The Best TV Shows To Watch On Hulu
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Big Little Lies
Based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies gripped the internet when Season 1 dropped in 2017 and Season 2 followed two years later. If you haven’t actually seen it and only recognize the series from the memes (“I will not NOT be rich!”), a full watch will reveal a brilliant story well told — shoutout to Jean-Marc Vallée, director of Season 1, and Andrea Arnold, director of Season 2 — and an ensemble cast that’s simply unbeatable. Watch Seasons 1 and 2.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson lead one of the most critically acclaimed sitcoms of the decade as Dre and Rainbow Johnson — parents of an upper-middle-class black family who are trying to ensure that black culture is intertwined into their children’s lives while they’re being raised in a white suburban neighborhood. If you love Black-ish, check out its spin-offs, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish!Watch Seasons 1–6.
Ironically, if you asked me right now if I could only pick one TV show to watch while stranded on a desert island, I would pick Survivor. Besides being worth a watch for being one of the first reality competition shows of its kind (it premiered in 2000!), it’s the perfect quarantine watch. Nobody is in crowded restaurants. Nobody is sleeping well. Everybody is fed up with who they’re living with. I recommend jumping in at Season 7 and letting your heart guide you from there. Jeff Probst, please call me.Watch seasons 1–34.
Parks and Recreation
As TV’s most wholesome workplace comedy, Parks and Recreation delivers big laughs and earnest moments, physical gags, and tear-jerking scenes in equal measure. Led by Amy Poehler as the heartfelt public servant Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec thrives because of its talented and in sync ensemble, the signature of creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur.Watch Seasons 1–7 and check out the reunion special.
Taraji P. Henson (*faints*) and Terrence Howard lead this drama about the head of a music — say it with me — empire and his family as they jostle to take charge. With original music by Timbaland and costumes that are to die for (Cookie’s furs!), look no further if you’re searching for your next all-consuming, fully entertaining drama series. Watch Seasons 1–6.
I used to think that cartoons for adults weren’t for me, until Bob’s Burgers showed me the error of my ways. The Belcher family is a hoot to spend time with. From Tina and her intense love of butts to Linda and her little songs, every episode is a nugget of joy to be savored.Watch Seasons 1–10.
Stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef stars as Ramy Hassan in this critically acclaimed dramedy series about being a first-generation American Muslim struggling to balance his lifestyle and faith in his New Jersey neighborhood. Love Season 1? Look forward to Season 2 dropping on May 29!Watch Season 1.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge wowed audiences again when she wrote Season 1 of Killing Eve, with Emerald Fennell taking over as head writer for the renowned second season. Starring Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator, and Jodie Comer as Villanelle, the psychopathic assassin Eve is hunting, Killing Eve is a suspenseful, sexy show of cat and mouse…if only we could figure out who is the cat and who is the mouse. Watch Seasons 1 and 2.
Even if you’ve never seen Lost, you’ve probably heard people vaguely complain about the ending — don’t listen! The first few seasons of Lost are a masterpiece and must-watch television, as far as I’m concerned. Masterfully toggling between the survivors of a crashed flight as they uncover mysteries about the island they’re stranded on and their sordid pasts, J. J. Abrams’ signature work is undoubtedly moving, thrilling, and, to many like myself, all-consuming. Watch Seasons 1–6.
To know Seinfeld is to love or hate Seinfeld — there is no in-between. But for those who fall squarely in the “love” category, you’ll be happy to know that Hulu has every single episode, so you’re free to pop in to your favorite moments whenever you like. I recommend picking episodes at random for that old-time “It’s 2002, I still have cable, and this is just what’s on syndication right now” feel.Watch Seasons 1–9.
Studies have shown it’s impossible to resist the wonder that is writers and creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle playing 13-year-old versions of themselves in Pen15. If you were a middle school weirdo in the year 2000, prepare to feel SEEN!Watch Season 1.
The Food Network
Besides being one of the most iconic food competition shows, Chopped is also responsible for making me believe I could cook an entrée using a basket of uni, Goldfish, passionfruit, and decaf coffee better than four professional chefs. At this point, yelling at the TV during an episode of Chopped when a contestant is trying to use the ice cream machine with five minutes left in the round is an American pastime, and one we should all indulge in regularly. Watch Seasons 23–39.
Living Single is better than Friends, send tweet! The original “group of friends living their best lives in one brownstone in New York” show, Living Single is a flawless sitcom about young professionals trying to make it. Also, young Queen Latifah!!!!Watch Seasons 1–5.
The Last Man on Earth
Admittedly one of my favorite TV shows to come out in recent memory, The Last Man on Earth is a darkly funny (but mostly funny) look at a post-apocalyptic world where the last people standing must join together to form a new society. I know…it might not sound like exactly what you’re in the mood for right now, but if anyone can make us feel better, it’s the incomparable Will Forte and Kristen Schaal, joined by a wonderful ensemble and a slate of too-good-to-be-true guest stars. Watch Seasons 1–4.
Adventure Time is truly fun for the whole family and has been a cult fave of kids and adults alike for nearly a decade. Follow Finn the Human (Jeremy Shada), Jake the Dog (John DiMaggio), and their friends as they, aptly, ~adventure~ through the land of Ooo. Even if you don’t watch the series, at least take five minutes to appreciate this BMO compilation (voiced by Niki Yang).Watch Seasons 1–10.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A certified cult classic, Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer has never fully dropped from the cultural conversation since its premiere in 1997. There’s never been a better time to jump into the story of Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a teen trying to balance her normal life and her fate to fight the forces of darkness. Watch Seasons 1–7.
A comedy series starring Andy Samberg as a goofy-yet-brillaint detective was bound to be good, but with an all-star ensemble and producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur working their Midas-like television magic, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a certified cult fave. After getting canceled by Fox after Season 5, fans were NOT happy, which prompted NBC to pick it up, where it’s still running today. Watch Seasons 1–7.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian tragedy that takes place in the fictional Gilead, a society established after the second American Civil War in which fertile women — few and far between due to collapsed fertility rates — are enslaved to reproduce. An award-winning performance from Elisabeth Moss brings the haunting story to life in a rather faithful adaptation worth losing some sleep over. Watch Seasons 1–3.
Famously, 🎶”sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name,” 🎶 and Seasons 1–11 of Cheers are just the place. Hang out with tough but sweet bar owner Sam Malone (Ted Danson), bookish-and-proud waitress Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), and the rest of the gang in Boston’s favorite watering hole. And of course, if you love Cheers, head on over to everyone’s favorite spin-off, Frasier. Watch Seasons 1–11.
Based loosely on writer Lindy West’s memoir, Shrill follows Annie (played brilliantly by SNL superstar Aidy Bryant), who is simply trying to navigate life, love, and career ambitions as a young fat woman living in Portland. This is a wholly unique show that perfectly balances being uplifting and realistic — a feat few shows seem to get just right. Watch Seasons 1 and 2.
Donald Glover created, writes, and stars in Atlanta as Earnest Marks, a college dropout turned manager of his cousin’s burgeoning rap career. The series has been critically acclaimed, earning a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series and Glover a Golden Globe and Emmy for acting, as well as an Emmy for directing. Atlanta also has an all-black writing staff — an almost unheard of achievement in American television.Watch Seasons 1 and 2.
The first time I smashed play on an episode of Dawson’s Creek and heard the sweet, sweet sound of Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait” over the opening credits, I knew this was THE ’90s teen show for me. As a late-in-life DC fan, I can’t help but ask for you to become one too, if for no other reason than witnessing an absolutely iconic cast at the height of their teen stardom. Watch Seasons 1–6.
Run into the warm embrace of the Braverman clan, the big, loving family at the center of Parenthood. The matriarch and patriarch, their four children, and their individual families provide endless storylines for a deeply bingeable series that’s funny, touching, and the perfect light watch. Watch Seasons 1–6.
It’s a tale as old as time: She wants a four-bedroom Craftsman with a big backyard near the beach. He wants a modern loft in the city close to work, which happens to be a two-hour drive from the beach. What are they going to do?! No other television show will make you yell your opinion at the screen while keeping your stress levels somehow at zero. Perfect TV. Watch Seasons 99–120.
OK, gonna go watch TV for the next hundred hours. 🙂