Best Shows on Hulu
Besides terrific original series "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Castle Rock," Hulu is also the only places to stream favorites like "Lost" and "ER." So add these binge-able shows to your queue and get ready to watch over the holidays.
'The Handmaid's Tale' (2017 - Present)
Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopian novel became a brilliant, all-too-timely Emmy-winning drama that we can't stop watching.
'Castle Rock' (2018 - Present)
This mash-up of all things Stephen King (and set in the fictional town he created) is riveting, spooky stuff. Andre Holland stars as a lawyer who returns to his hometown to free a mysterious prisoner (the eerily perfect Bill Skarsgård) from the local prison.
'This is Us' (2016 - Present)
The kind of show that gives us faith in network TV, it's got all the heart, all the tears, and a whole bunch of awards.
'Seinfeld' (1989 - 1998)
For a show about "nothing," Jerry and crew gave us so much including '"low-talker" and "sponge-worthy." Bad day? Elaine "dancing" or Jerry in the infamous puffy shirt will make things right.
'Lost' (2004 - 2010)
The best-looking (and most troubled) bunch of people ever crash land on a desert island and strange things start to happen. Like a polar bear in the tropics? Much-imitated, but never rivaled.
'ER' (1994 - 2009)
The gold standard for doctor shows, this series finally made a star out of George Clooney. And broke our hearts on a weekly basis.
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997- 2003)
Adolescence is terrifying enough, but it was even more so for Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who had to battle vampires, demons, evil cheerleaders, and even the love of her life. She saved the world... a lot.
'30 Rock' (2006 - 2013)
We knew that Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, and Tracy Morgan were funny people. And we knew from "Mean Girls" that Fey could write like hell. But this first season came together so perfectly, it won a Best Comedy Emmy on its very first try, with ten nominations total. Not too shabby.
'Firefly' (2003 - 2003)
Despite lasting only one season, fans have kept the fandom for Joss Whedon's quirky space western alive. Stay shiny and keep flying, Browncoats!
'Atlanta' (2016 - Present)
The surreal brainchild of multi-talent Donald Glover has pretty much won all the awards, and for good reason. Perfect time to binge this show is right now.
'Friday Night Lights' (2006 - 2011)
Just like the underdog Panthers football team of the NBC series kept defying the odds and surviving from season to season thanks to fervent fan support. And the last season was a winning one for Kyle Chandler, who collected a long-overdue Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama.
'Fargo' (2014 - Present)
The FX series takes from the Oscar-winning Coen Bros. Film its ice-cold setting, thick Midwestern accents, colorful characters, and murder galore. The plots and people are entirely different each season, but the black comedy is just as note-perfect.
'Twin Peaks' (1990 - 1991)
The original too-weird-for-TV David Lynch vision about a horrific murder in a small town filled with seeeeee-crets. And the unorthodox coffee-and-pie-loving FBI agent who's possibly even stranger than the crime itself.
'My So-Called Life' (1994 - 1995)
One of the greatest "canceled too soon" shows of all time. And we love that Claire Danes (Angela Chase) and Jared Leto (everyone's crush, Jordan Catalano), are now major award winners.
'Star Trek: The Original Series' (1965 - 1969)
In 1965, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise boldly went where no one had gone before, with a diverse crew that changed TV (and nerd culture) forever. Among the best eps: "Space Seed," in which we first meet villain Khan Noonien Singh.
'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
"TNG" racked up 58 Emmy nominations, winning 17 for sound editing, visual effects, makeup, costumes and art direction. No Emmy for Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard … yet!
'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' (1993 - 1999)
DS9's Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) started off as a mere "Commander" and quickly became one of our favorite Trek captains. If you never visited Deep Space Nine (or the USS Defiant), Sisko, Odo, and Quark are still here for you.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' (2013 - Present)
Yes! We were all so relieved when NBC picked up this hilarious squad after it was canceled by Fox. As good an occasion to binge as any!
'St. Elsewhere' (1982 - 1988)
Peak '80s TV that helped launch the careers of Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon, and David Morse. Binge it and then ponder its much-discussed series finale.
'Futurama' (1999 - 2003)
This hilarious Matt Groening series never got the appreciation it deserved. It got shuffled around, killed off, revived and finally canceled for good. Now -- Good news, everybody! -- all ten seasons are available to stream.
'Archer' (2009 - Present)
This cartoon is most definitely not for kids! Archer is James Bond, if Bond were the most dimwitted fratbro around.
'South Park' (1997 -Present)
Celebrating more than 20 years(!) of Kenny killings, Mr. Hankey, and chocolate salty balls.
'The Powerpuff Girls' (1998 - 2005)
The trio of color-coordinated, big-eyed moppets was created in a laboratory by Professor Utonium, who mixed sugar, spice, everything nice, and ... Chemical X. The results were Blossom (the leader), Bubbles (the sweet one), and Buttercup (the fierce tomboy), who battle criminals, monsters, and power-mad monkeys before bedtime. Love those retro-anime visuals, its pop-culture parodies, and its sly sense of fun.
'Pinky and the Brain' (1995 - 1998)
A megalomaniacal mouse (The Brain) and his nitwitted partner (Pinky) try to take over the world every night. What could go wrong? And it's not just for kids: Film nuts will love the genius "The Third Man" episode.
'Golden Girls' (1985 - 1992)
Grab some cheesecake and binge all the best of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia.
Hollywood doesn't have the best track record when it comes to adapting Stephen King stories, but Hulu isn't a traditional studio, and "11.22.63" isn't your average King novel. James Franco stars in this limited series about a man who travels back in time to stop the JFK assassination and finds himself becoming a little too attached to the past.