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The 20 best original shows you can stream on Hulu April 2021

The Hulu streaming library hosts tons of exciting content, including a bunch of acclaimed original productions.

Living in the era of peak TV comes with plenty of perks and one major hassle — too little time, too many good shows. We have access to more content than ever before in convenient fashion, but watching everything isn’t doable.

So we’ll simply start with the best. Case in point: all these (excellent) Hulu shows.

The platform has a generous library that includes next-day access to fresh TV episodes, complete seasons of classic faves and acclaimed original series. To keep things simple, we only included Hulu originals on the list, so you don’t need fancy premium add-ons to stream these binge-worthy delights. All that’s left is to press Play and enjoy.

The Great

The Great

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan

The simplest way to describe The Great: so much fun! Loosely based on the rise of Catherine the Great, Empress of All Russia, the fictionalized comedy chronicles Catherine’s rise from outsider to powerful ruler.

It all starts in her youth, as she marries the depraved Emperor Peter III and plots to get rid of him and seize the throne for herself. With a whimsical sense of humor and stellar performances from everyone involved, The Great is pure joy from start to finish.

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Ramy

Ramy

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Ramy Youssef, Amr Waked, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass

Once you meet Ramy, you’ll want to hang out with him as often as you can. This masterful comedy series revolves around the title character, Ramy Hassan, a first-generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey, caught between the Muslim community’s traditions and his generation’s carpe diem mantra.

The show delivers a nuanced portrait of Muslim-American life, has plenty of heart and doesn’t fail to make viewers laugh along the way. That translates to must-see TV as far as we’re concerned.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel

Praise be! With three seasons already under its belt, The Handmaid’s Tale probably needs no introduction at this point. We’ll attempt one anyway.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, it’s set in a dystopian future and centers on a woman forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. It’s bleak, but it’s brilliant.

But make sure you pace yourself as you tune in. Otherwise, you risk completely losing your faith in humanity by episode four.

The Act

The Act

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, AnnaSophia Robb, Chloë Sevigny

An acclaimed true crime series, The Act is based on the real life of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Doesn’t ring a bell? Gypsy’s mother Dee Dee was accused of abusing her daughter by fabricating illness and disabilities.

But as Gypsy struggled to escape the toxic relationship, things went from bad to worse until eventually leading to murder. If you’re longing to be horrified — and witness some tremendous acting — tune in ASAP.

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Pen15

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman

Speaking of horrified, Pen15 is a cringe comedy of the highest caliber. It focuses on middle school, probably the most awkward period in everyone’s life, and follows two girls who deal with the typical problems that come with adolescence.

Want to be reminded of those troubled times in a hilarious, disturbing, and charming manner? This is the perfect show for you.

Shrill

Shrill

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Aidy Bryant, Luka Jones, Lolly Adefope, Ian Owens, Patti Harrison

Shrill revolves around Annie, a heavyset young woman who is eager to change her life — but not so interested in changing her body. As she struggles to advance her career, Annie has to deal with all sorts of issues, from bad boyfriends to a demanding boss.

Self-acceptance looks different for everyone. The show delivers that message loud and clear, while also making viewers laugh out loud in the process.

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High Fidelity

High Fidelity

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Zoë Kravitz, Jake Lacy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David H. Holmes

The only bad thing about this series is that it was canceled after only one season. Still, that season is more than worth a stream.

Starring Zoë Kravitz as a record store owner in Brooklyn, High Fidelity follows her as she reflects on her past relationships. It’s witty, sweet and very entertaining. If the title sounds familiar, it’s a reimagining of the 2000 movie of the same name, based on the popular Nick Hornby novel.

Little Fires Eveywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lexi Underwood

Another book adaptation worth your time: this time it’s a Celeste Ng novel, Little Fires Everywhere. It chronicles the intertwined fates of a picture-perfect family and the mother and daughter who move close by and impact their lives in ways they could never have expected.

If the premise doesn’t immediately grab your attention, maybe the A+ cast will. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington share some pretty intense scenes that are best enjoyed in the company of a big bowl of popcorn.

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Castle Rock

Castle Rock

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, André Holland, Lizzy Caplan, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Sparks

Castle Rock is set in the Stephen King multiverse, which should be reason enough to check it out – especially if you’re a fan of the prolific author.

The show explores themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon and kicks off when a death-row lawyer receives a disturbing call about a man who was found in an abandoned block of Shawshank State Penitentiary. After returning back home, the lawyer starts to uncover all sorts of disturbing secrets. Color us intrigued.

Future Man

Future Man

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Haley Joel Osment

Have you grown tired of run-of-the-mill superhero shows? This one will be more up your alley. It centers on Josh, a janitor who is recruited to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity, with some faithful allies by his side.

An exquisite mix of humor and sci-fi shenanigans, Future Man is the perfect distraction from (boring) everyday life.

11.22.63

11.22.63

Year of release: 2016

Cast: James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay, Chris Cooper

Another show based on a popular Stephen King novel? Yes, the guy is good.

11.22.63 stars James Franco as Jake, an English teacher who travels back in time in order to prevent JFK’s assassination. Too bad he encounters numerous obstacles along the way. Tune in to find out if Jake accomplishes his mission or fails miserably.

Love Victor

Love, Victor

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Michael Cimino, George Sear, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel

Set in the same universe as the movie Love, Simon, this delightful teen dramedy follows a new student at Creekwood High School.

Besides being new in town, he deals with challenges at home and struggles with his sexual orientation, leading him on a touching journey of self-discovery. Spoiler alert: you’ll be rooting for Victor in record time.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love

Adapted from John Green’s debut novel, Looking for Alaska is all about Miles, a young boy who enrolls in a boarding school, hoping to gain a new perspective on life. Once there, he falls for the lovely Alaska and finds a loyal group of friends.

Unfortunately, an unexpected tragedy will soon rock his world, leaving Miles struggling to make sense of what happened. Stream it when you’re in the mood for an enchanting, bittersweet tale of love, grief and friendship.

Casual

Casual

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, Tara Lynne Barr

A sharp and funny look at modern dating, Casual is about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister who move in together.

As they raise her teen daughter, they also support (and mock) each other’s efforts to navigate the dating world and deal with all sorts of other issues. One thing’s for sure: this isn’t your average family comedy.

Harlots

Harlots

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Lesley Manville, Kate Fleetwood, Holli Dempsey, Eloise Smyth, Bronwyn James

Harlots is set in 18th century London and follows the scandalous exploits of a brothel owner as she raises her daughters and deals with a rival madam who’s out for blood.

The show is fast-paced and fascinating, with amazing performances and great costumes. Recommended for those looking for a period drama with a lot of bite.

Normal People

Normal People

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal

Based on Sally Rooney’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Normal People follows the complex relationship between Marianne and Connell over the course of a few years. The two come from different backgrounds and have opposite experiences in school, but are drawn to each other time and time again.

It’s an intimate story about love and class which greatly benefits from two incredible lead performances. You’ll be hooked from episode one.

Monsterland

Monsterland

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Charlotte Cabell, Vivian Cabell

Monsterland is a horror anthology and a haunting one at that. It features surreal encounters with ghosts, fallen angels and all sorts of beasts which push people to commit desperate acts.

Ultimately, the line between man and monster is thinner than you’d think. If you’re into horror, this one is a must.

Runaways

Runaways

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer

Every kid thinks that their parents are evil – but what if that is actually true? After discovering their parents are super-villains in disguise, a group of teens band together and decide to run away from home.

In the process, they learn more about where they come from and what they’re able to do. The result? An engaging superhero series from Marvel that will keep you coming back for more.

The Path

The Path

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Emma Greenwell

We’ll give it to you straight: The Path is a weird show. But if you find its particular brand of weirdness appealing, there’s plenty here to love. Including some top-notch acting.

The series stars Aaron Paul as Eddie, a new-age spiritualist movement member who suffers from a crisis of faith. It’s a slow but rewarding drama, one that will give you a lot to think about.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson, Julian Elijah Martinez

In early ’90s New York, Bobby Diggs aka RZA aimed to unite a dozen black men torn between music and crime. The rest, as they say, is history.

Gritty and compelling, Wu-Tang: An American Saga offers a fictionalized account of the group’s early days and is more character-driven than you’d expect from a musical drama. In other words, it’s a worthy watch even if you’re not a Wu-Tang clan fan.

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