Hulu’s main value, since the start of the company, has been getting you “next-day” episodes of blockbuster TV shows.
But lately Hulu has also made a significant investment in original shows. The company has brought high-profile dramas like Aaron Paul’s “The Path” into its catalog this year to balance out its selection of well-received comedies. And late last year, Hulu scored its first Golden Globe nomination for “Casual,” an edgy family comedy.
Even so, Hulu’s shows haven’t garnered the hype of Netflix’s hits, and you might not know which ones are worth your time. To get a sense of how Hulu’s shows stacked up against each other, we turned to reviews aggregator 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.
We found that while Hulu’s new dramas outperformed some of its more wacky fare, comedies still dominated.
Here are Hulu’s 9 original shows, ordered from worst to best:
No. 9: “The Awesomes” — 63/100
Critics score: 63
Audience score: 50
Hulu description:THE AWESOMES is an animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the hallmark irreverent andinspired comedy of co-creators Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Showcasing the voice talents of current and past SNL stars, THE AWESOMES introduces a group of not-so-super heroes who just might find a way to save the world.
No. 8: “Deadbeat” — 75/100
Critics score: 75
Audience score: 74
Hulu description:Kevin Pacalioglu (series star Tyler Labine) may have no money and no clue, but he can see dead people, so that’s pretty cool. Faced with aconstant stream of stubborn spirits, Pac goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help New York City’s most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business.
No. 7: “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 theuber-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. 6: “The Path” — 80/100
- The Path
Critics score: 80
Audience score: 87
Hulu description:The Path follows a family at the center of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith and power. Each episodetakes 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. 5: “11.22.63” — 80/100
- Sven Frenzel
Critics score: 80
Audience score: 90
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. 4: “Difficult People” — 85/100
Critics score: 85
Audience score: 76
Hulu description:Difficult People hails from Julie Klausner who stars alongside Emmy-nominated Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner. As bestfriends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations.
No. 3: “The Wrong Mans” — 90/100
Critics score: 90
Audience score: 89
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. Frombeing 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. 2: “Casual” — 90/100
Critics score: 90
Audience score: 91
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 hisnewly 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. 1: “The Mindy Project” (Season 4) — 93/100
Critics score: 93
Audience score: 96
Hulu description:A single-camera comedy, starring Mindy Kaling, that follows a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal andprofessional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.