Hulu has a little something for everyone this summer. You can binge watch your favorite cable TV and broadcast TV shows like NCIS and Law And Order: SVU or you can catch up on past seasons of shows like American Horror Story. But Hulu, like Netflix, is making waves with their original series and specials that take risks to tell the stories of populations and characters that don’t usually get seen on TV. Here are three of the best Hulu original series that you can stream this summer when it’s too hot to be outside and you want to curl up on the couch in the air conditioning and lose yourself in some great stories:
Harlots is a period show set in Georgian England but it’s definitely not like any other period show that’s been on TV. Starring Jessica Brown Findley, who fans of period drama will recognize from Downtown Abbey, it follows the increasing rivalry between two madams who run brothels in London. It’s a classic commentary on class and privilege because one of the brothels is run by a lady whose prostitutes are all well-educated, well dressed and well spoken. But the other is run by a back-alley madam from the wrong part of town who is bent on moving up in society and making a fortune for herself.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu finally has an Emmy worthy original with its adaptation of the classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Starring Elizabeth Moss this dark and stunning adaptation of the dystopian society of Gilead is haunting and mesmerizing. It was recently picked up for a second season based on the raves from both audiences and critics for the show’s unflinching look at what a society ruled by extremist religious beliefs looks like. The story follows the character of Offred, a modern woman who was forced to become a Handmaid in the new Republic of Gilead which was formed after religious extremists staged a coup and overthrew the US government.
For science fiction and horror fans Castle Rock looks like one of the most interesting new series in awhile. J.J. Abrams and Stephen King have teamed up to create a new series set within the Stephen King universe. In traditional Stephen King fashion the series will explore the lives and secrets of some characters that on the surface seem familiar but underneath are carrying dark secrets.
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