30 Teacher Picks for Educational Hulu Shows

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Cosmos: Possible World, as an example of educational Hulu shows

We all love our streaming services for binge-watching at home, but did you know that there’s a ton of content you can use in the classroom? Videos help enhance your curriculum and further the discussion, so we’ve gathered the top 30 educational Hulu shows that make the most of screen time. Get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the animal kingdom, take a virtual art class with the master of landscapes Bob Ross, learn what it takes to build the International Space Station, and more, all from the comfort of the classroom. 

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(Note to teachers: Some schools block Hulu, which requires you to use Hulu’s offline feature to download preferred shows and use them during class. Also, grade recommendations were made by our editorial team, but of course, you are always the best judge of the appropriateness for your own students.)

Best Educational Hulu Shows for Elementary School

Mother and baby elephant from Earth Day, as an example of educational Hulu shows.

Best Animal Friends 

What does it take to forge a friendship? These cute animal pairs might look different from each other, but they’re still BFFs!


Explore the world as seen through the eyes of a curious kid and learn about vehicles, animals, the natural world, and much more.

Cleopatra in Space


This engaging animated series explores social-emotional subjects as Cleo, an ancient princess launched into the modern world, learns to adjust to her new school and meet friends.

Comeback Kids

What does it mean to be resilient? Follow along with animals that had a rough start in life but found special people who refuse to give up on them.  


Brainstorm along with Spike, Molly Bolt, Daisy Wheel, Flex as they design, create, and innovate, then put their cool ideas into action.

Earth Day: The Elephant in the Room

Say hello to the gentle giants of the animal kingdom: elephants.

March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

Your kids won’t even realize that they’re soaking in important lessons on geography and science as they follow two adorable penguins in their never-ending quest to survive.


Tag along with Roman, a kid who’s also a real-life dog rescuer.

Where’s Waldo?

Kid adventurers Waldo and Wenda are junior members of an international travel society faced with challenging missions around the world. 

Best Educational Hulu Shows for Middle School

Collage of historical figures from Horrible Histories, as an example of educational Hulu shows

 Adoption Day

This engaging series follows animals as they are adopted into new families.

Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting

Take a virtual art class with the master of landscapes, Bob Ross. Meditative and relaxing, this is a great show for any kid looking to hone their art skills and relax their brain for a spell.

The Cars That Made America

Learn the dramatic stories behind the biggest names in the auto industry.

Horrible Histories

Based on the bestselling books for kids, Horrible Histories takes an in-depth and often hilarious look at history’s most horrible moments.

I Am Greta

Follow along with teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg—a shy student with Asperger’s—as she sparks school strikes around the world then sets off on an extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City. 

LEGO Masters

Follow along as 12 teams of 2 compete against one another in LEGO brick-building challenges.

Shark vs Tuna

Two oceanic titans fight for survival in the crystal-blue waters of Ascension Island.

Superstructures: Engineering Marvels

Learn what it takes to build two engineering marvels, including a massive cargo ship, and the International Space Station.

Tour of the Moon 4k

A music video of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) showcases a fascinating moon mission.

The Toys That Built America

This fun and educational series ties beloved toys to the major events in American history that led to their invention. 

Best Educational Hulu Shows for High School

Cosmos Possible Worlds, with colorful background as an example of educational Hulu shows

Buried Secrets of WWII

Explore the many mysteries that still surround some WWII battles and campaigns in this engaging three-episode series.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds

Delve into the science and mystery behind the cosmos.

Dead by Dawn

Learn how crafty animals outwit even the most dastardly predators.

Defining Moments

Even the most successful people have all struggled on their journey to greatness. See how famous people stayed on the path to success despite challenges.


Experts investigate artifacts that normal Americans find in their backyards. 

Game Changers

Meet the business and media leaders who changed our world. Learn the skills they had to hone to get there and the many challenges they faced on the road to success.

Hello World 

Journey across the globe to find the inventors, scientists, and technologists shaping our future. Each episode explores a different country and uncovers the ways in which the local culture and surroundings have influenced their approach to technology.  

The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52

Dive deep into the ocean and discover what the whale’s lonely plight teaches us about our relationship to the ocean and each other.


Go behind the scenes with NASA scientists, researchers, and engineers as they work on the projects that will take us out of this world tomorrow.


RBG showcases the inspiring life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. 

Snake City

Reality and natural science collide in this documentary series that profiles venomous-snake handlers Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett.

What educational Hulu shows, movies, or documentaries do you use in your classroom? Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Looking for more educational content to stream STAT? Check out our guide to the best educational shows on Netflix.

Check out the best educational Hulu shows for elementary, middle, and high school, as recommended by teachers. Happy streaming!