Hulu recently released Only Murders in the Building season 2, which has only strengthened the streaming service’s claim to be one of the best when it comes to great comedy. It’s the original comedies produced for Hulu that really make it stand out and slowly become Emmy favorites due to these shows delivering great humor coupled with the intriguing premise of murder mysteries or high school teen drama, to name a few.
That’s why Ranker put the question of which original comedy is the funniest in Hulu’s library. From Pen15 to Letterkenny, there were plenty of good choices, but these shows ended up standing out on top.
Note: Ranker lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.
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10 Pen15 (2019-2021)
A masterpiece of cringe comedy from Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Sam Zvibleman, Pen15 stars the former two as 13-year-old social outcasts, which is made hilarious by the fact that they are adults playing opposite child actors. Critical response to the novel concept was positive, and the show received a ton of award nominations before it ended after two seasons.
Pen15 doesn’t shy away from honesty and awkwardness and, on top of that, cringe comedy is already a divisive genre that can be off-putting to a lot of people. That’s why, despite being one of the more talked-about comedies in Hulu’s library, Pen15 ended up splitting opinions and falling below several of the streamer’s shows.
9 Difficult People (2015-2017)
Starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as two struggling New York comedians with more than a bit of a vicious streak for everyone except each other, Difficult People managed to get a ton of laughs out of its mean and unlikeable main characters. Full of comedic talent from John Mulaney to Martin Short, the show proved all the way back in 2015 that Hulu means business when it comes to comedy.
Hulu renewed the series twice, and, although it came to an end, there were 28 entertaining episodes to stream, which might be the perfect amount considering the constant bitterness of its characters can start to wear a bit thin. Though it is something of an underrated comedy series, it managed to retain plenty of fans since it ended in 2017.
8 M.O.D.O.K. (2021)
Although technically a Marvel show centered on the titular supervillain, M.O.D.O.K. is more like some of the other great animated comedies of recent years. Starring Patton Oswalt as the villainous, giant-headed protagonist, the show is presented in a charming stop-motion animation style that received widespread praise on its release.
The show finds M.O.D.O.K. amid a midlife crisis after finding himself still far off from achieving his dreams of conquering the entire world after losing control of his own supervillain organization. Novel and fast-paced with tons of jokes, it slipped under the radar a bit, likely contributing to its early cancelation, but the show has its fair share of loyal fans.
7 Ramy (2019-present)
Starring comedian Ramy Youssef as the titular character, this comedy series follows a first-generation Muslim American living in a New Jersey neighborhood with some deep divisions. Ramy quickly became the recipient of tons of praise and awards thanks in part to its nuanced depiction and representation of Muslim Americans as well as its great writing and performances.
Ramy was recently compared to another great Hulu show, Woke, but its more situational humor and the direct way it often challenges stereotypes sets these two apart. With a highly-anticipated third season in the works, it’s no surprise that plenty of fans were quick to vote up Ramy.
6 Deadbeat (2014-2016)
Although it’s definitely one of Hulu’s earlier forays into comedy, and it ended in 2016, Deadbeat’s interesting premise and unique sense of humor meant it kept a place in the hearts of many comedy fans. The show centers on a jobbing medium, played by Tyler Sabine, and his best friend while they attempt to help ghosts by dealing with their unresolved issues.
Whilst this might sound like a formulaic premise, albeit a dark one with the potential to tell plenty of interesting stories, it’s actually full of narrative twists and turns. Despite its cancelation, it’s not a show that’s been forgotten in the years since it still rates as one of Hulu’s best comedies.
5 Dollface (2019-2022)
Despite Dollface introducing great new characters in season 2, which was released earlier this year, the show has sadly not been picked up for another season by Hulu, meaning its two seasons are all fans will get to enjoy. Thankfully, both seasons are hilarious, with Kat Dennings of Two Broke Girls fame as Dollface’s star.
Dennings plays Jules, a young woman who is put in the position of trying to rekindle her past connections with women after being dumped by her long-term boyfriend. While the jokes are often fast-paced and grounded, the show also brings metaphors to life in bizarre and sometimes hilarious ways, making Dollface all the more memorable.
4 Future Man (2017-2020)
Starring a post-Hunger Games Josh Hutcherson as the lead, Future Man is a hilarious but now sadly forgotten sci-fi comedy that manages to take in all the genre clichés while keeping up an atmosphere of good old-fashioned fun. Produced as a Hulu-exclusive by Seth Rogen’s production company, it had all the makings of an underrated comedy gem.
Its absurd premise that the video game the main character is addicted to is actually a recruitment tool for time-travelers from the future sets the tone for a show that never really takes itself seriously. With three seasons of hokey fun to enjoy, it’s easy to see how Future Man managed to win over so many viewers.
3 Only Murders In The Building (2021-present)
Despite being one of the most recent comedies produced by Hulu, Only Murders in the Building has already risen to be rated among the streaming service’s top shows. With the hilarious and perfectly contemporary premise of a group starting a murder mystery podcast after a suspicious death takes place in their apartment building, the show immediately hooked fans.
Combining comedy with mystery, as the Only Murders characters are nearly all suspicious in one way or another, the show is some of the most compelling entertainment of recent years. Along with a likable cast headed by Steve Martin, it’s no surprise that the show has taken off in the way it has.
2 All Night (2018)
This teen comedy is set in an overnight lock-in graduation party where the central cast of characters are committed to making all of their wildest dreams come true before they finish high school. All Night may have received a mixed critical response, but it managed to win over plenty of fans thanks to its sheer sense of fun.
The show is also propelled along by an endless sense of energy that’s needed to make a teen party comedy work, and the fantasy-fulfillment element means there are tons of crowd-pleasing moments. Without doing anything hugely different or new, All Night still managed to find a sizeable audience that appreciated its charms.
1 Letterkenny (2016-present)
The popular sitcom began as a YouTube series before being commissioned as a full TV show by the Canadian network Crave. But Hulu’s acquisition of the exclusive rights to all current and future seasons of Letterkenny in 2019 means it can well and truly be considered under the streaming service’s wing now.
Centered on the titular rural community in Ontario, the show uses the loose premise of following the small-town problems its characters face and the scuffles they find themselves in, which constantly produce entertaining situations. Along with a razor-sharp, stereotype-subverting sense of humor at times, no show has managed to make a bigger name for itself on Hulu than Letterkenny.
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