The Handmaid's Tale/HULU

It’s slim pickings.

If you want to watch Hulu in 4K, we have good news and bad news. On the plus side, Hulu 4K is available on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S. The problem is that those are the only two ways you can stream Hulu in 4K, and there’s not to watch, either. 

Hulu first announced the addition of 4K content to the service in late 2016, launching with some Hulu originals and 20 James Bond movies. But Hulu’s lack of progress on 4K in the intervening years has been disappointing, to say the least. It’s still only available on two gaming consoles, and its lost the rights to James Bond library in Ultra HD 4K

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Unfortunately, there are only eight programs available in 4K on Hulu at the moment. That’s not even Hulu’s entire original catalog. The omission of series like Future Man and Difficult People is glaring. Regardless, there’s enough on Hulu in 4K to get you started, but I wouldn’t binge too quickly. There’s no telling when Hulu will add more content. 

Hulu 4K TV shows

1) The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 is the new fiction, written without Margaret Atwood’s book as its foundation. It takes viewers out of Gilead, instead revolving around Offred taking back her real name, June, and attempting to escape with the help of Nick. While the first two episodes are a little too enthusiastic in their depiction of women being tortured or punished, the gratuity eases up after that, and the season comes into focus more when it starts exploring the journeys of other female characters. Ultimately, season 2 retains some of the previous season’s tone, while narrowly avoiding becoming a parody of itself. —Audra Schroeder  

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2) The Path

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul returned to series television with this twisty thriller about a life inside a fictional cult known as Meyerism. Paul plays Eddie Lane, a Meyerist who’s now questioning his faith. That puts him at odds with both his wife (Michelle Monaghan) and the charismatic leader of the group, Calvin Roberts (Hugh Dancy). When we last left the Meyerist Movement, followers of “the Light,” climbers of “the Ladder” (the show manages to use a lot of other metaphors which aren’t “the path”), they were being split down the middle. A power struggle between prodigal son Lane and Roberts was brewing. Finally, in the third and final season of The Path, power struggle comes to the forefront, but not without taking some unexpected turns along the way. —Chris Osterndorf

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3) Casual

Fans of FX and Showtime’s dark ensemble comedies should make time for Casual. After a nasty divorce, Valerie and her teenage daughter Laura move in with her wealthy younger brother, Alex. Telling small stories based around the trio’s disastrous dating lives, Casual is notable for its vulnerability and brutal humor. Wading into the pain of divorce, business stress, and sharing space with your family, Casual churns uncomfortable conversations into brilliant comedy.  

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4) Chance

Born from the pages of Kem Nunn’s novel, Chance is a dark take on the brilliant crime-fighting psychiatrist genre. Hugh Laurie stars as a San Francisco forensic neuropsychiatrist who finds himself exploring unconventional and often-violent solutions to his patients’ cases. Struggling with his mental health, along with a nasty divorce, Dr. Chance gets dragged into a bleak world where secrets can have deadly consequences. Hulu, unfortunately, canceled Chance after two seasons, but the 20 episodes available are incredible.

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5) Shut Eye

WorkiFormer magician Charlie Haverford lives a comfortable if unremarkable life running a chain of fortune-telling front businesses. Then he takes a blow to the head, igniting a series of visions that seem all too real. Shut Eye is a fun take on the familiar story of a con trying to escape a life of crime. Focusing on the Romani mob avoids mafia clichés while adding a sense of depth to the possible supernatural elements wafting over the show. There are only two seasons, so if you binge watch, remember to pace yourself.

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6) 11.22.63

James Franco stars in this mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s epic time-travel novel about a man trying to stop the assassination of JFK. Using a portal in the back of a diner, English teacher Jake Epping travels from 2011 to Sept. 9, 1958. With roughly five years to plan how to stop the murder, Epping slips into society, unaware the Lee Harvey Oswald might be the least of his worries. Converting an 849-page book into eight episodes is no easy task, but the crew behind this production squeeze in almost every significant moment fans long for. Remarkably recreating the period while providing chilling thrills, 11.22.63 is a masterful King adaptation.

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Hulu 4K movies 

1) Becoming Bond

Putting an unknown face in front of a massive blockbuster franchise would be unthinkable these days, but 1968 was a different time. Following the exit of Sean Connery from the role of James Bond, producers wanted a fresh face, ultimately picking model/mechanic George Lazenby after seeing him in a candy ad. Becoming Bond recounts the unlikely story of Lazenby’s journey to become 007 and the incredible reason he left the role behind. Thankfully, this smart documentary also boasts historical reenactments featuring Jeff Garlin, Jane Seymour, and Dana Carvey.

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2) Batman & Bill

In Batman and Bill, author Marc Tyler Nobleman details his years-long quest to get Batman co-creator Bill Finger the credit he deserves. Most people don’t even know Finger’s name, but any element that comes to mind when you think of Batman, there’s a good chance Finger had a hand in it. Like a Batman comic, the documentary has secret identities, mysteries, injustices demanding to be brought into the light, and even a conniving villain determined to steamroll the meek for his own personal gain. —Eddie Strait

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adapter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also find him talking about religion each week on the Who’s Your God podcast and performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.

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