10 Best Shows On HULU To Watch During Self-Isolation

By C.L. Illsley on May 7 2020 in Entertainment

Shrill is one of the best-reviewed shows on Hulu. Image credit: fashionista.com
Shrill is one of the best-reviewed shows on Hulu. Image credit: fashionista.com
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For all those staying safely at home in either self-isolation or imposed quarantine, the search for distractions to occupy our time has become a daily necessity. Although COVID-19 has shut down theaters, concerts, and sports leagues, there's still plenty of options available to keep everyone occupied and entertained. The streaming service Hulu, launched in 2008, has a diverse selection of both television shows and movies suited to appeal to every taste. Popular offerings include hard-hitting dramas, sci-fi fantasy fare, classic sitcoms, documentary mini-series, addictive new comedies, as well as Hulu originals and movies from a variety of platforms including Showcase and HBO.   

10. Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere centers around the unexpected ways in which the seemingly picture-perfect lives of the Richardson family are upended. Image credit: theverge.com

Season one of this Hulu original series was released on March 18th. Starring Reese Witherspoon ("Big Little Lies") and Kerry Washington ("Scandal") this female-driven drama was adapted from Celeste Ng's 2017 book of the same title. The series is centered around the unexpected ways in which the seemingly picture-perfect lives of the Richardson family, led by Witherspoon as mom Elena, are disrupted by the intrusion of newcomers Mia (Washington), a mysterious single mom, and her teen daughter Pearl (played by Lexi Underwood). 

9. McMillions

McMillions is a hard-hitting expose on the sordid history of the McDonald's Monopoly game. Image credit: hard2know.com

This six-episode documentary mini-series debuted on HBO last February.  It examines the greed and corporate corruption that surrounded the fast-food chain's promotional Monopoly game between the years 1989 and 2001. This revealing expose sheds light not only on how the popular McDonald's game produced almost no million-dollar winners during that time but also uncovers how the powerful corporation racked up a stunning total of $24,000,000 worth of fraud. 

8. Shrill

Shrill is a funny look at an overweight woman's struggle with work, life, and dating. Image credit: tvline.com

For those viewers interested in finding a new comedy series to binge on, Shrill could be just what you're looking for. With two seasons completed and available for streaming, this show, which debuted in 2019, features Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant (who also serves as the comedy's co-creator) as a plus-size woman striving to make her way in our image-conscious world. Shrill is based on the 2016 non-fiction book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman penned by comedian, writer, and activist Lindy West.

7. Succession

Succession has received high praise and numerous awards. Image credit: www.manrepeller.com

Premiering in 2018, this HBO drama series has received an array of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and awards including taking the prizes for both best TV drama series and best actor (Brian Cox) at this year's Golden Globe ceremony. The series follows the ups and downs, scandals, and everyday struggles of the dysfunctional Roy family who own and run Waystar Royco, a global media and hospitality conglomerate.  

6. Castle Rock

Castle Rock stars Bill Skarsgard. Image credit: filmschoolrejects.com

This Hulu original dark fantasy/horror anthology series is based on the works of horror writer Stephen King. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock where this series is set previously played a key role in an array of King's older novels including "Needful Things," "The Body," and "Cujo." Castle Rock stars Bill Skarsgard who may be familiar to fans of the It movie franchise in which he portrayed the villainous Pennywise.  

5. Westworld

Westworld features an all-star cast. Image credit: www.harpersbazaar.com

Premiering in 2016, this sci-fi drama takes its inspiration from the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by Michael Crichton. The title refers to a futuristic wild west themed amusement park occupied by ultra-realistic androids who indulge rich guests by bringing their fantasies to life. Westworld is led by Evan Rachel Wood who aptly portrays Dolores Abernathy, a senior android "host." Other notable members of the cast include Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden. 

4. The Circus

The Circus takes a close look at the Trump administration. www.tvguide.com

The full title of this Showtime documentary series is The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, and for all those political junkies out there who just can't get enough this is definitely must-see TV.  Each thirty-minute episode explores the strange world of U.S. politics in the Trump era. 

3. Barry

Henry Winkler and Bill Hader give stunning performances in Barry. Image credit: gazette.com

Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader not only stars in this dark HBO comedy series, but he also co-created it. Barry revolves around the title character, Barry Berkman, a hitman from Ohio who ventures to Los Angeles and becomes involved in the acting world. The cast also features Henry Winkler (who rose to stardom in the 70s as Fonzie in the long-running sitcom Happy Days) as an acting coach who becomes Barry's mentor and father figure. 

2. Cardinal

Cardinal is adapted from the crime novels by Giles Blunt. Image credit: medium.com

This intense icy cold drama originates from Canada where it debuted in 2017. Now in its fourth season, Cardinal is adapted from the crime novels by Giles Blunt. The show follows two police officers (played by Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse) as they try to solve a series of disappearances and murder cases in Algonquin Bay, a fictional northern city. 

1. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones features epic action. Image credit: crave.ca

If you've got plenty of time on your hands (as most of us do) then this epic fantasy series and fan favorite deserves another (or maybe even a first) look. The classic series, which ran from 2011 to 2019, features plenty of mythical action, intrigue, violence, swordplay, sex, and bone chilling mayhem. Now what more could you ask for as you wile away the hours in isolation?

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