Yes, FX network has the movies. But you know what else they have? The best tv shows. Think award-winning series such as “Atlanta” and “Fosse/Verdon” to surprising comedies like “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Dave.” You’re essentially getting HBO quality viewing for the price of basic cable. Or if you’re a streamer, even cheaper. Here, we’re rounding up the best FX on Hulu shows to binge right now.
Pamela Adlon is the mom everyone wishes they had. She’s also widely talented as the show’s creator, writer, executive producer and director. “Better Things” follows Sam Fox (Adlon), a divorced actress living in California, and her often chaotic journey of raising three teenage daughters. While also caring for her own elderly mom. It’s an honest portrayal of single motherhood and brilliantly balances comedic antics, drama and heartache that will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
This limited series details the long-standing relationship between choreographer/director Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and dancer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). What the show set out to unveil was Verdon’s unknown hand in some of Fosse’s most famous works. After the show aired in 2019, Williams herself earned accolades for her performance as Gwen Verdon including an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries.
The midwestern world of Minnesota doesn’t sound like an exciting watch, but think of “Fargo” as the lovechild of “Breaking Bad” and “No Country for Old Men.” Got your attention? Adapted from the film by the Coen Brothers, the acclaimed series is one of FX’s most popular and successful installments. The show itself is an anthology of sorts, like “True Detective,” with an all-star cast including Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst and Ewan McGregor to name a few. It’s quirky, crime-filled and a must-binge-immediately kind of show.
Donald Glover’s Emmy-winning series follows friend trio Paper Boi, Earn and Darius who are trying to find fame in the not-so-glamorous streets of Atlanta. Each episode is a work of art true to Glover’s innovative style, and feels like a movie within itself. It’s funny, dramatic, sometimes scary and will make you think harder than you have in awhile. Since there’s a notoriously long waiting period in-between seasons, now is the perfect time to binge one of the best FX shows on Hulu before its projected return in 2021.
Since airing its final season last summer, you can now watch “Baskets” in its entirety on Hulu. The sweet, but also sad, show centers around Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis) who has a job as a rodeo clown. The show itself was pretty niche during its four-season run, however, I encourage you to give it a chance for its hilarious and endearing charm.
The newest show to come to FX, “Mrs. America” is a political mini-series from “Mad Men” writer Dahvi Waller. The show is an American historical drama that takes on the 1970s feminist movement and Equal Rights Amendment. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks and more—the powerful female cast is reason enough to tune in.
In the world of television, “Justified” is an oldie but goodie. And with a 10-year runtime, it automatically falls under the best FX on Hulu shows category. Set in Harlan County in Kentucky, “Justified” is a contemporary Western adapted from a short story by Elmore Leonard. It follows Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) who grew up together, but ultimately end up living on opposite sides of the law as adults.
You’re the Worst
If you’re into romantic comedies, “You’re the Worst” is the anti rom-com. It’s hard to say I’ve seen a relationship quite like Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy’s (Chris Geere). They are both perfect and absolutely horrible for each other at the same time. It’s a very modern portrayal of love that defies cheap romantic ploys and puts two anti-heroes at the forefront. Do you want them to end up happily ever after? Or watch them crash and burn? In a way, you’ll get both.
What We Do in the Shadows
This FX show is based on the success of a 2014 vampire mockumentary by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”). “What We Do in the Shadows” follows a group of vampires, and one familiar, living in present-day Staten Island. While their everyday stupidity is evident, the show manages to avoid coming off as dumb or silly. It’s truly one of the best comedies I’ve seen in a long time, and season two only solidified that for me.
Since “Dave” aired this past March, it became FX Networks’ highest-ranked comedy series ever. And for good reason, I might add. You might know the main character better by his stage name, Lil Dicky, who in the show plays an aspiring rapper out to prove his genius to the world. Semi-based on the real life of Dave Burd, it was a successful first foray into television for the music artist, and audiences like myself can’t wait to see more.