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Hulu: 11 of the Best Original Shows You Should Stream Right Now

Make good use of your streaming subscription and get into these originals.

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Hulu may be home to a serving of broadcast shows from ABC, Fox and other networks like Freeform, but its originals can keep you glued to your sofa, too. You've probably already streamed shows like Abbott Elementary, American Horror Story or Grey's Anatomy on the platform, but if you're looking to check out a new genre or binge-able series, we have you covered. Here's a lineup that includes some of Hulu's best titles, including kid-friendly and international picks.

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Shōgun (2024)

A drama set in feudal Japan, Shōgun features gripping storytelling, impressive visuals and brilliant performances. The limited series is based on the novel by James Clavell, and will wrap up its 10-episode arc on April 23. 

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Reservation Dogs (2021-2023)

Co-created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs is a dramedy that follows a group of indigenous teenagers who live on -- and try to get off of -- their Oklahoma reservation. Friendship, family and spiritual connections are at the heart of the series that blends comedy with serious themes. Stream all three seasons on Hulu.

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The Bear (2022-)

The award-winning series features Jeremy Allen White as Carmy Berzatto, a talented chef who comes home to run his brother's restaurant after his death. Grief, debt and kitchen chaos are only a fraction of what he deals with while getting the business up to par, along with the help of a young chef played by Ayo Edebiri. The cast also includes Abby Elliott, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Matty Matheson, Lionel Boyce and Liza Colón-Zayas. Stream the first two seasons ahead of season 3's release in June. 

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Black Cake (2023-)

Based on the novel by Charmaine Wilkerson, Hulu's Black Cake series takes viewers through time as they follow Eleanor Bennett's journey full of heartbreak, betrayal and secrets. Her death leaves her children to inherit some of her mysteries while also learning about a mother's love and sacrifice. 


Blood Free (2024-)

Hulu is expanding its slate of K-dramas, and Blood Free is one of the newest titles to arrive on the streaming service. The thriller series features Ju Ji-hoon and Han Hyo-joo in a high-stakes story that explores the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Nothing is as it seems. J-hoon's character, Woo Chaewoon, is determined to find out the truth. Season 1 will have 10 episodes that air each week, and you can stream the first four right now.

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Animaniacs (2020-2023)

This reboot of the beloved original series brought back main characters Yakko, Wakko and Dot for more adventures as they adjust to life in a new century. The comedy is played up as the siblings fit into their new timeline, and, of course, there are appearances by Pinky and The Brain. Stream the entire reboot with the whole family.

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Futurama (1999-)

Revived on Hulu after a 10-year absence, Futurama has 11 seasons you can stream on the platform. The animated comedy follows a group of interplanetary delivery service co-workers in the 31st century. New seasons are on the way, and the series is set to air new episodes into 2026. 


Reasonable Doubt (2022-)

If you're into legal dramas with twists and turns, Reasonable Doubt will hold your interest. Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi as powerhouse defense attorney Jax Stewart, the series follows a high-profile case, a side mystery and drama in Jax's personal life. Season 1 is available to stream now and season 2 is in the works. 

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Only Murders in the Building (2021-)

See Martin Short and Steve Martin step outside of wedding planning and into amateur sleuthing alongside Selena Gomez in this entertaining comedy series. Neighbors Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), Oliver Putnam (Short), and Mabel Mora (Gomez) can't keep their noses -- and fingerprints -- out of their apartment building's business. Their mystery-solving skills don't always get it right on the first crack, but it's fun to watch. Three seasons are available on Hulu, with a fourth on the way.

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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (2022-)

Exclusive to Hulu in the US, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War serves as a sequel to the original Bleach anime series. Full of action, the show picks up with Ichigo Kurosaki trying to stop the Quincy from wiping out Soul Society. Catch up on the first two seasons now. 


The Orville (2017-2022)

Seth McFarlane created and stars in this intergalactic sci-fi show set on a spacecraft. In a futuristic world, Ed Mercer has the chance to command his own vessel, and he and his crew explore the galaxy, meet other species and tap into advanced technologies. Earth is different, humans are different, but not everyone in the Planetary Union gets along. The series eases some of the tension with comedic relief. Stream all three seasons of The Orville.