27 Underrated Shows All True TV Fans Should Watch
Did your favorites make the list?
1. Freaks and Geeks
Number of seasons: One (1999–2000).
Why you should watch it: Freaks and Geeks was the realest depiction of high school on TV. The show broke down typical high school stereotypes to create multidimensional, relatable characters. You weren't just watching TV; you were watching your friends.
–Kurtis Pecchenino, Facebook
2. Pushing Daisies
Number of seasons: Two (2007–2009).
Why you should watch it: It's about a man who brings people back from the dead with one touch, and can send them back to death with another. It should be all dark and twisty, but it's actually one of the happiest shows you'll ever see.
—Bianca Hazen, Facebook
Number of seasons: Still on the air (2013–now).
Why you should watch it: It's done by the same guy who made Pushing Daisies, only it's a million times darker (yet equally amazing).
–Kristina Uriegas-Reyes, Facebook
Number of seasons: Four (2011–now).
Why you should watch it: The Friends actor plays himself as a man who's hired to star in an American version of a British hit. The characters are funny and dynamic, and it's full of sex, Hollywood, and truth.
–Amy Alvord, Facebook
5. Ghost Whisperer
Number of seasons: Five (2005–2010).
Why you should watch it: This show has such an interesting perspective on life and death. Plus, the main couple has one of the feeliest on-screen relationships ever.
–Kyle Pelling, Facebook
6. Veronica Mars
Number of seasons: Three (2004–2007).
Why you should watch it: A teenaged noir that follows a girl who kicks ass and solves mysteries. With witty humor and Kristen Bell as the lead, what could be better?
–Alison Nicole, Facebook
7. Legend of the Seeker
Number of seasons: Two (2008–2010).
Why you should watch it: The man behind Xena and Hercules is at the helm of the production. Enough said.
–Roni Johnson, Facebook
8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Number of seasons: Three (2013–now).
Why you should watch it: Cops, hijinks, and comedy. What more could you need?
–Anna Kopsky, Facebook
Number of seasons: Two (2007–2009).
Why you should watch it: Cut short from the writers strike, this gripping tale follows pre-Homeland Damian Lewis (~swoon~) as a man who returns to work as a cop after being falsely imprisoned.
Carol McCarthy, Facebook
10. The Inbetweeners
Number of seasons: Three (2008–2010).
Why you should watch it: The original British version is piss-your-pants-funny and full of heart. A must-see.
–Kelsey Ryann Foster, Facebook
Number of seasons: One (2012).
Why you should watch it: A car crash forces a cop to live in two alternating realities: one where his wife is alive but his son is dead, and the other where his wife is dead but his son is alive, both a result of the crash. Using clues from each parallel life, he has to figure out which reality is real. It's compelling and funny and full of plot twists.
–Lauren Lrupczak, Facebook
12. Drop Dead Diva
Number of seasons: Six (2009–2014).
Why you should watch it: A vapid model dies in a car crash and is sent back to Earth, soul intact, as a plus-size lawyer. This show will change the way you view and treat people.
–Rebecca Marie Harrison, Facebook
13. Raising Hope
Number of seasons: Four (2010–2014).
Why you should watch it: It's hysterical and makes you feel good about screwing up with your own kids sometimes.
–Casie Lynn, Facebook
Number of seasons: One (2007–2008).
Why you should watch it: Moonlight was an amazing show on CBS. A vampire lives in L.A. as a private detective. Enough said. This show had great potential and was an awesome alternative to the Twilight vamps but was sadly cancelled after the writers strike in 2008.
–Iliana Herrera, Facebook
Number of seasons: Four (2009–2015).
Why you should watch it: If there was ever an identifiable leading female character, it's Miranda. The supporting cast is amazing, the writing is impeccable, and the situations ridiculously relatable.
–Angela Perrone Sinclair, Facebook
16. United States of Tara
Number of seasons: Three (2009–2011).
Why you should watch it: The series shined a light on psychological problems, bringing a new, fresh perspective to how TV handled a character with dissociative identity disorder.
–Alison Nicole, Facebook
Number of seasons: Two (1994–1996).
Why you should watch it: This show was a triumph. It doesn't get much better than '90s cartoons.
–Jack Oreilly, Facebook
Number of seasons: Two (2012–now).
Why you should watch it: It's a perfect mix between drama and comedy that hits you right in the feels.
–Anna Neyman, Facebook
Number of seasons: Five (2007–2012).
Why you should watch it: Who wouldn't love a full-on nerd being forced into a CIA-type spy team after having government secrets planted in his brain? It's funny, action-y, and, dare I say it, even cute.
–Kelsey Dana Boak Savage, Facebook
20. The Comeback
Number of seasons: Two (2005–now).
Why you should watch it: Lisa Kudrow stars as an out-of-touch actress trying to make her way back to the A-list. This is easily the best show on TV right now, with a perfect cast and a script so sharp you could polish diamonds with it.
–Spencer Althouse, Facebook
21. Dead Like Me
Number of seasons: Two (2003–2004).
Why you should watch it: A teenage girl is suddenly killed by a flying toilet and becomes a grim reaper, with the task of taking souls from people before they pass away. This show is surprisingly funny and never dull. If you can make it through the 74-minute pilot, you won't stop watching the rest of the series.
–Shelby Pearl Voorhees, Facebook
22. Halt and Catch Fire
Number of seasons: Two (2014–now).
Why you should watch it: It's about an ambitious group of people in the '80s who want to create the next big personal computer (to rival Apple and IBM), and it stars Lee Pace and his fabulous eyebrows. The characters are fascinating, and the lead programmer is a woman, and basically it's just wonderful all around.
–Cates Holderness, Facebook
23. The IT Crowd
Number of seasons: Five (2006–2013).
Why you should watch it: It's funky, short, British, and so often overlooked. But I laugh at the same jokes every time. Every. Single. Time.
–Anna Ashford Kelley Smith, Facebook
Number of seasons: Two (2009–2010).
Why you should watch it: Joss Whedon always nails sci-fi. The show only ran for two seasons, but that was enough to break your heart.
–Brittany Brink, Facebook
25. My So-Called Life
Number of seasons: One (1994–1995).
Why you should watch it: Groundbreaking, original, and all too real, this was the first teen drama that was actually for teens. And Jordan Catalano is so, like, hot or whatever.
–Cheyenne Arnason, Facebook
Number of seasons: Five (1999–2004).
Why you should watch it: This spin-off to Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the least talked about Joss Whedon series, but it should be one of the most talked about. It dives far deeper into the demon world than even Buffy, and it manages to succeed.
–Andrew Ziegler, Facebook
27. Happy Endings
Number of seasons: Three (2011–2013).
Why you should watch it: For a Friends orphan, this show was amazing. The writing was clever and witty and filled with pop-culture references, and the characters were equal parts intense, weird, and lovable.
–Ana Carolina, Facebook
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.