Underrated/Under-watched/Overlooked TV shows

by rseyoum | created - 27 Mar 2018 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

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1. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 35,590

BEST. SHOW. EVER.

2. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 17,468

My favourite comedy.

3. Luther (2010– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 106,254

4. Inside No. 9 (2014– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Horror

Anthology series which mixes dark humor with genres like crime, horror or drama. The show invites viewers into some very different No.9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Rosie Cavaliero, Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Votes: 8,509

5. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Holistic detective Dirk Gently investigates cases involving the supernatural.

Stars: Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete

Votes: 35,169

6. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 65,694

7. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost

Votes: 46,433

8. Brass Eye (1997–2001)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan

Votes: 8,633

9. Atlanta (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.

Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 39,628

10. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Votes: 45,974

11. The League of Gentlemen (1999–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Horror

An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.

Stars: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Jeremy Dyson

Votes: 9,216

12. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 26,721

13. Lilyhammer (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A New York mobster goes into hiding in rural Lillehammer in Norway after testifying against his former associates.

Stars: Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa, Steinar Sagen, Marian Saastad Ottesen

Votes: 23,648

14. Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

DCI Gene Hunt swaps the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro and joins the London Metropolitan Police to deal with the 'Southern Nancy' criminal scum.

Stars: Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster

Votes: 7,846

15. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil (in series 1) and pursuing a career as musicians and living with the mystic Naboo ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher

Votes: 18,918

16. Patriot (II) (2015– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner, whose latest assignment - to prevent Iran from going nuclear - requires him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous non-official cover.

Stars: Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus, Kathleen Munroe

Votes: 8,368

17. Jam (2000)

24 min | Comedy

A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Amelia Bullmore, David Cann, Julia Davis

Votes: 1,993

18. The Day Today (1994– )

30 min | Comedy

A spoof of the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front

Votes: 4,308

19. Father Ted (1995–1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Three misfit priests and their housekeeper live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland that it seems to be.

Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 33,019

20. I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Alan Partridge, a failed television presenter, is now presenting a programme on local radio in Norwich. He desperately tries to revive his broadcasting career.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Phil Cornwell, Simon Greenall, Felicity Montagu

Votes: 16,698

21. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 14,436

22. Bruiser (2000)

29 min | Comedy

A series of short sketches from some of Britain's comedy kings including David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Coleman and Martin Freeman.

Stars: Olivia Colman, Matthew Holness, Charlotte Hudson, Martin Freeman

Votes: 376

23. PhoneShop (2009–2013)

30 min | Comedy

The antics of the dysfunctional staff of Sutton branch of a mobile phone retailer.

Stars: Emma Fryer, Tom Bennett, Andrew Brooke, Javone Prince

Votes: 1,995

24. Happy! (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

An injured hitman befriends his kidnapped daughter's imaginary friend - a perky blue flying unicorn.

Stars: Christopher Meloni, Ritchie Coster, Lili Mirojnick, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 24,296

25. Barry (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene.

Stars: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan

Votes: 24,076

26. The Armando Iannucci Shows (2001– )

26 min | Comedy

Observations of society and life by Armando Iannucci in comedy sketches and narration.

Stars: Armando Iannucci, Hugh Cecil, Karen Ascoe, Melanie Hudson

Votes: 800

27. Monkey Dust (2003–2005)

29 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

A definitely-not-for-children animated series with each episode made up of an array of perverse skits.

Stars: Tom Hillenbrand, Morwenna Banks, Frances Barber, Rebecca Front

Votes: 1,783

28. Xavier: Renegade Angel (2007–2009)

TV-MA | 12 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Xavier is a faun-like wanderer/seeker who is traveling across the land to find out the truth about his mysterious origin. Facing rednecks, inflicting righteousness and preaching about the 'strong, silent types' and morality, this hero has his work cut out for him.

Stars: Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy, Jim Tozzi

Votes: 2,885



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