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Most popular TV shows on Hulu last week

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May 9, 2023
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Most popular TV shows on Hulu last week

You never realize how many different shows are available to stream at your fingertips until you sit down and try to figure out what to watch. From comedy to drama to shows that claim to be about reality, there is a plethora of choices. So many, in fact, that according to the recent State of Play report released by Nielsen, most viewers are overwhelmed by the choices available. So how do consumers choose what to watch? 

According to the Nielsen report, we still spend hours watching something we already know and love—and based on the most popular TV shows on Hulu last week, the list follows that trend. It could be a mixture of nostalgia or a longing for a simpler time in your life. It could be that people prefer to return to something they know won't disappoint them versus taking a risk on something new. Whatever the reason boils down to, the list makes it clear. Viewers know what they like and have no problem sticking with it, especially if it makes them laugh. 

Of the 50 shows on the list, comedy appears 25 times on the list and is the clear winner when it comes to what people are looking for.  From the #50 contender "How I Met Your Mother" to the #1 series, it appears viewers were seeking a few hearty laughs, a couple of decent dad jokes, and a wonderful distraction from the chaos of the outside world. 

Stacker compiled a list of the most popular TV shows to make Hulu's list last week, using data compiled from Reelgood. Take a look and see if your binge-worthy favorites made the list.

Data analysis by Karim Noorani. Writing by Olivia Monahan.

#50. How I Met Your Mother

Genres: Romance, Comedy
On air: 2005-2014 (nine seasons)
Cast: Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel

#49. Am I Being Unreasonable?

Genres: Comedy, Thriller
On air: 2022-present (one season)
Cast: Daisy May Cooper, Seline Hizli, Lenny Rush

#48. Bob's Burgers

Genres: Animation, Comedy
On air: 2011-present (13 seasons)
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman

#47. Vikings

Genres: Romance, Action & Adventure, History
On air: 2013-2020 (six seasons)
Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgård

#46. Ghost Whisperer

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
On air: 2005-2010 (five seasons)
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

#45. History of the World: Part II

Genres: Comedy, History
On air: 2023-2023 (one season)
Cast: Mel Brooks, Ike Barinholtz, Nick Kroll

#44. Community

Genre: Comedy
On air: 2009-2015 (six seasons)
Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi

#43. The Orville

Genres: Drama, Comedy, Family
On air: 2017-present (three seasons)
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson

#42. Not Dead Yet

Genre: Comedy
On air: 2023-present (one season)
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Lauren Ash, Hannah Simone

#41. American Horror Story

Genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Science-Fiction
On air: 2011-present (11 seasons)
Cast: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O'Hare

#40. Animal Control

Genre: Comedy
On air: 2023-present (one season)
Cast: Joel McHale, Vella Lovell, Michael Rowland

#39. The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch

Genres: Documentary, History, Horror
On air: 2020-present (four seasons)
Cast: Mary Donahue, T. J. Allard

#38. Alone

Genres: Documentary, Game Show, Reality
On air: 2015-present (nine seasons)
Cast: Sam Larson, Josh Chavez, Dustin Feher

#37. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Genres: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery
On air: 1999-present (24 seasons)
Cast: Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Dann Florek

#36. Only Murders in the Building

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Comedy
On air: 2021-present (two seasons)
Cast: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez

#35. American Idol

Genres: Game Show, Music, Reality
On air: 2002-2023 (21 seasons)
Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell

#34. Lost

Genres: Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
On air: 2004-2010 (six seasons)
Cast: Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

#33. A Million Little Things

Genres: Drama, Romance, Comedy
On air: 2018-present (five seasons)
Cast: David Giuntoli, Romany Malco, James Roday Rodriguez

#32. Survivor

Genres: Action & Adventure, Game Show, Reality
On air: 2000-present (44 seasons)
Cast: Jeff Probst, Andrea Boehlke, Michael Yerger

#31. 9-1-1

Genres: Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
On air: 2018-present (six seasons)
Cast: Peter Krause, Angela Bassett, Oliver Stark

#30. Family Guy

Genres: Animation, Comedy
On air: 1999-present (21 seasons)
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

#29. S.W.A.T.

Genres: Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
On air: 2017-present (six seasons)
Cast: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington

#28. Pokémon

Genres: Family, Children, Comedy
On air: 1997-2018 (56 seasons)
Cast: Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Otani, Megumi Hayashibara

#27. Criminal Minds

Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery
On air: 2005-present (16 seasons)
Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness

#26. Grey's Anatomy

Genres: Romance, Soap, Drama
On air: 2005-present (19 seasons)
Cast: Ellen Pompeo, James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson

#25. Twin Peaks

Genres: Drama, Crime, Fantasy
On air: 1990-1991 (three seasons)
Cast: Sheryl Lee, Mädchen Amick, Kimmy Robertson

#24. Ghosted

Genres: Comedy, Crime, Horror
On air: 2017-2018 (one season)
Cast: Craig Robinson, Ally Walker, Amber Stevens West

#23. Fargo

Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller
On air: 2014-present (four seasons)
Cast: Chris Rock, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman

#22. Attack on Titan

Genres: Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
On air: 2013-2020 (five seasons)
Cast: Yuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue

#21. The Company You Keep

Genres: Drama, Crime
On air: 2023-present (one season)
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Catherine Haena Kim, Sarah Wayne Callies

#20. Dave

Genres: Comedy, Music
On air: 2020-present (three seasons)
Cast: Lil Dicky, Taylor Misiak, Andrew Santino

#19. Rick and Morty

Genres: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
On air: 2013-present (six seasons)
Cast: Justin Roiland, 斯宾瑟·格拉默, Chris Parnell

#18. Single Drunk Female

Genres: Drama, Comedy
On air: 2022-present (two seasons)
Cast: Sofia Black-D'Elia, Ally Sheedy, Sasha Compère

#17. The Bear

Genres: Drama, Comedy
On air: 2022-present (one season)
Cast: Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edibiri

#16. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Genre: Comedy
On air: 2005-present (15 seasons)
Cast: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

#15. The White Lotus

Genres: Drama, Comedy, Mystery
On air: 2021-present (two seasons)
Cast: Jennifer Coolidge, Jon Gries, F. Murray Abraham

#14. Justified

Genres: Thriller, Action & Adventure, Comedy
On air: 2010-2015 (six seasons)
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter

#13. The Good Doctor

Genre: Drama
On air: 2017-present (six seasons)
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff

#12. Schitt's Creek

Genre: Comedy
On air: 2015-2020 (six seasons)
Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy

#11. Modern Family

Genres: Drama, Romance, Comedy
On air: 2009-2020 (11 seasons)
Cast: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

#10. Will Trent

Genres: Drama, Comedy, Crime
On air: 2023-present (one season)
Cast: Ramón Rodríguez, Erika Christensen, Iantha Richardson

#9. Snowfall

Genres: Drama, Crime
On air: 2017-present (six seasons)
Cast: Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Sergio Peris-Mencheta

#8. Saint X

On air: 2023-present (one season)
Cast: Alycia Debnam-Carey, Josh Bonzie, West Duchovny

#7. The Americans

Genres: Action & Adventure, Crime, Mystery
On air: 2013-2018 (six seasons)
Cast: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

#6. Welcome to Wrexham

Genres: Documentary, Sport
On air: 2022-present (one season)
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney, Jordan Davies

#5. The Rookie

Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Crime
On air: 2018-present (five seasons)
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Melissa O'Neil, Eric Winter

#4. Tiny Beautiful Things

On air: 2023-2023 (one season)
Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Sarah Pidgeon, Quentin Plair

#3. Abbott Elementary

Genre: Comedy
On air: 2021-present (two seasons)
Cast: Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Lisa Ann Walter

#2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Genres: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction
On air: 2019-present (three seasons)
Cast: Natsuki Hanae, Hiro Shimono, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

#1. New Girl

Genres: Romance, Comedy
On air: 2011-2018 (seven seasons)
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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