22 must-see Hulu original TV shows to add to your streaming queue
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While Netflix was the pioneer of original content and still leads the pack in quantity, Hulu has made a successful effort in the last few years to join the ranks of quality original content providers. Its bread and butter — the must-see, multiple-Emmy-winning series “The Handmaid’s Tale” — makes it worth the price of a subscription alone.
But that’s not the only series that’s gained Hulu its must-subscribe status. Other standouts include “Little Fires Everywhere” starring Reese Witherspoon, the teen drama “Love, Victor,” and the comedy series “Woke.” In my experience, Hulu has a much higher success rate than Netflix when it comes to their productions, meaning there’s a higher likelihood that the Hulu original series you take a chance on will actually be binge-worthy. But still, there’s a lot of content to weed through, so we’ve gathered the best of Hulu’s original content below.
If you’re not a Hulu subscriber yet, it couldn’t be easier to start streaming. Most smart TVs already come equipped with the Hulu app, and it’s as simple as registering here and signing in. If you’re looking to upgrade to a smart TV, check out our guide to the best affordable smart TVs on the market. If you’re not sure what level of Hulu service is right for you, here’s an extensive breakdown of all they have to offer and what it’ll cost.
Once you’re all set up, we suggest you start with one of the shows below to really get a taste of how Hulu is innovating. Our picks represent a range of genres and all of the Originals we’ve selected are categorized as fresh by critics on the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. For more Hulu recommendations, check out our roundup of the best movies on Hulu.
Updated on 01/22/21 by Ben Blanchet: Added “Animaniacs,” “Normal People,” “Love, Victor,” and “Woke.”