The best comedies on Hulu right now

Comedy films are essential viewing for a happier, healthier life. Whether you’ve had a tough week and need to tune out or want a quick way to unwind before tucking in for the night, smiles and laughs go a long way in soothing the soul. For those with a Hulu subscription, there’s plenty of quality films on the streaming platform to unplug and gut-bust with. We here at Digital Trends know that the last thing anyone wants is to sign into a streaming account and get lost for hours amongst all the titles trying to decide what to watch. To help you get to know your Hulu a little better, here’s a roundup of the best comedies on the streamer this month.

Hulu isn’t the only platform with laughs on demand. Lucky for you, we’ve also put together guides to the best comedies on Netflix and the best comedies on Amazon Prime.

What About Bob? (1991)

In this comedy classic, Richard Dreyfuss stars as the staunch and accomplished psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin. On the cusp of a new book release, Leo is looking forward to a month-long vacation with his family to Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. The only trouble is that before escaping to their lakeside resort, the therapist takes on a new patient named Bob Wiley (Bill Murray), a phobic and detached individual who goes out of his way to follow Leo and his family on their trip. Packed with laughs and two heavy-hitting performances from Dreyfuss and Murray, What About Bob? never gets old.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty
Director: Frank Oz
Rating: PG
Runtime: 100 minutes

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The Beach Bum (2019)

From writer-director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers), The Beach Bum stars Matthew McConaughey as Moondog, a drug-and-alcohol-loving poet and beach squatter occupying the sands of the Florida Keys. Moondog’s one goal in life is to finish his novel, a literary homage to his daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen). While those around him think Moondog peaked long ago, the nomadic wanderer seeks to prove otherwise. He’ll just have to let go of his beer and bud long enough to issue a coherent statement. Harmony Korine has a penchant for the bizarre, a cinematic touchstone that is completely on display in his latest feature, albeit toned down from other films in the auteur’s catalog.

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher
Director: Harmony Korine
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Palm Springs (2020)

Nyles (Andy Samberg) isn’t having the greatest day. At his friends’ wedding, the man finds his girlfriend cheating on him. Retreating into the desert with the drunken maid of honor, Sarah (Cristin Milioti), Nyles is pierced by a crossbow arrow. Reeling from the pain, he crawls to a strange aura inside a nearby cave. Sarah follows, only to discover that the brilliant lights are a mysterious vortex that traps those who enter in an endless time loop. As Nyles and Sarah are forced to relive the same November day over and over, the two form a bond that begins platonically but eventually becomes something more. An elevated time-travel comedy, Palm Springs is more than just a Groundhog Day homage, adding existentialist ponderings and R-rated hijinks to the time-loop flick formula.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons
Director: Max Barbakow
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Scrooged (1988)

It may be early for Christmas movies, but it’s never too early for Bill Murray movies! In Scrooged, Murray stars as Frank Cross, a very Scrooge-like TV producer who is ironically forcing his staff to work Christmas Eve to put on a production of A Christmas Carol. Because Frank puts so much emphasis on his television career, he spurns Claire Phillips (Karen Allen), the love of his life. However, a literal ghost from Frank’s past warns him that three more spirits are on their way, and they’re going to try to scare him back into the holiday spirit, even if it kills him.

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait
Director: Richard Donner
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 100 minutes

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The Terminal (2004)

Steven Spielberg took a rare turn toward comedy in The Terminal. The story follows Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), an unassuming man who is caught up in circumstances beyond his control. While in America to fulfill a longtime dream, Viktor learns that his native Krakozhia has erupted into a civil war. With no country left to return to, Viktor finds a way to survive and thrive in the airport terminal. He even forms a charming bond with Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones). However, Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), the airport’s customs director, becomes obsessed with Viktor, and he schemes to find a way to get rid of him.

Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 128 minutes

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein is peak Mel Brooks and one of the funniest comedies in his long cinematic career. Brooks co-wrote and directed the film as a parody of almost every Frankenstein adaptation that came before, which influenced his decision to shoot the entire film in black-and-white. Co-writer Gene Wilder stars in the film as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist who is ashamed by the legacy of his grandfather, the infamous Victor Frankenstein. But Frederick eventually embraces his family tradition and brings him back to life. From there, comedic chaos ensues as Frederick tries to save the Monster (Peter Boyle) and help him enter modern society.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Stars: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman
Director: Mel Brooks
Rating: PG
Runtime: 105 minutes

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9 to 5 (1980)

You may have heard Dolly Parton’s song 9 to 5, but have you ever seen the movie it came out with? 9 to 5 stars Parton as Doralee Rhodes, the put upon and sexually harassed personal assistant for Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman). Fortunately, Doralee soon finds kindred spirits in her co-workers, Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) and Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin). Together, they turn their revenge fantasies against their boss into a reality and then inadvertently become better at his job than he is!

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman
Director: Colin Higgins
Rating: PG
Runtime: 110 minutes

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Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Ned Devine (Jimmy Keogh) has a relatively small part in the movie that shares his name. Instead, Waking Ned Devine is all about his friends, Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly). They discover Ned’s body after learning that he has won a small fortune in the Irish National Lottery. Believing that Ned wanted them to get the money, Jackie and Michael enact a grand scheme to fool the Lottery inspector into certifying the win. But it will literally take a village to pull off this con. And Ned still has a big secret even from beyond the grave.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch
Director: Kirk Jones
Rating: PG
Runtime: 91 minutes

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The Princess Bride (1987)

One of the most beloved comedies of all time, The Princess Bride is the jewel of master screenwriter William Goldman’s crown. Based on his equally wonderful novel of the same name, this fairy tale adventure tells the tale of Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her one true love, Westley (Cary Elwes). After years apart, Westley returns to the land of Florin to rejoin his long, lost love, only to find that the evils of Florin have profligated in his absence. His comic quest to save Buttercup from being wed of

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