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The 66 best shows on Hulu right now

While Hulu offers a steady stream (pun intended) of week-to-week episodes of new series, there are also full series you can stream, as well as enticing originals. There’s always something new to watch on Hulu, but sometimes, it’s tough to filter out what’s good and what’s not. We’re here to help with a curated list of the best shows you can watch on Hulu right now. From popular dramas to thrilling new miniseries, hilarious comedies, police procedurals, romantic shows, and more, there’s something for everyone and every mood.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best movies on Hulu, the best shows on Netflix, the best shows on Amazon Prime Video, and the best shows on Disney+.

Michael Keaton sitting on a phone call in a scene from Hulu's Dopesick.

Dopesick

With a star-studded cast and a topical and controversial theme, it’s no surprise that this miniseries has turned heads. Based on the Beth Macy nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, the drama takes Big Pharma head on through its riveting and emotional eight episodes. The series explores the opioid crisis in America, looking at the situation from various angles, focusing its lens on the marketing of the drug OxyContin and Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. From pain relief to addiction, regulators, drugs salespersons, and legal issues, it delves deep into the devastating effects of drug addiction in the country and the people and companies being held responsible in the court of public opinion.

Created by: Danny Strong (based on Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy)

Cast: Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosario Dawson

Number of seasons: 1

Watch on Hulu

Richard and Kate from Castle looking at something.

Castle

A staple in the primetime TV line-up through the mid-2000s, Castle is your typical formulaic crime-comedy-drama about a homicide detective who is reluctantly paired with a best-selling mystery novelist with a knack for helping her solve unusual crimes. With parallel stories of the unique crimes they encounter and their own personal hate-to-love relationship, it’s a satisfying watch, or rewatch, for fans of the police procedural genre.

Created by: Andrew W. Marlowe

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Molly Quinn, Jon Huertas

Number of seasons: 8

Watch on Hulu

Saturday Night Live

Airing now for more than four decades, it’s tough to imagine a weekend TV line-up without Saturday Night Live providing hearty laughs during late-night viewing and viral sketches that pique conversation the next day. While the cast has changed over the years, the sketch comedy show has served as a launchpad for some of the biggest names in entertainment of late, from Jimmy Fallon to Will Ferrell and Ted Lasso‘s Jason Sudeikis, all of whom were cast members. Let’s not forget other comedic icons who graced fans with their talents over the years, from Eddie Murphy to Chevy Chase and the late Norm Macdonald. While you can’t watch the entire series’ run on Hulu (you’ll need NBC’s Peacock for that), you can view the last 23 seasons, including episodes from the currently airing 47th season.

Created by: Lorne Michaels

Cast: Various

Number of seasons: 47

Watch on Hulu

The judging panel of

Shark Tank

Talk about the American dream. Americans from all walks of life present their businesses, ideas, inventions, and concepts to the panel of “sharks,” wealthy venture capitalists like billionaire Mark Cuban and Daymond John, creator of FUBU, in hopes of receiving an investment and a possible business partner. While some of the ideas are outlandish or the entrepreneurs overinflate their business’s value, leading to rejection, some huge brands have actually launched on the show. The most notable is Ring, which appeared on an episode as its previous name Doorbot and went on to become one of the biggest companies in smart home security. From a device to lift your feet while on the toilet to a simple scrubbing brush, the show has seen it all. While it inspires creativity, Shark Tank is also a great show for learning the basics of business. The ribbing among sharks makes for an entertaining watch, too.

Created by: Mark Burnett

Cast: Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin Harrington, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner

Number of seasons: 13

Watch on Hulu

Dr. Meredith Grey talking with another doctor from a scene in Grey's Anatomy.

Grey’s Anatomy

There’s good reason this series has become the longest-running scripted primetime medical drama: Every season brings a fresh, new take on the personal and professional lives of a team of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals working at Seattle Grace Hospital. While there has been a revolving door of cast members, including some major character deaths, the title character, Dr. Meredith Grey, remains at the heart of the show. With intense crossover episodes, special episodes that present like mini-movies, and heart-wrenching storylines, the series that brought to life doctors “McDreamy” and “McSteamy” continues to capture the attention of its core audience, and attract new viewers.

Created by: Shonda Rhimes

Cast: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Isaiah Washington, Patrick Dempsey, Kate Walsh, Sara Ramirez, Eric Dance, and others

Number of seasons: 18

Watch on Hulu

Bob standing behind the counter at his restaurant, two people in front in a scene from Bob's Burgers.

Bob’s Burgers

At first, Bob’s Burgers struggled to find traction in Fox’s animation block, failing to pull in the dedicated audiences of Family Guy and The Simpsons. Over the last decade, however, the Belchers have emerged as an entity all their own, a family struggling to make ends meet, but never struggling to cheer each other up and have as good of a time as they can. The characters never age, but the sitcom only seems to get better with time, fixating on the fictional family and their burger joint. With a feature film on the way to further celebrate the show’s success, there’s no better time to start binging the Belcher family’s escapades.

Created by: Loren Bouchard

Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal

Number of seasons: 12

Watch on Hulu

The Family Guy family members on vacation, Peter looking at a map.

Family Guy

Being the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, it’s no surprise that Family Guy‘s storylines, while absurd, often toe the line between humor and social commentary. The Griffin family is an eclectic bunch that includes the dimwitted dad Peter, evil baby Stewie, and the highly intelligent anthropomorphic pet dog, Brian. It’s no secret that MacFarlane and his team often include stories that touch on current events, using the series and the family in meta fashion as a parody of American culture. The adult animated sitcom has received its share of criticism, but more than two decades later, the series is still going strong.

Created by: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Arif Zahir

Number of seasons: 20

Watch on Hulu

Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy in The Good Doctor on Hulu.

The Good Doctor

While some fans question the depiction of autism and the embellished and gimmicky storylines that sometimes come part and parcel with this medical drama, Freddie Highmore’s performance is universally praised. He plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgical resident who also happens to be an autistic savant. While Dr. Murphy has incredible skills and abilities, these also come with unique challenges. The show isn’t just about how the staff learns to navigate Shaun’s unique abilities, but how Shaun grows as a person as well as he tries to leave his troubled past behind him.

Created by: David Shore, based on Good Doctor by Park Jae-bum

Cast: Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff

Number of seasons: 5

Watch on Hulu

The Simpsons family sitting around the dinner table.

The Simpsons

Chances are you watched The Simpsons as a child, and the adult animated sitcom endures as the original that influenced so many that came after it. The Simpsons family members haven’t aged, but that’s OK, because while the characters remain their same lovable selves, the meta-humor storylines have evolved with the times, managing to stay relevant even after three decades. Not only is The Simpsons the longest-running animated sitcom in the U.S., but it’s also the longest-running sitcom, period, in the country as well as the longest-running prime-time TV series. Clearly, the show is doing something right in its parody of the typical middle-American family, spawning tons of merchandise not to mention plenty of catchphrases. D’oh!

Created by: Matt Groening

Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer

Number of seasons: 33

Watch on Hulu

Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Sharpe staring in one another's eyes in a scene from New Amsterdam.

New Amsterdam

“How can I help?” That’s Dr. Max Goodwin’s manta as medical director of the fictional New Amsterdam public hospital, and words you’ll hear him utter over and over again each episode. Despite the predictability as far as stereotypical medical dramas go, the soapy series is worth watching thanks to its talented cast and ridiculous yet thoroughly entertaining storylines.

The story begins with Goodwin, believing his secret cancer diagnosis is a death sentence, decides to run the hospital the way it should be run, ignoring all the red tape and bureaucracy that might otherwise hold a medical facility back from providing sufficient medical care to all of its patients. Naturally, the powers that be are none too pleased with Goodwin’s “no rules” strategy and the risks it brings along with it, even if deep down they agree with his caring intent. As the series progresses, Max gets increasingly impassioned about changing societal issues of all kinds, using his position at the hospital to elicit widespread change.

Created by: David Schulner

Cast: Ryan Eggold, Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman, Jocko Sims, Tyler Labine, Anupam Kher

Number of seasons: 4

Watch on Hulu

The family sitting around a small table in a scene from Home Economics.

Home Economics

Imagine three siblings, each of whom followed their own path in life, with the rebellious slacker and youngest brother ironically emerging as a millionaire while the other two seemingly more intelligent and successful siblings struggle with their careers. It’s a refreshing story that examines the concept of social status and its awkwardness within a single generation of a family. The fact that Home Economics is inspired by the real-life story of its co-creator Michael Colton makes it all the more interesting. The talented cast of familiar faces and the beautiful balance between corny jokes, typical sitcom tropes, and heartwarming moments makes Home Economics worth watching with the whole family. Plus, it’s finally a new sitcom that isn’t a reboot or revival of an old concept.

Created by: Michael Colton, John Aboud

Cast: Topher Grace, Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro, Karla Souza, Sasheer Zamata

Number of seasons: 2

Watch on Hulu

The Conner family sitting around their living room in a scene from The Conners.

The Conners

Decades later, the Conner family is back in this spinoff/continuation series of the ground-breaking ’80s and ’90s sitcom Roseanne. Just as with the original, The Conners tackles difficult and timely social, economic, and political topics head-on, with a focus on life as a lower- to middle-class American family. From addiction to financial struggles, immigration, and even the COVID-19 pandemic, no topic is off-limits. Yet the witty dialogue, frequent sarcasm, and quirky characters add doses of laughter that help bring both perspective and humor to difficult situations.

Created by: Matt Williams

Cast: John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman

Number of seasons: 4

Watch on Hulu

Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay standing together in a scene from Law & Order: SVU.

Law & Order: SVU

Sometimes, all you want to do is sit down and escape into a formulaic police procedural, and as the longest-running prime-time live-action series in U.S. history, it’s safe to say that Law & Order: SVU is worthy of being at the top of the list. The first and most successful of the many Law & Order spin-offs, this version deals with particularly troubling crimes, including rape, pedophilia, and domestic violence. Often times, stories are taken right from actual headlines, embellished for dramatic effect, while others are inspired by real-life cases from the past (and some from outright fiction). With fairly compartmentalized episodes, you can easily watch at your leisure anytime there’s “nothing on TV.”

Created by: Dick Wolf

Cast: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Michelle Hurd, Stephanie Match, Ice-T, BD Wong

Number of seasons: 23

Watch on Hulu

Chris Meloni looking at Mariska Hargitay in a scene from Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Law & Order: Organized Crime

Marking the return of Christopher Meloni to the franchise, this, the latest spin-off in the long-running and ever-growing franchise, sees the actor reprise his role as Detective Elliot Stabler, who, following the murder of his wife, has come out of retirement to join a special task force investigating organized crime. Unlike other Law & Order series, this one sees a single case covered over multiple episodes, so you’ll enjoy a longer story with a slower build, but with plot twists that will keep you engaged all the way through.

Created by: Dick Wolf, Ilene Chaiken, Matt Olmstead

Cast: Christopher Meloni, Danielle Mone Truitt, Tamara Taylor, Ainsley Seiger, Dylan McDermott

Number of seasons: 2

Watch on Hulu

The Goldbergs on Hulu

The Goldbergs

If you were to make every possible ’80s reference imaginable, from music to movies, toys, and technology, and mix them up in a blender, the result would be this hilarious period sitcom. Sure, it’s like an overload of pop culture references sometimes, but that’s part of the show’s charm. Adding to the appeal is that the series is based on the creator’s real-life growing up as a young boy. Obsessed with becoming a filmmaker, Adam would incessantly film his family and make home movies. Stories and segments are drawn from old video footage, often with clothing, dialogue, and actions copied to a tee. Make sure to watch all the way to the end credits of every episode to see original video footage spliced with the new one, or even hear from the real people on which each character is based, from Adam’s overbearing “smother” Beverly to his grumpy dad Murray, and loud and obnoxious brother Barry. If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, it’s a show that will bring back a ton of great memories.

Created by: Adam F. Goldberg

Stars: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, AJ Michalka, Sam Lerner

Number of seasons: 9

Watch on Hulu

Two men from the Wu-Tang Clan in a scene from the docuseries An American Saga on Hulu.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Everyone loves a good success story, and in the case of the Wu-Tang Clan, it’s about a group of a dozen men who bucked the odds and rose above a life of violence and crime to great success in a life where they expressed themselves through music. This drama, which is highly rated by critics and audiences, alike, tells the backstory of Wu-Tang’s formation. It starts back in New York in the ’90s, during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, when rapper Bobby Diggs, aka RZA, brought the 12 men together, pulling them away from negative temptations and, despite all odds, working to pursue their passion for music. It’s a story of resilience, choices, and hope for a better life.

Created by: RZA, Alex Tse

Cast: Aston Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson, Julian Elijah Martinez, Marcus Callender, Erika Alexander, Zolee Griggs

Number of seasons: 2

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Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short in a scene from Only Murders in the Building.
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Only Murders in the Building

What do you get when two you combine two comedic icons with a Disney Channel actor turned pop music star? Apparently, it’s a buddy-type comedy about three strangers played by Steve Martin (also co-creator of the show), Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, who come together because they share an obsessive passion for true crime. But when they find themselves actually involved in one, the situation gets hairy. Out of the gate, the series was praised for the charming central characters, along with the “hilarious and insightful” story that takes a silly look at society’s obsession with this tragic genre. Keep an eye out for guest appearances from Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, and Sting.

Created by: Steve Martin, John Hoffman

Cast: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Aaron Dominguez, Amy Ryan

Number of seasons: 1

Watch on Hulu

A scene from the third season of What We Do in the Shadows.

What We Do in the Shadows

This isn’t your typical vampire drama — it’s actually a mockumentary comedy that presents the idea of vampires living among us, going about their mundane daily lives. At the heart of the story, which is based on the 2014 movie of the same name, are four vampires living as roommates. The leader has a penchant for useless house meetings while another dabbles in pornography, and two others are having a “secret” affair. It’s full-on hilarity and perfect for anyone looking for an anti-vampire show that pokes fun at the typical tropes instead of playing into them. Critics call it “delightfully absurd” and “ridiculously fun.”

Created by: Jemaine Clement

Cast: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetrious, Harvey Guillen, Mark Proksch

Number of seasons: 3

Watch on Hulu

Macaulay Culkin in a scene from season 10 of American Horror Story.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story is an anthology series, with each season centering on its own unique story, including a core cast with changing roles from season to season (along with some notable new additions from time to time). Each season provides scares and frightening psychological storylines, whether they take place within a troubled family home, amid a coven of witches, or inside a hotel of circus freaks. American Horror Story is a unique drama, one that capitalizes on the work of series creator Ryan Murphy.

Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk

Cast: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, and others (varies by season)

Number of seasons: 10

Watch on Hulu

Archer with a monkey on his back in a scene from season 12 of Archer.

Archer

Sterling Archer is an agent for a dysfunctional intelligence agency in this animated sitcom that takes inspiration from franchises like James Bond and mid-century comic art. Relying on reference-heavy humor and meta-comedy, Archer revolves around the narcissistic, womanizing secret agent Archer and his seven colleagues, each with their own quirks, like his snarky mother, delusional and psychotic personal assistant, and a morally bankrupt scientist. The later seasons of this series, which was originally created for basic cable network FX then moved to sister network FXX, are designed like an anthology, with each season having its own self-contained story.

Created by: Adam Reed

Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Adam Reed, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Lucky Yates

Number of seasons: 12

Watch on Hulu

Aunt Lydia looking at June in a scene from The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu.

The Handmaid’s Tale

In a not-too-distant future, after an environmental disaster causes widespread infertility, an extremist cult in the United States stages a coup, establishing the totalitarian state of Gilead. In this new society, women are relegated to subservient roles, and due to the low birth rate, a class of women called “handmaids” is conscripted to bear children for the leaders of Gilead. The protagonist of The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred (Elisabeth Moss), is one such woman, forced to have ritualized sex with Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) to provide him and his wife with a child. Living without any rights or power, Offred tries to survive each day, hoping to one day be free. The Handmaid’s Tale is a masterful adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s grim novel of the same name, with excellent performances and gorgeous, oft-disturbing scene composition.

Created by: Bruce Miller

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O.T. Fagbenie, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford

Number of seasons: 4

Watch on Hulu

The kids from Reservation Dogs sneaking around a corner.

Reservation Dogs

With a predominantly Native American cast and crew, Reservation Dogs provides a comedic glimpse into indigenous life. When four Indigenous teenagers living on a reservation in rural Oklahoma set their sights on moving to a wonderful and exotic place they know as California, they are willing to do whatever it takes to get there. That means engaging in criminal activities to acquire the funds they need to leave. But when a rival gang shows up in town, the boys find themselves fighting crime as much as they are committing it. Having just premiered in early August 2021, the series is already getting rave reviews. With a perfect 100% Certified Fresh RottenTomatoes rating, critics say it’s a “low-key comedy that deftly captures the malaise of youth and Rez life.”

Created by: Sterlin Harjo, Taika Waititi

Cast: D’Pharoah Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor, Dalton Cramer

Number of seasons: 1

Watch on Hulu

The gang arguing in the police precinct on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur and director Dan Goor struck comedy gold yet again with their action-comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Andy Samberg stars in the show, which focuses on a fictional police department precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Andre Braugher plays the yin to Samberg’s yang, providing dry yet hilariously timed humor during each episode. In just its first season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine took home two Golden Globe trophies. The series will conclude after its eighth and final season.

Created by: Dan Goor, Michael Schur

Cast: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller

Number of seasons: 8

Watch on Hulu

Aubrey Plaza with a sinister look in Legion.

Legion

Noah Hawley, the creator of FX’s Fargo, tries his hand at telling a superhero story with Legion, a visually dynamic series that isn’t your typical man-in-a-cape origin story. The show follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who, having heard voices in his head since a young age, starts the series in a psychiatric hospital. His official diagnosis is schizophrenia, but after meeting another patient, Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller), who can switch bodies with anyone she touches, he discovers that the voices in his head are a sign of his own latent powers. Fitting for a show about a man who may or may not be insane, Legion is a hallucinogenic ride, with psychedelic visuals and format-breaking sequences that keep David — and the viewer — confused as to what is real.

Created by: Noah Hawley

Cast: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Navid Negahban, Jemaine Clement, Hamish Linklater, Lauren Tsai

Number of seasons: 3

Watch on Hulu

Two guys sitting in waiting area chairs on Atlanta on Hulu.

Atlanta

Donald Glover is a modern Renaissance man: Since launching a comedy career via skits circulated on YouTube, he has branched into rapping, acting, and even showrunning, with the remarkable, surreal comedy-drama Atlanta. The show follows a dogged college dropout named Earn (Glover), who sleeps at his on/off-again girlfriend’s place and struggles to provide for their child. When he learns that his cousin Alfred is starting to achieve success as a rapper — stage name: Paper Boi — Earn becomes his manager. There is not much of an overarching plot to Atlanta. Most episodes play out like short films, and the show experiments with a variety of stories and formats — one standout episode is presented entirely as an episode of a local interview show, complete with fake commercials. Daring and frequently poignant, Atlanta is one of the most exciting shows on TV today.

Created by: Donald Glover

Cast: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Number of seasons: 2

Watch on Hulu

The lead characters from PEN15 on Hulu.

PEN15

These days, coming-of-age stories are a dime a dozen, but few of them are as novel — or cringeworthy — as PEN15. Co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as 13-year-old versions of themselves, allowing the series to address topics and situations many would consider taboo if performed by younger lead actors. The two find their footing in hormone-fueled incidents involving masturbation and AOL Instant Messenger, not to mention everyday encounters with parents, principals, and the kind of insult-spewing preteens you can expect to find at any middle school. It’s all served with a heavy dose of ’90s-inspired nostalgia, meaning if the show’s no-holds-barred look at adolescence isn’t enough, perhaps the constant references to the Spice Girls will be. Season 2 debuted on September 18, 2020.

Created by: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman

Cast: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine, Richard Karn, Taylor Nichols, Melora Walters, Taj Cross, Dallas Liu

Number of seasons: 2

Watch on Hulu

Rick and Morty on the couch.

Rick and Morty

Creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (House of Cosbys) teamed up to create one of the best animated comedies in years. The basic premise centers on Rick (Roiland), a scientist who employs the help of his grandson, Morty, to assist him with dangerous quests and various schemes across space and time. The Adult Swim series is chock full of biting satire and clever humor, and moreover, has garnered a cult following in the wake of its successful and highly-acclaimed first season.

Created by: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon

Cast: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke

Number of seasons: 4

Watch on Hulu

A contestant dressed in drag on RuPaul's Drag Race on Hulu.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

There’s good reason that this series has earned numerous Primetime Emmy Awards, including not only for RuPaul as host but also as Outstanding Reality-Competition Program; in 2018, the series became the first to ever win in both categories the same year. The contestants set out to win the race to become the next big drag superstar. They receive mentorship and coaching from RuPaul, as well as critiques on their performances in different challenges from a panel of judges. Now on its 13th season, you can catch the first seven streaming.

Created by: World of Wonder

Cast: RuPaul, Merle Ginsberg, Santino Rice, Michelle Visage, Billy Brasfield, Ross Mathews, Carson Kressley

Number of seasons: 13

Watch on Hulu

A couple talking on This Way Up.

This Way Up

Irish comedian, actor, and writer Aisling Bea both wrote and stars in this British comedy-drama about Aine, a young single woman living in London and teaching English as a second language. The story picks up after Aine leaves a rehabilitation center following a nervous breakdown and deals with picking up where she left off in life. That includes coping with both the personal and professional pressures, with the help of her worried sister, Shona. Its first season was a huge success, with a perfect 100% audience score and a 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, which described the show as a comedy about “moving on, moving forward, and trying to find happiness.” Season 2 starts streaming on Hulu beginning July 9, giving you lots of time to binge season 1 first.

Created by: Aisling Bea

Cast: Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi

Number of seasons: 2

Watch on Hulu

DAVE on Hulu

Dave

Rapper/comedian Lil Dicky became internet famous after releasing his song “Ex-Boyfriend” on YouTube back in 2013, then released his debut rap album, Professional Rapper, in 2015. He went on to collaborate with the likes of Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Wiz Khalifa. In 2020, Dicky, real name David Andrew Burd, worked with producer Jeff Schaffer to create a comedy series based on his life, and, as it turns out, the talented rapper is a talented comedian, too. Burd stars in the series as a fictionalized version of himself, a neurotic young man living in a small suburban town who believes he can make it big in the rap game. GaTa, Burd’s real-life hype man, plays himself on the show, including depicting his real-life battle with bipolar disorder. Critic reviews for the first season applaud the “juvenile sense of humor,” for those who appreciate those types of jokes. It’s a refreshing and fun show with a laundry list of A-list guest stars, not to mention Kevin Hart counted among its executive producers.

Created by: David Burd, Jeff Schaffer

Cast: Lil Dicky, Taylor Misiak, GaTa, Andrew Santino, Travis Bennett, Christine Ko

Number of seasons: 2

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Love, Victor on Hulu

Love, Victor 

A refreshingly modern take on your typical coming-of-age teen drama, this series follows a young man named Victor as he navigates life in a new high school and embarks on a journey to self-discovery, including figuring out his sexuality. The series is set in the same world as the 2018 teen drama Love, Simon, which starred Nick Robinson as the title character. Robinson is now a producer and narrator, helping Victor through his struggles and providing guidance. The spinoff series received an overwhelmingly positive reception, with the consensus being that it’s an easily digestible and entertaining watch.

Created by: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger

Cast: Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel, Bebe Wood, Mason Gooding, George Sear, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, James Martinez, Ana Ortiz

Number of seasons: 2

Watch on Hulu

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. on Netflix

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.

With a stellar voice cast, lots of laughs, and striking stop-motion visuals, this latest Marvel project is a hit. Referred to by critics as an “entertainingly chaotic diversion,” Patton Oswalt voices the title character, a Marvel supervillain and floating robot-engineered head who is convinced that he’s far superior to other supervillains and despises everything about superheroes. But after losing his company and his family, he enters a troubling mid-life crisis. M.O.D.O.K. is rated for mature audiences, so this adult animated series isn’t one to watch with the kids. But for adult Marvel fans, it’ll provide some hearty laughs.

Created by: Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt

Cast: Patton Oswalt, Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly, Sam Richardson

Number of seasons: 1

Watch on Hulu

Community on Hulu

Community

Community saw its fair share of ups and downs while on NBC but this Dan Harmon comedy is one of the funniest shows on TV — its first three seasons were, at least. The show centers around a group of newly acquainted friends who attend a blunder of a community college. Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, and Donald Glover headline this hilarious show while Jim Rash’s turn as the dean is as funny as any character on TV. It’s no longer on the airwaves, but rumors of a forthcoming movie persist.

Created by: Dan Harmon

Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash

Number of seasons: 6

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Solar Opposites on Hulu

Solar Opposites

From the creators of Rick and Morty, this Hulu original animated sitcom, which has a solid 92% aggregate critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, sees four aliens crash-land into a suburban American town. While waiting for the right moment to take over Earth, they do their best to learn the ways of humans and live among them — but they each have their own perceptions about human behavior and what is awful versus awesome. With an impressive voice cast, including both main and recurring characters, the series has been a hit for Hulu.

Created by: Justin Roiland, Mike McMahan

Cast: Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone, Mark Mack

Number of seasons: 2

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Lost

One of the most talked-about shows of the early- to mid-2000s, this drama combined elements of supernatural with sci-fi and general intrigue. A group of survivors winds up on a mysterious island after the commercial jet airliner they’re traveling on supposedly crashes. Every episode delves into character backstories, raises questions, and introduces strange new happenings. You’re continually drawn into the compelling, puzzling, mind-bending twists and turns — it’s near impossible to watch just one episode per sitting! Binge all six seasons of this J.J. Abrams series that has widely been considered one of the greatest of all time.

Created by: Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Malcolm David Kelley, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, and others

Number of seasons: 6

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The Twilight Zone

Rod Serling’s science fiction/fantasy series The Twilight Zone remains one of the best-written shows ever to air on American television. The original series aired for five seasons from 1959 to 1964 with Serling serving as not just head writer but also host and narrator. Each episode’s new story sees the main character encounter paranormal or unusual events that lead to an eventual moral. Though it has spawned two spinoff series, the original Twilight Zone is the best of the bunch.

Created by: Rod Serling

Cast: Various

Number of seasons: 5

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Vikings

History (the network) melds historic accuracy with epic action in Vikings, a dramatized recounting of a prolific figure in Scandinavian lore, Ragnar Lothbrok. Vikings follows the exploits of the cunning Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as he becomes the most powerful ruler of Europe’s Viking Age, or at least, the one the history books and Nordic sagas remember him as. The show has received much acclaim during its run thus far — and without the gratuitous nudity common to most cable epics — earning it numerous Emmy nominations for both effects and design.

Created by: Michael Hirst

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, and more

Number of seasons: 6

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Mrs. America

The effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was one of the central battlegrounds of the women’s movement in the 1970s. Mrs. America chronicles that fight and the unexpected backlash brought by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett), dubbed “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Told through the eyes of Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug, and Jill Ruckelshaus, Mrs. America is a political drama that adroitly plays both sides of the aisle, depicting one of the toughest political battles of the 20th century. The series explores how this fight helped give rise to the Moral Majority and completely shifted the American political landscape.

Created by: Dahvi Waller

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tracey Ullman, Sarah Paulson

Number of seasons: 1

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Little Fires Everywhere

Hollywood A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington burn their talented acting candles bright in this gritty miniseries as both show off their talents for pulling off seriously dramatic — and highly emotional — roles. Based on the 2017 Celeste Ng novel of the same name, the period series is set in the ’90s and highlights the dramatic differences between these two women. While they share motherhood in common, they come from very different socioeconomic backgrounds, making them markedly different people with very different lives and life experiences. It beautifully examines the dichotomy between wealth and privilege and hardship and sacrifice. Reviews criticize the series for playing it safe sometimes, but there’s no denying that it’s electric when Witherspoon and Washington share screen time.

Created by: Liz Tigelaar (based on Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng)

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Joshua Jackson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jade Pettyjohn, Lexi Underwood, Megan Stott, Gavin Lewis, Jordan Elsass

Number of seasons: 1

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Animaniacs (2020)

Sparking nostalgia for kids from the ’90s, Steven Spielberg and his company Amblin Entertainment (in association with Warner Bros. Animation) return with this reboot of the popular animated comedy musical. The original Animaniacs entertained kids with characters like Yakko, Wakko, Dot, and the Goodfeathers, and it pleased parents with the sneaky adult humor (from sexual innuendo to parodies and dated pop culture references) that went right over kids’ heads. Many of the original voice actors reprise their roles here, and there’s a similar variety show format with different skits following characters and their own independent plot lines. For anyone who grew up in the ’90s, it’s a must-watch throwback series, with or without kids.

Created by: Tom Ruegger

Cast: Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacHeille, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Andy Milder, Abby Trott

Number of seasons: 1

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The Great

Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult star in this satirical, genre-bending drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from boring outsider to Russian Empress. The anti-historical romp through 18th-century Russia would make Chekhov blush and throw his vodka. It’s a fictionalized series that leans into some of its historical characters’ basest, silliest, and most stereotyped characteristics, which makes for some great fun. Fanning’s Catherine is delightfully intense and idealistic with just a touch of sadism toward her depraved, dopey husband, Peter III.

Created by: Tony McNamara

Cast: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan, Charity Wakefield, Gwilym Lee, Adam Godley, Douglas Hodge

Number of seasons: 1

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Homeland

This spy thriller kept fans glued to their screens for eight seasons as they watched Claire Danes brilliantly portray Carrie, a CIA agent trying to balance her career with her bipolar disorder. The series began when Carrie believed that a sniper from her team who had been captured by al-Qaeda had been turned and posed a threat to the team. The plot evolved and spiraled from there to touch on a long list of twists and turns, and viewers couldn’t get enough of the story. The series garnered consistently favorable reviews through to the end, with the final season lauded for being “tautly thrilling” and providing a fitting finish to the captivating story.

Created by: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa (based on Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff)

Cast: Claire Daines, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor, Mandy Patinkin, Jamey Sheridan, David Marciano, Navid Negahban, Rupert Friend, Sarita Choudhury, and others

Number of seasons: 8

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Letterkenny

Set in the remote, rural town of Letterkenny (populated, the show tells us, entirely by hicks, skids, hockey players, and Christians), Jared Keeso’s comedy Letterkenny follows a group of hicks: Wayne (Keeso), his friend Daryl (Nathan Dales), sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), and Squirrelly Dan (K. Trevor Wilson), as well as a pair of hockey players, Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr), with whom Katy has a three-way relationship. The show revolves around their lives and encounters with the other eccentrics in the town. It’s a show deeply rooted in Canadian culture, with heavy use of slang, but even those unfamiliar with the vernacular will quickly come to appreciate the show’s deadpan wit.

Created by: Jared Keeso

Cast: Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett, K. Trevor Wilson, Dylan Playfair, Andrew Herr, Tyler Johnston, Alexander de Jordy, Daniel Petronijevic, Melanie Scrofano, Jacob Tierney, Lisa Codrington

Number of seasons: 9

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Fargo

Based on the Coen brothers’ beloved film of the same name, Fargo returns to the icy plains of Minnesota, a place where nefarious plots are conceived and enacted by otherwise seemingly normal folks. The TV adaptation features a rotating all-star cast that has included Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, not to mention Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman, and stays true to the same black comedy and deadly mishaps that made the original film so popular.

Created by: Noah Hawley

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman (season 1); Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson (season 2); Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (season 3)

Number of seasons: 4

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The X-Files

Chris Carter’s science fiction drama, The X-Files, operated under one simple premise: The truth is out there. FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate unsolved mysteries called X-Files. These X-Files deal with paranormal activity, aliens, UFO sightings, and various phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of alien life while Scully offers scientific explanations for the mysterious happenings, with their relationship serving as the show’s bedrock.

Created by: Chris Carter

Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi

Number of seasons: 11

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Killing Eve

For MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), the life of a spy is more mundane than the movies make it out to be. She’s stuck working at a desk, and the most excitement she sees is late-night karaoke, rather than infiltrating high-tech facilities or something similar. Eve gets a shot at a much livelier case when someone murders a Russian politician and Eve correctly deduces the assassin was a woman. Soon, she is on the trail of the assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a highly-skilled killer with no conscience, who takes an interest in the woman hunting her. Blending drama, humor, and international spy antics, Killing Eve is an exceptional psychological thriller, built around a complicated cat-and-mouse relationship.

Created by: Sally Woodward Gentle

Cast: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Darren Boyd, Owen McDonnell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, David Haig, Kim Bodnia, and others

Number of seasons: 3

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Sons of Anarchy

A biker gang, the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (aka SAMCRO), makes ends meet by trafficking guns and subverting the law at every turn. However, when the gang’s young vice president Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) discovers the diary of his deceased father, he begins to question SAMCRO’s business decisions. This puts Jax at odds with his stepfather Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), who presides as the club’s president. The series tells the story of Jax’s efforts to keep the club together while balancing his complicated family life.

Created by: Kurt Sutter

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Johnny Lewis, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman, Ryan Hurst, William Lucking, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, Drea De Matteo, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera

Number of seasons: 7

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Veronica Mars

Fans were outraged when this teen noir mystery drama, airing from 2004 to 2007, was canceled prematurely. It has since developed a cult following and even spawned a follow-up film in 2014 as well as an eight-episode fourth-season revival in 2019, 12 years after the original cancellation. Putting Kristen Bell on Hollywood’s radar as a young actor to watch, the show starred the then up-and-comer as the title character, a high school student who works as a private investigator at night with her detective father. While a mystery at heart, Veronica Mars is really the story of a sharp-tongued young woman and her somewhat atypical yet still very relatable coming-of-age story. You can binge all four seasons.

Created by: Rob Thomas

Cast: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn, Jason Dohring, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, Kyle Gallner, Tessa Thompson, Julie Gonzalo, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Michael Muhney

Number of seasons: 4

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Ramy

The streaming world is awash in introspective, character-driven comedies, and while Ramy’s format will feel familiar, it adds a new wrinkle. The eponymous character (played by comedian Ramy Youssef) isn’t just a millennial dealing with the awkward ups and downs of work and dating in the 21st century. He’s also Muslim trying to lead a moral life in amoral times. Ramy wades in ambiguities and its protagonist’s hypocrisies and hang-ups; for instance, he’s uncomfortable kissing a Muslim woman on their first date, but fine hooking up with non-Muslims, for which the former chews him out. It’s a show with a unique perspective and a willingness to present its characters in an unflattering light.

Created by: Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch

Cast: Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Dave Merheje, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, Laith Nakli

Number of seasons: 2

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Nathan for You

Life is tough for small business owners, but if your business is struggling, there’s one man you can turn to for help: Nathan Fielder (playing a fictional version of himself), a consultant with a metaphorical briefcase full of bizarre marketing ideas and social anxiety. When an ordinary business owner finds themselves in a tricky situation, Fielder strolls into their lives like an awkward Rumpelstiltskin, ready to solve their problem in some bizarre way. Nathan for You is a brilliant mockumentary, with Fielder’s outlandish marketing stunts confusing the ordinary folk entangled in them — his parody coffee shop Dumb Starbucks even made international news!

Created by: Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman

Cast: Nathan Fielder

Number of seasons: 4

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Catch-22

Adapting a great work of literature, particularly one as stylish as Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, is a daunting task, but George Clooney and company managed to do it, more or less successfully, in this six-part miniseries. Set during World War II, Catch-22 follows Capt. Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), an American bombardier desperate to get out of the war. He wants to take advantage of the military’s policy of discharging any soldier on the basis of insanity. Unfortunately, Yossarian’s desire to get discharged for insanity is stifled by the military’s Catch-22 clause: Anyone who is crazy can ask to be discharged, but anyone asking to be discharged is clearly thinking rationally. So Yossarian keeps flying missions, and his superiors keep raising the number of missions required to end the war, and the war seems no closer to ending. Catch-22 is a darkly hilarious examination of the horrors of bureaucracy (and war), with a brilliant cast including — along with Abbott — George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and Julie Ann Emery.

Created by: Luke Davies, David Michod

Cast: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Daniel David Stewart, Rafi Gavron, Graham Patrick Martin, Lewis Pullman, Austin Stowell, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Gerran Howell, Hugh Laurie, Giancarlo Giannini, George Clooney

Number of seasons: 6

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The Venture Bros.

Adult Swim’s long-running (the series has been airing off and on since 2003) dark comedy The Venture Bros. is a hilarious, occasionally depressing exploration of failure and legacies, set in a world full of colorful characters. Originally built as a parody of ‘60s adventure shows like Jonny Quest, The Venture Bros. focuses on Dr. Rusty Venture (James Urbaniak), a once-famous boy adventurer who fizzled out, growing up to become a failed scientist. Now the owner of his father’s company, the show follows Rusty, his two sons Hank (Christopher McCulloch) and Dean (Michael Sinterniklaas), and their bodyguard, secret agent/bulky murder machine Brock Samson (Patrick Warburton), through various adventures and schemes, flitting through various genres and story structures. The humor is weird but often brilliant — one particularly strange episode reimagines the Scooby gang as a bunch of drug-addled fiends — but what truly stands out about the show is how it has built a vast world full of recurring, oddball characters whose relationships evolve over time.

Created by: Jackson Publick

Cast: Christopher McCulloch, Michael Sinterniklaas, James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Doc Hammer, Steven Rattazzi, Dana Snyder

Number of seasons: 7

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Better Things

The age of the subversive sitcom continues with Better Things, a dark, caustic comedy about growing older and raising kids. The show follows Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a struggling actress raising three kids by herself in Los Angeles. Sam juggles her attempts to advance her career and have fun with her responsibility to her daughters, each of whom presents their own unique difficulties. Adlon and co-creator Louis C.K. (who is no longer involved) previously worked on the surreal comedy-drama Louie, and Better Things shows a similar mean streak, narrowing in on the grimy, depressing aspects of parenthood that other sitcoms gloss over.

Created by: Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.

Cast: Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, Celia Imrie

Number of seasons: 4

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Key & Peele

Great sketch shows have been in short supply for a while now, which makes it all the easier to appreciate the short but brilliant life of Key & Peele. Starring former MADtv members Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the show is an adventurous collection of sketches that blend absurdist humor and social commentary. See, for example, a skit in which white news anchors complain about the dangers of “black ice” on the streets at night, to the indignation of their black colleagues. Not every sketch is political, however; sometimes they just freak out about the latest Liam Neeson film. Both hosts bring manic energy and throw themselves fully into a variety of roles.

Created by: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele

Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele

Number of seasons: 5

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

What South Park is to late-night animation, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is to sitcoms. Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day — who also created and write the show — star as three best friends who kind of hate each other, while Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito round out the cast as the infamous Dee and Frank. The group often finds itself in some of the most absurd situations as the members push into the uncharted and irreverent comedic territory for which the show is well known, usually as a result of their own botched schemes.

Created by: Rob McElhenney

Cast: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito

Number of seasons: 14

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Adventure Time

Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time amassed a huge audience over its ten-season run, one that crosses over into numerous demographics, making it a contemporary classic for adults and kids alike. The stories of best friends Jake and Finn in the magical Land of Ooo are a joy to watch. Whether the duo is protecting the land from the evil (and misunderstood) Ice King or helping a young vampire navigate her family life, Adventure Time captures a sense of adventure and fun, while providing a subtle maturity that speaks to older audiences.

Created by: Pendleton Ward

Cast: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, Niki Yang, Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Pendleton Ward, Polly Lou Livingston, Jessica DiCicco

Number of seasons: 10

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Broad City

Ilana and her best friend Abbi are two 20-something women, living in New York. Abbi is a struggling artist, working at a fitness center while she attempts to get her career off the ground. Ilana, on the other hand, does everything in her power to avoid working, and instead pursues all manner of pleasurable distractions, including sexual escapades and consuming large amounts of marijuana. The two are often pulled into crazy situations, frequently as a consequence of one of Ilana’s ill-conceived plots. Broad City has received high praise from critics due to its clever writing and subtle-yet-effective message of female empowerment.

Created by: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson

Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer

Number of seasons: 5

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Arrested Development

Despite getting canceled by Fox in 2006, Ron Howard and Mitchell Hurwitz’s Arrested Development saw critical success across the board. Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Michael Cera star as family members of the very dysfunctional Bluth family living in Newport Beach, California. The show centers around Michael Bluth (Bateman) as he’s forced to assist his off-the-wall relatives after the family business comes under fire.

Created by: Mitchell Hurwitz

Cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter

Number of seasons: 5

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Black-ish

ABC’s Black-ish is one of many shows to have sprung up during the latest sitcom renaissance, which seems to emphasize distinct points of view not often seen on TV. This particular sitcom follows the Johnsons, an upper-middle-class family in America. Parents Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) try to raise their children, whom they worry may be growing up in a vastly different milieu than they did. The show takes a critical look at issues of race and identity in contemporary America, balancing heavy social commentary with character-driven comedy.

Created by: Kenya Barris

Cast: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Jeff Meacham, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Mackenzie, Deon Cole

Number of seasons: 6

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Futurama

Although it didn’t attain immortality like its unending older brother The Simpsons (which now has the most scripted episodes of any prime-time series), Matt Groening’s other cartoon, Futurama, established an identity of its own as a funny, often poignant vision of the future. The show follows Philip J. Fry (Billy West), a delivery boy who stumbles into a cryogenic pod and wakes up a thousand years in the future. He ends up working for an interplanetary delivery company, working with a variety of colorful characters, including steely cyclops Leela (Katey Sagal) and hard-drinking, sociopathic robot Bender (John DiMaggio). Futurama is an inventive comedy, with every episode going in some wild directions, and it has an incredible cast of oddballs to bounce off each other.

Created by: Matt Groening

Cast: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, David Herman, Frank Welker

Number of seasons: 7

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Firefly

Before he was the mastermind behind Marvel’s cinematic universe, Joss Whedon was known for creating memorable television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. While the latter only lasted for one season before it was ultimately canceled and later revived with the film Serenity, it has garnered a rabid cult following. The sci-fi series is set just after an interplanetary civil war between the populated inner system planets and the outer planets, where life resembles the American West. The series is well known for its cast of likable characters, including Nathan Fillion’s Mal Reynolds, who captains the titular ship and is arguably the coolest space criminal since Han Solo.

Created by: Joss Whedon

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass

Number of seasons: 1

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Cowboy Bebop

Anime is often labeled as a niche genre, but like with all forms of media, there are breakout examples that transcend the genre, crossing over in appeal. Cowboy Bebop is a prime example. Set in the early era of humanity’s colonization of the solar system, a ragtag group of bounty hunters led by Spike Spiegel (Steven Blum) makes ends meet by taking in wanted criminals, while simultaneously trying to avoid the law and powerful criminal organizations. This space-western has been lauded as one of the best anime series ever made, with a memorable cast and compelling story, featuring one of the most iconic final scenes ever.

Created by: Hajime Yatate

Cast: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

Number of seasons: 1

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Star Trek: The Original Series

Few franchises have grown as massive of a fanbase as Star Trek. The Original Series features William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as the iconic Captain Kirk and Commander Spock, respectively. Though dated — the show aired from 1966 to 1969 — it’s an appreciated blast from the past and one which created the foundation for so many TV spinoffs and movies. Few would argue that Kirk and Spock are among television’s all-time best duos.

Created by: Gene Roddenberry

Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Number of seasons: 3

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Perhaps the most popular of the Star Trek TV shows, The Next Generation ran for an impressive seven seasons from 1987 to 1994. Patrick Stewart takes the lead as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who guides the Enterprise across the galaxy in search of new life and civilizations. It built off the cult success of The Original Series and solidified the Star Trek franchise as one of the best science fiction universes across TV or film. Despite taking place within the boundaries of space — where no man had gone before — TNG drew allegories to our earthbound cultural issues that took place during its televised run.

Created by: Gene Roddenberry

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton

Number of seasons: 7

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Harlots

This historical drama follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), a madam running a brothel in 18th century London. Eager to climb the social ladder — and dodge the authorities — Margaret moves into the territory of her former boss, high-class madam Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), sparking a war between the two. Caught up in Margaret’s schemes are her two daughters, Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth), whom she has pushed into prostitution. Despite the lurid subject matter, Harlots is never merely titillating; this is a show with a keen eye for the power dynamics at work in its setting, and how hierarchy turns even sex into a cold transaction. A complicated drama with intriguing characters, Harlots is a great show for people who like their historical dramas on the seedier side.

Created by: Alison Newman, Moira Buffini

Cast: Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Dorothy Atkinson, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Kate Fleetwood, Holli Dempsey, Douggie McMeekin, Edward Hogg, Richard McCabe, Danny Sapani, Hugh Skinner, Eloise Smyth, Liv Tyler, Sebastian Armesto, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Number of seasons: 3

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Twin Peaks

In the quiet titular town of Twin Peaks, the sudden and tragic murder of high school student Laura Palmer set off a chain of events that turns the town on its head. FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) teams up with local sheriff Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean) to solve the murder, only to uncover a complicated mess of grisly truths that border on the supernatural. Twin Peaks is among director David Lynch’s most iconic works, yet the show initially only lasted two brief seasons. Despite this, it produced some timeless episodes. Those who have finished the original two seasons will be delighted to know that the show returned for its first new episodes after 25 years in 2017, though those aren’t available on Hulu.

Created by: Mark Frost, David Lynch

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton

Number of seasons: 3

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