Best to Watch on Hulu

Best to Watch on Hulu

Last month, Hulu scored its first certified breakout hit with “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, starring Elisabeth Moss.

But that’s not the only hit Hulu has had recently. “Harlots,” Hulu’s edgy historical drama about an 18th century brothel owner, is sitting at a 97% on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Though Hulu has been making original shows for a few years, these are its two top-rated shows by critics — and they came out less than a month apart.

Hulu, whose main value has been “next-day” episodes of blockbuster TV shows, is having a moment right now with its originals. On Wednesday, the company finally launched its $40-a-month competitor to cable TV. So it’s a good time to take stock of Hulu’s catalog of original material, and see which ones you might have missed.

To give you a full picture of how Hulu shows stack up against each other, we turned to Rotten Tomatoes, which pulls in critic (and audience) reviews from all over the world. We excluded Hulu originals that had less than four critic reviews.

Here are Hulu’s 12 original shows, ordered from worst to best:

No. 12: “Shut Eye” — 38/100

Critics score: 38

Audience score: 81

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.”

No. 11: “Dimension 404” — 67/100

Critics score: 67

Audience score: 54

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. From outrageous horror comedy to mind-bending action adventure, each episode tells a weird and wild sci-fi tale where the twist ending… is just the beginning. Do not click back. Do not reload. You have reconnected… to Dimension 404.”

No. 10: “Hotwives of Orlando” — 78/100

Critics score: 78

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. The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.”

No. 9: “The Path” — 75/100

Critics score: 75

Audience score: 84

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.”

No. 8: “Chance” — 79/100

Critics score: 79

Audience score: 82

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. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s descent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind.”

No. 7: “11.22.63” — 79/100

Critics score: 79

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. Jake travels to the past in order to solve the most enduring mystery of the 20th century: who killed JFK, and could it have been stopped? But as Jake will learn, the past does not want to be changed. And trying to divert the course of history may prove fatal.”

No. 6: “The Mindy Project” — 86/100

Critics score: 86

Audience score: 87

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.”

No. 5: “Casual” — 88/100

Critics score: 88

Audience score: 87

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. Created by Zander Lehmann, Casual is executive produced by Jason Reitman, Zander Lehmann, Helen Estabrook, and Liz Tigelaar.”

No. 4: “The Wrong Mans” — 90/100

Critics score: 90

Audience score: 91

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.”

No. 3: “Difficult People” — 92/100

Critics score: 92

Audience score: 78

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.”

No. 2: “Harlots” — 97/100

Critics score: 97

Audience score: 85

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.”

No. 1: “The Handmaid’s Tale” — 98/100

Critics score: 98

Audience score: 87

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. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.”

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