Often when looking for new shows to watch we only have Netflix on the brain. I totally get it, Netflix is great, but it turns out there’s a lot of great shows you’re missing out on!
Hulu’s most notable show is The Handmaid’s Tale, but with the current state of the world you might be in the mood for something a little less depressing. Perhaps a comedy? If so, Hulu is here for you with some amazing and clever comedies. Here’s a look at some of the comedies on Hulu that you should definitely check out!
You could say Pen15 is a show about how awful it is to be thirteen. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who also created the show, play middle school versions of themselves while all their classmates are played by actual teens. It’s totally a gimmick, but it works!
Set in the year 2000, Pen15 perfectly captures the joy and pain of being a middle schooler. It’s absolutely cringe comedy, which isn’t everyone’s taste (it’s usually not mine), but Pen15 works because of the friendship between Maya and Anna.
Maya and Anna are weird and awkward. They’re outcasts and they know it, and yet at the end of the day, they have each other. There’s nothing quite like the intensity of the childhood friendships that define us. The love between these two friends balances out all the very embarrassing and awkward comedic moments.
As someone who experienced middle school in the year 2000 and is still best friends with her elementary school friends, I had to to take my time watching Pen15, or risk dying of embarrassment. At the same time, I found myself looking forward to the next episode and how it would capture some very specific and yet totally relatable aspect of growing up.
Based on the book by Lindy West, Shrill is about Annie, an overweight woman trying to make it as a writer. Annie is played by the very funny and charming Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live. Shrill is probably the sweetest show on the list. It’s a delight to watch Annie transform into a confident and unapologetic woman.
In Shrill, Annie is many things, and yes, one of them is fat. Shrill is unapologetic and honest about the story it wants to tell. It’s never interested in shaming Annie or letting her weight be the only thing that defines her.
Annie is a fully-fleshed character. She’s a smart, proud, funny, and yes, sometimes selfish woman who is on a journey to find her own voice and confidence. I also enjoy the cast of the characters around her, especially her best friend and roommate Fran.
In Difficult People, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner play Billy Epstein and Julie Klessner, heightened versions of themselves who basically hate everyone but each other. Julie and Billy are struggling comedians who for three seasons snarked their way around New York City. Not even Lin Manuel Miranda was safe from their wrath.
Difficult People gives us Billy and Julie at their meanest and snarkiest, and yet somehow you can’t help but liking them, or at the very least enjoy watching their terribleness. Difficult People is a funny and sharp comedy that delivers on some terrific banter, non-stop pop culture references and an impressive lineup of guest stars. .
What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows is technically an FX show, but I’d argue that the FX partnership with Hulu is one of the best reasons to have this subscription.
I will admit that at first I was hesitant to give this show a chance because of my love for the movie of the same name by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. The TV version takes the mockumentary concept from the movie and introduces us to four new vampires: Nandor, Nadja, Laszlo, energy vampire Colin Robinson and Nandor’s familiar Guillermo.
They are all roommates who share a house in Staten Island. Nandor, Nadja and Laszlo are so dumb and I love them with my whole heart. The show follows their many absurd shenanigans and zany adventures as they deal with witches, werewolves and spam email, all of which are given equal importance and stakes.
What We Do in the Shadows is so smartly written and one of the funniest comedies in television. It honestly, might be my favorite show of the year. I’m clearly not alone in my praise as the show recently garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy.
FYI, If you’re interested in other notable FX comedies on Hulu definitely check out Better Things and Atlanta. You can’t go wrong with either!
The Great is great! (Thank you, I worked hard on that one). The Great is an hour-long show, but it’s a comedy and it’s amazing so just trust me. It’s very loosely based in the story of Catherine the Great. The Great comes from the writer of The Favorite, which should give you a good idea of what tone you’re working with here. Elle Fanning plays Catherine the Great and Nicholas Hoult is her husband Emperor Peter.
A young and naive Catherine arrives in Russia and marries Peter, who very quickly proves to be a disappointment. Unhappy and bored at court, Catherine does find herself falling in love…with Russia. It’s not long before she finds herself conspiring to overthrow her inept husband and take over as Empress.
Fanning and Hoult are absolutely perfect as Catherine and Peter. They nail an irreverent tone that is not easy to pull off. They have great chemistry and are quick to deliver their witty dialogue with great timing. A lot of The Great is bleak, these characters are truly horrible people, but it’s also so incredibly fun and clever.
The Great was recently renewed for season 2! Huzzah!
Hulu really has a lot of offer! What are your favorite Hulu comedies? Let us know your recommendations in the comments!