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Best TV shows on Hulu

Hulu's big draw has always been that it's a place to watch recent episodes of network TV shows -- on demand on your computer, if you like.

But that's not all the streaming service offers. The site's lengthy catalog includes other great series past, so if you never hopped on the "Weeds" bandwagon, for example, Hulu has you covered.

Here are some excellent TV shows (some current, some canceled) available on Hulu.

"The Handmaid's Tale"

Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel struggle to survive as reproductive surrogates for the ruling class in "The Handmaid's Tale."

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

Four seasons available to stream and is definitely worth a good, old-fashioned binge. Funny show with a great cast including Andy Samberg, Terry Crews and more.


If your tastes tend to historic dramas on the high seas that are soaked in as much blood and gore as salt water (if that's possible), then here's your show. (Unless you prefer blood-soaked seas which are also filled with expletives -- then "Black Sails.") The History Channel's "Vikings" just got better and better; three seasons currently available to stream.


"Bob's Burgers"

The pilot of this show is promising, but doesn't begin to suggest what the show would become: a witty masterpiece that's nothing like any of Seth MacFarlane's shows or even "The Simpsons." Seven seasons available to stream makes this perfect for binge-watching.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Otherwise known as "M.A.O.S.H.I.E.L.D.," the second season is absolutely the road to travel here, especially with Kyle MacLachlan aboard as Doctor Evil. He's great, as always. Plus, the second season just feels more... fun and less bound by the hard rules of the Marvel universe. This is one of the most improved series on TV.


Season 3 begins for this comedy of grown siblings (Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey) trying to find their way out of codependence. Guest stars include Judy Greer, Jamie Chung. 13 weekly episodes.

"The Path"

Season 2 follows Aaron Paul's onetime religious devotee into the secular world after his sect leader's mysterious departure. With Michelle Monaghan, Hugh Dancy, Rockmond Dunbar. Weekly episodes.

"Shut Eye"

Jeffrey Donovan ("Burn Notice") stars as a magician-turned-psychic in a world where fortune-telling parlors are run by a crime syndicate. Also starring KaDee Strickland, Susan Misner, Emmanuelle Chriqui, David Zayas and Isabella Rossellini.

"The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years"

Director Ron Howard's documentary covers the group's live-performance period of 1962-66, from The Cavern Club to Shea Stadium to Candlestick Park.


The first season had its ups and its downs, and only a full-on binge will determine which episode was which. But the show did seem to get better late in the season.


Hugh Laurie's San Francisco neuropsychiatrist courts danger with an alluring patient and her police detective spouse. With Gretchen Mol, LisaGay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Ethan Suplee.


This drama tells the story of the head of a music empire who discovers he has three years to live and must decide which of his family members he can trust with the future of his company. Produced by Lee Daniels ("The Butler") and Danny Strong, with original music by Timbaland, the show has attracted a devoted following.

"The Good Wife"

This show, now in its seventh season, garnered 14 Emmy nominations in its first two seasons alone. Find out what happens when the wife of a disgraced politician attempts to move on from his scandal when she accepts a job at a Chicago law firm.

"How to Get Away With Murder"

Viola Davis stars as a criminal defense attorney and law professor who teaches her students how to (quite literally) get away with murder.

"The Mindy Project"

Hulu came to the rescue when FOX canceled Mindy Kaling's comedy in May 2015, so the streaming site is home to new episodes from season 4 onward. The comedy sees Kaling (as an OB/GYN also named Mindy) navigate hilarious yet relatable situations in her professional, personal and romantic life.

"Ally McBeal"

David E. Kelly's late '90s/early 2000s legal drama made a bona fide star of Calista Flockhart. A great flashback if you're feeling nostalgic for that not-so-long-ago time period, and with worthwhile feminist talking points, to boot.