Hulu is the best streaming service for high-quality TV and Netflix is a close second

In the streaming age, quantity often beats out quality. But for TV fans looking to spend money on the services offering the best shows, Netflix and Hulu are the right choice.

Streaming search engine Reelgood provided Business Insider an analysis of five streaming platforms— Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and Showtime — and Netflix and Hulu came out on top in regards to "high quality" TV shows.

Reelgood defined a high quality series as anything with an 8.0 rating or higher on IMDB. Hulu narrowly edged out Netflix.

Below are the numbers and a chart comparing all five services:

  • Hulu: 213
  • Netflix: 203
  • Prime Video: 142
  • HBO: 43
  • Showtime: 12


Prime Video has the biggest library of TV shows with 2,317, while Netflix has 1,966 and Hulu has 1,931. But Prime video falls short when it comes to quality:


Netflix's original shows have dominated the Emmys in recent years, a sign that the streaming giant can develop its own quality shows without relying solely on licensed content. Netflix dethroned HBO as the network with the most amount of Emmy nominations in 2018, breaking HBO's 17-year streak. HBO reclaimed the title this year, but Netflix still nabbed 117 nominations.

Hulu has also beefed up its original programming. Its hit series "The Handmaid's Tale" won the Emmy for outstanding drama series in 2017 and a sequel series is in development. Hulu has debuted several critically acclaimed new originals this year, including "Shrill," "Pen15," "The Act," and "Ramy."

Read our full breakdown on every major streaming service and how they compare.

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