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Best Hulu Shows and Original Series to Watch (September 2022)

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It can be tough to keep an account of everything running on a multitude of platforms these days: from traditional broadcast and cable to premium networks to a multitude of streaming options, knowing where to find the best TV and movies can be a nearly impossible task.

But we are here to help! For those who are already subscribed to Hulu (or who are thinking about it), we've compiled a list of our favorite series available, from new classics to old favorites, and everything in between. We'll also be updating the list as the library changes, or new original series debut that make their case for being some of TV's best.

Editor's note: This article was last updated on September 30th to include Reasonable Doubt.

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Under the Banner of Heaven

Created by: Dustin Lance Black (based on the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer)

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Denise Gough

It takes a lot to make a true-crime series memorable these days, but this FX latest (which is dropping exclusively on Hulu, just to make it a little more confusing) is one that delves into the intricacies of religion and humanity in a way that makes it a can't-miss. Andrew Garfield continues his reign over the last year or two on our screens in a leading role as Mormon detective Jeb Pyre, who finds his beliefs challenged firsthand when he's tasked with investigating the murder of a mother (Edgar-Jones) and child — and the case might be more entangled within the Church of Latter-Day Saints than anyone could have predicted. The Lafferty family has a reputation within the Mormon community, compared to celebrities of a sort, but it turns out they may be hiding a darker side — and rising tensions between the members have clearly led to a terminal breaking point. - Carly Lane

Reasonable Doubt

Created by: Raamla Mohamed

Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, Christopher Cassarino, Brooke Lyons, Michael Ealy

If you’re looking for a sharp, soapy legal show like Scandal, look no further than Reasonable Doubt. Kerry Washington herself even executive produces the series and directed the pilot episode. The show centers around Jax (Emayatzy Corinealdi), an LA defense attorney and partner at one of the city’s top firms. Jax’s life is complicated, to say the least, as she often finds herself having to defend clients with morals she doesn’t necessarily agree with. In addition, her home life is a bit of a mess, too, as she and her husband are on a trial separation – and she starts developing feelings for the overnight security guarding her house. Sexy and smart, Reasonable Doubt is a great new watch. – Taylor Gates

Reboot

Created by: Steven Levitan

Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy

From Fuller House to Saved by the Bell, rebooting beloved sitcoms is all the rage, and Reboot offers a fictional look into this craze. The show centers around a writer named Hannah (Rachel Bloom), who has the idea to bring back her favorite 2000s family sitcom and give it depth and an edge that didn’t exist back in the day. The good news: all the actors from the original run are available. The bad news: they’re all a bit of a mess. From decades-old on-set drama being stirred up again to the clashing of old-school meets new-school mentalities, Reboot is rich with chaotic – and hilarious – situations. With an intriguing premise, sharp writing, and a stellar cast, Reboot is refreshing comedy gold. – Taylor Gates

Wedding Season

Created by: Oliver Lyttelton

Cast: Rosa Salazar, Gavin Drea, Jade Harrison, Jamie Michie

Part action-thriller, part romantic-comedy, Wedding Season is an eclectic show that somehow pulls off its hodgepodge of genres. The series centers around a man named Stefan (Gavin Drea), who has been having an affair with a woman named Katie (Rosa Salazar) at various weddings throughout the summer. During Katie’s own wedding to a man named Hugo (George Webster), Stefan objects but is rejected. Things take a turn when, hours later, Stefan is arrested and learns that all of Katie’s in-laws have been poisoned, and she’s nowhere to be seen. Seeking the truth, Stefan starts on a journey to find her. – Taylor Gates

Tell Me Lies

Created by: Meaghan Oppenheimer

Cast: Grace Van Patten, Jackson White, Catherine Missal, Spencer House

Based on the novel by Carola Lovering and created by Meaghan Oppenheimer (who’s also the mind behind the criminally short-lived and underrated Queen America), Tell Me Lies offers an authentic look at a toxic relationship – almost uncomfortably authentic at times. The show centers around young couple Lucy (Grace Van Patten) and Stephen (Jackson White) and their nearly decade-long relationship – one that starts in 2007 at Baird College. As sinister as it is steamy and soapy, Tell Me Lies offers its audience a story that’s shockingly unique and intensely relatable, with grounded writing and nuanced performances that set it apart. – Taylor Gates

The Patient

Creators: Joel Fields, Joseph Weisberg

Cast: Steve Carell, Domhnall Gleeson, Andrew Leeds

Steve Carell stars in The Patient, a thrilling mystery about a psychotherapist (Carell) who is held hostage by a serial killer (Domhnall Gleeson) who hopes to control his anger and homicidal tendencies. The dark series allows Carell to continue his recent departure from comedic roles, providing him with a rich and complex character to inhabit. Creators Joel Fields and Joseph Weisberg bring their experience with suspenseful dramas like The Americans to the forefront, as The Patient balances in-depth conversations about humanity with graphic, vicious visuals as Gleeson’s character struggles with his own impulses. – Yael Tygiel

The Accident

Creator: Jack Thorne

Cast: Sarah Lancashire, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joanna Scanlan, Mark Lewis Jones

The Accident is a four-part limited series about a devastating tragedy in a Welsh community where a group of children is killed in a construction site collapse. Starring Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld), and Mark Lewis Jones (Outlander), The Accident follows the people of Glyngolau, a small town in financial ruin after the closing of its coal mine and steel mill. Sparked by the horrific incident, the townsfolk seek truth and justice in an unrelenting search that forces them to confront harsh realities. – Yael Tygiel

Everything’s Trash

Creator: Phoebe Robinson

Cast: Phoebe Robinson, Jordan Carlos, Toccarra Cash

Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens) created and stars in the hit comedy Everything’s Trash, about a podcaster who must pull her messy life together as the political career of her brother, played by Jordan Carlos (First Wives Club), begins to blossom. While these particular circumstances might be unique, the themes of growing up are universal. Joining Robinson on this journey are her friends and colleagues, played by Toccarra Cash, Nneka Okafor (God Friended Me), and Moses Storm. Everything’s Trash leans into the millennial experience, bringing to light a slew of issues that matter to young modern women. – Yael Tygiel

Little Fires Everywhere

Created by: Liz Tigelaar

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Joshua Jackson, Rosemarie DeWitt

Based on the novel by Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere offers a highly entertaining plot and compelling cast of characters while raising complex questions about race, privilege, and motherhood. The show stars Reese Witherspoon as a wealthy journalist named Elena Richardson and Kerry Washington (who was nominated for an Emmy for her performance) as Mia Warren, an artist and waitress who rents a home from the Richardsons. Their lives and the lives of their children quickly become entangled – for better and for worse – leading to shocking revelations and countless twists and turns. If you’re a fan of Big Little Lies, you’re sure to enjoy this limited series, too. – Taylor Gates

The Americans

Creator: Joseph Weisberg

Cast: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati

The Americans is a dramatic spy thriller that enchanted audiences on FX for six seasons of immense suspense. With Matthew Rhys (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Felicity alum Keri Russell in the alluring roles of Russian spies infiltrating America during the Cold War, The Americans explored a historic time in which fears and anxiety were amplified by political strife. Balancing the tension of a spy mystery with dark politics, The Americans is a mesmerizing series from creator Joseph Weisberg, who previously wrote on the legal drama, Damages. – Yael Tygiel

The Old Man

Created by: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine

Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, E. J. Bonilla

Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, The Old Man is a sublime drama-thriller. The show centers around Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges), a CIA op who has been laying low in upstate New York for the past three decades. After an intruder breaks into his home, he is forced to go on the run and go back to the spy life he left behind – all while FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper (John Lithgow) tries to bring him in. Rooted by two powerhouse performances, The Old Man is a bold and action-packed time. – Taylor Gates

The Act

Created by: Nick Antosca, Michelle Dean

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, AnnaSophia Robb

Based on the stranger-than-fiction true crime case revolving around Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard, The Act stars Patricia Arquette and Joey King playing mother and daughter. The series shows Dee Dee, who has Munchausen syndrome by proxy, fabricating illnesses and disabilities for Gypsy Rose. As her mother grows more controlling, Gypsy Rose grows more desperate for independence and, after learning the truth, eventually murders her to be free. Arquette won a Supporting Actress Emmy for her portrayal, and King was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress. – Taylor Gates

Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons

Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer

There’s something fascinating about watching the demise of once untouchable brands. From the WeWork documentary (and fictionalized show WeCrashed on AppleTV+) to the numerous Elizabeth Holmes explorations to White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, observing how businesses can go from dominating the landscape to having their reputation ruined seemingly overnight is riveting. Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons is a docuseries that showcases how the lingerie brand became a phenomenon and then lost it all due to out-of-touch statements as well as ties to the disgraced Jeffrey Epstein. It’s a compelling look at the ugliness behind the beauty the brand is known for. – Taylor Gates

Maggie

Creators: Maggie Mull, Justin Adler

Cast: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Nichole Sakura, David Del Rio, Leonardo Nam

Maggie is a sitcom about a psychic woman who can see people’s futures. Sound like a cool ability? Well, it quickly becomes apparent that sometimes this gift is actually more of a curse, as Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) discovers some unsettling things about her friends and their relationships. Maggie has also consistently had bad luck in her own romantic life, but when she meets Ben (David Del Rio), she’s determined not to give up on love entirely – despite all its complications. Fans of shows like How I Met Your Mother are sure to enjoy this fun, quippy comedy. – Taylor Gates

The Bear

Created by: Christopher Storer

Cast: Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce

The Bear is one of the best new dramedies of the year. The show follows Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a James Beard Award-winning chef who moves back home to Chicago to run his family’s restaurant after his brother commits suicide. While there, Carmy is torn between his high-end cooking aspirations and the love he has for his family’s traditions. The series absolutely nails both the culture of The Windy City as well as what it’s really like to work in a restaurant, making it an excellent watch. – Taylor Gates

American Horror Stories

Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk

Cast: Matt Bomer, Gavin Creel, Sierra McCormick, Kaia Gerber, Paris Jackson, Aaron Tveit, Merrin Dungey, Celia Finkelstein, Ashley Martin Carter, Valerie Loo, Selena Sloan and Belissa Escobedo

A spinoff of the extremely popular American Horror Story series, American Horror Stories is another anthology series that tells a new story every episode instead of in season-long arcs. From killer mall Santas to video games based on Murder House, fans of spooks and scares are sure to delight in the signature blend of genuine fear and biting satire Ryan Murphy has come to be known for. - Taylor Gates

Love, Victor

Created by: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger

Cast: Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel, Bebe Wood, Mason Gooding, George Sear, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, James Martinez, Ana Ortiz, Anthony Keyvan, Ava Capri

Inspired by (and set in the same world as) the hit 2018 film Love, Simon, Love, Victor is a heartwarming teen dramedy that centers around Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino), who struggles with his identity and moving to a new city. Throughout the series, Victor has ups and down in all his relationships: with his family, friends, love interests, and even himself. However, the tone is always hopeful – a refreshing change for an LGBTQ+ series. - Taylor Gates

The Orville

Created by: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes

The Orville is a sci-fi show like no other. Offering a great balance of drama and comedy, the show both satirizes and pays homage to the genre. The series revolves around the crew of a spaceship as they explore various planets and parts of the galaxy. Main characters include Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane), the ship’s commanding officer, and his ex-wife and the ship’s first officer, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki). Talk about some out-of-this-world complicated dynamics. - Taylor Gates

Candy

Created by: Nick Antosca, Robin Veith

Cast: Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey, Pablo Schreiber, Timothy Simons, Raúl Esparza

Fans of true crime, meet your new obsession. Candy is a five-episode miniseries chock-full of mystery, 1980s Texas aesthetic, and shocking twists. Starring an unrecognizable Jessica Biel in the titular role, this show delves into the real-life murder of Betty Gore (played by Yellowjackets standout Melaine Lynskey) – the woman who was supposed to be Candy’s best friend. It’s one of those stories that proves truth is stranger than fiction. Candy will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. - Taylor Gates

Conversations with Friends

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson, Leanne Welham

Written by: Alice Birch, Mark O'Halloran, Meadhbh McHugh, Susan Soon He Stanton

Cast: Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke

Based on the novel by Sally Rooney, the author behind the hit Normal People, Conversations with Friends is another nuanced tale of young love and connection. The show centers around two college students, Frances (Alison Oliver) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane), as they forge a surprising dynamic with an older married couple, Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and Nick (Joe Alwyn). Offering a refreshingly honest look at desire, jealousy, and chemistry, it’s a moody character study that’s unflinchingly real and at times deeply relatable. - Taylor Gates

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