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Hulu is a day-after destination for many TV obsessives, but it’s also becoming a hive for original series and more obscure shows. That said, if you’re not looking for the latest episode of a show, it can be daunting to wade through Hulu’s vaults and find the show that speaks to you.
So we’re here to guide you. Here are 15 TV shows we think are worth your time.
UnREAL’s creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro worked as a producer on The Bachelor, and the soul-deadening manipulations of the job became the foundation for this Lifetime show about the crew of a fictional dating show called Everlasting. Rachel (Shiri Appleby) is the sociopathic string-pulling producer, her boss Quinn (Constance Zimmer) the one who knows how to push her to the edge. UnREAL is a show about facades, but also the psychology women use on one another.
2) One Punch Man
What started as a Japanese webcomic has become a sleeper series. One Punch Man focuses on Saitama, an ordinary man with extraordinary strength. In fact, one punch takes out his enemies, a power he often seems indifferent to. There are different classes of heroes, and each episode, Saitama takes on a different foe. There’s also a subtle, dry sense of humor in the series: Saitama’s fights aren’t really all that epic, and the other “superheroes” are kinda assholes.
3) Angie Tribeca
Steve Carell and Nancy Walls created their version of The Naked Gun with TBS show Angie Tribeca. Rashida Jones stars as the titular character, a tough-as-nails cop whose partners keep dying. It’s a spoof of cop procedurals, down to the CSI: Miami scream in the intro, but the physical humor, sight gags, whip-fast dialogue, and in-jokes about branding elevate it to something beyond mere parody.
4) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
This show might be all about Josh, but Rachel Bloom is the real star. Bloom, who first found success on YouTube, plays Rebecca Bunch, a restless lawyer who picks up and moves to West Covina, California, to be closer to her high school ex. As the show progresses, we experience her highs and lows and grow along with her, in part through a series of musical numbers. But it also explores women’s vulnerabilities, self-doubts, and friendships.
5) The Mighty Boosh
This BBC show tells the story of Howard Moon and Vince Noir, two zookeepers whose mundane job often spits them into alternate universes and outlandish musical numbers. While talking animals and mutant creatures like Old Gregg fill out the “Zooniverse,” The Mighty Boosh is really about the friendship between odd couple Howard and Vince.
6) Nathan For You
Across three seasons, Nathan Fielder has created something more than just a “prank” show. Fielder’s fake businesses (like Dumb Starbucks) trick people and his business practices hinge on ramping up the uncomfortability factor, but with these absurd segments, Fielder isn’t lampooning business owners, but rather corporate America and thirsty brands. Even more amazing: The show’s had real-world implications.
7) Difficult People
In this Hulu original, Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner play difficult people, and they’re supported by a cast of characters who display varying degrees of difficulty. In 2015 Klausner, who created and wrote the series, told the Daily Dot, “I wanted to put on television a female and a gay male lead who were not supportive, chipper sidekicks.” She certainly succeeded, creating a show that is as much about celebrity worship as it is friendship.
8) That Mitchell and Webb Look
David Mitchell and Robert Webb are the perfect sketch-comedy duo. Their personalities are complementary in a very British way, much like Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and this long-running BBC series showcases their knack for satirizing corporations, TV, and religion. Also on Hulu and worth watching—their fantastic first-person POV comedy series, Peep Show.
Before Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright collaborated on Spaced, a Channel 4 show about two Londoners (Pegg and Jessica Stevenson) who pose as a couple to snag an apartment. That guise is a channel into explorations of geek and pop culture, which would make their way into many Wright projects to come. It also managed to make paintball funny. This is the anti-Friends.
10) Twin Peaks
With Showtime’s revival of the show looming, now is as good a time as any to revisit the David Lynch and Mark Frost-created show, or jump into the fire for the first time. When Twin Peaks debuted on ABC in 1990, it quickly developed a fanbase enthralled by dream worlds, red rooms, murder, and owls that were not what they seemed. Though ratings couldn’t save it, Twin Peaks challenged what a TV drama could be, and insured that 25 years after it went off the air, fans are still obsessed.
11) Night Gallery
After The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling hosted this anthology series, in which he introduces tales of the bizarre in front of creepy paintings in his “night gallery.” The show was heavier on horror than The Twilight Zone, and featured appearances from Joan Crawford and Phyllis Diller, as well as the TV directorial debut of some guy named Steven Spielberg.
12) Broad City
Since transitioning from a webseries to Comedy Central show in 2014, Abbi and Ilana have won our hearts and blunted minds. While the show is about the struggle to make it in New York City, the focus is really on Abbi and Ilana’s friendship, which often borders on romantic (at least in Ilana’s eyes). It also introduced “pegging” and “pussy weed” into the hive mind.
13) The State
If you enjoyed Wet Hot American Summer (or its Netflix spinoff) or Reno 911, you have members of the State to thank. The improv group’s celebrated and influential MTV show, which aired from 1993 to 1995, introduced the world to absurd premises and characters like Doug and Barry and Levon. The show did not get very good reviews upon its debut, which further secured its legacy. Hey, remember when Jon Stewart had a show on MTV, and the State trashed the set?
14) You’re the Worst
There are countless shows trying to mine the modern relationship for storylines, but Stephen Falk’s You’re the Worst goes beyond the tired will they/won’t they. The show’s main protagonists, Gretchen and Jimmy, aren’t necessarily a couple you’re rooting for: They’re both relationship-phobic and self-absorbed. But once their fears and neuroses are stripped away, something genuine emerges, and the show, in season 2 especially, paints issues like depression with true colors.
15) Coming to the Stage
Comedy Dynamics’ original series puts a spotlight on emerging comedians, so you don’t have to scroll through a bunch of standup specials to find your new favorite.
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