Not every show can be the next Grey’s Anatomy or Game of Thrones, both of which have amassed a cult following of well over 8 million fans and followers on Instagram. There are so many other shows that are worth a watch, so here’s our list of 22 underrated TV shows that you need to check out.
Don’t forget to comment below which shows you agree are underrated or any titles you feel should be on this list!
1. Love (Netflix)
Produced by Judd Apatow, Love has a similar indie feel to his other work Knocked Up. Mickey and Gus, an unlikely pair, meet in a chance encounter at a convenience store. Mickey is wild and rash, while Gus is a quirky goodie two shoes. Defying the cheesy stereotypes of a romantic comedy, Love stories their surprising bond as they grow together and learn the complexities of love.
2. Shrill (Hulu)
Starring SNL comedian Aidy Bryant, Shrill stories the trials and tribulations of a plus-sized writer who uses her insecurities to grow her career. Along the way, she learns lessons in self-love and friendship all with a healthy dose of humor.
3. The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
The second mini-series in the Netflix anthology by Mike Flanigan, The Haunting of Bly Manor is set against the backdrop of a horror show. However, it’s not so much a ghost story as it is a love story. And a sad one at that. Once you get through the few jump scares, you’ll look back teary-eyed and appreciate its beautiful reimagination of memory loss.
4. Please Like Me (Hulu)
Please Like Me is an Australian comedy, coming-of-age story about twentysomething Josh. After his big gay awakening, he’s just trying to figure out life. Amid his recent move home after his mom’s attempt at suicide, moving out again, and dealing with big life changes, he doesn’t always handle things perfectly. But he faces tough events and forges his own peculiar path.
5. Dollface (Hulu)
Mixed in with a few fantastical elements, Dollface shares the truth and importance behind female friendships. After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Jules realizes she had been neglecting her friendships, so she now has to work to rebuild them. Starring some big names like Shay Mitchell and Brenda Song, this is the perfect light-hearted comedy for your nights in.
6. Behind Her Eyes (Netflix)
A single mother gets caught up in a dangerous game when she starts an affair with her boss and befriends his wife. Behind Her Eyes is a slow watch at first, but once you get to the end of the short six episodes, you’ll be shocked. This psychological thriller is vaguely reminiscent of Jordan Peel’s film Us, so get ready for some twists and turns.
7. Dark (Netflix)
You’ll need to watch this one with subtitles unless your fluency in German is up to par, but I guarantee it’s worth it. Dark is a mind-twisting puzzle about a small German town. Following the disappearance of two children, the town’s underbelly is exposed and nobody is who they think. Full of time travel, you’ll need to make sure you have a pen and paper to keep up, otherwise, you’re sure to get lost.
8. Made For Love (HBO Max)
If you like Black Mirror and the scary concept of technology, you’re sure to love HBO Max’s recent release, Made For Love. While in a toxic marriage with a tech billionaire, a woman is implanted with a chip that monitors her every move and emotion. She finally escapes and is on the run looking to regain her independence.
9. Insecure (HBO Max)
Perhaps one of the more well-known titles on this list, Insecure stars Issa Rae in this comedic yet realistic series about two friends Issa and Molly. Set in LA, the show depicts their flaws and insecurities as they make it through daily life in a city full of exclusive parties and status. It’s also an important watch for the social and racial issues it touches on.
10. Workin’ Moms (Netflix)
Think parenting is hard? It is. Workin’ Moms is a Canadian comedy all about a group of new mothers and their struggles balancing it all. Through mistakes and hiccups, they learn that while being a mom isn’t easy, it’s certainly rewarding. Even if you’re not a mom, you’re sure to get in a few good laughs.
11. Feel Good (Netflix)
In this semi-autobiographical portrayal of comedian Mae Martin’s life, Feel Good centers around the main character Mae as she grapples with her sobriety and a new girlfriend. Whether or not she’s simply replacing her drug addiction with love, she’ll have to find ways to heal and cope if she has any hopes for her relationship’s longevity.
12. Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)
The lack of Asian representation on TV is horrendous, but Kim’s Convenience is one small step closer to bridging that gap. The show follows a Korean family in Canada who owns a convenience store, and the cultural and generational gap between the immigrant parents and their two children. Although at times, it falls it into common stereotypes, the show is still fun and goofy and you’re sure to fall in love with all the characters.
13. Mindhunter (Netflix)
If you like psychology and have ever been curious about the psyche of the most infamous serial killers, Mindhunter is the show for you. Sort of like Criminal Minds, the ensemble led by Jonathan Groff, researches and studies the minds of Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, David Berkowitz, and many others to really learn what makes a murderer. In its neo-noir filming, the show is really like a mini-movie series.
14. Looking for Alaska (Hulu)
Based on the popular book by John Greene, Looking for Alaska is a sweet story about a boy named Miles, the new kid, at a boarding school. He immediately gains a loyal group of friends and falls in love with the mysterious girl Alaska. When tragedy strikes, the group looks for solace as they try and make sense of the loss they have experienced.
15. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are the two big leads of the adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel of the same name, Little Fires Everywhere. Two mothers who lead very different lives seem to have a colliding fate. With varying access to resources, each mother makes a different decision that affects their family forever.
16. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Hulu)
A musical show featuring the beautiful vocals of Skylar Astin, Alex Newall, and Peter Gallagher, just to name a few, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is about the unusual powers Zoey yields after an MRI. Zoey is suddenly in tune with the inner songs of her coworkers, family, and friends and has to learn how to use her powers to help those in need.
17. Mixed-ish (Hulu)
Following its successful predecessor black-ish, Mixed-ish is all about Rainbow Johnson’s experience growing up in a mixed-race household. Narrated by Tracee Ellis Ross, each episode takes a comedic approach to educate and highlight the specific challenges of being Black and mixed-race in America.
18. Love, Victor (Hulu)
Love, Victor is about Victor, a closeted teenage boy who is struggling with his sexuality in his traditional Latino family. Set in the same world as the innovative movie Love, Simon, Victor uses Simon’s success story to guide his own truth.
19. Dead to Me (Netflix)
When Jen’s husband dies in a tragic hit-and-run, she looks to a support group for healing. There she befriends Judy, who has a horrible secret that could wreck their friendship forever. Dead to Me is a dark comedy starring Christina Applegate who delivers an outstanding performance alongside Linda Cardellini.
20. Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
Filmed like an intricate movie, Sweet Tooth is a cross between fantasy and sci-fi. As the world is rocked by a health epidemic and a mutation that produces half-humans and half-animals, Gus is on a journey to find safety and a fresh start.
21. Firefly Lane (Netflix)
Two childhood best friends are working on navigating their friendship through adulthood in Netflix’s original series Firefly Lane. Tully and Kate have gone through the wringer together, but their friendship has always survived, until something major ends it completely.
6 Sexy Shows to Watch for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in all sorts of different ways.
Some people bake cookies, others go out for a romantic date, while some do a fun activity with their significant other.
However, this is the first Valentine’s Day under COVID-19 restrictions, which means that you likely don’t have as many fun and romance-filled options as in years prior.
That’s where TV comes in! Regardless if you’re spending February 14 with a significant other or your besties, these are some of the sexiest and steamiest shows to watch on the day that’s all about celebrating L-O-V-E (for friends, family, significant others, and, most importantly, yourself!)
Romance, scandal, drama… Bridgerton has it all! Dubbed the Regency-era Gossip Girl, Netflix’s smash hit and most-watched series is a brilliant and entertaining period piece with enough sex scenes to make you blush. And Regé-Jean Page isn’t bad on the eyes.
Emily in Paris
Emily in Paris, which was just surprisingly nominated for a Golden Globe, hails from Sex and the City creator Darren Star. It’s an airy flick about a millennial named Emily who travels to Paris for a dream job and becomes enamored with the City of Love and the men that want to show her all that it has to offer.
Falling in love requires you to be open, honest, and vulnerable. The American rom-com anthology web series, based on a weekly column published by the New York Times, explores themes of love (romantic, platonic, friendly) with a star-studded cast. The 30-minute episodes are standalone and easily digestible, which makes them the perfect viewing on a night like Valentine’s Day.
What happens when Liza, a 40-year-old single mom, decides to be 26-years old in order to re-enter the working world and falls in love with not one but two very different men? An exciting journey through the world of publishing and heartbreak. As Liza tries to find herself, she does everything in her power to hide her true self from those she’s become most intimate with. It’s another whip-smart Darren Star creation!
Two sisters, Beth and Annie, along with best friend Ruby find themselves embroiled in a dangerous life of crime after robbing a grocery store. Beth, specifically, falls victim to a crime of passion with one sexy “gang friend” that pulls her further and further into his world.
If Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby, it would be this Spanish-language drama. A private school becomes the scene of a murder after a clash between the rich and poor students. There’s plenty of sexual tension and unexpected turns as detectives try to narrow down the list of suspects.
** Article originally published in February 2021**
Is Bruce Greenwood Leaving ‘The Resident’?
After The Resident Season 6 Episode 9, many fans have been wondering if Bruce Greenwood, who plays Dr. Randolph Bell, is exiting the FOX medical drama.
While there has been no official word about a potential exit, it’s a fair question to ask considering the nature of his most recent storyline.
In the latest episode—which aired on November 29—Bell, who found himself as the target of Governor Betz’s smear campaign, finally admitted to himself, and to his wife, Dr. Kitt Voss, that his MS is progressing.
After Bell exposed Betz’s corruption while trying to secure funding for Chastain, Betz decided that the only way to teach him a lesson and make an example out of him was through revenge. Betz ordered a hit piece on Bell that painted him as a dangerous doctor to Chastain, which, in turn, tainted the hospital’s image.
Of course, while some parts of it were true at one point in Bell’s career, it was largely exaggerated and sensationalized to paint him in a bad light, and it didn’t take into account all the work Bell has done to become a better man and doctor.
The stress of all the negative press caused Bell’s MS to flare up, triggering a variety of symptoms like a high-pitched ringing in his ears, seeing double, and dizziness, which made him realize that he was pushing off the inevitable.
This time around, instead of operating when he shouldn’t, he acknowledged that he no longer felt confident in his abilities, nor did he trust himself to perform any future surgeries. When he told Kit that he needed to go back to the clinical trial, it was a shock, but ultimately, she was supportive because she knew that’s what he needed.
But what now? How will The Resident keep incorporating Bell’s character into the storyline? Will we just see him communicating with Kit from the trial in the same way we did earlier this season? Or will he slowly get phased out and written off?
The trial could prove to be successful again, and all of Bell’s worries could have been for nothing. After he prioritizes his health and the whole thing with Betz blows over, it’s possible we could see Bell return to surgery for many more years—back to his previous glory.
Losing Greenwood would be a huge blow to the series, especially since he’s been part of the series since its inception, however, it remains unclear which direction The Resident will go with this storyline.
Hopefully, we’ll find out in the upcoming season 6 finale, which is set to air on December 6, but as of right now, there’s no indication that Greenwood is exiting the drama.
Madelaine Petsch’s ‘Hotel for the Holidays’ Is a Gem Among Cliché Films
There are a lot of Christmas movies out there, which is why it’s important to make the right choice this holiday season. After all, no one has the time to waste over two+ hours on a bad movie.
At the top of your list should be Hotel for the Holidays, a rom-com that offers a refreshing take on a festive genre that oftentimes lacks creativity simply because the forces behind the scenes know it will make money regardless as everyone longs for a slice of familiarity and comfort around the holidays.
There’s plenty of Christmas magic (it must’ve slipped through the cracks) in Hotel for the Holidays, and it sneaks up on you—and Madelaine Petsch’s character, Georgia—in the best possible way. It’s Amazon Freevee’s first original holiday flick, and hopefully, not the last.
The plot is rather simple on the surface, but it isn’t predictable as with other holiday rom-coms.
Here’s the gist: Georgia is a young and ambitious hotel manager at the historic Hotel Fontaine (it gives The Plaza Hotel vibes from Home Alone 2), which attracts an eclectic bunch of guests, including some heartbroken singles, an infamous popstar, a European ex-prince looking for a taste of the real world, and more. They all arrive in New York City for the holidays looking for an escape from the norm, and Georgia is determined to give it to them. However, she also has her own plans and goals that get her into a bit of a love triangle with the hotel’s chef, Luke (Mesa Massoud from the live-action Aladdin), and the ex-prince, Raymond (Max Lloyd Jones from Book of Boba Fett). It also stars Kayleigh Shikanai (American Gods) as Pandora, Jami Belushi (According to Jim) as Kiki, Neil Crone (It) as Milton, and Jayne Eastwood (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Florence.
Pretty early into the film, it’s obvious how Georgia’s romantic life will resolve itself, which allows the film to dig into other captivating subplots that are positively unexpected. Unlike other holiday films, Georgia values herself beyond a romantic partner, which, right off the bat, is a breath of fresh air.
The supporting cast plays an integral part in the film, right down to the chef’s best friend/fellow chef and the janitorial staff. They may not be the sole focus of the series, but the team behind the rom-com found a way to involve them in a way that’s natural and easy to keep up with. Pretty soon, you find yourself rooting for the happiness of everyone at Hotel Fontaine—the staff and the guests.
The acting is also great. It’s just the right amount of feel-good so it never feels forced, nor do the character’s choices seem questionable. It’s all believable within the world they’ve created, aside from the scene where they are dining on a rooftop in the dead of a New York City winter without jackets or even sweaters. How are they not cold? As for the few over-the-top performances and characters, well, they also work—the prince’s bodyguard (AJ Zoldy) is a delight.
If I’m being perfectly honest, the magical thing about the film is that it’s a love letter to the community of people you surround yourself with: your found family.
The film doesn’t just settle for telling a story about two people who finally admit that they love each other because that’s tired and expected. Instead, it recognizes that romance comes in all shapes and sizes—in romantic partners, in co-workers, in friends, and even in new acquaintances that pass through your life for a brief moment (or stay awhile).
The storylines come together seamlessly, and the themes of belonging and acceptance—in addition to staying true to yourself, finding the inspiration to pursue your goals and ambitions, and acknowledging that it’s ok to move and find happiness on your own terms, even if it doesn’t always please everyone—help the film stand out among the other cliche seasonal offerings.
Most importantly, Petsch shines… and it’s so deserved. The film allows her to show off her range of acting chops that, sadly, get stifled on Riverdale. The CW series may have been her mainstream big break, but it stopped working in her favor a long time ago, so it’s exciting to see her take on new projects and characters.
Of all the Christmas films that I’ve seen in 2022 thus far, Hotel for the Holidays is one of the best.
Check it out for yourself when it premieres on Dec. 2 on Amazon’s Freevee.
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