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Co-owned by Disney and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and partnered in one way or another with all four major broadcast networks, Hulu seems like a modern-day miracle of collaboration between competitors. This gives subscribers a central hub for a variety of new shows on Hulu, from Hulu originals to FX on Hulu to the latest network offerings. We’ll update this list with all the new series available on Hulu.

Here are 10 new shows on Hulu:

1. The 1619 Project

Release Date: January 26, 2023
Creator: Nikole Hannah-Jones
Stars: Nikole Hannah-Jones
Genre: Historical documentary

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It’s hard to believe that The 1619 Project debuted in the New York Times Magazine way back in August of 2019. The researched, informative, long-form essays described how the enslavement of newly arrived African people in Virginia was the beginning of what formed North America. The series won its creator, staff reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize and also initiated years of controversy among those who said that not only were her facts wrong, but that the theories explored would too drastically change history as it was known. Now the project has been adapted for a new six-part limited documentary series for Hulu so all those who criticized it without reading it can see what it’s really all about. —Diedre Johnson

2. Will Trent

Release Date: December 13, 2022
Creator: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Stars: Ramón Rodríguez, Erika Christensen, Iantha Richardson, Jake McLaughlin and Sonja Sohn
Genre: Mystery, drama

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TV has no shortage of police detectives, but this ABC drama still stands out. Based on the series of books by Karin Slaughter, Ramón Rodríguez stars as the title character, a special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. Trent has the keen ability to read a crime scene and see things most other cops miss. In the series opener, Trent is investigating the kidnapping of a high school student. He’s actually the only one who figures out that a kidnapping has occurred. That arc, with guest stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Jennifer Morrison, comes to a conclusion next week. Episodes will also be on Hulu the day after they air on ABC. —Amy Amatangelo

3. Kindred

Release Date: December 13, 2022
Creator: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Stars: Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, David Alexander Kaplan
Genre: Sci-fi
Paste Review Rating: 5.5

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Based on Octavia E. Butler’s acclaimed 1979 novel, FX’s Kindred is a time-traveling series that uses a science-fiction angle to explore themes of racism, slavery and continued prejudice in our world today. The novel, still taught in schools, continues to resonate—which is why this is seemingly the perfect opportunity to adapt the text for the screen. Showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen) has made subtle changes to Butler’s text in an attempt to update it for modern audiences; notably, the TV series has changed the tone of Kindred from an intriguing historical mystery, instead heightening the horror aspects, among many other wrinkles. Dana (Mallori Johnson) is a young Black woman who has recently made a significant life change: moving from New York to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming a TV scriptwriter. She hasn’t even settled into her home though when she starts experiencing a weird phenomenon where she’s transported to a 19th-century plantation. Shortly after, Dana will discover she’s intricately linked with this plantation, although she cannot stop the phenomenon from happening. Discovering why and how this is happening to Dana is where the story’s grand mystery lies. It’s a shame that this adaptation is a failure, as Kindred never manages to improve after its intriguing pilot, one that promised a compelling mystery and plenty of tense moments. Instead, the focus is on ancillary characters that are not only obnoxious but lifeless as well, and spends the bulk of the story down on the plantation. Ultimately, this is a mystery that I won’t be returning to find out the answers to. —Max Covill

4. Welcome to Chippendales

Release Date: November 22, 2022
Creators: Robert Siegel
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Murray Bartlett, Annaleigh Ashford, Juliette Lewis
Genre: Drama
Paste Review Rating: 9.0

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While most people are familiar with the Chippendales brand many don’t know much about its dark history and its appeal seemed limited for a television series. After all, how interesting could the story of a bunch of oiled up dudes dancing around in g-strings possibly be? Then I viewed the premiere, got hooked, and binged all eight episodes of the limited series over two days. Welcome to Chippendales is surprisingly humorous, fits squarely in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction genre, and is a flat out addictive drama. —Terry Terrones

5. Fleishman Is in Trouble

Release Date: November 17, 2022
Creators: Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes, Adam Brody
Genre: Drama
Paste Review Rating: 9.0

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The game of Fleishman Is in Trouble is one of focus. In the central character of Toby Fleishman, Jesse Eisenberg’s New York City liver doctor who is going through a divorce in his 40s, we are given ample time to see how he’s feeling—while the emotional hurdles of the female characters like his ex-wife (Claire Danes’ Rachel) and college friend Libby (Lizzy Caplan) are pushed to the background. It’s only too late that we see which Fleishman is in trouble. It’s a murder mystery where the narrator did it all along, told through the lens of middle-aged malaise. It won’t work for everyone, but for those the series (and the book it was based on) are meant for, it will resonate hardWhitney Friedlander

6. Alaska Daily

Release Date: October 6, 2022
Creators: Tom McCarthy
Stars: Hilary Swank, Jeff Perry, Grace Dove, Meredith Holzman, Matt Malloy, Pablo Castelblanco, Ami Park, Craig Frank
Genre: Drama
Paste Review Rating: 8.3

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Alaska Daily, the ABC drama created by Spotlight Oscar winner Tom McCarthy, buries its lede in a pile of semantics. The show stars Hilary Swank as canceled big city journalist Eileen Fitzgerald, who is trying to rehabilitate her image after a story blows up in her face and allegations emerge about her abusive work style. Her editor from her cub reporting days wants her to head up north and join him at the local newspaper, The Daily Alaskan, to investigate a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women story. The set-up for Alaska Daily implies that this story is about Swank’s Eileen as she goes all Northern Exposure to experience boots-on-the-ground reporting and occasional run-ins with moose during morning runs. But the real story is about the newsroom of (largely female) journalists who work in Alaska, daily. And the most interesting characters by far are Ami Park’s Yuna Park, Meredith Holzman’s Claire Muncy, and Grace Dove’s Roz Friendly. Yuna is an eager young journalist who learns all-too-quickly that reporting the truth means consequences for the people she covers, whether or not they deserve it. Claire is a seasoned reporter—and a very good one—who is struggling hard to find a work-life balance with two sons, a husband who also works, and a job that doesn’t let you clock out at five. And while investigative journalist Roz doesn’t have the resume that Eileen boasts, she is completely justified in feeling insulted that Stanley won’t let her look into the MMIW cases on her own even though she’s from the area and is, in fact, an Indigenous American who lost a relative in a crime that wasn’t adequately covered by the police. I wish that Alaska Daily would heed some advice given by all editors at some point: Go where the story takes them. And that story is about the Alaskans who report about Alaska daily. —Whitney Friedlander

7. The Rookie: Feds

Release Date: September 27, 2022
Creators: Tom McCarthy
Stars: Niecy Nash-Betts, Frankie Faison, Felix Solis
Genre: Drama

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Simone Clark (the always delightful Niecy Nash-Betts) was introduced in an episode of the hit ABC series The Rookie last season. Like The Rookie’s John Nolan (the equally delightful Nathan Fillion), Simone has made a later in life career change, forgoing her job as a high school guidance counselor to become an FBI agent. Keep an eye out for Frankie Faison as Simone’s father who is not too thrilled with his daughter’s new employment. Going into its fifth season The Rookie remains a solid, highly entertaining show that brings just the right balance of strife and humor to the crimes of the week. Nash-Betts is a stand out in any project she is a part of (see Claws, Reno 911 and When They See Us. As the lead of The Rookie: Feds, I expect the same level of joy and drama. —Amy Amatangelo

8. Reasonable Doubt

Release Date: September 27, 2022
Creators: Raamia Mohamed
Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, McKinley Freeman, Tim Jo, Angela Grovey, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Aderinsola Olabode, Michael Ealy
Genre: Legal Drama

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Jax Stewart (Emayatzy Corinealdi) is a corporate defense lawyer who stretches the bounds of the law to protect her clients. Part of the Disney’s Onyx Collective (whose first project was Questlove’s Summer of Soul), Reasonable Doubt was created by former Scandal writer Raamla Mohamed. It takes place in the upscale world of a high-powered law firm in L.A. with its soapy office relationships and larger-than-life characters, and Kerry Washington directed the first episode. Reviews have been generally positive so far.

9. Chefs vs. Wild

Release Date: September 26, 2022
Creator: Stephen Rankin
Stars: Kiran Jethwa, Valerie Segrest
Genre: Reality competition

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You thought Netflix’s Iron Chef reboot was suffused in silliness? Well, the over-the-top theatrics of Kitchen Stadium can’t hold a candle to the weapons grade absurdity that Hulu has cooking. The streamer just released its new series Chefs vs. Wild, and you can’t help but laugh at the sheer gimmickry of dropping cooks into the wilderness so they can prepare “five star meals” from foraged materials, while trying not to die from hypothermia. The judges—who presumably will be hanging out at a luxury glamping site while they wait for the bedraggled chefs to arrive and cook for them—are “renowned chef and adventurer” Kiran Jethwa and wild foods expert Valerie Segrest, who “will judge participants on their ability to turn foraged ingredients from British Columbia’s coast into the best five-star meal.” This zany concept may well be deliriously entertaining, but there’s also no getting around just how preposterous and contrived the whole thing is. How funny would it be for the chefs to simply not be able to find any edible plants, or sources of protein? I want to see one of these chefs lovingly present a plate of smoked dirt, grubs and pine cones, and maybe then I’ll believe that some part of it is real. —Jim Vorel

10. Reboot

Release Date: September 20, 2022
Creators: Steven Levitan
Stars: Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy, Krista Marie Yu, Judy Greer, Paul Reiser
Genre: Comedy
Paste Review Rating: 8.7

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Hulu’s  Reboot, a series about an indie filmmaker who wants to put a modern spin on a noted IP, is not actually about the makings of a reboot. But, semantics aside, it’s a very funny show that hits hard at what’s wrong with everything from Peak TV culture to schlocky TV writing. Rachel Bloom plays Hannah, who wants to modernize a classic TGIF-style sitcom with the original cast. Paul Reiser plays Gordon, the creator of the original sitcom who has his own ideas about this process. Can two opinionated showrunners share a TV series without driving each other crazy? Also, are creator Steven Levitan (Modern Family) and his writers attempting to make a commentary on fandom and the public’s inability to separate the person from the persona in their quest to lampoon the industry that feeds them? Either way, we’ll be tuning in. —Whitney Friedlander