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21 Underrated TV Shows You Need to Watch

22 underrated TV shows you need to watch.

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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.

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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Walker Season 4 Premiere Review – The Quiet

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Walker returned to The CW for its 4th, and, likely final, season. 

Despite a 5-month time jump, the focus remained on serial killer Jackal, whom Walker and Trey were pursuing at the end of season 3, and the suspect that previously drove Cap. Larry James into a tailspin, effectively ending his marriage to Kelly before fate gave them another shot. 

Only this time around, Larry’s wife, Kelly, asks Cordell not to drag her husband down this road again—a promise he intends to upkeep, though, knowing Larry, he’ll figure out that his rangers are up to something and have no other choice but to get involved, especially since Trey’s tip for a detective reveals that Jackal, whose trail previously went cold for several months, is gearing up for “something big.”

This will be the overarching mystery of the season, while other weekly cases will also see our rangers getting into plenty of shenanigans, as they did with their pursuit of the Delmonico brothers. Also, props to all of them for taking part in a steak-eating competition and then jumping into a raid. It was bold of them, but it’s how Cordell wanted to spend his birthday, so I’m glad that despite the best-laid plans being uprooted, he was still able to feel the love from those around him.

A lot seems to have changed in the past five months, as evidenced by Walker and Geri’s steamy hook-up. Even when everything is going wrong, we can have faith in their love being a constant, which is what fans have been hoping for since season 1. 

There’s also Cassie, who blows back into town after taking a lengthy leave to go work for the FBI. She’s back with a newfound confidence about her abilities on the job, but she’s also struggling with a personal decision as she’s been offered a spot at Quantico, which means further uprooting her life and leaving behind her loved ones, er, Trey. 

Yeah, Trey and Cassie kind of addressed the elephant in the room—their feelings for each other—but neither of them was honest about it, so we’ll likely get something more truthful and heartfelt in the near future. 

Another lingering storyline is the break-in at Geri’s place that rattled Stella to her core. She hasn’t been the same since shooting and killing Witt, and it’s likely because she also lied to the police about having met him before. The officer who called her and Liam in over a “breakthrough in the case” said that the case was closed due to lack of resources, but the way he watched Stella sign the paperwork (and questioned if that’s “all she knew”) makes me uneasy—there’s definitely more to this storyline. What does he know that he’s not letting on?

As for change, I think that in the midst of all the “I’m Walker, Texas Ranger, you’re under arrest” in case you needed the reminder, we’re also continuing to see Cordell as a flawed human and a father coming to terms with the fact that he’s about to be an empty nester. It’s the next phase of his life—and one that brings about plenty of concern over the “quiet” that will allow his dark thoughts to flourish. Hopefully, Geri will be the light to cut through all of that. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

I meant to write this post when Wild Cards first premiered on The CW, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the season finale of the series was upon us! 

I’m not a huge fan of The CW’s decision to axe some of our favorite shows in its rebrand, but what does ease the pain of losing the likes of Nancy Drew is the addition of promising shows like Wild Cards

To be quite frank, Riverdale never did Vanessa Morgan much justice. She amassed a huge number of fans, who were mostly hoping to see her character Toni reunite with on-screen love interest Cheryl (played by Madeleine Petsch) in the later seasons, and while she was seemingly considered one of the “core” characters, she rarely got the storylines she deserved.

We knew she could act—but Wild Cards shows us the depth of Morgan’s talents. It lets her shine, dominate, lead,  and even carry the series, opposite her on-screen partner and potential future love interest, Giacomo Gianniotti’s Ellis. 

Morgan delivers with the role of Max, a whip-smart and very charismatic con artist who utilizes her special skillset to help a “down in the dumps” maritime officer get his mojo back—and, spoiler alert if you’ve watched the season finale, his badge and desk back. 

Despite his initial hesitation with the idea of her joining the force as a consultant, even Ellis comes around, amazed by her abilities and the way she’s able to navigate every crime scene and follow the leads to produce results.&nbsp

The two grow very close over the course of the season’s 10 episodes, largely due to Morgan’s delightful on-screen persona and presence. Even when it’s not clear whose side she’s really on (is she fully on board with helping the cops or does she have a larger-than-life plan up her sleeve to pull off her greatest con yet and help her dad George—90210‘s Jason Priestley—snag a “get out of jail free” card), you find yourself drawn to her and rooting for her because of her likable personality. 

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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The series not only gets us invested in Max’s character—learning about her past—and what it entails for her future, but we also find ourselves rooting for Max and Ellis to finally get together… or even test the boundaries of that electric chemistry that they share (a moment that is, sadly, ruined when her husband Olivier (Dewshane Williams) blows into town). 

And it’s the mystery of Max that has all of us begging The CW to renew the series for a second season. We need more Max. We need more Ellis. We need more Morgan and Gianniotti. And we need answers. The good news is that Morgan told TVLine that season 2 of the quirky crime procedural is “very likely,” and trust that we put all our faith in her. 

As for the answers I mentioned we need, well, we need to know who killed Ellis’ brother, a murder that was the catalyst for him to get knocked down from his detective responsibilities in the first place. When he met Max, he was in a hard place, still trying to pick up the pieces of his brother’s death. And though he’s come a long way, surely, the fact that he can crack this specific mystery is one that he won’t be able to pass up. 

At the end of the finale—spoiler alert, again—Max convinced the authorities to help her pull off a heist that was two years in the works, hoping to frame her estranged husband Olivier after he steals a $33 million egg (he’s the one who betrayed her dad and landed him in prison), lessen her father’s sentence, and restore Ellis’ badge. However, there was a piece of the plan she didn’t share with Ellis—she swapped the real egg for a fake egg, and hatched a plan to disappear forever alongside Ricky and her millions. 

She didn’t expect Ellis to figure it out, though, this was one of the weaker points in the episode because she should’ve known him better than that by now, but she figured she’d be halfway across the country and it wouldn’t matter. What she didn’t anticipate in her plan is that Ricky, who was transcribing incriminating recordings from the mob as part of their safety-net policy, would find something on the drive about Ellis’ brother, namely, who murdered him. 

It’s at this moment that we see the biggest change in Max. She’s not the same person she was when the series first started. Her skills have become more valuable to helping than stealing, and she’s grown to care about someone other than herself and her father. She can’t, in good faith, leave with this knowledge and leave Ellis hanging. 

And that’s where we leave off—a promising cliffhanger on a promising series with two very promising leads. 

Your move, The CW.

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