Castle Rock, The Handmaid's Tale and More: The 15 Best Hulu Series

15. Castle Rock

castle rock

  • United States, 2018–2019.
  • Horror, thriller, drama.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.5.
Shot from the series “Castle Rock”

After the suicide of the head of the Shawshank prison, his successor decides to open one of the abandoned blocks. There they discover a mysterious man who knows only Henry Deaver, who left the city a long time ago.

Castle Rock is not based on any particular work by Stephen King, but the series contains dozens of references to his work. As a result, the plot mixed detective, mysticism, science fiction and other genres.

14. Doctor Chance


  • United States, 2016–2017.
  • Drama, detective, thriller.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

A patient who is beaten by her husband comes to forensic neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance. The doctor begins to suspect that the husband is also involved in the murder, but soon finds out that he is a policeman.

This series will appeal to all fans of ” Doctor House “. Of course, Hugh Laurie has a completely different image here, but still the return of the actor to the role of a doctor looks ironic.

13. Programmers


  • USA, UK, 2020.
  • Fantasy, thriller, drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

Programmer Sergei is invited to the experimental department of the Amaya company, where a development team is studying a new quantum computer. Soon the hero disappears. His girlfriend Lily Chan, also an employee of the firm, is sure that management is behind the loss.

” Programmers ” (sometimes also called “Developers” series) was written and directed by Alex Garland – the director of the films “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation”. As usual, he mixed a tense thriller and various scientific concepts in the plot.

12. Man of the future

future man

  • United States, 2017–2020.
  • Comedy, fantasy.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.7.
Shot from the series “Man of the Future”

Shy Josh Futturman works at the research center as a janitor. He spends all his free time playing his favorite video game about a post-apocalyptic future. Suddenly, the characters of this very game appear in Josh’s room and say that everything that happens on the screen is real. Now only the janitor can save the world, and so he must travel back in time with new friends.

The series from regular partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will please both fans of science fiction and fans of black humor . The authors took the classic story about time travel as a basis, but added a lot of jokes on the verge of decency. And in the “Man of the Future” you can find a lot of references to famous films.

11. And fires are smoldering everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

  • USA, 2020.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

Elena Richardson, her husband and children live in a very quiet town of Shaker Heights, whose inhabitants are literally obsessed with order. But one day the heroine meets the artist Mia, who came with her daughter Pearl. Elena wants to help a new friend.

The plot of the series hints at a detective story. But in fact, the project, based on the bestseller of the same name by Celeste Ing, can rather be considered just a drama. The main focus of the authors is on the contrast of the characters of the two main characters.

10. Catch-22


  • USA, 2019.
  • Drama, comedy, war.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

World War II US Air Force Captain John Yossarian no longer wants to participate in combat missions, the rate of which is increasing. The hero is trying to get a certificate of insanity, but is faced with a cunning “catch-22”.

The film adaptation of the popular novel by Joseph Heller was produced by George Clooney , who also directed one of the episodes. The actor himself wanted to play Yossarian, but then gave way to Christopher Abbott, and he himself appeared in one of the secondary roles.

9. Pretense

The Act

  • USA, 2019.
  • Drama, crime.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.9.
Frame from the series “Pretense”

Gypsy Blanchard has several serious illnesses at once. The girl moves only in a wheelchair, and her mother devotes all her free time to the care of her daughter. But then the shocking truth is revealed.

The scariest thing about this series is the fact that it is based on real events that shocked the public in 2015. And the author of the famous “Channel Zero” Nick Antoska helped to transfer the story to the screen.

8. Ghost tower

The Looming Tower

  • USA, 2018.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

FBI and CIA agents learn about the dangerous plans of Islamic terrorists. At first, the services want to join forces, but gradually professional jealousy grows between competing departments. Failure to work together leads to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The miniseries is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Tower of Troubles: Al-Qaeda and the Path to 9/11 by journalist Lawrence Wright. Like the original author, the creators of the series assume that the infamous terrorist attack could have been prevented.

7. Murders in the same building

Only Murders in the Building

  • United States, 2021 – present.
  • Detective, comedy, drama.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Once a popular TV series actor, an unsuccessful director and a young artist live in a high-rise building in Manhattan. All three love podcasts about true crime. Faced with murder, the heroes decide to take on the investigation themselves.

The series was invented by the famous Steve Martin, who personally played one of the main roles. And the company was made up of veteran cinema Martin Short and young star Selena Gomez.

6. 11.22.63

  • USA, 2016.
  • Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8.1.
Shot from the series “11.22.63”

Simple history teacher Jake Epping gets a chance to travel back in time. He plans to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. However, it soon becomes clear that time itself opposes any change.

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the series retells the content of the original more concisely. But on the other hand, the film adaptation turned out to be very dynamic and tense: the retro atmosphere here is adjacent to the thriller and even horror.

5. 4 linen


  • United States, 2019–2021.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Maya and Anna go to regular high school . One of them sings well, the other jokes well. But both girls are rather reserved and find it difficult to find a language with their peers, who can be very cruel.

This series is based on the memories of longtime friends Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who wrote the script and played the lead roles themselves. The fact that thirty-year-old actresses portray schoolgirls only adds to the grotesque and comedy of this project.

4. Great

The Great

  • United States, 2020 – present.
  • Comedy, drama.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

The daughter of a German prince marries the Russian Emperor Peter III and receives the name Catherine II. The girl quickly becomes disillusioned with the palace life and politics of her husband. She is thinking of overthrowing Peter and personally equipping Russia.

In this comedy series , it is better not to look for parallels with real history. Only some names and events coincide, but otherwise the authors allow themselves the most insane fantasies and jokes.

3. Normal people

normal people

  • Ireland, 2020
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8.4.
Frame from the series “Normal People”

High school football star Connell becomes close to the shy Marianne. The young man makes a mistake, because of which their communication collapses. But they have another chance to return the relationship.

The project is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Sally Rooney, author of Conversations with Friends. The latter, by the way, was also filmed for Hulu, but after Normal People.

2. The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

  • United States, 2017 – present.
  • Drama, fantasy, thriller.
  • Duration: 5 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

In the totalitarian state of Gilead, the military seized power. Because of the widespread infertility, women who are able to bear a child are turned into servants. They belong entirely to the officers and give birth to children instead of their wives.

The plot was based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood (by the way, it was already transferred to the screens in 1989). But gradually the project grew and turned into a very cruel dystopia , many elements of which are very close to the real world.

1. Breaking


  • USA, 2021.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

Dr. Samuel Finnix learns of a conspiracy by drug companies that are making patients addicted to opioids. The hero is trying to understand how large and dangerous this problem is.

Several episodes of this series were directed by the famous director Barry Levinson. And the scripts were written by Danny Strong, who worked, in particular, on the finale of The Hunger Games. The plot is based on real events that Beth Macy described in her book.

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