Gone are the days when TV viewers had to wait an excruciatingly long week to find out what happened next after a thrilling episode of their favorite show ended on a cliffhanger. Thanks to streaming services like Hulu, we can now binge-watch entire seasons of shows in a matter of hours. Below are the best thriller series on Hulu.
Hulu has a wide variety of thriller shows to choose from, including true crime-inspired miniseries, shows about malevolent adolescents, and sci-fi classics. Here are a few of the best thriller series on Hulu listed below.
Fox’s long-running real-time drama, 24, is streaming on Hulu. Every season of the 9-season series follows CTU Agent Jack Bauer (Buchanan) as he scrambles to stop a terrorist attack on the United States in the nick of time. The show is packed with action and tension as each season brings a new, seemingly unstoppable, terrorist threat. Buchanan must use his wits and skills to outsmart his adversaries and rescue his country.
24 has been praised for its intense action and realistic depiction of terrorism. According to an Entertainment Weekly critic, the show “combines Jack’s personal and professional crises and puts them in a pressure cooker time frame,” which gives the show “a momentum that’s both emotionally and action-oriented.” 24 is an action-packed series that is sure to turn your stomach.
The Act is an award-winning true crime series about a young woman, Gypsy (Rose Blanchard), who is manipulated and abused by her mom, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Dee Dee convinces Gypsy she is terminally ill, and needs 24/7 care, when Gypsy is in fact quite healthy.
After years of abuse and neglect, she and her friend, Nick (Nick Godejohn), come up with a plan to kill Dee Dee, and the series follows her as she carries out this plan and rides off into the sunset. While The Act is a compelling true crime drama, it is also an eye-opening exploration of how abuse and manipulation work. Led by Jim King, Gypsy is played by a stunningly powerful actress, with an Emmy-winning performance as Dee Dee.
The Americans is a six-season drama that follows two married KGB spies, Elizabeth and Philip, as they navigate their lives during the Cold War in the United States. The show may sound like a typical spy drama, but it’s anything but. It stars Keri Russell in one of the best roles of the 2010s, and Matthew Rhys as Philip, Elizabeth’s husband, whose dedication to their cause is put to the test over the course of the show’s six seasons.
The Americans are full of tension and intrigue as the Jennings navigate their double lives, balancing their love of their children with their need to do what’s right. The series also delves into the complex moral issues that surround espionage in the Cold War. While there are plenty of thrilling moments, The Americans is best known for its slow-burn drama. It takes time to flesh out the characters and develop the story and rewards the viewer with a satisfying and thoughtful experience.
Created by David E. Kelley of Big Little Lies fame, Big Sky follows the success of this ABC drama. The show is based on C. J. Box’s Highway book series. The series takes place in Montana and revolves around the investigation of the mysterious disappearance of people. Jenny Hoyt is a detective assigned to investigate these mysterious disappearances. Cassie Dewell is also a regular on the show.
One of the biggest surprises on the show is the death of one of the main characters in the very first episode. According to series writer, Maria Sten, “I think it’s safe to say that you should always be concerned for everyone’s safety on Big Sky.” Jensen Ackles plays the new sheriff in Season 3, which is subtitled “Deadly Trails,” while Rebecca McEntire stars as Sunny Brick, a regular in the series. The season centers around a hiking area that has become dangerous.
If you’re a fan of [Stephen] King, Castle Rock will be a familiar world to you,” wrote EW’s critic. “In many ways, spending time here feels like coming home, with all the anticipation and dread that comes with such a visit.”
The two-season Hulu series weaves elements from King’s multiverse including Shawshank Prison into new stories, such as Castle Rock’s defense lawyer Henry Deaver’s return to protect a Shawshank prisoner or Misery’s Annie Wilkes’s dark backstory. The abundance of King touches including stellar performances from Sissy Spacek in Carrie and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption makes Castle Rock a safe bet for genre aficionados, even when they’re not noticing the many Easter egg references to the “King of Horror.”
Freeform’s first season of Cruel Summer is a fast-paced, suspenseful teen drama that follows the lives of two young women, Kate Wallis (played by Nathalie Emmanuel) and Jeanette Turner (played by Constance Wu). The story takes place over three years, with each episode taking place in one of three timelines.
The first timeline is where Kate is the star of the school and Jeanette is a nerdy outsider. When Kate goes missing, Jeanette rises to the top of the social ladder. The second timeline finds Kate alive and Jeanette accused of having something to do with her disappearance. The third timeline finds out the truth behind what happened to Kate. Bert V. Royal, the creator of Cruel Summer and Easy A., stated that he wanted to make a show that used the concept to “explode the characters not illuminate the concept.”
Fargo is a long-running American comedy-drama series created by the Coen brothers, who also directed the 1996 film adaptation. The show is loosely based on the Coen brothers’ 1996 film. Each season of the show takes place in a different time period and place, but all share a similar dark humor and dramatic tension.
The first season of the show is set in the winter of 2006 in the small North Dakota town of Fargo. The story centers around an insurance salesman who becomes involved with a criminal organization. The series was loved by most of people also got rated as 8.9/10.
Wrapping it up!
The terms “thrillers” and “horrors” are often used interchangeably. Both genres are characterized by high levels of suspense and tension. However, they differ in terms of how they are executed. While thrillers focus on a narrative that builds to a satisfying conclusion, horror relies more on jump scares and gory scenes. While Man on the Hunt Thriller centers around a man who is on the hunt for a killer. Mystery thrillers focus on solving