Do you ever find yourself endlessly scrolling through streaming services, desperate for a show that doesn’t involve the umpteenth rehashing of the same tired plotlines? In the vast sea of television, there are some seriously underrated gems that barely anyone knows about. Let’s shine a light on these unsung heroes of the small screen.
One Redditor asked, “What is the most underrated TV series that barely anyone knows?” This thread received insights from many users and we have compiled the top comments for you.
A Reddit user commented, “Continuum. Canadian sci-fi (think time travel rather than aliens), the lead actress is Rachel Nichols who plays the part brilliantly, and the storyline is great.”
Someone else added, “This one should be higher up. I’m just watching it on Sky and it’s one of the best time traveler series. Unfortunately, it got canceled after 3 seasons and they only got 6 more episodes in season 4 to wrap things up.”
No, it’s not a physics lecture – it’s a sci-fi thriller that’ll make your brain do somersaults while keeping you on the edge of your seat.
One said, “Reaper. On his 21st birthday, Sam discovers his parents sold his soul to the devil before birth and he must now be a bounty hunter for the devil until he dies.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “The DMV literally being where you deposited beings going really told me everything I needed to know about the cleverness of the show. I still reference that all these years later. Absolutely hilarious.”
It’s got wit, charm, and a healthy dose of awkward moments that’ll make you question your life choices.
In this gem, operatives from the future inhabit the bodies of people right before they kick the bucket. Talk about an inconvenient arrival time, huh?
A Reddit user wrote, “I liked Travellers on Netflix and no one I talk to has seen it.”
Someone else added, “Nice man, just commenting to let you know I enjoyed that show alot! It was very entertaining and fun”
Imagine if Jason Bourne had a really, really bad day, and you’re on the right track.
A Reddit user commented, “Patriot on Amazon Prime. I’ve watched it twice now, and I’ve rarely laughed so hard at a show. I don’t know anyone who’s watched it”
Another replied, “This is one of my all-time favorite shows. I’m sure everyone in my life is sick of me trying to get them to watch it, but if Amazon won’t promote it I will!”
5. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace
One said, “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Available on Amazon Prime (to stream for free) in the US.”
Someone responded, “Heard about this show a few months back. Got sick off of my second vaccine and watched the whole thing while laid up in bed over the course of a few hours.”
If you love a good laugh and a hearty dose of nostalgia for a horror era gone wrong, Darkplace is your twisted ticket.
A Reddit user wrote, “I really liked the SyFy series Defiance but I can’t find anyone else who watched it”
Someone else added, “Aw, memories! I worked on season 3 as a Castithan. Just some background work, but the wigs and makeup and contact lenses were so cool. It was my first gig in Toronto. Grant Bowler is a friendly fella, great to work with”
It’s the kind of show that makes you wonder why everyone and their grandmother isn’t talking about it at the water cooler.
7. Bored to Death
Picture this: a struggling writer decides that the best way to cure his writer’s block is to moonlight as an unlicensed private detective.
A Reddit user commented, “Bored to Death. My favorite show ever, and maybe Ted Danson’s best work imo.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “I love this show. I don’t know how it wasn’t bigger when it aired. The pilot is incredible.”
Enter “Detectorists,” a show about two guys with metal detectors, searching for buried treasure in the English countryside
One said, “The Detectorists. Genuine work of genius.”
Someone else added, “Found this show surfing Netflix at 2am one night. Ended up pulling an all-nighter. Never thought I would get so invested in a show about metal detecting. It’s truly wonderful.”
9. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
A Reddit user wrote, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA 2016) with Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, and Jade Eshete”
Another person agreed to it and said, “The scene where they try to set up a prisoner exchange with the big evil guy and realize that no one knows what’s going on is one of my favorite TV scenes. And then several episodes later the whole thing is repeated when they get captured and everyone is still completely clueless.”
Forget everything you thought you knew about detective shows because this one’s a wild ride on the eccentric side.
10. Derry Girls
Set against the backdrop of the Troubles in the ’90s, it follows a group of teenage girls navigating the perils of adolescence while the world around them is in chaos.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Derry Girls is a lesser known Irish show on Netflix.Its about a group of teenagers in Ireland during the Troubles. It is a nice heartwarming feel-good comedy”
Someone responded, “I love this show. My kid and I exchange quotes all the time from it. It’s one of those shows that made me laugh until I actually cried.”
We’re talking about a place where people have strange abilities, and it’s not just the weird guy who can touch his nose with his tongue.
One said, “Haven. Sci-fi show where Emily Rose plays an FBI agent sent to a small Maine town to deal with weirdness. More awesome weirdness ensues. As with everything based in Maine, it is based on a Stephen King story.”
Someone else added, “Haven was excellent with one of the best final episodes I’ve ever seen written. Most series screw it up and leave you feeling like things haven’t been resolved . Heaven resolved everything for all the characters. It’s was extremely satisfying.”
12. Pushing Daisies
A Reddit user wrote, “Pushing Daisies with Lee Pace. I just love quirky supernatural shows.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “I adored Pushing Daisies. I wish it had gone on longer, but I feel they ended it well.”
It’s a rom-com with a side of magical realism that’ll make you believe in love, death, and the power of a good pastry.
13. Reservation Dogs
One Redditor stated, “Reservation Dogs is a fantastic show that I caught wind of near the end of the year. There is only one season of eight episodes out there, but it is well worth the time.”
Someone responded, “I learned of it from a Ten Best Shows of 2021 list. As I see it, if I am hearing of it for the first time by reading a list like that in the last week of the year then it might not be as well known as more mainstream shows out there.”
Plus, it’s breaking ground by showcasing Indigenous talent both in front of and behind the camera – it’s about time!
Now, let’s take a trip across the pond with “Broadchurch.”
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Broadchurch. Olivia Colman is one of the greatest actors of our time”
Someone else added, “What a masterpiece, really. David Tennant nailed the gritty detective trope, and Olivia Colman was a revelation for me.”
It’s about a man who just got out of prison and assumes the identity of a small-town sheriff, but surprise – this town is more dangerous than a pit full of hungry wolves.
One said, “Banshee. It was on Cinemax, only 4 seasons, and one of the best shows ever. It’s about a guy fresh from prison that steals the identity of the new Sherriff in Banshee, PA.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “Banshee is one of my favorite series. The main character is so loveable and hate-able all at the same time! Clearly Job steals the entire series though.”
Hank Azaria plays a disgraced baseball announcer with a penchant for profanity that would make a sailor blush.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Brockmire. Hank Azaria plays a washed up baseball broadcaster who had a on-air meltdown and disappears for 10 years, then returns for a minor league contract in a backwater coal &fracking town”
Someone responded, “The show is so funny that we have to pause it when we are laughing too hard because we missed the next few minutes of jokes in the show and we got tired of rewinding every time.”
17. The Killing
If you think you’ve seen every crime drama out there, think again. This one’s like a dark and brooding detective novel come to life, set in the gloomy backdrop of Seattle
A Reddit user wrote, “The Killing. I really liked the long arc format… And both Kinneman and Enos were amazing”
Someone else added, “I just mentioned this exact series. I absolutely love it and watched it multiple times. One of my favorites!”
18. Dead Like Me
Ever wonder what happens when you die? Well, according to this show, you become a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls to the great beyond.
One said, “Dead Like Me. I was looking for the story of the woman killed by an aircraft toilet seat who becomes a grim reaper. Loved this show.”
Someone responded, “I was looking for the story of the woman killed by an aircraft toilet seat who becomes a grim reaper. Loved this show.”
19. The Expanse
A discerning Reddit user commented, “The Expanse. Never hear anyone talking about it except on the internet.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “I’ve only once met a guy who I served who had a Tycho T-shirt on and we stood there and hyped about season 6. It was literally the first time I was able to speak about the show in real life.”
It’s got everything – belters, Martians, Earthers, and a conspiracy theory!
Last but certainly not least, we’ve got “Justified.”
One said, “Justified. Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I bring it up, no one’s ever even heard of it.”
Someone else added, “Yes, it was an amazing show. Walter Goggins and Timothy Olyphant are perfect together. Plus who could say no to a season of Tv with character actress Margo Martindale as the big bad”
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