People complain that there are no good shows out there to watch. Shows that become popular often cater to the masses but still fail to impress critics or people who want to watch something genre-specific.
Netflix has some underrated, hidden gems that one should check out for their excellent storylines and better acting. Underappreciated, these shows deserve more attention.
If you are tired of watching only over-hyped shows and don’t know what else Netflix has in its store for you to watch, check out this list of 25 underrated shows to watch on Netflix right now.
Derry Girls (2018-2022)
During the time of political unrest, a bunch of teenage high school girls from a Catholic School find themselves in trouble at the most inappropriate of times. The show is set in the 1990s and has 3 seasons for one to binge this feel-good comedy.
Genre: Comedy, Teen
Set in Germany, the show arrived around the time of Stranger Things, and due to their very similar genre and story, Dark got overshadowed. Dark starts with a kid’s disappearance, which sets into motion bringing out family secrets, the revelation of the history of the town they live in, and a past that has haunted four families for four generations.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction
Swedish show Caliphate will give the watchers a visceral and gut-wrenching experience in this crime drama about five women who are entangled with ISIS. The show portrays the truth and emotions of people caught in a quagmire of troubles after being brainwashed to make them do some of the most heinous of crimes in the name of religion.
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Love Sick (2014-2018)
A British comedy, Love Sick is a sitcom that has some of the most awkward of conversations that make you laugh out loud. Dylan, the protagonist, discovers that he has an STD and decides to reach out to every ex-girlfriend of his and tell them about safety measures. But this excursion only leads to opening a can of worms that lays bare the past and current heartbreaks.
Ethos is a Turkish show that has a very mixed and interesting set of characters who are very different from each other in their experiences, upbringing, and thoughts, but a psychiatrist named Peri is somehow the connection between them.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Unbelievable is a mini-series on Netflix that is based on a true crime incident. A girl reports being sexually harassed, but her initial report isn’t taken seriously by the two male detectives assigned to her. But after two female detectives took over the case, their investigation led them to discover that what happened to the girl wasn’t a one-time thing but a case of a series of an attacker spread all over the map of Washington State.
Genre: True Crime
The Pharmacist (2020)
Dan Schneider, a pharmacist in the small town of Poydras in the state of Louisiana, embarks on a brave journey of collecting evidence against some of the most feared and powerful figures responsible for America’s opioid epidemic, which took Dan Schneider’s son’s life.
Genre: True Crime, Documentary
Esther Shapiro, or Etsy, is on the run from her past. A past that dictated her role in their Hasidic Jewish community by marrying her off to a guy she doesn’t know. But after years of abuse, Etsy realizes that this isn’t what she wants for herself and sneaks off to Berlin. The show is emotionally heartbreaking and yet it reminds you that living by the rules made by society and males doesn’t always lead to happiness.
The Last Kingdom (2015-2022)
The historical age of 872 saw the birth of England, and at the center of it is Uhtred. He is a nobleman’s son, born a Saxon, but after an accident, he is captured and raised amongst the Danes, making him attached to them. On his return to get back his birthright, Uhtred is caught in the dilemma of who he should support.
Genre: Historical, Thriller, Fantasy
Losers is a Netflix documentary about 8 sportsmen and their true story of dealing with their losses in a game. Winning or losing, there’s always half and half probability, but the majority of sports stories we get to listen to are the stories of winners and not the losers. What happens after a loss? Do they give up? Or do they work harder and give it their best while handling the loss like a champ?
Genre: Sports, Animation
The End of The F***ing World (2017-2019)
James is a self-diagnosed psychopath who doesn’t feel anything, and currently, he is planning to kill. He is just missing the perfect victim. Exactly then, Alyssa enters his life. She is a sort of unhinged, crass, and violent girl who wants James’ help to go on a trip to look for her dad. James thinks this is his chance, and they set out on an adventure that both didn’t expect.
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Flint Town (2018)
Focusing on police officers stationed in Flint Town and their experience with the local water crisis, low funding, poverty, and crime. The events around the police officers cause a lot of conflicting emotions to brood inside them while they have to do their duty of protecting the town.
Genre: Thriller, Documentary
Documentary Now! (2015-2022)
It is a mockumentary from three of the best writers known for their SNL comedy sketches: Bill Hader, Seth Myers, and Fred Armisen. They combine the format of documentary and comedy to talk about some of the absurdest of topics.
The Staircase (2022)
A Netflix mini-series, The Staircase is a slow mystery and courtroom drama about Michael Peterson and his family. Michael, a crime novel author, becomes the prime suspect in his own wife’s death under suspicious circumstances. It stars Colin Firth, Toni Collette, and Sophie Turner.
Genre: True Crime, Mystery
The Baby-Sitters Club (2020-2021)
A cute, heartwarming, and fun show about a group of seventh-grade girls who decide to start a babysitters club. Each with their own strengths and problems comes together as a group to support each other and become a source of strength.
Genre: Comedy, Family, Drama
The Let Down (2017-2019)
Audrey, a new mother, is having a hard time coping with adjusting to her new baby. She has no help from her family and friends, especially her selfish husband. Feeling left out and confused, she joins a new mother’s group as a last resort and ends up forming a compassionate bond with them by sharing the stories of their individual struggles and baby nightmares.
Ugly Delicious (2018)
A show about food and travel, Ugly Delicious is supremely underrated. The concept of the show should be appealing to any food lover or someone who loves the art of cooking. Each episode follows a target dish and illustrates its history, regional differences, and how it is authentically made.
Genre: Cooking, Documentary
The Last Dance (2020)
Everyone is familiar with Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls’s Shooting Guard. In the 1990s, a camera crew followed the players of the Chicago Bulls as they prepared and then played for their sixth NBA title, miraculously capturing the rise of the most iconic superstars of the game of basketball.
Genre: Sports, Documentary
Take a trip to Los Angeles, California, in the 80s and follow a group of struggling actors trying to enter the glittering world of professional women wrestling while combating competition, a hard-headed director, and love rivals from the past.
Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama
Ryan Heyes is excited to start his new life of freedom and dating away from the watchful eyes of his hovering mother. With a different sexual orientation and cerebral palsy, Ryan is looking forward to having experiences he has been wanting for a long time.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
La Belle, a town in 1884, is a place where there are almost no men after the mining accident that took many of the men’s lives, leaving the town full of widows. Their quiet lives are interrupted when Roy, an outlaw on the run from his father-like figure now turned enemy, seeks escape in their small town.
Genre: Western, Thriller
Top Boy (2011-2023)
Set in London, the show follows the lives of drug dealers, each with their own ambition, and portrays the tension between different underground drug business gangs. The show has 5 seasons, starring Ashley Walters, Michael Ward, Kano, and Jasmine Jobson.
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Russian Doll (2019-)
Nadia is stuck in a time loop, and she has to get out of it before she goes insane. On her 36th birthday, after walking out of the party her friends organized for her, Nadia gets into a car accident and dies on the spot. But immediately after, she finds herself back at the birthday party. After that, her every attempt kills her and takes her back in time. Russian Doll is a thriller drama that is really underrated.
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Drama
Alice in Borderland (2020-)
Arisu unwittingly becomes part of a survival game where he is transferred to the city of Tokyo, which is uninhabited by anyone. Along with his two friends, Arisu has to figure out how to get out of this dangerous quagmire before it’s too late.
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Action
Kim’s Convenience (2016-2021)
A sitcom that makes you laugh and makes your heart warm is Kim’s Convenience, which is really underrated. Starring Simu Liu, Andrea Bang, and Jean Yoon, the story follows a Korean-Canadian family who run a mom-and-pop shop.