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Hulu is the perfect streamer for TV fans that offers plenty of original content and classic cable series, with options to add live channels that set them apart from competitors. If you love TV, you won’t be disappointed with Hulu’s range of comedy, mystery, horror, drama, animated series, and more that ensures there’s always something for everyone.

We’ve picked our favorite shows from among Hulu’s long list of fan favorites and critically acclaimed programming. You’ll see original content from recent years as well as some older TV classics we still can’t live without. Check back regularly because we’ll be updating this list as Hulu continues to put out new content.

‘Only Murders in the Building’ (2021 to Present) — Editor’s Top Pick

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“Only Murders in the Building” recently returned with Season 3. (Image: 20th Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Mystery Comedy | Length: 3 seasons, 28 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 77

Cast: Selena Gomez, Martin Short, Steve Martin

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Cozy mystery fans will love this quirky comedy following three NYC neighbors with nothing in common except their shared love for true-crime podcasts. A real murder in their upscale apartment building seems like the perfect opportunity to take part in their favorite interest by making a podcast of their own. Setting out to solve the crime without much of a plan, they bumble through building gossip and an eccentric cast of neighbors, discovering that everyone has secrets, including themselves. Surprisingly wholesome for a show about murder, “Only Murders in the Building” pokes fun at true crime while pulling you into the mystery at hand. With dry humor, just a sprinkle of suspense, and charming friendship, it is the most binge-worthy series on Hulu right now.

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'Shōgun’ (2024)

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“Shōgun” is one of Hulu’s biggest hits of 2024. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Historical Adventure | Length: 1 season, 10 episodes

IMDb Rating: 9.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 85

Cast: Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosmo Jarvis, Anna Sawai

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“Shōgun” is an action-packed adaptation of the 1975 bestseller by James Clavell that takes us to feudal Japan in 1600. English sailor John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) and his crew, the last ship standing of five that left the Netherlands for the East, are shipwrecked on the Japanese coast and captured by a local samurai clan. The region is embedded with Portuguese Jesuits, natural enemies of the protestant Blackthorne who attempt to have him killed by the Japanese as a pirate. Lord Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada) is one of five competing samurai warlords attempting to ascend to the position of shōgun, and is facing attempted impeachment by his rival, daimyō Ishido (Takehiro Hira). Toranaga recognizes Blackthorne’s value to his political position and refuses to execute him. Blackthorne finds himself a pawn in a game he can’t understand, with few allies other than the beautiful Catholic convert translator Mariko (Anna Sawai) from Toranaga’s household. 

“Shōgun’s” beautiful design and detail will draw you into this fascinating and little-known corner of history, with a compelling and pulse-racing plot that makes this 10-episode miniseries a perfect binge-watch.

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‘Will Trent’ (2023 to Present)

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“Will Trent” is a standout crime procedural from recent years. (Image: 3 Arts Entertainment)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Crime Drama | Length: 1 season, 13 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 71

Cast: Ramón Rodríguez, Erika Christensen, Iantha Richardson

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With intricate storytelling and compelling character development, “Will Trent” follows the intelligent, unconventional Special Agent Will Trent (Ramón Rodríguez) of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as he delves into his home-grown state’s chilling mysteries.A survivor of an abusive childhood and Atlanta's foster care system, Trent’s deep understanding of human behavior, strong empathy for victims, keen observation skills, and unorthodox methods make him unstoppable in the field. Although the series focuses on typical procedural crime storylines, Trent's complex past and struggles with dyslexia balance the action-packed sequences.

Well-crafted, relatable, and deeply human, “Will Trent” is one of the best crime dramas of recent years.

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‘A Murder at the End of the World’ (2023)

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This enigmatic miniseries draws us into a mystery in the frozen north. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Mystery Thriller | Length: 1 season, 7 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 73

Cast: Emma Corrin, Brit Marling, Harris Dickinson

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Mystery fans will love “A Murder at the End of the World,” a whodunnit that jets off with Gen Z hacker and amateur sleuth Darby Hart (Emma Corrin) to the frozen tundras of Iceland. The Brooklyn native and a hand-selected group of companions are invited to enjoy a secluded retreat at the home of an enigmatic billionaire. The eclectic group of strangers is thrown into disarray when one of the guests turns up dead, prompting Darby to take charge of the investigation. Using her keen eye for detail and tech skills to outwit suspects and expose hidden agendas, she must face her demons to stop the killer from striking again.

“A Murder at the End of the World” uses clever pacing to build psychological suspense, delivering a twisted plot full of memorable characters with razor-sharp social commentary.

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‘Justified: City Primeval’ (2023)

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This highly rated new reboot is definitely worth a watch. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Crime Drama | Length: 1 season, 8 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 79

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Boyd Holbrook, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor

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“Justified: City Primeval” finds U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) in Miami nearly 15 years after leaving his troubled past in Kentucky, as portrayed in the acclaimed 2010 series “Justified.” While transporting his teenage daughter, Willa (Vivian Olyphant), to a disciplinary camp, they make an unexpected stopover at a Detroit courthouse. There, an unforgiving judge ropes Raylan into investigating an attempted assassination on his life. Reluctantly tracking a ruthless and unpredictable criminal known as “The Oklahoma Wildman” (Boyd Holbrook), Raylan realizes he’s dealing with a force of nature capable of unleashing mayhem across the whole city.

“Justified: City Primeval” isn’t your typical crime-solving show. It’s marked by the witty, sardonic, and sharp storytelling of the original series, yet full of fresh themes and a delightfully twisted plot. Fans of “Justified” won’t be disappointed by this clever spinoff.

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‘The Other Black Girl’ (2023 to Present)

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Having another Black girl in the office was supposed to be fun. (Image: Onyx Collective)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Mystery Thriller | Length: 1 season, 10 episodes

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 68

Cast: Sinclair Daniel, Ashleigh Murray, Brittany Adebumola

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Nella Rogers (Sinclair Daniel), an ambitious editorial assistant at a prestigious publishing house in New York City, is the only Black girl in her office, leaving her feeling like she’s the only one who notices the company’s subtle and insidious racism. When another Black girl, Hazel (Ashleigh Murray), joins the publishing firm, Nella is excited to have someone who will finally get it. They form a fast friendship, but when Nella begins receiving mysterious threats to leave the company while everyone seems to worship Hazel, she begins to question the other Black girl.

The show cleverly uses race and identity politics to set the scene for a twisted, offbeat thriller. “The Other Black Girl” refuses to conform to any one genre, creating a memorable story with elements of workplace drama, horror, sci-fi, satire, and much more. If you’re looking for a highly original watch with excellent substance, look no further than “The Other Black Girl.”

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‘The Bear’ (2022 to Present)

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“The Bear” received 13 Emmy nominations. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Comedy Drama | Length: 2 seasons, 18 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 91

Cast: Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce

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When award-winning chef Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) returns to his Chicago hometown, his world of organized high cuisine is turned upside down. Following the suicide of his older brother, Michael (Jon Bernthal), Carmy agrees to take over management of his family’s Italian beef sandwich shop but soon realizes he may have bitten off more than he can chew. In the wake of his own grief and trauma, he’s faced with a rundown kitchen, an unruly and stubborn staff, an estranged family, and his personal demons. “The Bear” plates up thought-provoking life lessons about grief, family, and the pursuit of perfection with a side of restaurant industry insider drama that has been dubbed “the best workplace drama since ‘Mad Men.’”

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‘Reservation Dogs’ (2021 to 2023)

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“Reservation Dogs” ended too soon, but we’re glad the show lasted three seasons. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Comedy Drama | Length: 3 seasons, 27 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 89

Cast: D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor

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On a rural Oklahoma reservation, four Muscogee Nation teens spend their days both fighting crime and committing it. Bear (D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai) is getting messages from a spirit guide,  Elora (Devery Jacobs) is obsessed with leaving, Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) is still haunted by her cousin’s death, and Cheese (Lane Factor) is just along for the ride. Frustrated by surrounding poverty, crime, and racism, the friends have a dream of making it to California, the land of opportunity in their eyes. Between petty shoplifting, graffiti, and unapproved road trips, their lives are shaped by the poignant reality of their Native community. Each follows their own path that teaches them about resilience, ambition, heritage, and the importance of a place to call home.

One of the first authentic insider’s views into Native American life to ever be shown on TV, “Reservation Dogs” gives us a tale of adventure, friendship, struggle, and hope told with wit and spirit.

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‘Dave’ (2020 to Present)

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“Dave” throws a suburban white geek into the cutthroat world of rap. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Music Comedy| Length: 3 seasons, 30 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 76

Cast: Kim

Cast: Dave Burd, Andrew Santino, Gata, Taylor Misiak

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“Dave” portrays the fictionalized version of internet-breakout rapper Lil Dicky’s (Dave Burd) meteoric rise to fame. A neurotic 20-something white man living in the suburbs is convinced he’s destined to become one of the greatest rappers of all time — it’s just a matter of whether destiny agrees. Starting at the very bottom, he schmoozes his way into performing with bigger and bigger artists and rubbing shoulders with A-list celebrities. Between the insane celebrity world he now finds himself in and the daily struggles of being a musician, like bandmate trouble and label negotiations, he discovers what really matters to him.

With plenty of raunchy, immature humor to keep the tone light, “Dave” looks at creative ambition, fame, and social issues with surprising self-awareness.

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‘The Great’ (2020 to 2023)

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“The Great” has been dubbed “anti-historical.” (Image: Thruline Entertainment)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Satirical Comedy Drama | Length: 3 seasons, 30 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 78

Cast: Elle Fanning, Phoebe Fox, Gwilym Lee, Nicholas Hoult

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This historical, dark-comedy satire is based on the “occasionally true” events of Russian history as shown through the life of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning). When Catherine begins her journey, she’s an idealistic German princess married off to the cruel and erratic Emperor of Russia (Nicholas Hoult). Unhappy with the state of the nation and distressed by her husband's heartlessness and paranoia, Catherine hatches a plot to kill the king and overthrow the empire. With her power rising, Catherine also faces the challenges of her personal life and the limitations on the heart of a leader. Strong female characters, biting comedy, and smart dialogue make “The Great” a must for period drama fans.

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‘Mrs. America’ (2020)

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Cate Blanchett is a force to be reckoned with on the big and small screen. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Historical Drama | Length: 1 season, 9 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 87

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Uzo Aduba

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“Mrs. America” offers an important contribution to feminist discussion by sharing the story of the most villainized figure in feminist history. Conservative ‘70s housewife Phyllis Schlafly (portrayed with nuance by Cate Blanchett) spends her days baking bread and fighting the tough fight against the breakdown of cookie-cutter America by campaigning for Republican candidates and against newfangled ideas like school busing. When a second-wave feminist coalition consisting of cultural icons Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman), and Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba) grip the country in a debate about the Equal Rights Amendment, Phyllis can’t just stand by and watch women grow out their armpit hair, be drafted into the military, and cast aside the nuclear family.

The series follows her STOP ERA campaign and showcases the fascinating and sometimes mind-boggling perspectives among her activist group of conservative women. If you’re interested in having your mind opened and your biases challenged, “Mrs. America” is a clever and thought-provoking watch.

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‘Godfather of Harlem’ (2019 to Present)

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“Godfather of Harlem” takes a bleak look at the criminal and political underbelly of New York City in the ’60s. (Image: ABC Signature)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Crime Drama | Length: 3 season, 30 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 72

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Ilfenesh Hadera, Lucy Fry

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After 10 years on the inside, ’60s kingpin Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) returns to his Harlem neighborhood to find it in ruins. With the streets he once controlled now ruled by the ruthless Italian mob, Bumpy finds himself going head-to-head with the powerful Genovese family in order to regain dominance of the neighborhood. To level the playing field, he formed an unlikely alliance with Muslim minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch). The fictionalized story featuring real historical figures mixes a thrilling crime plot with the social and political upheaval of the ’60s, making for a gripping, multilayered watch.

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‘Ramy’ (2019 to Present)

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Ramy stars as the titular character. (Image: A24 Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Comedy-Drama | Length: 3 seasons, 30 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 84

Cast: Ramy Youssef, Amr Waken, Mohammed Amer, Dave Merheje

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Groundbreaking autobiographical dramedy “Ramy” follows the New Jersey life of 20-something Muslim Egyptian-American, Ramy Hassan (Ramy Youssef). A typical American millennial, Ramy attempts to balance his dual identities and find his place in the world while coming to terms with the expectations of his family and faith. His father, a proud and successful businessman, doesn’t approve of Ramy’s directionless lifestyle of smoking weed, picking up girls, and working dead-end jobs. Looking for his path, Ramy decides to go to Cairo to study Islam. Funny, heartwarming, and insightful, “Ramy” has been widely praised for its honest and relatable portrayal of the Muslim-American experience.

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‘What We Do in the Shadows’ (2019 to Present)

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“What We Do in the Shadows” takes the mockumentary style of filming and merges it with the horror genre. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Mockumentary Comedy Horror | Length: 5 seasons, 50 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 83

Cast: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén

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“What We Do in the Shadows” is a hilarious mockumentary following the absurd lives of a group of inept and bumbling vampire roommates living in Staten Island, New York. As these centuries-old bloodsuckers struggle to adapt to the modern world, they face a host of supernatural and mundane challenges from doing laundry and disposing of bodies, to disguising their true nature and run-ins with other supernatural creatures. This laugh-out-loud deadpan parody of vampire lore is full of surprisingly relatable moments, showing us that even immortals aren’t immune to the everyday frustrations of modern existence.

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‘The Handmaid's Tale’ (2017 to Present)

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Margaret Atwood’s novel has inspired an award-winning TV adaptation. (Image: MGM Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Dystopian | Length: 5 seasons, 56 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 81

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle

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Margaret Atwood's influential 1985 dystopian novel first introduced us to the near-future theocratic state of Gilead, where gender-based oppression and totalitarianism form a nightmarish reality. In this masterful TV adaptation, we follow Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a Handmaid whose sole purpose is to bear children for the ruling elite. Closely monitored by the Aunts, a group of women who enforce the regime's rules, Handmaids are stripped of their identities and forced into ritualized sexual servitude of their male masters. Forming a forbidden friendship with another Handmaid, Ofglen (Alexis Bledel), Offred begins to secretly resist the regime and search for a clandestine resistance group called Mayday.

The Handmaid’s Tale” is a timely and important cautionary lesson about the fragility of democracy and the consequences of extremism.

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‘Schitt's Creek’ (2015 to 2020)

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“Schitt’s Creek” is a popular sitcom rooted in family. (Image: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Sitcom | Length: 6 seasons, 81 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 73

Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy

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Clever writing, endearing characters, and a measured blend of humor and emotion define the popular Canadian sitcom, “Schitt's Creek.” The wealthy and eccentric Rose family live a lavish and extravagant lifestyle until they discover that their business manager has defrauded them, leaving them bankrupt and destitute. Their only remaining asset is a small, backwater town called Schitt's Creek, bought as a joke years ago. With no other options, the Roses move to Schitt's Creek to live in their rundown, seedy motel. Between attempting to rebuild their fortunes through questionable business opportunities and navigating bizarre local customs, the Roses begin to form genuine connections and learn about themselves and their family, teaching them that happiness and community can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

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‘Fargo’ (2014 to 2024)

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Each season of “Fargo” takes place in a different city with a different cast. (Image: MGM Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Black Comedy | Length: 4 seasons, 41 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 85

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Chris Rock, Ewan McGregor

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“Fargo” pays homage to the dark humor and distinctive tone of the acclaimed 1996 Coen Brothers film of the same name while winding its own unique narrative. A chance encounter between Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), a mysterious and highly manipulative hitman, and Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), a mild-mannered and downtrodden insurance salesman, results in Malvo using Lester to commit a series of murders. Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) are investigating the murders, a journey that unearths the grizzly underbelly of their Minnesota town. Violence, redemption, and the human capacity for both good and evil receive a sharp study in this dark, suspenseful, and bitingly funny critically acclaimed thriller.

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‘The Americans’ (2013 to 2018)

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If you want a drama that involves espionage, “The Americans” should be your next watch. (Image: Amblin Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Period Spy Drama | Length: 6 seasons, 75 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 89

Cast: Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor

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Award-winning Cold War spy drama “The Americans” follows Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two Soviet KGB intelligence officers posing as an American married couple in Washington, D.C. with their two teenage children, Paige (Holly Taylor) and Henry (Keidrich Sellati). Their dangerous missions for the KGB, like stealing classified information from the U.S. government and assassinating high-profile individuals, come into conflict with their role as parents of increasingly American children and their growing attachment to their adopted homeland. The moral, political, and personal complexities of the Cold War era are laid bare in this high-stakes, emotionally-charged thriller.

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‘Bob's Burgers’ (2011 to Present)

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The Belcher family has been with us for over a decade. (Image: 20th Television Animation)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Animated Sitcom | Length: 13 seasons, 260 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 60

Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal

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Well-loved animated sitcom “Bob’s Burgers” follows the working-class Belcher family as they try to keep their hamburger restaurant afloat. Each new challenge, from trying to create a new menu item to fending off rival attempts to sabotage their business, shows relatable scenes of the everyday struggles of family life. Surrounded by the eccentric characters of their seaside town, the Belchers balance their family business with their individual trials and triumphs in this award-winning series celebrated for its clever and accessible writing, simple and memorable 2D animation, and fantastic voice performances. “Bob’s Burgers” dishes out daily specials of laughter and lovable, offbeat characters that you can't help but root for.

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‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ (2005 to Present)

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“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is a controversial show but is still going strong. (Image: FX Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Sitcom | Length: 16 seasons, 170 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 72

Cast: Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson

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Join the gang at Paddy's Pub, an oddball group of dysfunctional friends including the vain and dim-witted Dennis (Glenn Howerton), the wildly inappropriate Dee (Kaitlin Olson), the lovably clueless Charlie (Charlie Day), the perpetually angry Frank (Danny DeVito), and the morally bankrupt Mac (Rob McElhenney). Their absurd misadventures involve bizarre schemes, outlandish cons, and a complete disregard for common decency. Whether they're trying to become famous, profit from a health inspection failure, or solve life's mysteries, the gang's antics are as cringe-worthy as they are hilarious. Sensitive and controversial topics get a hysterically offensive treatment in “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” where our shameless characters hold steadfast to the philosophy that if at first you don't succeed, just make everything worse!

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‘Weeds’ (2005 to 2012)

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Suburban mom Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) finds an unconventional way of making ends meet. (Image: Lions Gate Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Crime Comedy | Length: 8 seasons, 102 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 71

Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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Suburban soccer mom Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) shared a happy life and two sons with her DEA agent husband before his devastating untimely death. Faced with financial desperation to uphold their lifestyle and wanting stability for her kids, Nancy starts selling marijuana — and discovers she’s really good at it. Using her unique position to peddle to her wealthy suburb’s businessmen and wine moms, Nancy finds herself addicted to the thrill of the criminal underworld. Her life becomes a hilarious and perilous montage of PTA meetings, dodging drug lords, bake sales, and money laundering as she tries to keep her double life under wraps from her neighbors and curious children.

This enduring dark comedy offers clever satire on middle-class hypocrisy, carried by a magnetic leading lady who is as funny as she is moving. We enjoy watching her find her own path in motherhood, morality, and the lucrative green business.

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‘Lost’ (2004 to 2010)

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The survivors of “Lost” face life, death, and each other on a mysterious island. (Image: Bad Robot)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Mystery Drama | Length: 6 seasons, 121 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 84

Cast: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway

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Following the crash of Oceanic Flight 815, a group of survivors find themselves on a deserted tropical island where they must use their knowledge to survive. The island, however, is no ordinary place, and everyone seems to have a secret. Emotions run high as a type-A surgeon, Jack (Matthew Fox), falls for enigmatic fugitive, Kate (Evangeline Lilly), while the paralyzed John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) can miraculously walk again, an Iraqi soldier butt heads with a cowboy, and a young woman gives birth in the jungle. It seems the survivors aren’t alone as they encounter mysterious forces and signs of life in the wild. This place holds answers to questions bigger than the group can imagine, and they aren’t the only ones interested in finding them. “Lost” is a character-driven drama that became an instant TV classic with its intricate plot, well-developed back stories, atmosphere of uncertainty, and ending that is still being debated to this day.

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‘Futurama’ (1999 to Present)

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“Futurama” recently returned with a new season after a long hiatus. (Image: The Curiosity Company)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Animated Sci-Fi Sitcom | Length: 8 seasons, 150 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 72

Cast: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

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In a hysterically irreverent, zany sci-fi future, anything and everything is up for a laugh. Lovably hapless Fry (Billy West), cynical, one-eyed Leela (Katey Sagal), and hedonistic robot Bender (John DiMaggio) join a motley crew of oddball characters as they navigate intergalactic adventures, time travel mishaps, and the perplexities of everyday life in the 31st century. Whether it's interstellar deliveries gone awry or confrontations with sassy aliens, “Futurama” serves up a smorgasbord of witty satire, pop culture parodies, and madcap humor that's as unpredictable as a box of malfunctioning robot parts. The award-winning and beloved animated sitcom has just returned from its 10-year hiatus with the premiere of a new 20-episode season on Hulu in July.

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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (1997 to 2003)

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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was a major cultural phenomenon. (Image: Mutant Enemy)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Action Fantasy | Length: 7 seasons, 144 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 85

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” dominated TV for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003, and now enjoys a dedicated cult following decades later. Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) may be an average teenager, but she's also the Slayer, chosen to fight vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. Destiny calls when Buffy moves to Sunnydale, California, which sits on a portal that attracts supernatural activity. Buffy learns to hone her skills, recruiting fellow students to form the evil-fighting Scooby Gang. The crew faces off against diverse supernatural villains while Buffy navigates normal teenage struggles, like being in love with a vampire. 

Each season brings a powerful new enemy and includes plenty of satisfying monster-slaying. Underneath that, the show is remembered and loved for its coming-of-age story, strong female protagonist, and heartwarming friendships.

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‘The X-Files’ (1993 to 2018)

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“The X-Files” ran for 11 seasons with over 200 episodes. (Image: Ten Thirteen Productions)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Sci-fi Crime Thriller | Length: 11 seasons, 218 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 65

Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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Explore the unexplained and paranormal alongside dynamic FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Tasked with investigating unsolved cases that defy rational explanation, the duo dive into extraterrestrial abductions and government conspiracies, shape-shifting aliens, and supernatural phenomena, earning them the nickname “Spooky” and “Skully” from their colleagues. Mysterious and eerie occurrences challenge their beliefs about what’s possible, as Mulder's unwavering faith in the supernatural clashes with Scully's skepticism. “The X Files” blends suspense, intrigue, and the unknown, leaving viewers questioning the boundaries of reality and the chilling possibilities that lie just beyond the truth. Boasting 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes, “The X Files” is considered one of the greatest sci-fi television shows of all time

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