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Looking for a quick and sweet series on Hulu? the next shows are a variety of the only mini-series the platform possesses to supply. Mini-series, or limited series, could be considered the “sweet spot” in terms of narrative length. the tv format is longer than film and thus has longer to delve into story and character development. However, being characterized by only telling the story across one season, there’s no risk of dragging out the story longer than it’s to.

Best Miniseries on Hulu

American Crime

American Crime is willfully difficult, refreshingly so. The rotating array of perspectives is fascinating, and it keeps the viewer off-balance in a novel way. it’s an uncomfortable series, a drama that delves into underground conflicts that come to light at the worst possible time. It certainly grabs your attention and albeit there are plenty of characters to remain track of.

Not to be confused with the FX true-crime series American Crime Story, this short-lived anthology was a surprisingly mature turn for network ABC, in terms of content, style, and themes. While equivalent actors return in each season, they always play new characters in new narratives involving crimes starting from the violent to the private.

Along with their engrossing narratives, each season also delves heavily into difficult and timely themes, often intertwining them with personal and emotional character growth. Despite perhaps not getting the maximum amount of attention as other, more popular anthology series, American Crime was reviewed more positively by critics with each passing season. Unfortunately, ABC ultimately pulled the plug on any future for American Crime, but that does not make any of the seasons not worth revisiting.

Star cast: Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral, Elvis Nolasco, Lili Taylor, Benito Martinez, Regina King

IMDB ratings: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Normal People

Looking for an absorbing romantic drama to binge? Look no further than Normal People, Hulu’s limited romantic drama series supported the 2018 novel by Sally Rooney, who also co-wrote the series. The show follows the complex and intimate relationship between adults Marianne and Connell as they navigate their final days in lyceum through their undergraduate years while attending Trinity College in Ireland.

The series is grounded by the mesmerizing performances of its two lead actors, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. it’s also received praise for the realistic way in which it portrayed intimacy. Overall, Normal People may be a beautiful portrait of a relationship delivered to life through wonderful writing and directing.

Star cast: Paul Mescal, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sarah Greene, India Mullen, Sebastian de Souza

IMDB ratings: 8.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Over the Garden Wall

This sweet, little, and pitch-perfect min show is so impressive. While animated shows are common, seeking out an animated mini-series, especially one for all ages, is incredibly rare. So when Cartoon Network debuted its ten-episode series from Adventure Time writer-director Patrick McHale, it had been simultaneously surprising and refreshing. The show

follows two half-brothers who find themselves in a mysterious and fantastical forest referred to as “the Unknown”, and must travel through it to seek out their way home. Over the Garden Wall catches something inherent about the moribund embers of fall before winter flares its cold across the atmosphere.

Stylistically both dark and kooky, Over the Garden Wall takes its fairy-tale inspirations and runs with it, creating fun characters and an intriguing world. the ultimate episode, “The Unknown”, ultimately ends the series on an emotional high note and with enough substance to stay anyone wanting more. The series won numerous awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program. McHale is now set to make a movie adaptation of the favored Redwall series for Netflix.

Star cast: Collin Dean, Elijah Wood, Melanie Lynskey, John Cleese, Cole Sanchez, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd

IMDB ratings: 8.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Mrs. America

Packed with stunning performances, the limited series tells a sweeping story of women’s rights revolutionaries. Mrs. America may be a disco hop filled with TNT, a pop-literate political drama that’s not too cool to be joyful, not too triumphalist to urge down a challenge to its country today. because the fight for equality among the genders gathers more support, Mrs. America traces the roots in recent American memory that got the political ball rolling. The series tells the true story of the movement in the 1970s to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which might guarantee equal rights for everybody no matter their sex. The liberal women in congress are then shocked when conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly builds a robust union of girls con to the amendment.

Cate Blanchett portrays Schlafly with such strong conviction, completely disappearing into her character. While Schlafly could be the star of the show, several other prominent fighters within the movement appear also, including Steinem, Jill Ruckelshaus, and Shirley Chisholm, the last of which earned actress Uzo Aduba an Emmy. The series ultimately explores feminist ideas from all angles before shifting into a surprisingly optimistic future.

Star cast: Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Banks

IMDB ratings: 7.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

The People v OJ Simpson American Crime Story

As the true-crime cousin of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, each season contains a retelling of a famous and shocking criminal case. No season quite took the planet by storm, however, just like the show’s first season. It tells the true story of infamous former footballer O. J. Simpson, whose ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson was found murdered one morning. a bit like the mini-series, the crime catches the eye of the planet because the series retells the story from Simpson’s famous freeway chase through his unlikely “not guilty” verdict.

The People v. O. J. Simpson is crammed with performances that aren’t only fantastic but also look and act just like their real-life counterparts. Its recreation of real-life events is comparatively accurate, but also energetic and interesting. The series leaves no stone unturned, unraveling

every facet that led to the trial’s unexpected outcome and exploring all possible theories without necessarily endorsing any as being right or wrong. The series won numerous Emmy awards, including Outstanding Limited Series.

Star cast: Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Cuba Gooding Jr.

IMDB ratings: 8.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

Fargo

With a fifth season on the way, now’s the right time to catch abreast of this addicting series. Based loosely on the 1996 Coen brother’s movie of an equivalent name, each season of Fargo follows an identical setup: a cop, a criminal, and an innocent all somehow get trapped in some kind of crime in a small snow-filled midwestern town. While the plots always start simple, they rarely stay that way, eventually escalating into unpredictable violence and lots of shocking twists and turns.

In keeping with the Coens’ signature style, Fargo is usually even as quirky and humorous because it is engrossing, with each episode keeping the false “true story” claim that the first film claimed. While the precise narratives of every season stand on their own, they also all contain nods and references to every other (as well as the original film), subtly connecting all the various stories during a shared universe. Over the years, Fargo has won numerous awards and has featured many prominent stars like Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemmons, David Thewlis

Star cast: Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Billy Bob, Colin Hanks, Carrie Coon, Chris Rock 

IMDB ratings: 8.8/19

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

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