7 Shows on Hulu You Need to Stream Right Now, According to an Entertainment Editor
Another Monday, another night of surfing every streaming platform looking for new content to spice up the week. And, at the risk of sounding dramatic, this is no easy feat. There have honestly been times where I’ve browsed Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime and Disney+ and not landed on one movie or TV show before ultimately getting annoyed and putting on The Office (again).
Naturally, I don’t want the same thing happening to any of you, so I figured why not share some of my favorite television shows that are currently available on Hulu? Maybe you’ve seen a few of them (and if you’ve watched all of them I’m super impressed), but hopefully, I can be of some assistance to those of you currently stuck in a TV rut.
From action-packed dramas to original period pieces, keep reading for seven of my go-to shows that you can (and should) start bingeing on Hulu right now.
1. ‘NORMAL PEOPLE’
Is it me or does the BBC know how to do television better than anyone? Exhibit A: Normal People. I know a lot of folks were looking forward to this series because they had read the namesake novel by Sally Rooney. But as someone who doesn’t read as often as she would like to, I was a bit late to the game and only hopped aboard the NP train after friends turned me on to it. The fact that it was also Emmy-nominated didn’t hurt either.
The series explores the romantic relationship between two Ireland-natives, Marianne and Connell, who come from different backgrounds. And what really makes Normal People a must-watch are the stellar performances from leads Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. Hey, maybe one day I'll even read the book...
If you’re a fan of shows like Fleabag, Killing Eve or Russian Doll (or you simply love Donald Glover), then you’re sure to like Atlanta—the 2016 show about two cousins navigating the Atlanta rap scene in an attempt to improve their current situation.
With only two seasons, Atlanta is Glover’s take on what it’s like to be a young Black man in America. And although it covers a wide-range of serious topics, it does so with the addition of satire and witty commentary. It's easy to see why the series was surrounded by some serious hype (and critical recognition).
3. ‘Your Honor’
I am one of those people that will argue that Breaking Bad is one the greatest series in the history of television. And while I believe Walter White is one of the most prolific characters of our time, I understand why an actor like Bryan Cranston would want to expand his resume beyond a school teacher-turned-meth cook or Elaine Benes’s quick fling. (OK, I know he’s been in a ton more things, just work with me here.)
So, when I saw that Cranston had a brand-new show coming to Hulu, by way of Showtime, I thought I’d give it a shot. And so far, it’s exceeded my expectations. The series tells the story of a respected judge, Michael Desiato, whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that causes the death of a local mobster’s son. It’s important to note that all of this takes place in the first episode, and the rest of the series deals with the aftermath. I should also mention that I’m currently only on episode five (no spoilers please) but so far I find Desiato a dynamic character who is easy to empathize with. Sure, he’s a justice of the law, but his main priority is protecting his family. Overall, it’s a bit dark and slow at times, but definitely worth the watch.
Note: You’ll need to add Showtime to your subscription to access this title.
4. ‘The Golden Girls’
In honor of Betty White’s recent 99th birthday, it only feels right to include one of her greatest projects of all time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, or posed the question myself, “Are you a Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche or a Rose?” Full disclosure: I’m a Blanche.
If you’re not familiar, Golden Girls follows four older women who share a house in Miami Beach, Florida. Starring Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and White, the American television sitcom has managed to remain popular for the last 40 years (yeah you read that correctly), even with people like me, who weren’t born until ten years after the show’s premiere. Why? It’s a show about life, love, friends and sarcasm. Four of my favorite things.
5. ‘Sons of Anarchy’
Allow me to introduce the four pillars of an awesome television show: Motorcycles, rocket launchers, Irish accents and explosions. Sons of Anarchy presents viewers with all of that. While I’ll admit the series is one of the most ridiculous shows (in a good way), that’s what makes it so enjoyable.
In short, the drama focuses on a biker gang that gets itself involved in a ton of questionable situations. However, SOA is also a complex character driven drama with super developed protagonists (especially Charlie Hunnam’s Jax).
While it might seem like the TV show version of Grand Theft Auto, it’s seriously so much more than that.
6. ‘THE GREAT’
If you’re like me, you simply cannot go wrong with a good period piece. And if you’ve already binged through all seasons of The Crown, Downton Abbey and Bridgerton, then add The Great to your queue.
According to the streaming service, the Hulu original is a “satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia.” And while the synopsis sounded interesting enough, it was one of the main actors, Nicholas Hoult, that sold me on this one.
For whatever reason, I’ve been a Hoult stan since his About a Boy days, when he played the socially awkward middleschooler, Marcus Brewer, dealing with the difficulties of his mother’s declining mental health. And his performance in this series did not disappoint. Not to mention, he’s definitely not that little kid anymore.
7. ‘Friday Night Lights’
Maybe it was because I was in the midst of my formative high school years when this show was originally airing, but I feel like I practically grew up in Dillon, Texas (even though I actually couldn’t have been farther from it).
The series centers around high school football, which is all the town and its citizens seem to care about. Coach Eric Taylor guides the players through pressure-filled seasons while dealing with family values, brotherhood and tumultuous relationships. And while I may not have realized it at the time, the cast of this series is seriously impressive. You’ve got Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Aimee Teegarden, Minka Kelly, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons and Zach Gilford, packed into five drama-filled seasons.
Before you write this one off as just another high school series, give it a shot. You won’t regret it.
Note: You’ll need to add Starz to your subscription to access this title.