Hulu is an excellent streaming platform full of shows from network television and original series. Here’s my list of recommended Hulu shows.
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.
I have actually had a Hulu account since college, aka 2009! My account existed long before there was a paid streaming option. I signed up so I could keep up with my favorite shows without a television. Over the years Hulu offered more shows, including a lot of original series, with less commercials. We have a basic membership, which includes a few commercial breaks. But honestly I don’t mind them!
Here are my recommended Hulu shows. There are a lot of shows to watch on Hulu, but these are 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. And don’t forget, if you’re a Disney Plus subscriber, then you can get a Hulu discount!
My Top Recommended Hulu 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 90’s. 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’s 4 weddings and a funeral sprinkled throughout. There’s only been one season of the show so far, but I’m beyond ready for more!
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.
One Tree Hill (The CW)
One Tree Hill is a drama from the early 2000’s 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)
I always recommend this one with a grain of salt. The subject matter is very dark and disturbing. 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. Season 4 was better… but in all honesty, I’m ready for the story to wrap up soon.
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.
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.
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!
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.