The 23 Best Shows on Hulu Right Now (January 2021)

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Hulu got its start as the online streaming home for several television networks, and television is still its strong suit. You can find everything from fantastic exclusives, to current network hits, and decades-old fan favorites in its library. Here are the best shows Hulu has to offer in its massive catalog.

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The Sister (2020): A Chilling Psychological Thriller from the Writer of 'Luther'

Russell Tovey and Amrita Acharia in 'The Sister'

ITV

IMDb rating: 5.6/10

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Starring: Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia

Created By: n/a

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

January looks like a light month for original Hulu content. One of the few new shows coming to the streaming service is the British psychological thriller The Sister. The latest from Luther scribe Neil Cross, it's about a married man (Russell Tovey) with a dark secret connected to his wife's missing sister. Add a touch of the supernatural and a solid performance by Tovey and you have a chilling, if at times slow, horror series.

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Gordon Ramsay’s American Road Trip: A Bromance for Foodies

Gordon Ramsay

Via Getty Images/Frazer Harrison 

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Gordon Ramsay, Luke Campbell, Gino D'Acampo

Created By: Studio Ramsay

TV Rating: n/a

Number of Seasons: 1

This new travel and food documentary from Gordon Ramsay sees the celebrity chef embark on a road trip across America with his two best friends, chef Gino D'Acampo and maître d'hôtel Fred Sireix. The trio visit Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, and more. They ride dune buggies, spearfish, round up cattle. It's all very masculine, but foodies may enjoy the bromance along with the drool-worthy dishes and scenery.

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Endlings (2019): A Sci-Fi Story for Teens

Neil Crone, Michela Luci, Kamaia Fairburn, Cale Ferrin, and Edison Grant in 'Endlings.'

CBC/Hulu

IMDb rating: 4.3/10

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Starring: Cale Ferrin, Kamaia Fairburn, Neil Crone

Created By: J.J. Johnson

TV Rating: n/a

Number of Seasons: 2

Endlings' second season debuts on Hulu in January. The Canadian show is about a bunch of foster kids in the near future who encounter an alien life form tasked with saving endangered species. It's generally upbeat tone and lack of scares or violence makes this a good option to binge-watch with the pre-teens and teens.

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Letterkenny (2016): Best Comedy About Rural Canadian Life

K. Trevor Wilson, Jared Keeso, and Nathan Dales in 'Letterkenny.'

Hulu

IMDb rating: 8.6/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett 

Created By: Jared Keeso, Jacob Tierney

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 9

Letterkenny's 9th season debuted on December 26. Set in a rural Canadian town, it follows the lives of residents who are divided into three groups: the Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey Players. All of them are constantly feuding and trading rapid-fire insults, puns, and occasional fists. Quirky and light-hearted, the show owes much of its charm to its wordplay and grounded characters.

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The Hardy Boys (2020): Best New Mystery Series for Teens

Alexander Elliot and Rohan Campbell in 'The Hardy Boys.'

Hulu

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Mystery

Starring: Alexander Elliot, Rohan Campbell, Jennifer Hsiung 

Created By: Jason Stone, Steve Cochrane

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 1

Based on the beloved children's mystery series, The Hardy Boys focuses on teen brothers who are amateur sleuths and solve crimes that stump the adults around them. During the debut season, Frank and Joe move to Bridgeport to stay with their aunt after a family tragedy. When they realize their dad is conducting a secret investigation, they decide to start one of their own. And everyone in town is a suspect.

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Madagascar: A Little Wild (2019): Because Who Doesn't Love Baby Zoo Animals?

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo in 'Madagascar: A Little Wild.'

DreamWorks

IMDb rating: 6.1/10

Genre: Animated

Starring:  Shaylin Becton, Tucker Chandler, Luke Lowe 

Created By: Dana Starfield

TV Rating: TV-Y

Number of Seasons: 2

If you're looking for something for the kids to watch, the second season of Madagascar: A Little Wild debuted in December. Based on the DreamWorks line of animated films, it features four adorable animals—Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo—as their younger selves. Like the films it's based on, the show has musical numbers and a heartwarming message about being yourself and pursuing your dreams, no matter the size.

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Animaniacs (2020): The Wacky, Beloved Cartoon Classic Returns

The main characters of 'Animaniacs' playing with the Hulu logo

Hulu 

IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Animated

Starring: Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille

Created By: Tom Minton

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 1

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot have returned for more zany animated adventures with an all-new season of Animaniacs. The beloved '90s cartoon was a variety show featuring a large cast of colorful characters who lampooned popular culture, history, mythology, and more in a way that had both kids and their parents laughing. It's responsible for a number of catchy musical numbers, as well as a successful animated spinoff Pinky & The Brain. A second season is already expected in 2021.

Want to catch up before the new season begins? You can stream the original Animaniacs on Hulu.

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Eater's Guide to the World (2020): Epic Morsels to Make Your Tastebuds Sing

A mushroom and swiss hamburger. With pickles.

Hulu

IMDb rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Reality TV

Starring: Maya Rudolph

Created By: n/a

TV Rating: n/a

Number of Seasons: 1

Foodies will want to check out Eater's Guide to the World. Narrated by actress Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live, The Good Place), the series goes on a quest to find the most epic meals in the most unexpected places, including airport terminals, Costa Rican jungles, and the hood of a car in Los Angeles.

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No Man's Land (2020): A Fictional Look at the Syrian Civil War

James Krishna Floyd in 'No Man's Land'

Hulu 

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: James Krishna Floyd, Jo Ben Ayed, Julia Faure

Created By:  Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem, Eitan Mansuri

TV Rating: PG-13

Number of Seasons: 1

No Man's Land is the story of a French man named Antoine who teams up with a unit of Kurdish female fighters to search for his sister during the Syrian civil war. Through Antoine's perspective, viewers get a look at the tragic events happening in the war-torn country and the way they affect the entire world. The show's slower pace may turn off some viewers, but people who don't mind a slow burn may enjoy this gritty thriller.

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Monsterland (2020): Exploring the Thin Line Between Man and Monster

Kelly Marie Tran in 'Monsterland.'

 Hulu

IMDb rating: 5.4/10

Genre: Horror

Starring: D. Dumebi Egbufor, Mason Schneiderman, Diego Aguirre 

Created By:  Mary Laws

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Based on the novel North America Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud, Monsterland is an eight-episode anthology series that features a variety of Gothic creatures, including fallen angels, werewolves, and mermaids. The debut season's mixed bag of episodes include a lonely teen with an unwelcome guest, a wealthy CEO paying for his sins, and a New Orleans socialite with a shady past. Just like Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow, Monsterland blends its spookiness with social commentary and the idea that humans are often worse than the monsters.

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Fargo (2014): A Tale of Two Crime Syndicates

Chris Rock stars as Loy Cannon in Season 4 of 'Fargo'

IMDb rating: 8.9/10

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman

Created By: Noah Hawley

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 4

The Emmy-winning crime anthology Fargo's fourth season stars Chris Rock and Jason Schwartzman as 1950s Kansas City mobsters vying for control of the city. The story explores issues of racism, assimilation, and how the promise of the American Dream remains unfulfilled for many. Other cast members this year include Jessie Buckley, Jack Huston, Ben Whishaw, and Timothy Olyphant.

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Skins (2007): The Height of British Teen Dramedy

Nicholas Hoult, April Pearson, and Mike Bailey in 'Skins.'

 All3Media

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

Created By: Jamie Brittain, Bryan Elsley

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 7

Not to be confused with the short-lived American remake of the same name, Skins is a British comedy-drama about teens living in Bristol. Like any good teen drama, it tackles thorny subjects like dysfunctional families, mental illness, and sexuality. Each episode generally focused on a particular character and their struggles. The show was well-received by critics at the time and helped launch the careers of young actors like Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones).

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Dragon Ball Super: New Episodes 1-131 (2015): Continuing Goku's Adventures

Ryô Horikawa and Christopher Sabat in 'Dragon Ball Super'

Fuji Television Network

IMDb rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Anime

Starring: Masako Nozawa, Naoki Tatsuta, Ryô Horikawa 

Created By: Akira Toriyama

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 1

Anime fans will be happy to hear Dragon Ball Super is now on Hulu. Not only is it a sequel to the original Dragon Ball manga, but series creator Akira Toriyama also helped out with the plot. If you've never heard of Dragon Ball, it's a heady mix of martial arts, fantasy, and comedy centered on the adventures of a boy named Goku and his quest to find seven magical MacGuffins. He battles a variety of interesting and eccentric villains along the way. The series has inspired a number of manga/anime properties since then, including Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh!

You'll need a Hulu Live TV subscription to watch these episodes.

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The Great (2020): Best Occasionally True Historical Satire

Sacha Dhawan, Adam Godley, and Nicholas Hoult in 'The Great'

 Hulu

IMDb rating: 8.1/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox

Created By: Tony McNamara

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

The Great tells the story of Catherine the Great's (Elle Fanning) rise from a dewy-faced Prussian noble to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia's history. Over the course of the show's first season, she marries Peter III (Nicholas Hoult), finds out he's a debauched and sociopathic manchild, and begins a plot to overthrow him. The show is only loosely based on real events and instead weaves humorous historical satire with well-written characters backed by fine performances from the entire main cast.

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Archer (2009): Best Spy Satire

The animated cast of 'Archer' conduct a meeting inside ISIS.

FX

IMDb rating: 8.6/10

Genre: Animation, Comedy

Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

Created By: Adam Reed

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 11

FX's animated spy spoof Archer is back for its 11th season. After numerous seasons reinventing itself as a detective noir, adventure, and sci-fi, the show is returning to its roots. Superspy Sterling Archer is finally awakening from his coma and getting back to work at ISIS.

Although the detours into other genres didn't always land with fans, Archer remains a delightfully raunchy, irreverent show even after 11 years.

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Ramy (2019): Best Glimpse Into the Modern Muslim American Family

Ramy Youssef in 'Ramy'

 Hulu

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Ramy Youssef, Mo Amer, Hiam Abbass

Created By: Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

The Emmy Award-nominated series Ramy tells the story of a first-generation Egyptian-American living in a politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. Focused mainly on the challenges of living in a Muslim community, critics have praised it for portraying Muslims with depth and sympathy. Its depiction of a young man trying to better himself is at times both profanely funny and thought-provoking.

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PEN15 (2019): Best Awkward Adolescent Comedy

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle in the Hulu TV show 'PEN15'.

 Hulu

IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Melora Walters

Created By: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Emmy-nominated comedy PEN15 stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle as cringe-inducing versions of their 13-year-old selves. You need to suspend a little disbelief to watch two 30-somethings portray teenagers while surrounded by teenaged actors (fans of another weird comedy gem, Strangers with Candy, won't find it a challenge), but once you do you'll find this show a funny and sometimes tender look at adolescence and all of its trials and tribulations.

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Woke (2020): Best Socially-Conscious Comedy

Lamorne Morris as Keef Knight in the Hulu original show 'Woke."

 Hulu

IMDb rating: 6.3/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Lamorne Morris, T. Murph, Blake Anderson

Created By: Keith Knight, Marshall Todd

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Woke is a Hulu original series loosely based on the life and work of artist Keith Knight (The K Chronicles and The Knight Life). Keef (Lamorne Morris) is a cartoonist who's gained some recognition and mainstream success. But, when he becomes the victim of a wrongful arrest, he begins to reevaluate the world around him. Also, inanimate objects turn into cartoons and start talking to him.

Knight is an award-winning comic strip creator known for tackling social, racial and class issues, and Woke looks like it will touch on that subject matter as well.

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Mrs. America (2020): Best for Those Looking for a 'Mad Men' Style Fix

Cate Blanchett in 'Mrs. America'

Hulu

 

IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba

Created By: Dahvi Waller

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Mrs. America is a historical drama about the Equal Rights Amendment and the women who fought both for and against it. It features a large ensemble cast of strong performances, especially from Cate Blanchett, who plays conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. American history buffs might also recognize notable figures like Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba), and Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman). All of the women receive their moments in the spotlight. The show uses documentary-style filmmaking to great effect (handheld for the liberals, traditional shots for the conservatives), and features a zippy '70s soundtrack.

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What We Do in the Shadows (2019): Best Vampire Mockumentary

Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, and Harvey Guillén in 'What We Do in the Shadows'

FX

IMDb rating: 8.5/10

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Starring: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou

Created By: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary-style comedy horror about vampire roommates in Staten Island. The show follows their nightly lives as they try to do mundane, mortal things like pay rent, accomplish chores, and resolve roommate conflicts.

The premise is absurd but clever and fun, and the leads are all great. Fans of shows like The Office, fans of vampires in general, or just anyone looking for a good laugh will enjoy this unusual show.

If you enjoy What We Do in the Shadows, also make sure to check out the 2014 film of the same name it's based on.

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005): Worst People Doing the Funniest Things

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Hulu 

IMDb rating: 8.8/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney 

Created By: Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney 

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 15

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is unique in that most TV shows have to present at least one likable character that the audience can identify with. There are no such characters here. The show is about a group of friends that run a bar, but virtually every episode revolves around them being terrible people and doing terrible things to each other, and the result is some of the funniest stuff on television.

Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howertson) is a narcisistic sociopath who co-owns a bar with dim-witted Mac (Rob McElhenney). Their illiterate childhood friend Charlie (Charlie Day) and Dennis' sister Dee (Kaitlynn Olson) both work at the bar. In season two, Danny DeVito joins the cast in what has to be the most bizarre role of his career. In one episode, he bursts naked from a leather couch. In another he eats trash while wearing a singlet.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997): Best Vampire-Slaying Ex-Cheerleader

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hulu 

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Action, Drama

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan 

Created By: Joss Whedon

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 7

Buffy the Vampire Slayer started life as an ill-received movie that has gained cult status over the years. The show is a re-imagining of the film that keeps some elements and tosses others. Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is an ex-cheerleader who moves to small town Sunnydale after an incident at her old school involving vampires. Joined by new friends Xander (Nicholas Brendon) and eventual witch Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Buffy ends up fighting a whole lot more than bloodsuckers.

Creator Joss Whedon pitched the show as being high school as a horror movie, and the many monster-of-the-week episodes play to that perfectly. The larger story arc episodes, and the characters that grow and change over the course of the series, elevate it beyond that.

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Atlanta (2016): Best Childish Gambino Vehicle

Atlanta

Hulu 

IMDb rating: 8.6/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

Starring: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield

Created By: Donald Glover 

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Atlanta is the story of Earn (Donald Glover) as he navigates daily life in Atlanta, GA. Earn has dropped out of college and has no permanent place to live, but he desperately wants to prove himself to his girlfriend (Zazie Beetz) and take care of his daughter. When his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry) is about to hit it big as a rapper under the stage name Paper Boi, Earn sees an opportunity.

Serving as a star vehicle for creator Donald Glover, who also raps under the name Childish Gambino, Atlanta has received a number of awards and accolades. It won a Best Television Series Golden Globe, while Glover himself took home a Best Actor Golden Globe. The show was also named one of the top 10 television programs by the American Film Institute Awards alongside dozens of other awards and nominations.

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