Yes, I am still crushing shows on every streaming service. No, I can’t really blame this behavior on the pandemic. But, if you’ve swapped binging out at restaurants for binging television shows, then you have come to the right place. I have devoted hours, days, and yes, even weeks, to digesting everything Hulu has to offer, and I am here to give a comprehensive breakdown of which shows are worth your watch. I’ve narrowed it down to my top four, and each of these shows brings something else to the table, so there should be something for everyone—no matter your television taste.
Okay, really coming in hot with this one. Don’t even think about pressing play without having a box of tissues nearby. This show, in essence, is incredibly simple. The storyline follows two teenagers, Connell and Marianne, through their high school and college years as they navigate their unsteady romantic relationship with each other and other people as well. It’s a heart-wrenching pain-fest that I recommend because the acting and writing are quite brilliant. The story itself may leave you wanting more, but the execution is so outstanding I have to put it on the list. Oh, and things get pretty X rated at times, so keep that in mind when choosing a viewing partner.
This is for those who love a thriller. Theres plot twists, theres romance, a mysterious technological entity, a murder, existential wonderment….and that’s probably just scratching the surface. In short, Devs is about a young software developer, Lily, who works for a flashy tech company in Silicon Valley. Her boyfriend commits suicide on site, and things unravel from there into a very complex but satisfying story. The show does a great job of layering on complexities but explaining to the audience in a way that doesn’t feel convoluted. Plus, you get Nick Offerman, which is always a treat on our screens.
Little Fires Everywhere
Based on the novel by Celeste Ng, this show is a slow burn (pun intended) with big payoff. The character development in the show is unparalleled. The show does an amazing job of taking you through the two main character’s lives and making sure you understand every action they take in the course of this drama. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington star as Elena Richardson and Mia Warren in this beautiful story about race, economic status, coming of age, and more. It sheds a light on truths below the surface of the perfection we take at face value, and forces the audience to confront difficult, but important social issues.
Based on the true-life story of Dave Burd (or you may know him as Lil Dicky), Dave follows a quirky young man who strives for greatness as the next big thing in rap music. With the help of his friends, he sets out to prove to the world he has what it takes. This takes the place of the comedy in the roundup. It can be a bit crude at times but has heart at its core. It has an unexpected level of charm for a crude comedy and is worth sticking with through the end.