Hulu is a streaming platform full of shows from network television and original series. Here’s my list of good shows to watch on Hulu.
Hulu is a popular streaming platform that has access to many network television series. Some of the most popular networks on Hulu include ABC, FX, and NBC. Hulu is an excellent streaming service for those without cable because they offer many current shows as they air. That way you don’t have to wait for the entire season before the show is available.
Hulu offers a wide variety of shows, including a lot of original series, with fewer commercials. Basic membership includes a few commercial breaks. But there are other plans without commercials. And plans that include Live TV. Then you can watch some of your favorite networks live.
A Few Good Shows to Watch on Hulu
Here are some good shows to watch on Hulu. These are mostly my favorites. And the list is always changing! Many of these shows are only available to Hulu members and aren’t on other streaming platforms.
Good to Watch on Hulu – Comedy or Drama-Comedy Shows
Younger (TV Land)
Like any good Millennial, I grew up watching Lizzie McGuire on Disney Channel and blaring “Why Not” in my bedroom. When I heard Hilary Duff was returning to TV in a show called Younger, I was totally on board! I originally only started the show for Hilary, but was hooked within a few episodes because the whole cast is AMAZING!
Younger is hilarious, dramatic, and easy to relate to, plus the episodes are less than 30 minutes. Sutton Foster plays Liza, the main character, a 40-year-old woman trying to pick up where she left off in her career after taking an 18-year hiatus to be a stay-at-home mom. She ends up pretending to be 26 to get a job as an assistant. As you can imagine, the secret leads to a lot of crazy antics. This is one of the best shows on Hulu. Hands down.
The Bold Type (Freeform)
The Bold Type is like Sex and the City, but PG-13 and geared towards Millennials. It takes place in NYC at a magazine that is basically a made-up version of Cosmopolitan. There are 3 main characters all trying to juggle life, their careers, and relationships in the current world. This show is edgy, fun, and sexy.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu)
This show is a Hulu Original and I was immediately obsessed! It’s a dramedy, very loosely based on the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral from the ’90s. It’s so funny, with plenty of drama to keep things interesting. The show follows the lives of four best friends from college that are navigating their post-college, adult lives and relationships. It all starts with a meet-cute in an airport that very quickly turns into several love triangles, lots of drama, and a happy maybe ending. Plus, there are 4 weddings and a funeral sprinkled throughout. There were only 2 seasons of this show, unfortunately.
This comedy series was on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) back in 2007. It’s a lighthearted dramedy about a college freshman that wants to leave his nerdy high school self in the past and become part of Greek life. His older sister is extremely popular and part of a sorority, and not too happy about her little brother being around. You will probably recognize a lot of the actors from other shows, which is always fun.
What We Do In the Shadows (FX)
This is a mockumentary based on the movie What We Do In the Shadows, created by and starring Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clements. It’s about a group of vampire roommates that live in the modern world. They are all quirky and kind of terrible at being vampires. The characters are different and the content is a little more “adult” than the movie, but it’s still hilarious.
This is an extremely quirky comedy following a group of students at a joke of a community college. Some of the comedy is a bit ludicrous, but Jesse and I both love this show. It’s staring a lot of great comedians, like Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and Allison Brie. The earlier seasons are better than the later ones because the cast has a lot of turnovers, but it’s worth a watch if you need something fun and lighthearted to watch!
How I Met Your Father (Hulu)
A remake of the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother. This show centers on the story of how Sophie met her son’s father. The characters are all millennials in New York City, dealing with modern problems. It stars Hilary Duff, so if you are a Hilary fan you should check it out!
The Great (Hulu)
The Great is a satirical, sometimes dark, comedy very loosely based on the life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. The story is centered around Catherine, played by Elle Fanning, and her marriage to Emperor Peter. If you love historical comedies, then this is for you!
Dollface is a fun comedy about a girl that ends things with her long-term boyfriend. And she discovers that she doesn’t have any female friends. She hilariously tries to win back old friends, and find her way in the world without a boyfriend. The cast is hilarious and amazing together! It stars Brenda Song (Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls).
Only Murders In the Building (Hulu)
This hilarious murder mystery has an all-star cast, consisting of Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. They find themselves starting a podcast together after a murder occurs in their apartment building. There are fun twist and turns. Plus, the three stars are kind of perfect together.
Good Shows to Watch on Hulu – Dramas
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
This gripping series is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, so the acting is top-notch. Washington and Witherspoon play two mothers from very different socio-economic backgrounds. Through a series of events, their lives become entwined and completely upended.
Normal People (Hulu)
Normal People is also based on a novel of the same name. Marianne and Connell are from the same small town in Ireland. But their backgrounds are completely different. The show follows their relationship as they weave in and out of romantic situations. It’s very much a coming-of-age tale.
One Tree Hill (The CW)
One Tree Hill is a drama from the early 2000s that follows the lives of two half brothers that have spent the first 16 years of their lives estranged thanks to their ass-hole dad. There is a lot of high school drama and some parts are slower than others, but overall I really enjoyed seasons 2-7 of the show! I can’t believe I’d never watched it before!
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
The show is based on the 1985 novel of the same name which follows the story of a woman named June (Elizabeth Moss) living in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. The US government has been overthrown and replaced with a totalitarian state that forces fertile women to bear the children of the government’s leaders. There is a very limited number of women left that are capable of reproducing, so they are basically child-bearing slaves. The women are raped (hence the dark and disturbing subject matter) in a monthly ceremony to become pregnant.
I read this book in Literature class in high school and it was an entirely limited narrative. The reader only knows what June knows, so you don’t know much. The show explores the back stories of all of the main characters and sets up a very interesting future beyond the book. Seasons 1 and 2 were very good, but I lost a lot of interest in season 3.
Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose! This is one of my favorite shows that I’ve ever watched. I adored the characters and their stories. It was an instantaneous favorite of mine. It follows a football team in Texas, the coach and players. They all overcome different obstacles throughout the show. It was emotional and heartwarming.
My general taste in TV is usually PG-13 dramedy. A few of these recommended Hulu shows are a little more serious or a little more comedy, but they’re generally in this ballpark.
oooh catherine lovessss younger and the bold type but i haven’t tried them! some other great recs here too!
xx rebecca // thecrystalpress.com
They are both some of my fave shows. I recommend Younger to anyone and everyone.
How fun! I think people tend to forget Hulu, but it’s a great platform and I love that it offers older shows and also has the episodes for current shows the day after they air. I watch This Is Us, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, and A Million Little Things on there and also love that they have Parenthood! You’ve got some good ones on this list as well.
I need to check out Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist! I feel like I would enjoy it!
these are some amazing recommendations! I always forget about Hulu!
cute & little
The Handmaid’s Tale is definitely different! I do like it, though, and I need to watch the new season – it had slipped my mind.
The most recent season was not my favorite. I honestly skipped several episodes and just read the synopsis. The last episode is AMAZING though.
Great recommendations! I also have been loving Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, such a fun show, especially if you love musical theater.
I would also note that Community (one of my favorite shows of all time) is also on Netflix which doesn’t have ad breaks!
I didn’t realize that Netflix had added Community! Thanks for letting me know! And I think I need to check out Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist next!
I just sent this over to a friend who said she thinks she has watched everything possible on Hulu in case she missed something! Love all of your reviews of each show!
Thanks so much for sharing Caitlin! I appreciate that so much! 🙂