20 Seriously Underrated TV Shows That No One Talks About

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There is no shortage of options when it comes to shows to binge. It’s impossible to catch them all, so many great shows fly under the radar. What are some of these underrated shows that people rarely discuss? Here are quite a few from every genre.

1. Firefly (2002-2003)

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I like to describe Firefly as cowboys in space. Firefly follows the renegade crew of a transport vessel in the pioneer culture of a newly colonized star system. While there are civilized planets, our crew mostly ships cargo (currently including fugitives) to less developed places that have more of a Wild West feel. So there are spaceships and lasers but also horseback riding and bar fights. Unbelievably, this fantastic series was canceled after just one season, but the fans rallied, and a movie, Serenity, debuted a few years later to carry on the storyline.

2. Hell on Wheels (2011-2016)

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I never gave much thought to the transcontinental railroad stretching across the United States until I discovered Hell on Wheels. This post-civil war drama follows Cullen Bohannon and the laborers, surveyors, soldiers, and others in the mobile encampment called “Hell on Wheels” as they traveled across the country, creating the railroad as they went. The main character of this show is so engaging with his quiet intensity and his need to avenge his wife and son’s death during the war.

3. The Right Stuff (2020)

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The Right Stuff is a rich and fascinating series that follows the lives of the pilots who become astronauts in the NASA Mercury missions. These include John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, and Gus Grissom. It is a toss-up of what is more dramatic, their training or personal lives.

The world treats them as heroes, but things are sometimes rocky. This series only scratches the surface of their experiences with only eight episodes. That is likely why not many discuss it, which is a shame. Give it a watch, especially if you are a history or NASA fan.

4. Ghosts (2021-)

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I love the premise of this show. Samantha and Jay inherit a country mansion, unaware that the home is inhabited by spirits who died on the property. After a near-death accident leaves Samantha able to see and hear ghosts, things get much more interesting. I love all the diverse characters from all periods of history and the depth they each bring to the “family.” This show also has a British counterpart that is also worth checking out.

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5. Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017)

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HHalt and Catch Fire is a fascinating and often riveting drama that centers on the technological developments of computers in 1983 Texas. It focuses on the tech warfare, relationships, and struggles of three individuals: an arrogant salesman, a brilliant engineer, and a young prodigy.

6. The Goldbergs (2013-2023)

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The Goldbergs is an American period sitcom based on the creator’s own experiences growing up in the 1980’s. This gives it such a personal feel and makes the characters even more relatable. What makes this show stand out is how well it depicts the 1980’s. They work in so many quintessential 80’s items, phrases, places, and ideas that you feel like you’ve actually been transported to another time.

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7. Detectorists (2014-2017)

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This British comedy TV series focuses on the lives of two eccentric members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club. Along with friends and fellow members they scour fields looking for rare fortunes. Relatable characters and interesting antics keep the fun rolling. I’ve always been intrigued by hidden treasures and these folks might be on the right track.

8. Poldark (2015-2019)

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This British drama is captivating, gorgeously filmed, and thoroughly entertaining. The story follows the life of Captain Ross Poldark and the engrossing lives of his family and friends in the post-revolutionary war mining town of Cornwall, England. These include his wife Demelza, first love Elizabeth, cousin Francis, and bitter rival George.

Although this series had a five-season run, it could only partially reach the mass appeal of shows like Downton Abbey. Still, though few talk about it, Poldark is a beautiful and poignant series.

9. Call the Midwife (2012-Present)

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Call the Midwife is a tender and thoughtful period drama that centers on midwives living amongst nuns from the 1950s onward. It follows the lives, relationships, and trials of the families and women they help. Times are much different now regarding pregnancy, but Call the Midwife’s themes are timeless. Despite this series having over 100 episodes, it is one that few discuss in the online community.

10. Forever (2014-2015)

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Forever is the most underrated of the many procedural shows out there. It only has one season but is unique and poignant. This series stands out due to its unique premise, focusing on a man who has remained the same age for centuries. Despite experiencing multiple deaths, he consistently reincarnates, leveraging his extensive years and profound wisdom to assist law enforcement in solving cases. Only his adopted son, many years his senior, knows his secret. Or so he thinks?

One might assume that a show featuring an immortal man would captivate viewers more. Still, it never had the opportunity to expand its horizons. Nevertheless, its lone season should endure in the hearts of numerous viewers.

11. Longmire (2002-2003)

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Set in a quiet county in Wyoming, Longmire follows a solemn but wise sheriff who’s a little rough around the edges as he investigates major crimes within his jurisdiction as well as helping on the nearby reservation. Longmire’s blunt nature and interpersonal relationships keep us coming back for more in this western crime drama.

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12. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

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Pushing Daisies is a short-lived, fanciful, and cleverly written series that follows a man who can inexplicably bring dead things back to life. But there is a caveat. This power is only for one minute; if he does not touch them again, something else will die. This man is a pie maker who uses his gift (or curse) to solve murders. But his life changes when he brings his childhood sweetheart back to life.

13. Monk (2002-2009)

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Monk holds to the distinction of being the first series to kick off similar productions on the USA network. It follows a former police detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder who remains brilliant in his observation and deductive skills. He is an invaluable asset as a consultant to the San Francisco police department. And this drama/comedy is equally poignant and funny.

It is a head-scratcher why Monk is so underrated. Despite a loyal fan base and multiple awards, when people discuss procedural shows today, they do not discuss Monk nearly as much as it deserves.

14. Elementary (2012-2019)

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Sherlock Holmes has undergone numerous transformations. This contemporary and innovative rendition ranks among the finest but still needs to be explored. Within this series, Holmes grapples with addiction recovery, while Watson has transitioned from a surgical career. She becomes his partner, and together, they consult with the police on investigations, forming an unbreakable friendship. Even though the series has seven seasons and 154 episodes, Elementary is inexplicably an under-the-radar success. More should converse on this fine mystery series.

15. Bates Motel (2013-2017)

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This present-day prequel to Psycho looks at Norman Bates as a teenager moving onto the grounds of the Bates Motel. Diving into the unusual relationship between Norman and his mother, Norma, this show gives you a front-row seat to his deteriorating mental state as a teenager. Engaging characters and endless suspense make this eerie show a top pick.

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16. Agent Carter (2015-2016)

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Regarding the most popular Marvel Shows, people never fail to mention Agents of Shield, WandaVision, and Loki. But Agent Carter is not brought up often and more than deserves to be. It is a thrilling, energetic, and touching show that follows Agent Peggy Carter in post-WWII New York following the events of the film Captain America: The First Avenger.

17. Last Man on Earth (2015-2018)

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After virtually every person on Earth has perished, one man is left and spends his days scouring the world and looking for other survivors. With no civilization or rules, anything goes until he encounters a few others with different ideas. This show only lasted a few years, but the strong character development and one-liners make this an instant classic.

18. Scrubs (2001-2010)

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Scrubs has many fans who adore the show. So that begs the question: why isn’t this series more popular in the history of medical shows? Is it because it is an irreverent comedy, not a drama like Grey’s Anatomy and E.R.?

Regardless, Scrubs is often brilliant and unafraid to pull at the heartstrings. It deals with life and death through a comedic lens with terrific characters. 

19. Fringe (2008-2013)

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 When unexplained phenomena wreak havoc, the FBI’s Fringe science division steps in. The most memorable case they worked on (for me at least) dealt with traveling to an alternate reality that was almost identical to our world with slight differences due to a few different choices or world events throughout history. 

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20. Severance (2022-)

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People always want to leave work at work and Severance really brings that concept to life. Employees agree not to have access to thoughts about their work lives outside of the office and vice versa. Work friends and projects are completely foreign once they leave for the day. Until one friend breaks free from the hold of this company. Quite an interesting concept!



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