Hulu has slowly expanded its catalog, which is good news for fans of sci-fi movies and shows. The streaming service used to be just a more affordable Netflix, but nowadays Hulu Original shows have largely leveled the playing field, and it seems to get new movies in a much more timely fashion. When it comes to sci-fi on Hulu, there are a lot of options. From classic sci-fi movies to award-winning Hulu Original shows, there are more than enough options to get your science fiction fix.
We’ve split the list into the best sci-fi shows and the best sci-fi movies on Hulu. You’re sure to find something to watch, so keep on reading!
Editor’s note: This list will be updated as sci-fi movies and shows leave and other new arrivals make their debut on Hulu.
The best sci-fi shows on Hulu
1. The Handmaid’s Tale
This Hulu Original is not only one of its best, but also one of its most successful. The first season of the Handmaid’s Tale won eight Primetime Emmys and several Golden Globe awards, and in many ways was the first show to put Hulu Originals on the radar. Season three began in June 2019.
The show takes place in a dystopian near-future New England, where ultra-conservative religious leaders have taken over. Women’s rights have been erased, and their role in society reduced to that of Marthas, who do typical house chores, and handmaids, whose only purpose is to bear children for their masters. It’s based on the classic 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, and it strays far from standard genre tropes, making it one of the best sci-fi shows on Hulu.
If you’re looking for more standard science fiction action, Joss Whedon’s Firefly will be right up your alley. If you haven’t already seen it, the 2002 space cowboy western can be streamed in its entirety on Hulu. It was unceremoniously canceled in its first season, but it remains a fan favorite. The movie, Serenity, can also be streamed on Hulu and ties up some loose ends from the series.
Firefly follows the crew of captain Mal Reynolds aboard a Firefly-class spaceship. Unlike other shows in the genre, it takes place in a multicultural future, where Eastern and Western cultures intertwine. Significant disparities between the rich and the poor still exist, and the decision to focus on the latter makes it all the more interesting.
James Franco stars in yet another Hulu Original sci-fi series, this time based on a Stephen King novel by the same name. The show unfolds over eight episodes, all of which are available for streaming now on Hulu.
11.22.63, as the name implies, centers around the assassination of JFK. An ordinary high school teacher is tasked with traveling back in time to prevent the murder from taking place, which proves more difficult than he could imagine.
4. The X-Files
The X-Files follows FBI agents Mulder and Scully. They search for “the truth” and often work in very extraneous cases. Some topics covered include UFO sightings, abductions, and other paranormal activities. The series is a classic favorite from the ’90s. You’ll be entertained for a while, as it is 11 seasons and 219 episodes long.
5. 12 Monkeys (series)
Loosely based on the 1995 movie, 12 Monkeys is a science fiction show that originally aired on the SyFy network. All four seasons and 47 episodes are available now on Hulu.
The series focuses on two strangers who are tasked to travel back in time to stop a cataclysmic event. A deadly plague will wipe out more than 90 percent of the planet unless they can stop it in time.
The best sci-fi movies on Hulu
1. Sea Fever
Marine biologist Siobhán likes her solitude and laboratory time, but she is forced to spend some time in a fishing boat. The crew already has its bond and she is having trouble adapting. A strange parasitic infection forces her out of her comfort zone to find a solution.
This film was directed by Neasa Hardiman and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It has received a plethora of positive reviews since then, and it has become a very popular movie.
Akira is one of the most famous animated movies of all time, and for good reason. This cyberpunk sci-fi action film was first released in 1988 and has proved hugely influential on the genre ever since.
Set in the distant future of 2019 (ok, maybe not so distant), Akira follows the story of Kaneda, the leader of a local biker gang. When one of his friends suddenly gains telepathic powers, it’s up to Kaneda to protect him from government forces that want to take advantage of his supernatural abilities, and to protect him from himself.
3. Sorry to Bother You
This 2018 dark comedy comes from rapper Boots Riley in his excellent debut as a film writer and director. Lakeith Stanfield plays a black man who pays the bills as a telemarketer, who discovered he can be more successful by using his “white voice.” Riley uses his film at first to makes some points about race relations, but later he and the movie goes off in a whole other direction that we won’t reveal here. It’s funny, it’s thought-provoking and thankfully, it’s also entertaining as well. It’s a no-brainer as one of the best sci-fi movies on Hulu.
4. Gemini Man
Gemini Man features Will Smith as the protagonist. In this film, he is Henry Brogan, an older assassin getting ready to retire after a long, tiring career. His plans are ruined when he starts being chased by a mysterious assassin that seems to be in tune with everything he does. It turns out it’s a clone of himself, and he must find a way to survive attacks from a younger, stronger, and faster version of himself. This film is definitely one of the best sci-fi movies on Hulu if you are also looking for some action.
5. The Mandela Effect
If you haven’t heard of the Mandela effect, its a phenomenon where a large portion of the population remembers something differently. One clear example is that of the monopoly man, also known as Rich Uncle Pennybags. Many believe he wears a monocle, but the character never has. In this film, a man becomes obsessed with these cases and believes they are part of something much larger.
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