A great and new television series is sometimes hard to discover. They are few and far between, but fear not, for a new Netflix Instant guide to finding underrated TV shows awaits.
Peep Show – David Mitchell and Robert Webb star as a very entertaining duo of conflicting personalities that live together in their messed up little worlds. Mark, who has a rather uptight and dull personality, is still very likable and relatable, while Jeremy is a lower class slacker who basically does what he wants. The episodes contain realistic and everyday premises that involve hilarious dialogue to go along with uproarious situations. This gem of a show has a fresh blend of very risqué humor and awkward situations that set it apart from other sitcoms. It also displays the desperation and vulnerability of starting and being in relationships. Peep Show uses a unique camera technique that shows its character’s point of views in first-person, which is cleverly used to hear their amusing and often hysterical thoughts. This clever comedy is not to be missed by those with dark sense of humors.
Dexter’s Laboratory – Few cartoons are able to so easily appeal to both children and adults, but Dexter’s Lab is a hysterical show that accomplishes this feat. Dexter, a boy genius, holds an enormous and secret lab in his room, but his maddeningly annoying sister, Dee Dee, clashes with him in many different adventures. This comedy is both enormously imaginative and a blast to watch. There are numerous pop culture references throughout the show for more mature audiences, and the show has some simplistic, yet effective, humor to entertain the younger crowds. The show also features a hilarious sub-cartoon of superheroes living with each other known as The Justice Friends, which is an enjoyable take on The Justice League and The Avengers. The classic episodes — seasons one and two — are easily the best in this series, and this entertaining and creative show will likely become more appreciated in the coming years.
Luther – This enthralling and fresh British detective series rightfully deserves a spot on this Netflix Instant guide to underrated TV shows. As a BBC series about a mastermind detective, John Luther, who struggles with his morals, it lasted for only 15 episodes. But it still remains as one of the best and most gripping police dramas ever produced on television. Idris Elba is one of the most underrated actors in the business, and his performance is absolutely breathtaking, given his compelling presence as a brilliant but imperfect detective. Many of the cases involve horrifically graphic crimes, but it adds a truly gritty and dark atmosphere that makes this series stand out among other detective dramas. This underrated detective drama should become very popular in the coming years, because of its amazing performances by Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson and its absorbing narrative.
Fringe – As one of the most engaging television series in its time, Fringe is an underrated show that deserves a viewing. The sci-fi mystery drama is about the FBI teaming with a formerly institutionalized scientist to try to solve weird crimes, which may or may not be connected. Fringe is easily recommended to fans of the X-Files, because it attempts to explain possibly unexplainable phenomena. The main difference is that Fringe uses science as its driving force to explain events that are made to seem not too far off from real life. Anna Torv does a great job in the lead role throughout the series, and Joshua Jackson is able to show off his acting chops. However, John Noble, who plays a genius but unorthodox scientist, is the scene stealer of the show, as he is an absolute joy to watch. The production values are top-notch thanks to co-creator J.J. Abrams and crew, which adds a lot to the believability and realism of the subject matter. The plot becomes a puzzle that is slowly put together as episodes go by, and it is smartly thickened and set into darker territory in the later episodes. Most sci-fi or mystery junkies will love this show.
Courage the Cowardly Dog – This Cartoon Network show may seem light and innocent at first glance, but it is actually a creepy and dark comedy that somehow works. In this uniquely animated show, Courage the dog lives with his two owners, Muriel and Eustace, on an eerily abandoned farm in which they experience daily frightening events. As a very grumpy, old man, Eustace constantly teases the easily terrified Courage, but he almost always is humorously punished by a monster wreaking havoc to their household. It features some very dark humor along with some pretty disturbing and sinister monsters. It is a one of a kind TV show that is fun, mysterious, spooky, and a very watchable cartoon. Some episodes are known by fans of the show to be somewhat better and scarier than the rest. These include: “King Ramses’ Curse,” “The Mask,” and “Katz Kandy.”
Finding a good and entertaining show on Netflix Instant can be hit or miss sometimes, but this guide should aid in the search of finding a great and underrated TV show. Look for new Netflix Instant lists, which should be coming soon.
Opinion by Glen Parris