Although Hulu started out as a repository for television programs from other networks, it has grown into a major outlet for original content. Here are 1
Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22 is compact and fragmented, the kind of book that resists attempts to adapt it to the screen. But the six episodes Catch-22 miniseries depicts Heller’s dark comedy about World War II remarkably well. Produced by George Clooney (who also plays a minor role), Catch-22 Christopher Abbott stars as a US Air Force bombardier desperately trying to finish his duty abroad, but becomes entangled in the titular bureaucratic paradox.
The United States
Sci-fi filmmaker Alex Garland (Ex Machina Destruction) conveys its refined visual style and storytelling The United States, an eight-episode miniseries produced under the FX on Hulu brand. Nick Offerman stars as the deceptively affable head of a global technology company developing a mysterious new technology that could change and / or end the world. Sonoya Mizuno plays a corporate employee who unravels the mystery while simultaneously unraveling her own life.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale may have seemed too esoteric and philosophical to turn into a poignant TV series. But creator Bruce Miller takes Atwood’s concept of a repressive future society in which women’s reproductive abilities are a precious commodity and turns it into an intense sci-fi epic. Elisabeth Moss is fascinating as the main character who becomes an unlikely freedom fighter.
Love, Victor is a spin-off of the teen romantic comedy Love, Simon, which takes place in the same high school with a new set of characters. Like Simon in the feature, teenage Victor (Michael Cimino) struggles to accept his identity as a gay man, even though he’s surrounded by supportive friends in an inclusive environment. Victor’s working-class Catholic Latinx family contrasts with Simon’s prosperous white upbringing and adds an extra dimension to the coming-of-age story.
In The bisexual, creator and star Desiree Akhavan discusses themes from her debut film Appropriate behavior, starring again as a character loosely based on herself. Akhavan’s Leila begins to explore bisexuality after the end of her long-term lesbian relationship in a reversal of the typical journey in LGBTQ stories. That unexpected shift offers Akhavan plenty of opportunities for comedy, along with exploring deeper ideas about identity and community.
Comedian Ramy Youssef gives a new perspective to the familiar format of the half-hour drama, inspired by the life of its creator. Framework is a low-key series about an aimless guy in his late twenties who is looking for direction in his life, but it is also a clever and sensitive exploration of race and religion. As the first-generation son of Egyptian immigrants in New Jersey, the title character balances his origins and Muslim religion with his American ambitions and values.
An underrated production of the now-defunct Marvel TV, Runaways puts one of Marvel Comics’ lesser-known superhero teams in the spotlight. The title characters are the teenage children of a secret group of villains, and they only strike when they discover their parents’ nefarious true intentions. It’s a blend of sci-fi action and coming-of-age drama, as the Runaways work to defeat evil while controlling the dangers of adolescence.
From Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, Solar opposites has a similar tone to that wildly popular animated sci-fi comedy, although it’s not quite as dark or philosophical. The main characters of this animated series are a group of aliens stranded on Earth, forming a kind of makeshift family trying to understand human culture while working on a plan to destroy all of humanity. It’s an unexpectedly hilarious look at the possible destruction of civilization.
In 2014, Veronica Mars became one of the first examples of a TV series to be brought back thanks to fan demand when the show’s creators crowdfunded a feature film. In 2019 Veronica Mars returned, this time for a late fourth season on Hulu, bringing Kristen Bell back as the title character. Former teenage detective Veronica is an adult, but she is still investigating murder and corruption in her hometown of Neptune, California. The revival captures the sardonic tone of the original series as it updates for the streaming era.
Cartoonist Keith Knight adapted his own long-running comics to co-create Woke upLamorne Morris plays Keith, a black San Francisco cartoonist who wakes up rude about race relations in America and tries to respond through his art. It’s a fun, playful take on important issues (sometimes through talking inanimate objects). It is also a personal story about a young artist who tries to find his voice and place in the world alongside his equally aimless friends.