With so many different TV series sweeping our screens and streaming platforms, it’s easy for shows to go unnoticed. Although we may not all be aware of some series for a good reason, there are some that deserve to be noticed.
Here are 7 underrated TV series that you need to know about:
Line of Duty
“Who polices the police?”. A good question, and one that Line of Duty dramatically answers. Line of Duty is a British police drama that centres around AC-12, an anti-corruption unit working to expose and put an end to corrupt coppers.
Series 1 stars The Walking Dead’s Lennie James who is the first suspect that we see AC-12 investigate.Throughout the course of Line of Duty, we’re exposed to numerous other suspects, such as Lindsey Denton (portrayed by Keeley Hawes) and Roz Huntley (portrayed by Thandie Newton), who you can’t help but get behind despite them being under investigation. Primarily, that’s down to the incredible acting and storytelling.
If you’re into dramas, you can’t go another day without watching Line of Duty. Although it’s popular in the UK, it’s still not known by all and has had little worldwide/stateside recognition. Give Line of Duty a chance and you’ll soon get hooked. You can get Line of Duty Series 1-4 on DVD or stream it on Netflix (if it’s available in your area).
Sense8 is in my eyes one of the best originals that Netflix has created, but it’s also one of the most underrated (with even Netflix failing to recognise it’s power). The series doesn’t have just one key location or one key character, it has eight. Eight completely unique characters with different backgrounds whose minds are all linked, enabling them to connect with one another from across the globe and use each other’s skills and knowledge to survive the people that are hunting them down.
Sense8 is unbelievably enthralling and does everything that a TV series should. The story is unique, the cinematography is outstanding and the diversity provided shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Although Sense8 has an incredibly powerful fan base that campaigned so hard after Netflix cancelled the series they got a 2-hour special, it’s still not known to that many people and hasn’t been given as much acclaim/promotion as other shows. Perhaps if even more people can get behind it, Netflix may decide to give it a third season.
You can delve deeper into my thoughts on Sense8 in the post: Why Sense8 Should Have Been Renewed for Season 3 (and 4 and 5)
It physically pains me that there are Grey’s Anatomy fans out there who haven’t watched Private Practice. You don’t have to have seen Grey’s to watch Private Practice, but if you have and you love Addison Montgomery as much as I do – what are you waiting for?
Private Practice is a six season spin-off which follows Dr. Addision Montgomery as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital for a private practice in Los Angeles. It takes a few episodes to get going as we watch Addison slowly grow accustomed to her new job and life, but it’s every bit as dramatic and addictive as Grey’s Anatomy is.
As I mentioned previously, you don’t have to have watched any of Grey’s Anatomy to be able to follow and enjoy Private Practice. It’s just another gripping medical drama that takes place in the Grey’s universe – which deserves just as much praise and acclaim!
Humans is another underrated British TV series that explores the concept of artificial intelligence, as human-like robots called “synths” become the latest gadget for people to buy. This is the sci-fi show that anyone and everyone can enjoy which explores where technology may be heading in the not-to-distant future.
The synths (synthetics) share the exact same appearance as humans, with their distinguishing feature being their bright green eyes. They basically act as assistants, doing household chores and even working as employees. But are they safe to be around? Will they take over? And are they at all conscious? Well, you’ll have to watch to find out.
Genuinely funny comedies can be pretty hard to come by. Although there’s shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation, few have been able to follow in their footsteps and deliver consistently hilarious episodes series after series. Thankfully, we’ve been blessed with Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a police sitcom starring the likes of Andy Samberg, Terry Cruz and Chelsea Pertti. Each episode is only around 20 minutes long and within that short amount of time, you’ll lose count of how many times you crack up. It’s incredibly easy to watch and is the perfect series to start if you want something light-hearted. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is just as good as The Office and Parks and Rec and is one of, if not the, best comedy that’s currently airing on TV.
Norman Bates. The name alone should be enough to entice anyone to watch (unless you aren’t familiar with Psycho). Bates Motel is a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that’s set in modern day.
After the death of his father, Norman and his mother Norma move away to start fresh and run their own motel. To say the two have a less-than-ordinary relationship would be the understatement of the century. Norman has a serious mental illness that only intensifies as the series progresses. As it does, his relationship with Norma continues to get more complex and he quickly begins to lose control.
This psychological thriller series will capture you just as any one of Hitchcock’s films would. The acting delivered by Freddie Highmoore and Vera Farmiga is nothing short of exceptional and will honestly leave you speechless. Bates Motel ended earlier this year in its 5th season, but should continue to be spoken about for many years to come.
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods is the fresh series that our screens needed. It’s a dark drama/supernatural show about, you guessed it: Gods. The series follows Shadow Moon as he’s released from prison having just received the news that his wife has died. On the plane journey home, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and from there, things only get more complex for Shadow (and the viewers).
Although the story does get quite confusing, American Gods is undeniably beautiful to watch. If you’re a sucker for cinematography that leaves you unable to divert your eyes, you’ll fall in love. Fantasy series aren’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for something deeper then you should definitely give it a try.
There you have it! 7 underrated TV series that you need to know about. Some of you may have already watched and fallen in love with the above shows, or perhaps even watched and disliked them. Hopefully, there will be a few that you haven’t heard of will want to give a try.
You can share your thoughts on the above underrated TV series, or share other underrated series that you love in the comments!