As you guys proooobably know, I’m somewhat of a TV aficionado. Hahaha, just kidding. But I do love me some good TV shows and am a proud Netflix and Hulu addict who unashamedly loves a good binge watching session. I’ve seen more shows than I can count and, as a result, I have strong feelings about shows that I believe are undervalued as well as a growing list of hidden gems that just, sadly, aren’t well known. SO, I wanted to share with you my personal list of the best underrated shows on Netflix and Hulu.
The Nine Best Underrated Shows on Netflix and Hulu
1. The Fall (Netflix)
This is my most advocated for TV show of all time! It is SO great and no one has eeeever heard of it! It’s a travesty. The show is about a detective who is hunting down a serial killer and how each of them go through their day to day life during the manhunt. It’s so perfectly written and told. I was hooked from the first episode. And in hopes that name dropping will help convince you to watch it, it stars Jamie Dornan (the Fifty Shades of Grey dude) and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files.
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Hulu)
Charlie and I just started watching this a couple of months ago and we’re already in season 4 if that tells you how much we like it. We’re big time bingers, but it obviously has to be a good show for that kind of dedication. I had never been a huge Andy Sanberg fan, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine completely changed my mind. The humor in this show is so witty and spot on. I’m also pretty sure I’ve never heard of another cop comedy, so it’s definitely a fun change of pace.
3. Private Practice (Hulu)
One of my fellow Netflix and Hulu experts and one of my all time best friends recommended this show to me years ago. If you’re a Grey’s Anatomy and Shonda Rhimes lover, you’ve gotta check out Private Practice. It’s a spinoff of Grey’s featuring Addison Montgomery and, later on, Amelia Shepherd. It also stars Tay Diggs, *cough cough* (again with the name dropping). It’s the perfect Shonda combo of drama and pops of humor. But speaking of Grey’s spinoffs… who’s excited for Station 19?! I can’t wait!
4. Aquarius (Netflix)
Aquarius is another one that people have just never heard of and it’s a darn shame! David Duchovny plays a detective who ends up hunting Charles Manson as a result of a case where he’s trying to find a missing teenage girl. This is a really well done period piece that, even though you most likely already know the story, still keeps you hooked.
5. Mindhunter (Netflix)
This is another really great period piece. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t looked into if this is how things actually manifested when serial killers were being coined in the 70s, but it’s a really great story either way. This is a new Netflix original about two FBI agents and a psychologist who are researching murderers who have multiple victims and a consistent M.O. and defining what we now know as “serial killers.” Again, reallllly well written and told. You gotta check it out if you haven’t yet. It’s a short season and I’ve read there is going to be a season 2, woop woop!
6. The Path (Hulu)
This is the only Hulu original that I’ve checked out and so far I’m really liking it! It’s gotcha boy Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad (which is an obvious one on the “must see” list), Michelle Monaghan and Emma Greenwell (who plays Mandy Milkovich in Shameless-another great show). Put super simply, the show is about a modern day cult. I’m almost finished with the first season and relieved that there’s at least two more seasons to go, hehe.
7. The Killing (Netflix)
This one was also recommended by the above mentioned Netflix and Hulu friend. It’s been years since I’ve watched The Killing but I remember being gluuued to it right from the beginning. Super suspenseful show about a detective who gets a little too involved in a teenage girl’s murder investigation. If you haven’t noticed, there’s definitely a theme of murders and detectives to my preferred genre of television, hehe.
8. Friends From College (Netflix)
I feel like this one is a suuuper random one, but Charlie and I were looking for something new to watch one night and stumbled across this… and finished it… that night. Listen, I was open from the beginning about our Netflix and Hulu habits. This is another quick season with just 8 episodes and clearly binge worthy, haha. I don’t really know how to describe this show other than a feel good comedy. It’s not a sit-com by any means, but it’s just that good subtle humor about… really serious things. And it has Colbie Smulders in it, which I see as a really important selling point because… How I Met Your Mother = Best. Show. EVERRRR!
9. Ozark (Netflix)
Ozark is another aaaamazing Netflix original that just came out last year. I’m telling you, Netflix originals are some of my all time favorite shows. They put out some really great stuff. Anyways, I think a lot of people have heard of this one but haven’t actually watched it. Which is a mistake. You need to watch it. Because it’s so good: intense, suspenseful, and 100% binge worthy. Jason Bateman does SUCH a killer job in this roll and it’s so different from his usual rolls. This is a hard show to describe without spoiling (and I loooathe spoilers) so I’ll just say that it has murders, insane rednecks, and drugs.
Okay friends, that’s all I’ve got for ya! My list of shows that I love is a hefty one, which is why I kept it to a minimum and shared the shows I thought you may have been less likely to already know about. I also have a ton of other shows that are on my watchlist that I haven’t yet gotten to including The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, Bloodline, and Gotham. I’m currently going in strong on Big Little Lies which I’ve heard nothing but great things about! I know I always tell you guys to leave a comment, but SERIOUSLY, drop a comment below and let me know if you’ve seen any of these (and what you thought of them) and other suggestions for good shows to watch! Dead serious about that last one, I’m always looking for good shows!
Hope you found some goodies from this list that you want to try! Thanks for popping in. As always, much love!