For anyone in need of a show to binge right now, the fourth — and now final — season of UnReal has just dropped on Hulu. It’s been a long journey to get the season to the screen, as it completed production before UnReal’s third season aired.
The series, which originally aired on Lifetime, is now streaming in its entirety on Hulu as part of a deal between Hulu and UnReal’s production company, A+E Studios. As Deadline reported in May, when the move to Hulu was announced, UnReal was a popular show for binge-watching and more successful on digital viewing platforms than in airing week to week on TV; hence the move to streaming for season four.
All eight episodes of season four have now been released on Hulu, in a surprise drop that brings together the new season with the three previous ones that were already available to stream on the service. “When the opportunity to partner with Hulu arose, we immediately saw the huge benefit to UnReal’s’s loyal fans, as well as a unique way of recruiting first-time viewers to this ground-breaking series,” said A+E Studios executive Barry Jossen in a press release announcing the release of the new season.
Additionally, though there was some speculation that the series might be renewed for another season should it perform well on streaming, Hulu and A+E Studios have confirmed that season four will be UnReal’s last.
The series, which stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, centers on the production of a Bachelor-style reality show. The first season was well-received, garnering two Emmy nominations (Best Dramatic Writing for Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Zimmer) as well as a Peabody Award, but the show went through something of a sophomore slump.
The final season, which also stars François Arnaud, Natalie Hall, Meagan Holder, and Alejandro Muñoz, features an “All-Star” version of the reality program, modeled on Bachelor in Paradise.