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Hulu original shows: All the shows you can only watch on Hulu

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Hulu has established itself as one of the top streaming services thanks to its solid, ever-growing content library. In addition to carrying new and classic content from networks like ABC, NBC, Fox, HBO, the platform offers various Hulu original series that span genres. Whether you're a fan of dark totalitarian futures and mommy mysteries or coming of age dramas and millennial love stories, Hulu has you covered. With that in mind, here's a rundown of all the shows you can only watch on Hulu.

All the shows you can only watch on Hulu

Hulu announced back in 2012 that it would begin airing scripted original series exclusive to the streaming service, beginning with Battleground. That series followed a group of political campaign staffers working to elect an underdog to the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin's battleground state and lasted one season.

Since then, Hulu has established itself as one of the top platforms for both original scripted series and limited series events. Here's a list of the original series they've premiered or taken over from other networks so far.

  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Into the Dark
  • PEN15
  • Shrill
  • Ramy
  • Dollface
  • The Great
  • Love, Victor
  • Woke
  • The Wrong Mans
  • Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
  • Castle Rock
  • No Man's Land
  • Animaniacs
  • Madagascar: A Little Wild
  • Solar Opposites
  • The Mighty Ones
  • Letterkenny
  • A Day in the Life
  • Helstrom
  • Monsterland
  • East Los High
  • High Fidelity
  • The Worst
  • The Path
  • Difficult People
  • Future Man
  • Harlots
  • The Bisexual
  • Casual
  • Freakish
  • Quickdraw
  • No Fue Mi Culpa
  • Safe Harbour
  • The Awesomes
  • Marvel's Runaways
  • Chance
  • I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
  • The Hot Wives of Las Vegas
  • The Hot Wives of Orlando
  • Battleground
  • The Mindy Project
  • Moone Boy
  • Veronica Mars
  • UnREAL
  • Jacinta
  • Baker's Dozen
  • The D'Amelio Show
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Light As A Feather
  • All Night
  • The Hardy Boys
  • Trolls: TrollsTopia
  • Crossing Swords
  • This Way Up
  • Deadbeat

What are the best Hulu original series?

While there's plenty of content to choose from, depending on your mood or attention span, here are a handful of Hulu original series that subscribers just can't get enough of. Here are the top original series streaming on Hulu right now.

The Handmaid's Tale (2017-)

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Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale follows a group of women who've been forced into sexual servitude to repopulate Gilead, the totalitarian society that replaced the United States. The series centers on Offred (Elizabeth Moss), an enslaved handmaiden who will do whatever it takes to reunite with her husband and daughter. The series also stars Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, and Max Minghella. Seasons 1-4 are streaming now.

Only Murders in the Building (2021-)

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Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who team up and attempt to use their individual obsessions with true crime to solve a real murder in their Upper West Side apartment building.

PEN15 (2019-)

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Set in the year 2000, PEN15 stars comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle as pre-teen versions of themselves. The scripted adult comedy finds the duo reliving middle school's awkward days as the social outcasts they really were and doing it all alongside real tween-ager actors. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now.

Ramy (2019-)

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Ramy was created by and stars first-generation Egyptian-American Ramy Youssef. Season 1 found the fictionalized version of Ramy beginning a spiritual journey to find himself while also living in a politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now.

The Great (2020-)

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A genre-bending ride through 18th-century Russia, The Great stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult as fictionalized and anti-historical versions of Empress Catherine II and Emperor Peter III of Russia, respectively. Described as "an occasionally true story," the series made headlines to take some creative liberties and deliver massive laughs. Season 2 debuts on Nov. 19.

All the limited series you can only watch on Hulu

In addition to its roster of original series, Hulu has carved out a space for some of the best limited series events among the various streaming platforms. Here's a list of all the limited series you can find on Hulu right now.

  • The Confession
  • 11.23.63
  • The Looming Tower
  • The Act
  • Looking for Alaska
  • Devs
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • A Teacher
  • Hillary
  • Catch-22
  • The Accident
  • Normal People
  • Mrs. America
  • Nine Perfect Strangers
  • Dopesick
  • The Sister

Don't miss these Hulu limited series

Don't have time to watch every trending limited series right now? No worries! There's a handful of Hulu original limited series that you've definitely heard people talking about over the last few months. Here's our roundup of the top five.

Mrs. America (2020)

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Mrs. America stars Cate Blanchett as conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly, aka "the sweetheart of the silent majority." It tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the '70s. The limited series also stars Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, Sarah Paulson as Alice Macray, and Margo Martindale.

Dopesick (2021)

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Based on Beth Macy's non-fiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, this limited series explores America's struggle with opioid addiction. The ensemble cast includes Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Will Poulter, Kaitlyn Dever, and Rosario Dawson. Season 1 debuted on Oct. 13.

Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)

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Based on The New York Times best-selling book by Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers follows a group of nine stressed out city-dwellers who find themselves at a boutique health-and-wellness resort led by Masha Dmitrichenko (Nicole Kidman). The ensemble cast also includes Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving, Regina Hall, and Bobby Canavale.

Normal People (2020)

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Based on Sally Rooney's novel of the same name, Normal People follows Marianne and Connell's imperfect millennial love story over a decade. Faced with the reality that they are from two completely different backgrounds, the pair struggle to navigate their star-crossed romance after moving away from their small hometown in Ireland and learning who they really want to be as individuals.

The Sister (2021)

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Adapted by Neil Cross from his own novel Burial, The Sister is a four-part miniseries about a man named Nathan (Russell Tovey) whose life is turned upside down when a former one-time associate named Bob shows up at his door and demands that he join him in the immediate exhumation of a body they'd interred together.

What's next on Hulu?

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Since Disney purchased a controlling interest in Hulu in 2019, there have been rumors that the company would eventually merge its new acquisition with its own Disney+ service. However, Disney has thus far kept the streaming platforms separate and even used Hulu as a hub for some of its more mature content (see: Love, Victor, and the short-lived High Fidelity). While it's unclear if Disney will continue to keep the platforms separate, the company currently offers subscribers a bundle package that provides access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.

Disney also launched its Star brand and Star+ app in select European countries, Canada, and New Zealand in February 2021. Star serves as a free tier within the Disney Plus app in those regions and features content from Disney's non-franchise owned brands, like FX and 20th Century. Star Plus also launched exclusively in Latin America in June 2021 and operates as a standalone streaming service with content in a similar vein to what Hulu currently offers.

There's also a ton of original series and miniseries set to debut on Hulu in the near future. These include The Dropout, about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos, and a series adaptation of Sally Rooney's popular novel Conversations With Friends. The Old Man, based on Thomas Perry's 2017 novel and starring Jeff Bridges, is also set to premiere on FX on Hulu in 2022.

Keegan Prosser is a freelance contributor based in the PNW. When she's not writing about her favorite streaming apps and devices for Android Central, she's listening to a true-crime podcast, creating the perfect playlist for her next road trip, and trying to figure out which fitness tracker she should try next. You can follow her on Twitter @keeganprosser.