (Drama) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama), just to name a few.
If you’re in the mood for a high-stakes drama with plenty to look forward to, you’ve found your next Hulu binge. The Handmaid’s Tale Seasons 1 – 3 are streaming now, with Season 4 on the horizon and Season 5 already greenlit. Praise be.
Watch: The Handmaid’s Tale
Little Fires Everywhere
It’s likely that you’ve heard the buzz around Little Fires Everywhere. The Emmy-nominated series based on the popular book by Celeste Ng is quickly gaining notoriety as one of the best Hulu Original shows of 2020, with the premiere episode topping the Hulu charts as the most-watched TV episode of the year.
Little Fires Everywhere is set in the 1990s. That’s right — overalls, car phones, and lots and lots of wallpaper. It centers around Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) and her seemingly perfect family. Only, scratch that, it opens to their house on fire (if you’re into dramas that cut right to the chase).
But who’s responsible? And why did they do it? Just when you think you know, another little fire starts.
Enter Mia Warren (Kerry Washington), an enigmatic artist who moves to Shaker Heights with her daughter, Pearl. The only thing she and Elena have in common is that they’re both keeping secrets.
As Mia’s character says on the show, “We all have parts that scare us, parts that we run from, parts that we’re afraid to look at…” Come take a look for yourself.
Watch: Little Fires Everywhere
Calling all Stephen King superfans: If Castle Rock sounds familiar, that’s because it is.
The setting from which the anthology series takes its name has appeared a number of times in King’s works — including in The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and more. While Season 1 of Castle Rock centers on a mysterious suicide at King’s iconic Shawshank Prison and Season 2 focuses largely on Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan) from King’s 1987 novel Misery, it’s the spooky locale itself that ties all these stories and characters together in a love letter to the author’s extended universe.
The two seasons of Hulu’s Castle Rock deliver what we’ve all come to expect from Stephen King: twisted, heart-pumping, leave-the-light-on entertainment.
Watch: Castle Rock
Looking for a show with some serious female empowerment vibes? Try The Great, another highly acclaimed Hulu Original show based on the rise of Catherine the Great, the longest reigning female ruler of Russia.
Although it’s only loosely aligned with your history textbook, the bones of this story are true — and Catherine’s rise to power was pretty awe-inspiring.
Starring Elle Fanning, this satirical comedy-drama is Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
Watch: The Great
Best Hulu Original Limited Series
No Hulu limited series has generated quite as much buzz as The Act.
Based on a disturbing true story, this series follows a seemingly sick young girl, Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), and her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette) — ultimately uncovering some “stranger-than-fiction” events that lead to a nationally recognized murder.
This dramatic retelling shines a light on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a mental disorder in which a person conspires that someone they care for is ill, when in fact they are perfectly healthy. Such was the case for Dee Dee Blanchard, who convinced her daughter that she suffered from paraplegia, epilepsy, leukemia, and much more.
King and Arquette both earned Emmy nominations for their roles, with Arquette taking home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
Warning: If you watch even just the first episode of this gripping saga, you might not be able to stop.
Watch: The Act
If you’re a sucker for FX dramas like Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story, you can’t miss this FX on Hulu Original.
One of our newest releases, A Teacher explores the consequences of a predatory sexual relationship between a teacher and her student. It centers around Claire Wilson (Kate Mara), the new English teacher at Westbrook High School, and captain of the soccer team, Eric (Nick Robinson), as their relationship escalates from innocent SAT prep to an unsettling abuse of power.
Watch: A Teacher
Best Hulu Originals for Movie Night
Feel like you’ve spent the last year in a time warp? Us, too. The Hulu Original movie Palm Springs finished the year strong as our most-watched movie of 2020 — we suspect because it’s super relatable and provides the comic relief we all need right now.
This unique rom-com follows Nyles (Adam Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) as they navigate an actual time warp, reliving their best friends’ destination wedding over and over again. The real fun begins when they realize they can say or do anything with no consequences, knowing they’ll wake up to a completely clean slate the next morning.
If you’re looking for a modern-day comedy in the vein of Groundhog’s Day that will deliver laugh-out-loud moments and inspire you to find fun in the seemingly mundane, Palm Springs won’t disappoint.
Sarah Paulson has really been getting her thrill on lately, and fans can’t seem to get enough. In the Hulu Original movie Run, the celebrated actress best known for her work in American Horror Story plays Diane Sherman, mom to Chloe (Kiera Allen) who is confined to a wheelchair.
You can sense pretty early on that there’s something bizarre about their relationship, as Chloe’s predominantly isolated upbringing comes to light. As Chloe begins looking into her mom’s secrets and slipping further from her grasp, things start getting intense.
Don’t miss one of our most successful movie releases yet.
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise
What would you listen to if you knew it was the last sound you’d ever hear?
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise follows Marcus (Keean Johnson), a high school student who learns he must undergo brain surgery that will render him deaf.
He embarks on a journey to record his favorite sounds when he meets an unexpected guest, Wendy (Madeline Brewer, calling all fans of The Handmaid’s Tale), who hitches a ride to New York and ultimately helps him discover the beauty in his new reality.
If you’re looking for a feel-good watch that will stimulate your senses and tug at your heartstrings, this new Hulu Original is for you.
Best Hulu Originals for Learning
I Am Greta
This Hulu Original docu-film tells the story of Greta Thunberg, a teenage activist who has gone viral for calling out world leaders’ inaction on the issue of climate change.
Unlike other documentaries of its kind, Greta’s story is laser-focused on what’s happening in the present moment and what needs to be done to avoid irreversible damage. Thunberg’s message has gained worldwide attention, which comes to light in the film with appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, French President Emmanuel Macron, and even Pope Francis.
From her first solo strike outside Swedish Parliament to sailing across the planet to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit, Greta’s story is sure to leave you feeling inspired and with a burning desire to learn more about saving our planet.
Eater’s Guide to the World
Quick: Name two things everyone loves that you can also find in the Hulu Original Eater’s Guide to the World. If you guessed food and Maya Rudolph, you’re right!
Get your sense of wanderlust again with this fun series, narrated by Rudolph, which takes you on a journey to discover some seriously delicious food in cities all over the world. If you’re suffering from cabin fever (we can relate), make this your next Hulu binge.
Watch: Eater’s Guide to the World