How to cite a Hulu video in MLA

MLA Hulu video citation

To cite a Hulu video in a reference entry in MLA style 9th edition include the following elements:

  1. Contributor(s) name, label: Give the last name and name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John) of the primary contributor(s). End with their contribution label preceded by a comma (e. g. Watson, John, director.). When given after the title give the label first followed by the name in normal order (e.g. directed by John Watson).
  2. Title of the Hulu video: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Publishing studio: If the show is a Hulu original, omit this part.
  4. Year of release: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a Hulu video in MLA style 9th edition:

Contributor(s) name, label. Title of the Hulu video. Publishing studio, Year of release, Hulu,

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:

Hulu videos (shows/movies) are commonly produced by many people performing different parts. If your research focuses on the contribution of one particular person, e.g. the performance of an actress or the ideas of the screenwriter, begin the entry with their name, followed by a descriptive label.


A show retrieved from Hulu with focus on the performer

Moore, Mandy, performer. This Is Us, NBC, 2016, Hulu,

A movie retrieved from Hulu with focus on the director

Krasinski, John, director. A Quiet Place, Platinum Dunes, 2018, Hulu,

Otherwise, if you are discussing a show without focusing on an individual's contribution, start with the title. You can add information about key participants after the title.

A show retrieved from Hulu with its creators as key contributors

This Is Us. Created by Dan Fogelman, NBC, 2009-2020, Hulu,

MLA in-text citation of a Hulu video

Audio-visual material uses the specific time of the audio/video for in-text citations.

(Last name time) or (Short form of title time).


A show retrieved from Hulu with focus on the performer

The following scene exemplifies the performer's abilities (Moore 00:15:43-00:20:07).

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