Hulu never had the shine Netflix does, and it’s likely to always live in the shadow of its larger, more creative brethren. Still, it’s no slouch when it comes to original programming. In 2018, we saw a variety of topics being covered by Hulu series, including 9/11, high school graduation, love, sex, superpowers, cults, and more.
If you’re looking for a reason to actually pay and subscribe to Hulu (and there aren’t many), these ten Hulu original series released in 2018 may be enough to sway you.
10. The Looming Tower Season 1
Release Date: February 28, 2018
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, Tahar Rahim
This miniseries, based on the book of the same name, explores 9/11 from the perspective of FBI and CIA analysts working on counterterrorism during the attack. Brilliant performances are turned in, although it would’ve been nice to see the Middle East perspective that made up the majority of the actual source material.
9. Castle Rock Season 1
Release Date: July 25, 2018
Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Sissy Spacek, Andre Holland
Henry Deaver is a death row attorney who returns to Maine only to be summoned to the infamous Shawshank prison as the requested attorney for a mysterious inmate. Yeah – we mean Stephen King’s Shawshank from the classic movie you know and love.
8. Marvel’s Runaways Season 2
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Cast: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner
Like Heroes before it, Runaways casts teens as the heroes and their parents as villains trying to control their future. The adventures of the superpowered teens continues for a thrilling second season that shows Hulu can handle a Marvel franchise just as good as Netflix can.
7. Hard Sun Season 1
Release Date: January 6, 2018
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Aisling Bea
This BBC miniseries isn’t a Hulu original, but it’s the only place to watch in the U.S. Two mismatched police officers discover proof that the earth will be destroyed in five years. Now they’re running for their lives in a pre-apocalyptic world.
6. All Night Season 1
Release Date: May 11, 2018
Cast: Brec Bassinger, Jake Short, Chanel Celaya
Remember graduating from high school and being locked in the cafeteria or gym all night to party the night away in a safe, sober environment? You can relive that night vicariously through the eyes of the class of 2018 in this teen comedy series.
5. I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman Season 2
Release Date: September 6, 2018
Cast: Sarah Silverman, Mather Zickel
Comedian Sarah Silverman tries to bring both sides of the most heated political debates together through humorous observations. The 11 episodes released in 2018 continue the same irreverent laughs Silverman is famous for.
4. The Path Season 3
Release Date: January 17, 2018
Cast: Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Rockmond Dunbar
Meyerism continues to grow, with a miracle attracting both mainstream attention and scrutiny. Although the audience always saw the movement as a cult, it’s not until this season that the characters start dealing with the ramifications of their belief system interacting with the outside world.
3. The Bisexual Season 1
Release Date: November 15, 2018
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Saskia Chana, Maxine Peake
A young woman explores her sexuality and relationships with both men and women in this brilliantly dramatic rom com. Prepare for the realist look at today’s dating scene since Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, but this time from a much different female perspective.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Yvonee Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes
Following the events of season one, Offred and the handmaids endure a series of punishments. This distopian look at our future feels more real than ever in the aftermath of a Trump presidency. Each new episode (which they decided to release on a traditional weekly basis instead of the usual full-season binge drop) takes the story to impressive new heights.
1. Casual Season 4
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Cast:Tara Lynne Barr, Michaela Watkins, Patrick Heusinger
Over the course of four seasons, audiences were given an emotional look into online dating, sex, and relationships in the modern age. This final season continues the themes that made the show so popular while giving a satisfying conclusion. If you haven’t had a chance to see this show yet, now’s a great time to curl under a blanket and binge.