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40 Best Shows On Hulu [August 2022]

While there's an abundance of fantastic streaming platforms putting out new content nowadays, Hulu still manages to stand apart, thanks to their excellent TV shows. Whether you're into science fiction, psychological horror, or thrilling crime stories, Hulu offers plenty of quality programming to choose from, with new series and episodes coming out every week.

There's so much good content on Hulu, in fact, that it's easy to become overwhelmed. Is it better to start with acclaimed original dramas like "The Handmaid's Tale" or charming sitcoms like "The Wonder Years"?  What about animated productions like "Rick and Morty"? To help you stay on top of the best new shows on Hulu, we've compiled this list of the platform's stand-out series. From award-winning sci-fi adventures to searing family sagas, these are the 40 best shows on Hulu.

Updated on August 1, 2022: Hulu updates its catalog with great new series each month. We'll be updating this list regularly to reflect those changes. Be sure to check back every month to stay up-to-date on all the best shows to watch right now!

9-1-1

In a world where police, fire, and medical procedurals are a dime a dozen, "9-1-1" stands out, thanks to its engaging and character-driven stories. The series follows a group of Los Angeles first responders connected to LAFD Station 118. They deal with a plethora of natural and man-made disasters, including tsunamis, plane crashes, and even a blackout that causes a zoo animal jailbreak. Many storylines take things to a bizarre and heightened place — a flying bouncy house presents a very real problem in one episode, for example. The end product feels more like a collection of tall tales told by retired firefighters and police officers sitting on the next barstool, and that's what makes it great.

  • Starring: Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark
  • Creators: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear
  • Year: 2018 – present
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

What We Do in the Shadows

Everyone knows that vampires sleep by day and occasionally feed on human blood. Mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows" explores all the things they get up to in between those crucial daily chores. This oddly whimsical FX comedy series follows a household of vampire roommates living on Staten Island as they make their way through their daily (or should that be nightly?) lives. Chilling adventures such as taking the U.S. citizenship test, getting involved in a vampiric exercise cult, and attending a vow renewal at an Atlantic City casino ensue. Clever writing and brilliant delivery from the ensemble cast make this one of the most watchable comedies on Hulu.

  • Starring: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou
  • Creator: Jemaine Clement
  • Year: 2019 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Solar Opposites

"Solar Opposites" comes from "Rick and Morty" alums Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Like that megahit series, "Solar Opposites" is a strange and irreverent work of science fiction clearly written by lovers of the genre. But for all its salty language, dark humor, and unhinged violence, "Solar Opposites" is anything but a "Rick and Morty" clone. This series centers around an intergalactic alien family that finds itself stranded in middle America after a spaceship disaster. Korvo, Terry, Yumyulack, and Jesse aren't exactly a typical clan, but they're not far off. It's impossible not to fall in love with their bizarre foibles.

  • Starring: Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone
  • Creators: Justin Roiland, Mike McMahan
  • Year: 2020 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Little Fires Everywhere

Through examining two women living in a 1990s Ohio suburb, "Little Fires Everywhere" explores the intersections of class, gender, and race. Elena Richardson is an affluent mother who doesn't know her kids as well as she thinks she does. Mia Warren is a nomadic artist whose daughter is drawn to the Richardsons' genteel life. When a custody battle erupts over an adopted baby, their lives are braided together and wrenched apart in ways they never could have imagined. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are exceptional in the lead roles, as are the young actors who play their children.

Under the Banner of Heaven

Based on Jon Krakauer's book of the same name, "Under the Banner of Heaven" looks at a double murder that leads police to a fundamentalist Mormon offshoot known as the School of Prophets. The series is as much an examination of the crime itself as it is of Detective Jeb Pyre, who struggles to reconcile his Mormon faith with his commitment to the law. As he investigates the murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her 15-month-old child, Pyre's faith serves as a foil to the extremist beliefs of the Lafferty family. This creates a complex exploration of personal belief, fundamentalism, and indoctrination. 

  • Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Daisy Edgar-Jones
  • Creator: Dustin Lance Black
  • Year: 2022
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Shoresy

Set in the world of "Letterkenny," this spin-off series centers around hockey player Shoresy's efforts to keep the Sudbury Bulldogs from getting canned. He goes all-in with his efforts, bringing a new coach and players on board — but will it be enough? Fans of the show's parent series will find the snappy dialogue they've come to love in "Shoresy," which amply proves there are plenty more stories to be told in the strange and wonderful world of Ontario. It also ties itself together a bit more cohesively than previous "Letterkenny" yarns through its central storyline.

  • Starring: Jared Keeso, Tasya Teles, Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat
  • Creator: Jared Keeso
  • Year: 2022 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Normal People

Irish drama "Normal People" captures the romantic relationship between Connell and Marianne, two young adults from very different worlds. Connell, who comes from a working-class background, is a popular football player, while Marianne is shaped by her affluent and troubled family. When they meet in secondary school, their chemistry is immediate — but social pressures complicate their bond. This isn't your average teen love story: It's told with the sort of complexity, nuance, and maturity that marks the best adult dramas. "Normal People" offers an honest portrayal of a relationship's growth — and its many setbacks.

  • Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Sarah Greene
  • Directors: Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie Macdonald
  • Year: 2020
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

PEN15

A painfully cringe-laden comedy centered around the AOL-era middle school miseries of besties Anna and Maya, "Pen15" is a heartfelt tribute to anyone who had trouble finding their footing during their teen years. Grown adults Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play these middle school versions of themselves, who deal with hyperbolized teen crises like first kisses and bad haircuts. While it's never less than hilarious, "Pen15" also tackles serious topics like body image issues, parental relationships, divorce, loss, and sexual attraction. You'll laugh, you'll wince, and you'll be devoutly thankful you're past these years.

  • Starring: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine
  • Creators: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman
  • Year: 2019 – 2021
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

The Handmaid's Tale

A beautifully crafted adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, "The Handmaid's Tale" depicts life under the authoritarian theocracy of Gilead. Years ago, amid a catastrophic fertility crisis, an extremist group displaced the United States government and stripped women of their rights. Under this new system, fertile women endure ritualized assault and forced childbearing. June is one of these women, who are known as Handmaids. As the series goes on, she learns to fight back — and so do the women around her. Led by a powerful and nuanced performance from Elisabeth Moss and featuring a chillingly beautiful score, "The Handmaid's Tale" offers a powerful warning about the dangers of misogyny.

  • Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
  • Creator: Bruce Miller
  • Year: 2017 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

The Great

Perhaps no scene more fully captures the spirit of "The Great" than a heavily pregnant, coked-up Catherine the Great subjecting her closest advisors to an all-night brainstorming session regarding Russia's future. Brimming with candy-colored costumes and snappy dialogue, this series details the rise of Catherine the Great, who overthrows her husband, ascends to Empress, and embarks upon a successful campaign to modernize Russia with Enlightenment ideas. Don't expect strict historical accuracy: "The Great" is basically a cross between a history buff's feminist fanfic and a hilarious tavern yarn. What results is a tribute to all women who try to enact change while surrounded by exhausting men.

  • Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox
  • Creator: Tony McNamara
  • Year: 2020 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Castle Rock

Diehard Stephen King fans already know that most of the author's stories fit together into a wider mythology. "Castle Rock" is Hulu's attempt to bring some of the most beloved stories in that canon together. Set in the enigmatic town of Castle Rock, Maine, each season of "Castle Rock" tells a different story, drawn from King classics like "Salem's Lot," "Misery," and "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption." These tales are fresh enough to pull in new fans, yet also detailed enough to satisfy devotees who want a richer look into characters they know and love. 

  • Starring: André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård
  • Creators: Dustin Thomason, Sam Shaw
  • Year: 2018 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Difficult People

When perpetually sardonic NYC comedians Julie Kessler and Billy Epstein cross paths, their kindred spirits immediately align — much to the chagrin of literally everyone they meet. Often irritating, frequently mean-spirited, and always hilarious, Billy and Julie express what everyone else is thinking but are too polite or conflict-avoidant to say. Between schemes to sell bottled library water and write their own answer to "Hamilton," it's clear they're sort of terrible and pretty selfish. But viewers who have shopped at a store their friends are all boycotting or tweeted a hot take that landed them in boiling water will appreciate this antidote to pretense and hypocrisy.

  • Starring: Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak
  • Creator: Julie Klausner
  • Year: 2015 – 2017
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Harlots

Inspired by "The Covent Garden Ladies," a historian's look at an 18th-century directory of London sex workers, "Harlots" centers around Margaret Wells and Lydia Quigley, two ruthless madams trying to get ahead in a city ruled by men. As women of the 1760s, they have little leverage over their lots in life — the world of sex work is one of the few that offers them some semblance of control. Shrewd Margaret moves her business to the coveted Greek Street area while curating a more aristocratic clientele, which Lydia — correctly — sees as a direct threat to her own house. Thus, their complex war — and a truly fascinating and beautifully appointed show — begins.

  • Starring: Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay
  • Creators: Alison Newman, Moira Buffini
  • Year: 2017 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Runaways

Even within the expansive Marvel universe, "Runaways" stands out. When six teens realize they have exceptional abilities, their lives are thrown into chaos. Things get even more complex when they realize their parents are harboring a dark secret. Alex, Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase, and Molly must go on the run if they want to stop their parents' plans and discover the truth of their own origins — but can they handle the revelations they unearth? This YA tale goes far beyond typical superhero fare with a winning blend of adolescent drama, clever humor, and interesting world-building.

  • Starring: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner
  • Creators: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
  • Year: 2017 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Reservation Dogs

"Reservation Dogs" explores the daily lives of four Native American teens intent on traveling from their Oklahoma reservation to glorious California, as their late friend Daniel once dreamed of doing. As they plan their escape, they get into a host of adventures, from meat-pie fueled shenanigans at the Indian Health Service clinic to riding out a tornado warning in a church basement. A slice-of-life tale laced with occasional surrealism and heart-wrenchingly real emotion, "Reservation Dogs" is a showcase of Native talent behind and in front of the camera and easily one of the best comedies in production today.

  • Starring: Devery Jacobs, D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor
  • Creators: Sterlin Harjo, Taika Waititi
  • Year: 2021 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

The Orville: New Horizons

After two seasons of finding its footing, "The Orville," Seth MacFarlane's tribute to the world of "Star Trek," comes back stronger than ever in Season 3. Rechristened "The Orville: New Horizons," the story, as ever, follows the crew of a 25th century Planetary Union spaceship under the leadership of Captain Ed Mercer and his ex-wife and first officer Kelly Grayson. Season 3 boasts natural humor, rich character development, and a willingness to take a harder stance on controversial topics covered only tenuously by "Star Trek," due to the era's television constraints. This takes "The Orville" to entirely new heights new and old fans alike will enjoy.

  • Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald
  • Creator: Seth MacFarlane
  • Year: 2017 – present
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Only Murders in the Building

When true crime podcast fans and New York neighbors Mabel, Charles, and Oliver stumble onto their very own murder mystery, they quickly find themselves in over their heads. Standing too close to a crime scene can make anyone look awfully suspicious, after all. But the trio can't help but get up to all manner of Scooby-Dooing in and around their apartment building — and creating their own podcast around it. A tribute to amateur sleuths and true crime devotees, "Only Murders in the Building" is a charming and witty mystery series with scads of good-natured intergenerational humor.

Future Man

When research facility janitor Josh Futturman finally completes his favorite video game, he's dragged into the past by the game's lead characters. They hail from a dystopia ruined by biotech, and created the game to find a hero capable of saving their world. This wild ride bounces Josh through the cocaine-fueled 1980s, many alternate timelines, and fascinating dieselpunk futures. Unfortunately, he often causes more damage to the timeline than he repairs. With brilliant chemistry from the main cast, surprisingly ambitious worldbuilding, and the best use of Corey Hart music ever put to the screen, "Future Man" is one of the most enjoyable time-travel adventures around.

  • Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson
  • Creator: Howard Overman, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir
  • Year: 2017 – 2020
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Animaniacs

"Animaniacs" is an utterly zany and improbably smart '90s cartoon revived by Hulu in 2020. It follows the adventures of the Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, who frequently escape the Warner Bros. Water Tower and get tangled in various hijinks around the production lot. "Animaniacs" is packed with satire of current events, pop culture spoofs, and even the occasional adult innuendo, which makes it a treat for all ages. Fans of the original show will be pleased to reunite with beloved recurring characters like Chicken Boo and Pinky and the Brain, while newbies will love getting to know them for the first time.

  • Starring: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille
  • Creator: Tom Ruegger
  • Year: 1993 – 1998, 2020 – present
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Letterkenny

A quirky half-hour comedy set in a fictional Ontario town with a population of 5,000, "Letterkenny" is centered around siblings Wayne (allegedly the toughest guy in town) and Katy. They manage their family farm and get caught up in various Letterkenny problems, which involve everyone from the town's hard-luck hockey players to residents of the neighboring First Nations reservation to nearby Mennonites. "Letterkenny" offers up a light-hearted glimpse of small-town Canadian life packed with brilliant wordplay. Indeed, it's such a thorough crash-course in rural Canadian slang, some viewers might want to put the subtitles on.

Peep Show

Lovably unlikeable South London flatmates Mark and Jez are the stars of "Peep Show," a cringe-y look at 30-somethings stuck in a state of stalled adolescence. Loan manager and war history buff Mark is abrasive, pessimistic, and socially inept, while Jez is a free-spirited slacker with no concept of financial responsibility and a mom who foots the bill. Point-of-view camera angles and inner monologues add to the sense of awkward claustrophobia that permeates every moment of this laugh-out-loud series, while colorful characters like Mark's ex Sophie, ruthless loan manager Alan, and bizarre bandmate Super Hans round out the series.

  • Starring: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman
  • Creators: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Andrew O'Connor
  • Years: 2003 – 2015
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Fear the Walking Dead

Set in the same universe as "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead" follows a group of survivors living amidst a zombie apocalypse. Thanks to vivid core characters, a Season 4 reboot that reimagines the story as a zombie Western, and a couple of crossovers with the original series, "Fear the Walking Dead" builds a strong identity of its own. Fans of the parent show might find "Fear the Walking Dead" a little more over-the-top, especially with its end-times cults and nuclear wastelands, but many will love it for exactly these reasons.

  • Starring: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
  • Creators: Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson
  • Year: 2015 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

One of the best half-hour sitcoms of recent years, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is a goofy cop comedy with a star-studded ensemble cast. The detectives who cover Brooklyn's 99th Precinct are a weird bunch, from energetic foodie Charles Boyle to absurdly enigmatic Rosa Diaz. In between hijinks featuring recurring characters like the Pontiac Bandit, the series sees its heroes change and grow in genuinely moving ways. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" also manages to take on current events and spotlight marginalized experiences, like those of Black and openly gay Captain Raymond Holt. 

The Act

Mother and daughter Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard are incredibly close, due to the many hardships they've endured. But eventually, Gypsy, who's been raised to believe she suffers from cancer, severe allergies, and other life-altering illnesses, realizes nothing she's been told is true. She's a completely healthy young woman, and her mother is a controlling tyrant. As Gypsy pushes for independence, Dee Dee's abuse intensifies. When this pushes the younger Blanchard past her breaking point, their relationship takes a violent turn, bringing the truth to light forever. This engrossing series stands out for its strong performances and plausible portrayal of a shockingly true story.

  • Starring: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, AnnaSophia Robb
  • Creators: Michelle Dean, Nick Antosca
  • Year: 2019
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Love, Victor

Getting through high school is tough enough without having to navigate family trauma, a cross-country move, and coming out, but after Victor moves from Texas to Atlanta, he finds himself in just that situation. Things get even more complicated when he develops a crush on the all-too-adorable Benji while he's dating popular girl Mia. A sweet, wholesome, and intersectional tale about friendship, love, and coming-of-age as a gay teen, "Love, Victor" treats its characters with authenticity and sensitivity. Fans of the 2018 film "Love, Simon" will appreciate this series, which is set in the same world and shares a similar purpose and tone.

  • Starring: Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel
  • Creators: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
  • Year: 2020 – 2022
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Veronica Mars

When popular Veronica Mars, daughter of the local sheriff, discovers her best friend has been murdered, her charmed life is shattered. Things soon get worse when her dad's investigation runs afoul of some powerful folks, costing him the next sheriff's election and leading to the family's ostracization. In the wake of these events, Daddy Mars starts up his own P.I. business, with Veronica on his investigation team. A delightful noir drama ensues. The series earned a cult following during its original run, then got a long-awaited revival in 2019.

  • Starring: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn
  • Creator: Rob Thomas
  • Year: 2004 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

The Path

Eddie Lane is a family man who also happens to be a cult member. The cult, known as the Meyerist movement, practices New Age teachings that seem harmless on the surface, but lead to isolation, brainwashing, and abuse. With the cult's founder on his deathbed, the future of the movement is up in the air, and the Lane family is caught in the middle. Complicating things further is the fact that Eddie is experiencing a crisis of faith. "The Path" is buoyed by an exceptional cast: Hugh Dancy is especially disconcerting as the cult's troubled leader, Cal Roberts.

  • Starring: Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Emma Greenwell
  • Creator: Jessica Goldberg
  • Year: 2016 – 2018
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

The Girl from Plainville

Based on actual events, "The Girl From Plainville" begins with sweet teen Conrad's death by suicide. When police look into his text messages, they find a troubling pattern of communication between him and his girlfriend Michelle. Thus begins an investigation that ends with Michelle in prison. While a lesser series might have leaned into easy vilification, "The Girl from Plainville" offers a more nuanced exploration of this tragedy. What results is a deeply human drama and a potent warning to all parents to keep a close watch on their kids' communication.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

  • Starring: Elle Fanning, Chloë Sevigny, Cara Buono
  • Creators: Liz Hannah, Patrick Macmanus
  • Year: 2022
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Catch-22

Based on Joseph Heller's classic novel, "Catch-22" looks at the horrific absurdity of war through the perspective of World War II bombardier John Yossarian. Yossarian is trapped on a Mediterranean base, thanks to the paradoxical Catch-22 rule, under which all requests to be relieved of duty based on insanity must be denied. Thus, a man who became a bombardier because he imagined the training would take so long he could miss the war altogether now finds himself going to great lengths to avoid sitting in the bomber's seat. This adaptation captures everything that makes the novel so memorable, thanks in large part to its top-tier cast.

Atlanta

Brilliantly surrealist comedy-drama "Atlanta" is easily one of the best series of its decade. It follows Princeton dropout Earn, who returns to Atlanta with dreams of helping his rapper cousin ascend to fame. This plot is remarkably flexible, and occasionally descends into magical realism. "Atlanta" excels by leaning into these eccentricities and using them as a playground to explore big ideas about class, race, and family loyalty. "Atlanta" also satirizes performative allyship, influencer culture, and systemic racism with such surgical precision, viewers never see what hits them. 

12 Monkeys

Based on Terry Gilliam's 1995 film of the same name, "12 Monkeys" is a sci-fi story built around a mind-bending causality loop. Virologist Cassandra Railly gets tangled up in a time-travel story after encountering a man named James Cole, who claims to be from a bleak future where most of humanity has succumbed to a fast-moving virus. As in so many time travel stories, their efforts to save the future only seem to further muddy the timeline. With clever, twisty time travel rules and enough comic relief sprinkled in to ease the sting of darker content, "12 Monkeys" establishes itself as one of the most satisfying sci-fi series of the modern era.

  • Starring: Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo
  • Creators: Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett
  • Years: 2015 – 2018
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Y: The Last Man

When every living mammal with a Y chromosome mysteriously dies within a short time frame, the world is irrevocably changed. Inexplicably, Yorick, a struggling magician, and his pet monkey Ampersand survive this tragedy. Thus begins "Y: The Last Man," a dystopian tale unlike any other. In the wreckage of civilization, Yorick finds himself traveling across a land now dominated by women trying to recreate the world they knew, determine what caused such mass death, and find ways to carry on. What saved him from oblivion? Can it be captured and replicated? And what will happen to Yorick if answers to these questions are found? Though it only spans a single season, "Y: The Last Man" is worth any sci-fi fan's time.

Ramy

From co-creator and star Ramy Youssef comes "Ramy," a comedy-drama about a first-generation American Muslim struggling to reconcile the pieces of his identity. Ramy deals with a number of challenges, from dating issues to close-to-home cultural clashes to sugar addiction. Much of the series is focused on his search for spiritual meaning in the murky world of modern New Jersey, where he feels eternally caught between worlds. Every moment is heartfelt and nuanced, giving an insightful look into an all-American story.

  • Starring: Ramy Youssef, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked
  • Creators: Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch
  • Year: 2019 – present
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Shrill

A journalist at an alternative paper, 20-something Annie is eager to move forward in life and possesses the gumption to do so. However, she isn't interested in losing weight, much to everyone's surprise. As the series goes on, the life she wants comes into sharper focus — but the world is cruel to confident women. Annie must learn to draw upon her own strength if she's going to thrive. "Shrill" is an honest, hilarious, and deeply body positive look at what it takes to become the person you want to be.

  • Starring: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones
  • Creators: Aidy Bryant, Lindy West, Alexandra Rushfield
  • Years: 2019 – 2021
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

11.22.63

A time travel story without a time machine, "11.22.63" is more interested in moral philosophy than messing around with trippy temporal mechanics. When Maine schoolteacher Jake Epping is offered a chance to travel to the past via a portal, he finds himself charged with the mythical task of stopping President John F. Kennedy's assassination. But this is a multiverse drawn from Stephen King's stories, which means time itself pushes back against him. Less of a science fiction tale than a psychologically-driven nostalgia piece full of moody King spirit, "11.22.63" tells a satisfying story packed with thrills.

  • Starring: James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones
  • Creator: Bridget Carpenter
  • Year: 2016
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Rick and Morty

Perhaps the most NSFW cartoon ever made, "Rick and Morty" plunges to new depths of depravity while also managing to be a clever and insightful sci-fi adventure. The series centers around Morty, an anxious teen, and Rick Sanchez, his mad scientist grandfather. Rick spends his days making weird inventions, getting drunk, and dragging Morty through the multiverse on various adventures. Their journeys range from the horrifying to the deeply emotional, and eventually develop into a genuinely affecting story about family dysfunction. It's all rendered in brilliantly colorful and frequently trippy visuals that bring new complexity to the genre.

  • Starring: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
  • Creators: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon
  • Year: 2013 – present
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Cruel Summer

Told across three jarringly different timelines, "Cruel Summer" is a mystery that explores what happens before and after Kate, a popular teenager, is abducted. In her absence, Jeanette, an awkward loner, gains friends and status. But when Kate is rescued a year later, she accuses Jeanette of knowing where she was all along and saying nothing. This accusation becomes national news and damages both of their families. But where does the truth actually lie? A twisty teen drama that deals with heavy subject matter, "Cruel Summer" is a darkly enjoyable thrill ride.

  • Starring: Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Froy Gutierrez
  • Creator: Bert V. Royal
  • Year: 2021 – present
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Mr Inbetween

No matter who you are or what you do for a living, finding a good work-life balance is tough. For Ray Shoesmith, the antihero protagonist of "Mr Inbetween," it's even harder, as he must manage his family life and his career as a hitman. Though Ray tries to compartmentalize the vastly different aspects of his existence, they begin to bleed into one another. A dark comedy that soars in its deadpan delivery, "Mr Inbetween" creates a morally compromised lead viewers can't help but relate to — even if it's against their better judgment.

  • Starring: Scott Ryan, Justin Rosniak, Brooke Satchwell
  • Creator: Scott Ryan
  • Years: 2018 – 2021
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Killing Eve

"Killing Eve" is a wickedly good spy thriller that follows the titular Eve Polastri, an MI6 agent with a messy personality and a brilliant mind. When Eve crosses paths with super assassin and psychopath Villanelle, they develop a mutual obsession with each other that brings new meaning to the phrase "toxic relationship." Their cat-and-mouse game unfurls across the globe, spanning near-death experiences, attempted career changes, and international conspiracies. No matter what happens, they just can't seem to let go of each other — and that might just be their undoing.

  • Starring: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
  • Creator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Year: 2018 – 2022
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

The Wonder Years

Told in the style of the original 1988 series of the same name, "The Wonder Years" follows Dean, a 12-year-old growing up in 1960s Alabama. While the original show focuses on a white family, this series centers around a Black family, who face systemic racism, the Vietnam War, and a changing culture. While it tackles these heavy issues head-on, it's also a comedy enlivened by a fantastic cast and witty writing. "The Wonder Years" offers a nostalgic and heartfelt look at life in a bygone time that's a bit closer to our own than we often realize.

  • Starring: Elisha Williams, Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh
  • Creator: Saladin K. Patterson
  • Year: 2021 – present
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%