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Step aside, Netflix – Hulu has quality exclusive content, too. If you're starting your Hulu free trial then here are the best shows for you to watch.

Starting a free Hulu trial? Here are all the best shows for you to watch

Step aside, Netflix – Hulu has quality exclusive content, too. Tired of rewatching all the same Netflix shows? Hulu has plenty to offer and their original programming is slowly but surely rising in quality over the years since starting in 2011.

But with so much to offer, where do you start with that 30-day free trial? Here are some of the best exclusive shows on Hulu to watch before your trial expires.

The Handmaid’s Tale

One of the first successes for Hulu, The Handmaid’s Tale is a gripping drama based on Margaret Atwood’s exquisite 1985 novel. Helmed by the wildly talented Elizabeth Moss, many find the show presciently relevant to today’s social atmosphere.

Set in a dystopian future in what is now the United States, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in Gilead, a religious autocracy ruled by fundamentalists. The birth rate has plummeted and women have become second-class citizens. 

Some women, like Offred (Moss), are forced to become handmaids – meaning they must bear children for government officials. A haunting and captivating story, The Handmaid’s Tale expands on the original novel with satisfying writing and a great cast of well-rounded characters that leave you wanting more with every season. 

Devs

With the whole Disney/Fox shakeup, Hulu has recently teamed up with FX to house and premiere exclusive shows from FX – not too shabby of a deal considering the consistently great content from the cable network. One of the first products of the FX partnership was Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina, Annihilation) limited series Devs.

Devs is a mind-bending sci-fi series both aesthetically beautiful & philosophically fascinating. Try to avoid spoilers about this show going in – the less you know the better. It’s so easy to binge Devs in one day with its cliffhangers & brilliant writing.

What We Do in the Shadows

If you like Taika Waititi’s 2014 mockumentary, be sure to check out the spinoff that’s equally hilarious: What We Do in the Shadows, an FX show that you can only watch on Hulu.

Although What We Do in the Shadows is about vampires, the series isn’t scary, so don’t be intimidated by its premise. A household of vampires tries to cope with modern-day life in this irreverent comedy with no shortage of laugh-out-loud moments. Smart and with perfect comedic timing, What We Do in the Shadows is incredibly underrated, a definite must-watch for those who love dark comedy. 

Castle Rock

Calling all Stephen King fans! Castle Rock takes the material from King’s plethora of works and creates an original story, combining plots to give them new life. Rather than just regurgitating the novels, Castle Rock is an innovative, exciting, and of course horrifying approach to King’s novels. 

Since it’s an anthology series, each season of Castle Rock takes place in a different location with new characters. The first borrows its setting from the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption while the second derives from Misery

While not for the faint of heart, Castle Rock is sure to get under your skin. And for King fans, it’s fun to point out all of the references to his work that inspired this unique, gripping show. 

Ramy

An incredibly personal dramedy, Ramy takes its title from its protagonist and series creator, Ramy Youssef. Follow Ramy Hassan’s life as a first-generation American Muslim in New Jersey as he struggles to be faithful in a western country for an intimate look at the difficulties of juggling family & societal expectations.

At times, the comedy is cringeworthy in its intimacy & realism, but Ramy is a brilliant take on this complex subject matter. Even though Youssef is new to entertainment, he’s a deeply talented actor and tenaciously innovative showrunner. 

Giving a voice to American Muslims of a younger generation, Ramy is a new force to be reckoned with. The second season will premiere on May 29th, so be sure to watch all of season 1 before the new episodes drop.

Mrs. America

Another show from FX on Hulu, Mrs. America follows the movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. The limited series is worth watching for the cast alone, boasting Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson, and plenty more to gush about. Largely written and directed by women, the series is a groundbreaking feat by & about female creatives.

Mrs. America showcases stories and perspectives of women for and against the ERA, becoming a fascinating look at the state of feminism in the 1970s. Riveting and insightful, numerous fascinating parallels between the world today and society during that critical period of change in the United States arise in the telling.

While Mrs. America will end soon, it’s best to catch up before its season finale on May 27th, as it’s bound to garner some Emmy nominations.

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