I’ve previously written about how I really do pay for Hulu and don’t regret it, and one of the main reasons for that is that Hulu actually has a lot of nerdy and geeky material in its library, including some of the better anime series like Naruto, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, and One-Punch Man.
If you’ve run out of content on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime Video and you’re dying for something new to watch, I highly recommend grabbing a Hulu subscription and binge-watching the following TV shows.
Futurama is a nerd’s dream. This “futuristic Simpsons” is more than it seems on the surface—the episodes are surprisingly layered with jokes that are so good you’ll only catch them on rewatches, and we’re talking about jokes that are extremely nerdy in nature. I don’t want to spoil any of them, so I’ll just say this: there isn’t a single sitcom with more scientific rigor than Futurama.
Community is an oddball sitcom, and you’ll probably need to give it a few episodes before you acquire the taste (also because the show itself takes a while to find its footing and understand where to mine its humor). The study group premise is super nerdy, and the character of Abed is always an interesting source of geeky humor.
What’s so geeky about a bunch of plane crash survivors stuck on a desert island? Well, I don’t want to give away too much of the surprise, but suffice it to say that Lost has one of the deepest and most mysterious sci-fi mythologies of any serial drama TV series. I highlighted it as one of the best epic TV series to watch if you love Game of Thrones.
4. The X-Files
Government conspiracies, alien sightings, strange scientific anomalies, and so much more. The X-Files has everything a geek could want in a mystery thriller, save for the fact that there are too many monster-of-the-week episodes that end up dragging out the overarching mythology and storyline. For a more streamlined show that’s similar, try Fringe (which isn’t available to stream anywhere as of this writing, unfortunately).
Despite only airing 14 episodes before it was cancelled, Firefly is one of the greatest sci-fi drama series ever made. Packed with humor, wit, and trope subversions, it was very much ahead of its time. Make sure to watch the film Serenity when you’re done, which is a follow-up film that wraps up the story in light of the series-ending cliffhanger.
6. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe need to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because it takes place in the same universe. Phil Coulson has been revived and leads the superhero agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s a lot more grounded than the films—and a bit cheesy, to be honest—but is a fun watch if you just want something to tide you over until the next MCU release.
7. 12 Monkeys
This sci-fi time travel series is a reimagining of Twelve Monkeys, the 1995 film about a prisoner who travels back in time to track down the origin of a virus that ends up wiping out humanity in the future. The TV series runs on the same premies, but is a lot more in-depth in its mythology and more ambitious in its exploration of time travel mechanics and consequences. One of the better shows produced by SyFy.
8. Fear the Walking Dead
This prequel spin-off of The Walking Dead never gained as much traction or notoriety as the original show. It’s not a groundbreaking series, and it fails to elevate or expand the genre in any meaningful way, but has proven itself to be competent enough to tell an engrossing zombie-filled story.
Dollhouse is a sci-fi series about organizations called “Dollhouses” that train mind-wiped humans called “Dolls” and program their brains to take on temporary personalities. These Dolls are hired out to clients for whatever reasons, including heists, assassinations, or even companionship. It has all the trappings of a Joss Whedon show, so if you liked Buffy, Angel, or Firefly, you’ll probably like this one.
10. Hard Sun
Hard Sun is a pre-apocalyptic (yes, that’s right!) series about two London police officers who stumble across a cover-up involving a cosmic extinction event that’s right around the corner. This Hulu exclusive series—co-produced with the BBC—is one of the better shows that Hulu has put out, and even though it was cancelled after one season, it’s worth a watch.
11. Star Trek: The Next Generation
An oldie but a goodie. Star Trek: The Next Generation is the sequel series starring Patrick Stewart and LeVar Burton, not to be confused with Star Trek: The Original Series which stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. It’s dated, yes, and it’s cheesy, yes, but it’s fun to look back and see how far we’ve come in terms of space sci-fi.