Given the sheer amount of quality television available these days, there’s simply no excuse for settling for endless reruns of Futurama, no matter how great that show is. It doesn’t matter what your preferred genre is, there’s a hidden TV gem just waiting to capture your imagination.
These are the smaller shows that tend to get lost in the cultural conversation while everyone is theorizing about what’s going to happen in the final season of Game of Thrones. The series on this list have been quietly cultivating passionate audiences in the shadow of TV giants like The Walking Dead and Westworld. And it’s time more viewers start paying attention to just how good they are.
The two things that these shows all have in common is an undeniable cool factor and a desperate need for more people to fall in love with them. These TV gems are all streaming somewhere out there in the wilds of the internet, which means you’re just a few clicks away from discovering your next favorite show.
Now, prepare to fall in love, because these 10 underrated shows are just that good!
- Into the Badlands (Netflix)
Concepts rarely get higher than the one that drives AMC’s Into the Badlands. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where barons fight for control of land and sources, this series mixes elements of an ancient feudal system with modern luxuries like electricity and classic cars to create a unique look that’s like nothing else on TV. The show’s trademark is its jaw-dropping martial arts scenes which never disappoint. Come for the style, and stay for the hero’s journey of the show’s stoic lead and resident badass, Sunny.
- Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
Drew Barrymore’s suburban zombie comedy is heavy on the gore, but it’s also a hilarious take on how one woman learns to live by being undead. The show’s zombie mythology is fresh, as is its social commentary about the state of the American dream.
- The Frankenstein Chronicles (Netflix)
Face it; there’s never a bad time for a little Sean Bean. This British detective series stars Bean as Inspector John Marlott, a man who finds himself caught up in a case that involves grave robbing for what could be nefarious scientific purposes. It’s moody, a little bit strange, and totally addictive.
- Future Man (Hulu)
A gamer is tasked with saving the world in this super meta Hulu series. If you love geek culture, then Josh Futureman’s journey from janitor to hero is the funny, fast-paced love letter to the fan life that you’ve been looking for.
- The Last Kingdom (Netflix)
Are you still experiencing Game of Thrones withdrawals? Then check out The Last Kingdom, a tale of how England became the United Kingdom. The show is meticulously plotted, full of stunning battle scenes, and it comes with a hefty side of political drama.
- Timeless (Hulu/NBC)
This time travel series was recently rescued from an early cancellation by a fan campaign, and after watching a couple of episodes you’ll understand why viewers wanted to keep this show going. It’s a mostly light-hearted series that puts a new spin on the typical network procedural. Seeing the characters hop through time each week gives the show a Quantum Leap vibe that’s refreshing in this age of heavily serialized dramas.
- Dark Matter (Netflix)
Dark Matter takes viewers into the deep unknown of space with a crew that wakes up with no memories of who they are or where they’re going. It’s a creepy setup that pays off with some serious character development.
- Room 104 (HBO)
Mark and Jay Duplass created a different kind of anthology series with this inventive half-hour. You never know if you’re going to be getting horror, action, or satire when you tune in, but the constantly evolving tone of the show is part of its appeal.
- The Exorcist (Hulu)
When Fox announced they were turning The Exorcist into a TV show, there wasn’t exactly a lot of excitement about the idea. However, the show is a weekly masterclass in horror that only got better in its little-watched second season. While it’s unlikely to return for a third outing, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this creepy series while you can.
- Sneaky Pete (Amazon Prime)
There’s no way a crime series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston is going to be anything less than brilliant, and Sneaky Pete does not disappoint. Giovanni Ribisi is amazing as Marius, a con man who assumes the life of his cellmate once he’s sprung from prison. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this show is a worthy successor to Breaking Bad.