By now, if you aren’t well into your third binge watch list of the last couple of months, you’re at least through your first. And chances are good that one of your binge titles is (or should be) a Hulu original.
Though it’s menu may not be as lengthy as some of its streaming service counterparts; Hulu has consistently dropped some move-the-needle type of original series up to this point. From dystopian dramas, to horror anthologies, to atmospheric slow-burns, there are a lot of distinctive flavors.
Of course, favorites will vary based on particular tastes. But here are 5 Hulu original series we think provide some quality binging hours right now.
The Handmaid’s Tale
It pretty much goes without saying that any top original series list has to include this one. Visceral and grim, this dystopian cautionary tale tells the harrowing story of Offred. She’s living as a Handmaid in a near-future totalitarian former United States, where fertility is a form of service for the wealthy. Based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, this is Hulu’s most popular original series, and the first streaming series to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama.
Number of seasons: 3 (Season 4 set for Fall 2020)
Little Fires Everywhere
This is a miniseries based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Celeste Ng. It takes place in 1990s Ohio and centers on two women with a lot to hide. Sparks fly when a mysterious mother and daughter move in with the affluent Richardson family, upending their picture-perfect lives. This original series proves that nothing kindles a flame like unraveling secrets.
Number of seasons: 1 (miniseries)
Does a person’s makeup consist of their parents’ beliefs, their own beliefs, their experiences, or a combination of everything? These are the philosophical and spiritual questions Ramy Hassan – played by Ramy Youssef – explores in this comedy series loosely based on his own life. Winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV comedy series, Ramy plays a first-generation Egyptian American Muslim who’s trying to figure out what that means in the 21st century.
Number of seasons: 1 (Season 2 premiers May 29, 2020)
Who says playing video games all day will get you nowhere? Josh Futturman (get it?) is evidence to the contrary. After defeating a particularly difficult game, he’s recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time and help defeat some real out-of-this-world threats. This sci-fi comedy series is a quirky combination of The Last Starfighter, The Terminator, a pinch of Back to the Future and a dash of Dr. Who.
Number of seasons: 3
Conspiracy theories. Big enigmatic tech companies. Shady enigmatic tech. This limited series covers it all and even larger questions about free will. The story centers on software engineer, Lily Chan as she uncovers the secrets behind a Silicon Valley tech company behind her boyfriend’s disappearance. Created, written and directed by Alex Garland, this is a prestige series with a lot of big ideas.
Number of seasons: 1 (limited series)
- Mrs. America
- Castle Rock
- Into the Dark
What Hulu original series are you watching right now? Tell us your recommendations in the comments!
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