Hulu's 35 notable original TV shows, ranked from worst to best by critics

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  • Hulu has bolstered its slate of original TV shows in recent years with critically acclaimed comedies like "Shrill," "Pen15," and "Ramy."
  • It's also the streaming home of FX programming, including exclusive originals like "Devs" and "Mrs. America."
  • We ranked 35 notable Hulu originals by their Rotten Tomatoes critic scores, from "The Handmaid's Tale" to "The Act."
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Since "The Handmaid's Tale" won the Emmy for best drama series in 2017, Hulu has continued to put out quality original TV shows.

It's bolstered its slate of comedies in recent years with women-led shows like "Shrill" and "Pen15," which have also been hits with critics.

Now the Disney-owned streamer — which has 30.7 million subscribers as of February — is the streaming home of FX programming, including FX shows that are exclusively streaming in an initiative called "FX on Hulu." They so far include the sci-fi series "Devs" and the the Cate Blanchett-starring "Mrs. America." The former premiered last week and is already one of Hulu's most critically acclaimed shows. 

To give you a full picture of how Hulu shows stack up against each other, we turned to Rotten Tomatoes and ranked every notable Hulu original by their critic scores. We excluded documentaries, unscripted series, and Hulu originals that had fewer than four critic reviews. We broke any ties with Rotten Tomatoes audience scores. 

John Lynch and Nathan McAlone contributed to a previous version of this post.

Below are 35 Hulu original TV shows, ranked by critic scores:

SEE ALSO: 103 of Netflix's notable original TV shows, ranked from worst to best

35. "Shut Eye" — 37%

Critics score: 37

Audience score: 88

Hulu description: "Shut Eye takes a darkly comedic look at the world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Former magician Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan) oversees a number of fortune telling parlors on behalf of his violent and domineering Romani kingpin boss, until a blow to the head jars him into a new mindset, making him question everything he has ever believed."

Status: Ended (2 seasons)

What critics said (Season 2): "Shut Eye is a complex web that juggles various side acts that often detract from the main through line of the show." -Entertainment Weekly

34. "Four Weddings and a Funeral" — 42%

Critics score: 42

Audience score: 82

Hulu description: "Maya, the young communications director for a New York senatorial campaign, receives a wedding invitation from her college schoolmate now living in London. She leaves her professional and personal life behind, in favor of traveling to England and reconnecting with old friends and ends up in the midst of their personal crises. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings … and a funeral."

Status: Limited series

What critics said (Season 1): "Some of the pieces are there, but the satisfaction of seeing them click into place is missing. Characters meant to seem charming seem creepy, and decisions meant to seem whimsical seem destructive." — NPR

33. "Reprisal" — 47%

Critics score: 47

Audience score: 96

Hulu description: "From the producers of The Handmaid's Tale and Fargo comes a story that follows a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, sets out to take revenge against her brother and his bombastic gang of gear-heads."

Status: Pending renewal (1 season)

What critics said (Season 1): "'Reprisal' isn't really noir, though. It doesn't have the style or the romance or the fatalism. It's an example - fairly diverting, but never entirely satisfying - of another currently popular television genre: the fairy tale of aggrieved American manhood." — New York Times

32. "Hard Sun" — 48%

Critics score: 48

Audience score: 75

Hulu description: "Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn play detectives Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.  Charlie Hicks (Sturgess) is a family man and a great, committed officer.  He's also profoundly corrupt.  Elaine Renko (Deyn) is a difficult and damaged, but utterly incorruptible officer.  Thus, the two cops stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum and also seriously distrust one other – and for good reason.  But they must somehow learn to work together if they're going to survive until the end of the world."

Status: Ended (1 season)

What critics said: "To make up for the lack of substance, the cast is asked to overact." -Indiewire

31. "Light as a Feather" — 50%

Critics score: 50

Audience score: 81

Hulu description: "An innocent game of 'Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board' goes wrong when the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they're being targeted - and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own."

Status: Pending renewal (2 seasons)

What critics said: "Separating itself from Hereditary, A Quiet Place, or even Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House, the series is a temporary guest that can be a little dramatic-but only sometimes." -Cosmopolitan

30. "Dollface" — 56%

Critics score: 56

Audience score: 72

Hulu description: "Kat Dennings stars as a young woman who, after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, must deal with her own imagination when she literally and metaphorically re-enters the world of women, in order to rekindle the female friendships she left behind. Also starring Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, and Esther Povitsky."

Status: Renewed (1 season)

What critics said (Season 1): "This is a great cast of women, trapped in a series made by a bunch of obviously talented people who will almost certainly go on to make smart, funny, daring, bold things. This isn't one of them." — Roger

29. "The First" — 66%

Critics score: 66

Audience score: 78

Hulu description: "Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "The First needs to up its game or it's headed for the black hole of oblivion." -Metro

28. "Into the Dark" — 74%

Critics score: 74

Audience score: 63

Hulu description: "From Blumhouse Television, Into the Dark is a horror series of 12 super-sized episodes, with a new installment released each month."

Status: Pending renewal (2 seasons)

What critics said: "If only this horror anthology was more, well, horrifying. As is, Into the Dark is more chill than chilling." -Los Angeles Times

27. "Chance" — 75%

Critics score: 75

Audience score: 89

Hulu description: "Based on Kem Nunn's novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness."

Status: Ended (2 seasons)

What critics said (Season 1): "Chance wants to be a kind of seedy California noir, complete with femme fatale but is personality-less instead." -Slate

26. "Little Fires Everywhere" — 77%

Critics score: 77

Audience score: 65

Hulu description: "Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, the story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "Even when Little Fires isn't at its best, it's hard to tear your eyes away from its leads." — Observer

25. "The Path" — 77%

Critics score: 77

Audience score: 81

Hulu description: "The Path follows a family at the center of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith and power. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the gravitational pull of belief and what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. The series blends elements of mystery-thriller, romance and the supernatural."

Status: Ended (3 seasons)

What critics said (Season 3): "Those who have kept on The Path are in for fun surprises and wild action." -The Daily Dot


24. "Devs" — 79%

Critics score: 79

Audience score: 73

Hulu description: "In Devs, an FX limited series, a young software engineer, Lily Chan, investigates the secret development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in Silicon Valley, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "'Devs' is a cerebral pleasure that gets very philosophical and presses its brainy atmosphere with lots of ponderous soundtrack music and deadpan acting." — Boston Globe

23. "Dimension 404" — 80%

Critics score: 80

Audience score: 64

Hulu description: "In the darkest depths of cyberspace, there is another world. A lost dimension, home to wonders unseen, terrors unspeakable, and stories unlike any ever told. Dimension 404 is a science fiction anthology that explores the wonders - and terrors - of our digital age."

Status: Ended (1 season)

What critics said: "Again, the visual effects are remarkable, but there's little else to be entranced by." -The Atlantic

22. "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" — 81%

Critics score: 81

Audience score: 93

Hulu description: "Wu-Tang: An American Saga is inspired by 'The Wu-Tang Manual' and 'Tao of Wu', and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early '90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories."

Status: Renewed (1 season)

What critics said (Season 1): "The series undeniably feels most alive when the musical elements are made central ... and the coming-of-age crime drama takes a back seat." — Indiewire

21. "11.22.63" — 83%

Critics score: 83

Audience score: 88

Hulu description: "Imagine having the power to change history. Would you journey down the 'rabbit hole?' This eight –part event series follows Jake Epping (James Franco), an ordinary high school teacher, presented with the unthinkable mission of traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "The eight-part miniseries, which begins streaming Monday, immaculately recreates the era - but it's also, at its beating heart, an exquisite romance about sacrifice and the perils of optimism." -

20. "Catch-22" — 84%

Critics score: 84

Audience score: 81

Hulu description: "Based on the acclaimed Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy in World War II. Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is "to come down alive". His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse because Colonel Cathcart keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22, a military by-law which states that if you fly your missions, you're crazy, and don't have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you ask not to, then you're sane, and so you have to fly them."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "There are good reasons to visit this project, but the big-name actors are, interestingly, not really among them. The lesser-known actors are, in many cases, stronger." -NPR

19. "High Fidelity" — 85%

Critics score: 85

Audience score: 82

Hulu description: "A record store owner revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while trying to get over her one true love."

Status: Pending renewal (1 season)

What critics said (Season 1): "Successfully reflects modern dating in terms of the evolution of courtship and commitment ... In other words, it's a worthwhile remix." — The Atlantic

18. "The Hotwives of Orlando" — 85%

Critics score: 85

Audience score: 100

Hulu description: "A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, 'The Hotwives of Orlando,' takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin' large in Central Florida's sexiest city, Orlando."

Status: Ended (1 season)

What critics said: "The series is amusing enough to qualify as a good summer diversion-if not exactly must-see TV." -Entertainment Weekly

17. "The Mindy Project" — 86%

Critics score: 86

Audience score: 82

Hulu description: "A single-camera comedy, starring Mindy Kaling, that follows a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending."

Status: Ended (6 seasons)

What critics said (Season 6): "The Mindy Project was messy, but when it worked, boy was it fun." -Uproxx

16. "Shrill" — 87%

Critics score: 87

Audience score: 66

Hulu description: "From Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks comes Shrill, a comedy series starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss."

Status: Renewed (2 seasons)

What critics said (season 1): "Bryant, who even when she's playing self-obsessed-becoming a self-actualized human being may require a wee bit of egomania-is extremely appealing." -Slate

15. "Marvel's Runaways" — 87%

Critics score: 87

Audience score: 85

Hulu description: "Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? Marvel's Runaways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents."

Status: Ended (3 seasons)

What critics said (Season 1): "The superpowers-as-coming-of-age-story works so well, and why Marvel's Runaways has so much promise despite a slow start." -Observer

14. "The Looming Tower" — 88%

Critics score: 88

Audience score: 65

Hulu description: "Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal - trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "It's like watching Tom and Jerry play a testosterone-fueled game of cat and mouse while a venomous snake quietly slithers past them in a suicide vest." -Boston Globe

13. "The Handmaid's Tale" — 88%

Critics score: 88

Audience score: 77

Hulu description: "Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized 'return to traditional values.' As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world."

Status: Renewed (3 seasons)

What critics said (Season 2): "The Handmaid's Tale is powerful and propulsive. After the first three episodes, when the horrors become more predictable, it's even pretty watchable." -Slate

12. "Castle Rock" — 88%

Critics score: 88

Audience score: 80

Hulu description: "A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories."

Status: Pending renewal (2 seasons)

What critics said (season 1): "For a purposely misleading series that prided itself on all its enigmas, Castle Rock answered its major questions in unexpected and impressive ways, while once again tying itself to the greater King universe." -Observer

11. "The Act" — 89%

Critics score: 89

Audience score: 92

Hulu description: "The Act is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. Season One follows Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora's box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder."

Status: Pending renewal (1 season)

What critics said: "This is body horror by way of Walt Disney, a ghoulish fantasia of princess gowns, stuffed animals, prescription drugs, and physical harm." -The Atlantic

10. "The Bisexual" — 90%

Critics score: 90

Audience score: 47

Hulu description: "After splitting with her long-term girlfriend, Leila is forced to move in with stranger and has-been novelist Gabe. Their worlds collide in deeply awkward and revealing ways as he becomes her unlikely wingman, helping her to navigate her new life dating men as well as women."

Status: Pending renewal (1 season)

What critics said: "The Bisexual's secret weapon is its willingness to be moving. You laugh like a drain, but you care." -Daily Telegraph

9. "Future Man" — 91%

Critics score: 91

Audience score: 83

Hulu description: "Future Man stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) as 'Josh Futturman,' a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity."

Status: Ended (3 seasons)

What critics said (Season 1): "Everything feels meticulously, lovingly plotted by the show's creators, but as it's happening it leads to numerous surprises and big laughs. Future Man is what happens when giddy, geeky and inspired storytelling is allowed to go full throttle."

8. "Casual" — 92%

Critics score: 92

Audience score: 90

Hulu description: "From the Academy Award Nominated Director of 'Up in the Air' and 'Juno' comes Casual, a new comedy series about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter."

Status: Ended (4 seasons)

What critics said (Season 4): "It's about love, not hate, so while certain critics may feel the need to lash out in anger at a thing of beauty pulled from us too soon, these four seasons provide a lifetime of moments to treasure." -Indiewire

7. "Looking for Alaska" — 92%

Critics score: 92

Audience score: 93

Hulu description: "Teenager Miles enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life; after an unexpected tragedy, Miles and his friends try to make sense of what they have been through."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "Looking For Alaska takes huge advantage of the chance to flesh out its ensemble." — AV Club

6. "Pen15" — 93%

Critics score: 93

Audience score: 87

Hulu description: "PEN15 is middle school as it really happened. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen."

Status: Renewed (1 season)

What critics said: "It'll sneak up on you, this gem." -NPR

5. "The Wrong Mans" — 95%

Critics score: 95

Audience score: 90

Hulu description: "Lowly office workers Sam (Matthew Baynton) and Phil (James Corden) have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. From being dragged into a deadly criminal conspiracy after answering someone else's phone to being thrown into witness protection in Texas, 'The Wrong Mans' is chock-full of plot twists and bold new enemies at every turn."

Status: Ended (2 seasons)

What critics said (Season 2): "It's a slapstick version of Mission Impossible, and nobody but [James] Corden could pull it off." -Daily Mail

4. "Mrs. America" — 95%

Critics score: 95

Audience score: 91

Hulu description: "Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka 'the sweetheart of the silent majority.' Through the eyes of the women of the era – both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus – the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape."

Status: Limited series

What critics said: "Blanchett is transformative and chilling here as the perfectly composed picture of domesticity and traditional values, a pied piper in coral lipstick who pitted red- and blue-state women against each other." — Los Angeles Times

3. "Difficult People" — 96%

Critics score: 96

Audience score: 85

Hulu description: "Difficult People hails from Julie Klausner who stars alongside Emmy-nominated Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner. As best friends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations."

Status: Ended (3 seasons)

What critics said (Season 3): "It's big, existential stuff, pushing Klausner and Eichner towards their most nuanced performances yet." -Indiewire


2. "Ramy" — 97%

Critics score: 97

Audience score: 83

Hulu description: "Ramy is a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. RAMY will bring a new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it's like being caught between a Muslim community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences."

Status: Renewed (1 season)

What critics said: "The writing is rich and layered, the references are topical...and 'Ramy' explores topics and themes that feel quietly revolutionary." -Detroit News

1. "Harlots" — 97%

Critics score: 97

Audience score: 91

Hulu description: "Margaret Wells struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte and Lucy. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley, a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back even if it means losing her family and possibly her life."

Status: Pending renewal (3 seasons)

What critics said (Season 2): "It's a show that treats sex and gender dynamics with matter-of-fact horror and humor that feels honest but not solemn." -The Ringer

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