Hulu Original Shows to Watch This Fall
It wasn’t too long ago that Hulu had very little worthwhile to offer in the original content department, especially when compared to Netflix. But against all odds, the streaming service ended up winning the Best Drama Emmy before Netflix with The Handmaid’s Tale, and the number of high-quality Hulu originals has continued to grow, with Runaways, The Looming Tower, 11/23/63, and Castle Rock all receiving great reviews.
So what originals do we have to look forward to in the coming months? Hulu isn’t offering nearly as much this fall as Netflix is, but there are still some shows on the horizon that are worth keeping an eye on. Although the fall technically doesn’t begin until the end of September, we’re going to count shows released in early September as part of this list.
I Love You, America Season 2 – September 6th
Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, America returns for its second season on September 6th. This series is a completely different take on the talk-show format. While Silverman does deliver traditional monologues, rather than interview celebrities about their new projects, she seeks to highlight average people from around the country, especially those she disagrees with politically.
In the first episode, Silverman, who is a liberal, expresses a desire to venture outside of her bubble, and so she visits a family of Trump supporters in Louisiana. In another episode, she visits a city in Texas that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in an attempt to find common ground. Unlike something like The Daily Show, Silverman does not generally seek to mock these people but rather highlight her subjects’ humanity and discover how much they actually have in common, although still doing so in a comedic way.
The second season will premiere on September 6th.
The First – September 14th
The First is shaping up to be one of the Hulu’s biggest originals ever. From House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, the series will star Sean Penn as an astronaut who goes on the first manned mission to Mars.
The show is actually a co-production between Hulu and Channel 4, and it’s being given a significant budget of around $55 million. Just the fact that Hulu has attracted an Oscar-winner like Penn, who has never before led a TV series, is a pretty big deal, as is the fact that Netflix alum Beau Willimon is at the helm.
The series will premiere on September 14th.
Into the Dark – October 5th
The idea behind Blumhouse’s new anthology Into the Dark is absolute genius. This horror series will release one new episode a month, with each one being centered around a holiday that takes place around that time.
Appropriately, the first episode will premiere in October and take place on Halloween night, following an “overconfident hitman.” A month later, on November 2nd, the second episode will debut, and this one will be a completely different story that revolves around Thanksgiving.
Blumhouse is the studio responsible for many of the biggest horror hits of the past few years, including Get Out and Insidious, but they’ve also ventured into television before, with Sharp Objects being their most successful project so far. Hulu has already ordered 12 episodes, so we’ll be getting at least a full year of content out of Into the Dark.
Light as a Feather – October 12th
If you didn’t get enough of horror-based adaptations of popular party games after Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, you can check out Light as a Feather on Hulu this fall.
As you may have guessed from the title, this supernatural horror series is about five teenagers who play a game of “light as a feather, stiff as a board” at a slumber party, only to start dying off in an order predicted by the game, according to TV Line. In other words, it sounds almost exactly like Truth or Dare, only with a different party game kicking things off.
The series is based on a short story published on Wattpad by Zoe Aarsen, and it’s being adapted by Lee Fleming Jr. Starring in the lead roles are Liana Liberato (Trust), Haley Ramm (Chasing Life), Ajiona Alexus (13 Reasons Why), Brianne Tju (Grey’s Anatomy), Peyton List (Jessie), Dylan Sprayberry (Teen Wolf), and Jordan Rodrigues (The Fosters). It will hit Hulu on October 12th.