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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. Alaska Daily

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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


2. The Rookie: Feds

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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


3. Reasonable Doubt

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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.


4. Chefs vs. Wild

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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


5. Reboot

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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


6. Wedding Season

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Release Date: September 8, 2022
Creators: Oliver Lyttelton
Stars: Rosa Salazar, Gavin Drea, George Webster, Jade Harrison, Jamie Michie
Genre: Comedy Thriller
Paste Review Rating: 6.9

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Since the runaway success of Rian Johnson’s star-studded comedic murder mystery Knives Out in late 2019, Hollywood has been on a mission to pump out more and more projects that blend the two popular genres. It’s happened often enough to be called a trend, but it’s also one that hasn’t yet reached the point of oversaturation. One of the reasons for this is the versatility of the murder mystery, as the formulaic genre can easily be adapted to fit a specific story and style. The success of each project is therefore measured by its ability to reinvent and surprise. Unfortunately for Hulu’s Wedding Season—which attempts to set itself apart by doubling as a romantic comedy—the show quickly wears out its welcome, relying on too many clichés to feel anything but tired. The eight-episode series starts off promising enough. Rosa Salazar stars as the enigmatic Katie McConnell, an American living in the U.K. who is suspected of murdering her new husband (George Webster) and several members of his smug, wealthy family on her wedding day. The murders occur just hours after Stefan Bridges (Gavin Drea), a British doctor helplessly in love with Katie, interrupts the nuptials in an attempt to convince the bride to marry him instead. This public profession of love naturally makes Stefan and Katie—the latter of whom flees her wedding reception immediately after her in-laws croak—the main suspects in the case, inevitably sending them on the run together. You can argue the show was always meant to be a rom-com with a side of mystery rather than the other way around, but that doesn’t change the fact that, in my ways, Wedding Season feels typically Hollywood, which is to say that it feels like a product of a system that wants to capitalize on the trend of the moment with as little effort or substance as possible. —Kaitlin Thomas


7. Tell Me Lies

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Release Date: September 7, 2022
Creators: Meaghan Oppenheimer
Stars: Grace Van Patten, Jackson White, Catherine Missal, Spencer House, Sonia Mena
Genre: Drama
Paste Review Rating: 7.0

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I could tell you lies about Hulu’s Tell Me Lies. I could say it evolves beyond the tropes about college romance and sex. I could claim it elevates itself above simple melodrama. I could even say it has something new to say about toxic relationships. But in doing so, I’m afraid I’d be lying. Tell Me Lies tries to have it both ways. It’s a series that tracks the arc of a destructive relationship between Lucy (Grace Van Patten) and Stephan (Jackson White) over the course of eight years, beginning when Lucy is a fresh-faced freshman at Baird College. From the start, Stephan’s framed as the older upperclassman oozing diabolical charm, ensnaring women sexually on campus. His commitment to socially engineering the results that he wants—sex, a research position, an internship—typically succeed only when his target is an easy mark: naive and inexperienced. For Lucy, the audience should feel concern. But under Tell Me Lies’ treatment, this manipulation is highly eroticized. Tell Me Lies joins a pantheon of entertainment designed for women that utilizes dangerous and abusive characters and situations to evoke fear/excitement responses easily conflated as arousal. At its core, the Mathew Hart-produced Tell Me Lies sells the lie that the best sex of your life comes from toxicity. But like any good therapist knows, people remember the sex from toxic relationships because the sex was the only thing given to them by a toxic partner—not actual partnership, respect, or dignity. So in the cyclical high and lows where Lucy takes drug hits off her want of what little Stephan gives her, the addiction holding pattern is made bare. She wants to be truly seen. But the relationship, like the series as a whole, is lacking. —Katherine Smith


8. Mike

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Release Date: August 25, 2022
Creator: Steven Rogers
Stars: Trevante Rhodes, Russel Hornsby, Harvey Keitel, Laura Harrier
Genre: Drama
Paste Review Rating: 9.0

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Depending on your age and perspective, Mike Tyson is a monster, a has-been, a criminal, a rags-to-riches story of redemption, or the greatest boxer of all time. In truth, Tyson is all those things and more, which Hulu’s eight episode limited series Mike powerfully and sometimes painfully demonstrates. Created by I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers, the program also manages to examine a wide range of social issues through the lens of a man who once said of an opponent, “I want to eat his children.” It’s a bit unusual to frame social commentary through such a controversial figure, but nothing about Tyson’s life has ever been usual. Mike, which is unauthorized by Tyson, is essentially a dramatized version of the boxer’s life as told by the man himself during the 2013 Spike Lee produced HBO special, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Just like his long-running one-man show, Tyson (Trevante Rhodes) is shown on stage laying out his life for all to see, warts and all, as he looks back through his roller coaster existence in a series of flashbacks. When we see legendary trainer Cus D’Amato (an almost unrecognizable Harvey Keitel) ask Mike’s mother Lorna (Olunike Adeliyi) if he can take the young man to live and train with him in upstate New York her response of, “Take him, he’s only going to disappoint you” rings painfully true. You feel for Tyson’s troubled mother, who just can’t control her unruly son. But you also feel for Mike, who seemingly never had a shot at a decent future. While Mike crafts a sympathetic figure, it’s also unafraid to show that time and again many of Tyson’s problems were self-inflicted. Mike is clearly a drama, but its storytelling is done in such a unique way that it also works as a dark comedy, occasionally poking fun at Tyson’s over-the-top antics. Who is Mike Tyson? Is he a monster, a criminal, a rehabilitated hero, or a boxing legend? It all depends on your perspective and because there’s no wrong answer, it’s what makes watching Mike so engrossing whether you love him or hate him. —Terry Terrones


9. The Patient

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Release Date: August 30, 2022
Creators: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
Stars: Steve Carell, Domhnall Gleason, Linda Emond, David Alan Grier
Genre: Thriller
Paste Review Rating: 6.4

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The 10-episode FX series The Patient is the story of a serial killer, Sam (Domhnall Gleeson), who kidnaps his therapist Dr. Straus (Steve Carell). When you read that premise you, like me, might think “Hey, this show will probably be aware of the humor in that idea. Surely The Patient understands it’s kind of funny, and explores the absurdity of such an out-there premise.” Well, I regret to inform you that The Patient might be one of the most deathly serious television shows ever made. It has a level of somberness and sustained depression that will put critiques of the first season of The Leftovers to shame. The Patient is about death: thinking about death, thinking about who you’d like to be when you die, and coping with the eventual death you will face. But it’s also about fractured father-son relationships, whether it’s possible to change, and coming to an understanding with your Jewish faith. The Patient is, rather surprisingly, not about serial killers at all. Sometimes The Patient features phenomenal conversations between Carell and Gleeson, who are both completely immersed in this dreary world. Sometimes The Patient is reaching for deeper themes on faith and change. But these aspects never come together into one cohesive show. If you want a serial killer show, you will be disappointed. If you want a true successor to The Americans, you will also be disappointed. The Patient takes you somewhere complicated, and it is not an easy watch. It doesn’t always work, it’s underdeveloped, and it’s often a profound bummer. But it’s been weeks since I first watched the series, and I still think about Dr. Strauss trying to recite the Kaddish but not knowing the words. Not a lot of shows come around with a moment like that. — Leila Jordan


10. This Fool

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Release Date: August 12, 2022
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Stars: Chris Estrada, Frankie Quiñones, Laura Patalano, Michelle Ortiz, Julia Vera
Genre: Comedy

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This Fool got an honorable mention on this week’s Paste TV Power Rankings, with Amy Amatangelo describing it as “funny in an off-beat and authentic way.” The half-hour comedy stars Chris Estrada as Julio Lopez, a 30-year-old still living at home in South Central Los Angeles with his parents and his cousin, who’s just finished serving eight years in prison.