Underrated TV Shows On Netflix

     March 20, 2019

So, you finally have some free time on your hands and decide to spend it watching some new shows. However, there are so many titles, how will you EVER find the right one? With so much to choose from, it seems impossible to weed out the good ones. After all, your time is precious, and you don’t want to invest in a show you might not like.Well, sit back and relax because we did the work for you! Whether you’re a fan of The Office or Stranger Things, there’s something for everyone on this list. Forget the outdoors! Spend the afternoon adding these underrated titles to your Netflix queue. You can thank us later.

Peaky Blinders

If you’re into gangsters and historical British crime dramas then pick up the remote and add this show to your list. The setting of Peaky Blinders takes place in Birmingham, England right after World War I.

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The series focuses on the scandals of the Shelby gangster family, led by the bold and violent Tommy Shelby. Based on the real story of the Peaky Blinders, a gang that existed in the 1890s, follow the Shelby family through turmoil, loss, and brawls, and find out exactly why they kept razor blades sewn into their caps.

Just try to resist talking in a British accent after you finish.

Godless

Who doesn’t like a good revenge story? Even better, who doesn’t like a good revenge story about a bunch of outlaws and a town completely governed by women? Throw a gang of angry cowboys in there, and you’ve got yourself a hell of a Western series.

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Follow notorious criminal Frank Griffin and his gang of outlaws in Godless, as they set out on a mission fueled by revenge against a protégé named Roy Goode who betrayed the brotherhood. As Roy is on the run, he finds refuge in a town called La Belle, ran entirely by women. When the outlaws hear about Roy’s location, the women must do everything in their power to keep their town safe.

Alias Grace

This Canadian miniseries is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name and is inspired by true events (so you know it’s going to be good).

Grace Marks is a young, poor, Irish immigrant and servant in Upper Canada who finds herself accused of the 1843 double murder of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. 

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Even though there is a slight chance that Grace is innocent, she is still imprisoned for life and treated for ‘hysteria.’ Follow the remarkable events that lead to Grace Marks becoming one of the most notorious women of her period. If you liked The Handmaid’s Tale, then you will become completely immersed in the world of Alias Grace.

The Good Cop

This ‘Good Cop/Bad Cop’ dramedy will feed you a range of emotions with stellar performances by Josh Groban and Tony Danza. ‘Big Tony’ (Tony Danza) is a former NYPD officer recently released from prison after serving seven years for a corruption conviction.

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Being a criminal himself, he knows just how to handle the toughest of lawbreakers. Tony Jr. (Josh Groban) on the other hand, is quite the opposite from his old man, holding tight to his morals and obsessed with following the rules. Together, this odd father-and-son duo teams up to solve some of the biggest criminal cases in Brooklyn.

The OA

When this series first appeared on Netflix back in December 2016, it took the Internet by storm, caused quite a stir across social media. With science fiction and fantasy elements sprinkled throughout the series, Brit Marling stars as a young blind woman named Prairie Johnson who returns to her hometown after disappearing for seven years.

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Upon her return, she claims that her name is “The OA,” and she has regained her vision because she is the “Original Angel.” OA gathers a team of five local high school students and explains her life story to them. The group then assists the OA in saving other missing people by opening a portal to another dimension.

Like Stranger Things, the theme of mystery will keep you hitting the ‘Next Episode’ button until the wee hours of the night.

Mindhunter

If you’re someone who’s been sucked into the recent crime drama wave, then this show has everything you’re looking for. SVU fans will become obsessed with this story of an early FBI behavioral science unit who analyze the behaviors of famous serial killers.

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The story is set in 1977 and revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford, Bill Tench, and psychologist Wendy Carr. The unit’s job is to get into criminal minds and figure out how they think using serial killer profiling. The catch is that the deeper agent Holden gets into the criminal mind, the more he loses his own.

One Day At A Time

One Day At A Time is based on the original sitcom of the same name that was featured through 1975-1984. However, instead of a divorced mother raising two daughters in Indianapolis, the remake focuses on a Cuban-American mother and former Army veteran living with PTSD and her two children.

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The show revolves around each of the characters trying to find their identities and adjusting to their new lives apart from an alcoholic father.

If you’re looking for a feel-good family affair, this show tackles the difficult issues of sexuality, homophobia, racism, immigration, and mental illness. But don’t worry, you’ll still be left with a warm feeling in your heart each time the credits roll.

The End of the F****ing World

Is there anything more nostalgic than teen angst?

The End of the F***ing World will time-warp you back to your teen years through the disturbed and rebellious personalities of Alyssa and James. James, a 17-year-old abnormal teen, believes he is a psychopath and decides that he wants to try to kill a human. He decides his victim will be his loud and defiant classmate, Alyssa, who’s suffering from a whole range of issues on her end.

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Alyssa convinces James to run away with her, and James agrees (with the intention of killing her). The dark humor of this eight-part series will have you laughing and cringing all at once as the duo undertakes an eventful trip across England.

Sit back and relax (or don’t) as you watch this strange couple engage in hard crime without a second glance, but still deal with the awkwardness and embarrassment that comes with having a first love.

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

Get thrown into a world of monsters and ghosts with Christine McConnell, who is indeed curious. Christine is a baker who loves creating creepy treats such as gingerbread haunted houses, caramel spiders, and bones made of pretzel sticks.

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The show may look like a typical DIY cooking show, but with characters such as her faithful sidekick raccoon, Rose, an Egyptian cat-mummy named Rankle, and a werewolf named…..Edgar, it’s anything but.

Described by The New Yorker as a “Martha Stewart meets Tim Burton” show, watch Christine and her ghoulish friends deal with their neighborhood of normals while learning what you should wear on a first date with someone you picked up at a cemetery.

Santa Clarita Diet

You’ve probably never seen Drew Barrymore give a hilarious and dark performance like this before. If you’re a fan of Zombies, then you’ll love Barrymore’s rendition of Sheila Hammond, a zombie who is just trying to live a normal life with her family without eating any of them.

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The family now has to keep Sheila fed on human flesh without bringing any attention to themselves. Along the way, Sheila and her family have to deal with nosy cop neighbors and a mythological secret, all while keeping up the appearance of an average, middle-class family. We bet just one episode will leave you hungry for more.

The Keepers

The Keepers is a seven-episode docuseries that digs deep into the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a nun at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School. After disappearing in 1969, her body was found two months later, and her killer remains unidentified. Sister Cathy’s former students believe that the murderer was a priest who worked at the school, A. Joseph Maskell, who was also guilty of sexual abuse towards students.

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It is believed by the students that the authorities covered up Sister Cathy’s murder to protect Maskell. Follow along as this series attempts to put the puzzle pieces together and figure out the truth behind this innocent woman’s shocking murder.

Crashing

Don’t feel like going out and getting rambunctious this weekend? Well, then do we have the perfect plans for you! Get raucous right from your living room with the cast of Crashing. This hilarious, six-part series emerged from the U.K. in January 2016, and it is often hidden and overshadowed by all the other big-name Netflix titles.

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The show follows six hilarious roommates (who you’ll wish you lived with) as they survive working as property guards in a disused hospital in exchange for cheap rent.

Warning: There’s a good chance you’ll come into work on Monday completely exhausted from staying up all night binge-watching.

Lost In Space

Yes, this show is a sci-fi series based on the 1965 version of the same name.

Lost in Space takes place 30 years in the future and tells the story of a family that has been chosen to begin a new life in a space colony. On their way to a supposedly better life, their ship is thrown off course.

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Alone on an alien planet and millions of light-years away from the space colony, they now have to work together and use their resources to survive. While dealing with their new and harsh environment, they have to conquer the familial conflicts that came with them to this new world.

Sex Education

When it comes to being socially awkward, Otis is an expert. But what he didn’t plan to be an expert in? Sex education.

See, when you’re constantly surrounded by manuals, videos, and extremely open conversations about sex, it’s pretty hard NOT to be. When his classmates find out that his mother, Jean, is an actual sex therapist, they begin to flock to Otis to get therapy advice about their love lives, not knowing that Otis’ is nonexistent.

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Otis decides to use his unusual talent to make his way up the high school social ladder. However, after Otis meets a fierce young woman named Maeve, he soon realizes he’s the one that might actually need some therapy.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

You guessed it, this one is a follow-up prequel to the cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer, featuring the original cast portraying younger versions of the characters you saw in the film. (Yes, it’s a little weird). The series takes you back to the first day of camp, opposite of the film, which takes place on the last day.

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Along with the familiar and hilarious original cast, the new campers joining Camp Firewood are Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles, and Lake Bell. If you’re a fan of the original film, you will genuinely love returning to Camp Firewood with this series that will likely bring up repressed memories from camp.

Atypical

Atypical is a quirky coming-of-age television show that revolves around the life of Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. When Sam announces to his father, Doug, that he wants to begin dating and become more independent, he is absolutely thrilled! That is, until Doug finds out that the girl who stole his son’s heart is actually his 26-year-old therapist.

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With the help of his friends and family, Sam learns all about the nuisances and rewards that come with being an independent adult, and he will learn that being “‘normal”’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman is an adult-themed animated comedy that takes us to an alternate world where animals with human features live alongside humans. The star, BoJack Horseman, is a man-like horse-man (as his name says); the washed-up star of an old sitcom named ‘Horsin’ Around’ who is trying to become relevant in Hollywood again by writing a tell-all autobiography.

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Up until now, his days consisted of getting blackout drunk and sleeping an excessive amount, but he will have to get his act together through insane antics in order to restore his celebrity status. You’ll probably find every bit of the series darkly relatable, as BoJack learns to deal with a crazy ex-girlfriend (who is also his agent) while trying to figure out the new modern-landscape that is much different than when he was an A-lister.

Seven Seconds

This hard-hitting political crime drama takes place amid the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident where a white police officer kills 15-year-old black cyclist Brenton Butler. The series dives into the racial tension that occurs after the accident, which includes the police attempting to cover up the incident and a trial that follows.

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The goal of assistant prosecutor, KJ, is to prove that the incident was a hate crime as well as negligent homicide. As the case continues without a ruling, the already existing tensions in the town become more strained, while Brenton’s mother, Latrice, becomes unraveled.

American Vandal

With crime series becoming a growing trend among television watchers, a series was born purely to make fun of the genre.

The series (filmed in mockumentary style) shows audiences the happenings after a high school prank left 27 faculty cars vandalized with spray-painted genitals. The senior class clown, Dylan Maxwell is immediately blamed for the crime and is expelled.

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It is up to two sophomores, Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund, to uncover the truth behind the offensive images, and to find out if Dylan was actually behind the crime.

Season 2 follows Peter and Sam as they investigate a Catholic school after its cafeteria’s lemonade is defiled with laxatives. This satire (although hysterical) will leave you anxious to discover who the criminal really is.

Chewing Gum

This British television show brings a new kind of comedy to the scene that will literally leave you laughing out loud (instead of that weird quick breath through your nose). It will also probably force you to turn away from the screen out of secondhand embarrassment.

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The main character, Tracey, is a 24-year-old Beyoncé-obsessed virgin who lives with her very religious and uptight family in London. She spends almost all of her time trying to “do the deed” and dreaming about Jay-Z (which usually results in nose bleeds) all while putting up with the quirky characters in her neighborhood and their uproarious escapades.

Friends From College

Friends From College is a Netflix original comedy series that shows the awkwardness of aging and life after your “prime years.” Ethan, Lisa, Sam, Nick, Max, and Marianne are a close group of friends who graduated from Harvard 20 years ago.

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They find that they have a whole new era of problems to deal with as they get closer to their 40s. Each character has to learn to deal with the complex relationships that come back to haunt them while also figuring out a way to deal with the sadness that nostalgia brings. What they discover is that these problems do NOT, in fact, get better with age.

Glow

Take a journey to the 1980s, where the world of GLOW or (the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) exists in all its spandex and neon glory. Meet Ruth Wilder, a failed actress in Los Angeles who finds a peculiar opportunity working alongside 12 other ladies in women’s wrestling.

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Ruth reaches her breaking point when she goes up against her former best friend and retired soap opera actress, Debbie Eagan. Ruth has to prove to everyone that it will take more than a few bruises to make her walk off the ring. The team who brought you “Orange is the New Black” gives you another gut-wrenching and lively show with a cast that will leave you struggling to choose a favorite.

Happy Valley

Fans of slow-boil British crime shows (which, we believe, is its own Netflix category at this point) should make a Happy Valley binge their top priority. A BBC import, Happy Valley focuses on Yorkshire police sergeant Sarah Lancashire (Catherine Cawood), who has spent the last eight years in a numb fugue after her daughter committed suicide after being raped and giving birth to a son. When we meet her, Lancashire has just discovered her daughter’s –and her grandson’s father–has just been released from prison.

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Lighthearted comedy this show is not, but for those with strong constitutions and a desire to watch a gripping crime drama that’s also an intimate look at how grief can both destroy a family and make them stronger, Happy Valley is a must-see. And with only two seasons of six episodes each, it’s not a commitment on par with tackling The Wire.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

We’re not telling you anything new when we say superhero team-ups are super hot right now. Disney just spent over $70 billion to acquire the rights for more fan fiction crossovers between Marvel characters.  But while we’re still waiting to find out what Avengers: Endgame has in store, fans can bide their time by hopping one comic-verse over and checking out DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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As a good crossover does, Legends focuses on characters from the already existing Arrow and Flash universes as they appear on their CW shows, which is the original network for this series as well. But focusing less on the lead superheroes, Legends instead focuses on the recruitment of a superteam involving The Atom, White Canary, Firestorm, Hawkgirl, Captain Cold and Heat Wave. Seriously, if you aren’t sold on this show by that list of names alone, go to a doctor and have your checked to see if you’re suffering from clinical depression. And then buy yourself some ice-cream and go binge on Legends of Tomorrow.

Lovesick

This British sitcom involves a group of friends who share a house in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. When Dylan, a young romantic in the group is diagnosed with an STI, he has to begrudgingly contact his long list of ex-partners about his diagnosis. The series’ basis is told through the flashbacks of Dylan’s romantic history, and his encounters with the women that have been in and out of his life.

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In order to do the right thing, Dylan has to revisit instances in his life that he would rather forget. Dylan’s best friends, Luke and Evie, are forced to sit and listen to Dylan’s mortifying tale while the audience discovers how their lives are interwoven with his through the telling flashbacks.

Lady Dynamite

This special comedy series is based on and stars Maria Bamford, as she navigates through the outlandish and difficult times in her life. After spending six months away from her home in Los Angeles for treatment for bipolar disorder and a mental breakdown, she returns home in attempts to build her life back up from shambles.

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The audience is able to experience the events in Maria’s life from her point of view, alongside her family, friends, boyfriend, and co-workers while tackling mental illness. The first season addresses mental illness directly, while the second season gives a behind-the-scenes look into the making of a television show for Netflix through a satirical lens.

The Fall

Paul Spector may seem like a regular family man, but he’s actually a serial killer. Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson may seem like a cold senior investigating officer, but she’s actually a passionate woman determined to catch a serial killer. Gibson becomes the head of the task force dedicated to catching the killer no matter the cost.

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Catching him won’t be easy, and Gibson will have to battle the demons that haunt her nightmares before she battles the one haunting her in real life. Watch this duo go head to head in a battle of wits and psychological warfare taking place in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the world of The Fall.

Big Mouth

You remember how mortifying middle school was, right?

Well, Big Mouth will take you on a hilarious animated journey through the horrors that come with growing up.

Nick and Andrew are best friends in 7th grade, who have to navigate through puberty alongside their “hormone monsters;” Maurice, who haunts Andrew and Nick at the most inopportune times and Connie, who harasses the female characters.

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With a gold-star comedy cast of John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Nick Kroll, and Jordan Peele, you’ll be in fits of laughter and eternally grateful that you’ll never have to live those days again!

Easy

Romance has definitely changed since technology came on the scene, and these Chicagoans are finding out the hard way. This series jumps between the lives of multiple couples and individuals who have proven that love really isn’t “easy.”

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Some of the scenarios include a married couple trying to spice up their love life, a couple trying to add another person in the bedroom, and the struggles that come with middle-aged dating in this new, technological world.

With an impressive cast including Orlando Bloom, Emily Ratajkowski, Dave Franco, and Aubrey Plaza, you’ll find yourself either totally relating to the characters or laughing at their inevitable pain.

On My Block

Four friends who live in a rough neighborhood in Los Angeles have to deal with the harsh realities of life as they enter high school.

Lifelong friendships are strained as Monse, Ruby, Jamal, and Cesar have to come face to face with the challenges of growing up while also dealing with the events that ensue within their predominantly Hispanic and black neighborhood in South Central, Los Angeles.

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As the group finds that their street smarts can only take them so far, they also find that, when you’re just a kid, there’s still a whole lot to learn in this life.

Galavant

Musical theater fans, look no further!

If you’re a fan of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and ‘The Princess Bride,’ and you’re interested in musical comedy fairy tales, then Galavant is the show for you! Galavant (who the show is named after), is a knight who is trying to find his “Happily Ever After” by going after an evil king, King Richard, who kidnapped the love of his life, Madalena.

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Along with the help of Princess Isabella and catchy show tunes, Galavant will do everything in his power to win the heart of his beloved. As his adventure unwinds, he meets fascinating characters and makes shocking discoveries about the ones close to him.

Borderline

Look, we know that it’s impossible to get sick of The Office, but if you’re looking for something similar and just as hilarious, then consider this!

Much like The Office, Borderline is a British comedy series filmed in mockumentary fashion. Instead of taking place in an office, however, the show takes place in an airport, and it focuses on the unique (and often ridiculous) personalities of the UK Border Force at the fictional Northend Airport.

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If you watch the show, you can actually pick out the show’s version of Jim and Pam, and even a Dwight! There’s also a Michael Scott-type of boss that will make you wonder how you didn’t know about this show before!

Dark

This series is often compared to Stranger Things due to its storyline and sci-fi themes. However, one of the big differences between the two is that Dark is the first German-language Netflix original series.

The year is 2019, and the setting takes place in the fictional German town of Winden. Eventually, the story includes timelines in1986 and 1953 due to a time traveling wormhole that is discovered beneath a power plant.

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The disturbing past of the small town is exposed when two children go missing, and their families begin searching for them. The series is full of supernatural components, as many characters in the town find out how they are connected to the town’s sinful history.

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