The Disney-owned streamer Hulu is best known for Emmy-winning hits like The Handmaid’s Tale and Only Murders in the Building — but there’s a lot more to explore (and enjoy) if you dig deeper than the welcome screen. The iconic 1995 miniseries based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice includes Colin Firth’s memorable turn as Mr. Darcy, while Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss shines as an insecure police detective in the murder mystery series Top of the Lake. There are compelling docs, too, about everything from volcanoes to Paul McCartney, and the original U.K. version of The Office offers a star-making performance by Ricky Gervais as the worst boss ever.
Here are some of our picks for some movies and series that are worth clicking the search button.
Who doesn’t like a what-if look at history? In this eight-part miniseries, based on a Stephen King novel, James Franco plays a high school teacher who’s given the chance to go back in time with a plan to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He quickly learns two important things — he goes back to the same day of the year three years before the murder and, more importantly, the past doesn’t want to be changed. This is a twisty and entertaining alternate history.
Watch it: 11.22.63
Attack the Block (2011)
This low-budget horror film, about a group of fast-talking teenagers who fight off an alien invasion in the projects of South London, has justly become a cult classic for its sharp wit, well-paced suspense and thrifty special effects. Plus, it helped launch the careers of John Boyega (Star Wars), Jodie Whittaker (the first female Doctor Who) and director Joe Cornish (Ant-Man).
Watch it: Attack the Block
Fire of Love (2022)
Part nature documentary, part tragic love story, this Oscar-nominated feature explores the lives of the French volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft. The couple, who died together on Japan’s Mount Unzen in 1991, spent decades exploring the depths of volcanoes around the world to better understand their fiery power — recording silent footage of their expeditions that’s been lovingly restored here.
Watch it: Fire of Love
Hell or High Water (2016)
Facing foreclosure on the family ranch, two Texas brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) decide to rob some of the banks they feel have done them wrong. The heists make them local heroes, but a Texas Ranger nearing retirement (Jeff Bridges, now 73) is hot on their trail. This is a modern spin on classic Western tropes that feels utterly grounded in the real world.
Watch it: Hell or High Water
McCartney 3, 2, 1 (2021)
The same year that Hulu teamed with Searchlight to release Questlove’s Oscar-winning music doc Summer of Soul, the streamer also debuted this fascinating six-episode docuseries in which uber-producer and Def Jam cofounder Rick Rubin, 60, interviews Paul McCartney, 81, about his pioneering work with the Beatles, the ‘70s arena-rock band Wings and beyond.
Watch it: McCartney 3, 2, 1