Hundreds of TV shows are aired every year, but only a small part of them are smash hits. A lot of it is garbage. And some series, no matter how good they are, fail to find the audience and critical acclaim they deserve. So these underrated dramas, rom-coms, thrillers, comedies, and sci-fi shows deserve more viewers.
Yes, we know it’s tempting to follow the crowd and watch the latest and greatest TV series being released on your favorite streaming service, but today we invite you to follow your sense of adventure, as over the last few years there have been authentic gems have appeared, many of which you didn’t even know existed. Therefore, today we bring together eight of our favorite series, all of them with a different touch. So if you’re into the supernatural, sci-fi, or fancy a bit of nostalgia, there should be something here for you in this pick of the best shows you haven’t seen yet.
8. dead like me (2003 – 2004) | Showtime
Available in: MGM Amazon Channel
dead like me it was that oddity of series that was not afraid to explore death, while also managing to make us laugh. The dark comedy followed the travails of Georgia Lass, a recently deceased teenager who is assigned to work as a Grim Reaper. In it, we see the afterlife as a bureaucratic mess, run on Earth by Mandy Patinkin. The series lasted only two seasons, followed by a flop movie that only kept half of the original cast. The kiss of death (no pun intended) for dead like me may have been having to compete with the very popular and also death-focused Six Feet Under on HBO. Still, it’s worth a look.
7. Wellington Paranormal (2018 – 2022) | TVNZ
Available in: hbo max
Wellington Paranormal is a cult comedy series, and a spinoff of the vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows, and follows a small-town police force that takes on everything from aliens to demons. Bottom line: It’s an even bigger niche comedy than the original, and just as funny in its own frighteningly weird ways. What makes her attractive? The small-town humor and deadpan way Agents Minogue and O’Leary take on supernatural cases fearlessly, treating monsters like any other citizen. They usually solve cases thanks to a good dose of luck, bureaucracy, police procedures and the occasional casual knowledge of what exists in the afterlife.
6. In the Flesh (2013 – 2014) | BBC
Available in: So far, on no legal website, but on other sites. Also, you can find it on DVD/BR.
In the Flesh, from the BBC, was without a doubt one of the best and most underrated series on television when it aired. The premise of the series is quite simple: set in the UK after a zombie epidemic, scientists find a cure that restores memories and personality to the undead. Although these people are still zombies, they are also undoubtedly people, and the same as they were before anything happened. Kieran Walker is one of those zombies, a teenager who must return to his old life, in which his parents are beyond scared, his sister is afraid of him and a militant anti-zombie group lives in town. Thus, using makeup to appear alive, he must assimilate again into a society that does not trust him, does not want him and fears that he will attack others again. It’s very short, but it will make you cry.
5 Knicks (2014 – 2015) | HBO
Available in: hbo max
Although each episode is packed with fantastic performances (Clive Owen should have won all awards for his work as drug-addled megalomaniac Dr. Charles Thackery) and incredible attention to period detail from this early 1900s hospital… the success of this series goes squarely on Steven Soderbergh. By allowing him to direct, shoot and edit each installment, it made Knicks It would go from being just another medical drama to something much more artistic. Even when the most gruesome medical procedures appeared on screen, Soderbergh’s use of color, lighting and camera movement made it impossible to look away. And that was essential, as the series’ exploration of the early days of mental health, discredited ideas of eugenics, and the rise of African-Americans in the medical field always made this series above average.
Four. Nathan For You (2013 – 2017) | ComedyCentral
Available in: So far, on no legal website, but on other sites.
Starting from the idea of its producer, creator and protagonistNathan Fielderto be a business graduate with good grades, Nathan For You it was somewhat twisted and uncomfortable and refreshing. In each episode, Fielder “helps” small businesses increase their sales with disturbingly effective ideas that sometimes go viral. As well as being wild, Fielder hides a certain sincerity, doing his best never to exploit the people he helped for the benefit of a good prank, hoping that somehow he could at least draw attention to the business he was dealing with. they suffered. But in the end, Nathan For You is something far more sublime: Over the seasons, he grows more human and deeper into the sublime, confronting the human connections that lie at the heart of capitalism’s most basic tenets.
3. Pushing Daisies (2007 – 2009) | ABC
Available in: hbo max
The 2000’s were a tough decade for Bryan Fuller in regards to the series he created about death, having also been the showrunner during the two-season adventure of dead like me on Showtime. Pushing Daisies centered on Ned (played by lee pace), a simple pastry chef with the ability to raise the dead with a single touch. After accidentally bringing his childhood sweetheart back from the grave, Ned tries to solve the mystery of her death, and in doing so befriends a private investigator played by Chi McBride. With only two seasons, it was a comedy and a romantic drama that touched on many important themes (just like its predecessor, dead like me), and had a small cult following that sadly wasn’t enough to keep it on the air.
two. Derry Girls (2018 – 2022) | Channel 4
Available in: Netflix
If you are looking for something fun and refreshing, the Irish production Derry Girls it’s a great option. Released in 2018, it is inspired by the adolescent experiences of its creator Lisa McGee. The series is set in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 1990s, at the end of a decades-long socio-political conflict known as the Troubles. The Protestant North wanted independence from the United Kingdom, and nationalist Roman Catholics wanted Northern Ireland to be absorbed into the Republic of Ireland. Context plays an important role in the series as the comedic backdrop, as the teenagers attend a private Catholic school in a majority Protestant region. The series plays on ’90s nostalgia and distinctly Northern Irish idiosyncrasies as it follows four teenage schoolgirls and one unlucky English boy on their hilarious adventures.
1. My Mad Fat Diary (2013 – 2015) | E4
Available in: So far, on no legal website, but on other sites. Also, it is available on DVD/BR.
Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the series tells the tragic and humorous story of a teenager named Rae, who has just been released from a psychiatric hospital, where she spent four months after attempting suicide, and begins to reunite with her best friend Chloe (a very young jodie eat) and her group, who are unaware of Rae’s mental health and body image issues, believing she has been to France. In an attempt to redefine herself and pursue the teenage dream she’s always wanted, she begins befriending Chloe’s friends, and the cool new people she’s met during Rae’s absence. As Rae learns more about this group, she embarks on a coming-of-age journey that is at times hilarious, awkward, and painfully real. With a soundtrack to the rhythm of the unbeatable melodies of Britpop, My Mad Fat Diary it’s also nostalgic for those who grew up in that era, but it’s also a real portrait of psychotherapy and depression, and a gem for anyone who has struggled to come to terms with their teenage self.
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