The 10 Best Hulu Original TV Shows of 2022 (So Far), According to IMDb

Hulu has competed with HBO Max and Netflix by creating its own original content in the form of various miniseries, adaptations of novels, and partnerships with FX. Scheduled to release nearly a dozen original comedies and dramas by the end of the year, the network has already garnered multiple Emmy nominations thanks to its original programming that debuted in 2022 alone.



Most of Hulu’s hit shows have been true-crime miniseries, focusing on real-life events with big actors attached to the projects. Of The stall at Candythere’s no shortage of fictionalized real-life events on Hulu, with their drama series vastly outshining all of their canceled comedies.

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ten The Plainville Girl – 6.3

Based on the real life of Michelle Carter and the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, The Girl From Plainville depicts the trial and aftermath of Carter’s case and his conviction for manslaughter.

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Elle Fanning starred as Michelle, a teenage girl who, after recovering evidence from cellphones, is revealed to have encouraged her boyfriend to end his life. The show served as a backstory to Michelle and how her life changed from that of a normal teenager to a convicted criminal. Fanning was praised for her role, however, many reviewers found the series odd as it paid attention to a harmful individual.


9 Life and Beth – 6.6Amy Schumer as Beth on Hulu's Life & Beth.

Hulu’s Life and Beth debuted in mid-March, starring Amy Schumer as Beth, a 30-something whose life is turned upside down after being involved in an accident. Instead of waking up to the life she once lived, Beth woke up to find she seemingly had it all figured out.

The comedy-drama received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising Schumer’s more mature comedy (comparing it to his films Rail accident and I feel pretty), while others felt it still missed the mark. Regardless of, Life and Beth did well for the streaming service, especially with Michael Cera alongside Schumer.


8 Conversations with friends – 6.7

The highly anticipated television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s book of the same name, Conversations with friends was met with mixed reviews from the novel’s fans and critics.

The show was about Frances (Alison Oliver) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane), two best friends and exes who befriend a married couple and end up romantically involved with them. The complex relationships that followed tested friendships, marriage, and what it means to have a connection with someone. The series has not yet been renewed or canceled by Hulu.

seven Maggie – 7.0hulu-maggie

Originally planned as an ABC comedy series, maggie debuted on Hulu in early July with a popular cast of Rebecca Rittenhouse, Nichole Sakura and Chris Elliot.

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The 13-episode first season followed Maggie (Rittenhouse), a clairvoyant who can predict the future of everyone but her own. That is until she meets Ben, of whom she has conflicting views that may or may not implicate her. The series has received mostly positive reviews for its lighthearted, fluffy charm and is awaiting renewal for another season by Hulu.

6 Candy – 7.2hulu candy

Talented Jessica Biel has returned to television to star in Hulu’s limited series, Candy in 2022. Biel portrayed the main character, a housewife who is fed up with everyday life and is accused of murdering her neighbor.

Based on the true story of Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore, Candy was limited to just five episodes to chronicle the grueling criminal events that unfolded in Texas in 1980. Critics praised the cast’s performances, especially those of Biel and Melanie Lynskey.

5 Pam & Tommy – 7.3Pam & Tommy Episode 4

Perhaps one of the entertainment industry’s most popular (and controversial) TV shows this year has been Hulu’s Pam and Tommy.

The miniseries was based on the real life Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee Jones (played by Lily James and Sebastian Stan). The series followed the couple as they met, fell in love, got married and dealt with the aftermath of their infamous sex tape. Although the show was not welcomed with open arms by Tommy Lee and Pam themselves, critics found James and Stan to be exceptional in their portrayals of celebrities.


4 Under the Banner of Heaven – 7.5Andrew Garfield in the trailer for Under the Banner of Heaven

Andrew Garfield starred as a detective in the Hulu miniseries, Under the banner of heaven. Based on the novel by Jon Krakauer, the true crime series focused on the character of Garfield investigating the murder of a young woman and her daughter.

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The show was set in Utah and uncovered secrets behind the LDS Church and within the Mormon religion. The seven-episode series was praised by book fans and critics alike, with Garfield receiving an Emmy Award nomination for his lead role as Jeb Pyre.

3 The Stall – 7.5Elizabeth Holmes smiling slightly in The Dropout

Amanda Seyfried landed her first Emmy nomination running Hulu’s The stall in 2022. She starred as a fictionalized version of Elizabeth Holmes, a woman who committed fraud while running her health technology company, Theranos.

The miniseries shed light on the true crimes of Elizabeth Holmes, including the backstory of how she lived a fraudulent life long before Theranos began. The eight-episode show captured the rise and fall of an American criminal, and what happens when the rug is pulled out from under the person responsible.

2 Pistol – 7.6gun ending explained

Based on the memoir of Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Gun told the story of a young band on the rise to stardom. The musical drama was split into six episodes, showing how the group was born and how it eventually fell apart due to pressure from record labels and addiction.

Hulu’s Gun was a fun miniseries about the past that gave insight into the world of rock n’ roll in the 70s and 80s, and just how competitive the music world was at the time. Rounding out the all-star cast were Toby Wallace and Maisie Williams, the latter best known for her work on game of thrones.

1 The Bear – 8.5

Hulu’s Highest Rated Show of 2022 So Far Has Starred Shamelessis Jeremy Allen White as a chef in Chicago. the bear describes what it was like to run a small business in a big city and how friends can become family.

The drama series premiered in late June and has already been renewed for a second season (making it the first to be renewed from the 2022 Hulu Originals). The show paved the way for the upcoming original series, as it stood out from the rest of the year’s originals as a select family drama that focused on the real-world struggles of working-class people.

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