Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Underrated TV Shows

I am a mass consumer of pop culture. I watch a lot of TV shows, both good and bad. 

Starting when I was 11, my parents put a TV in my room, so I began consuming TV en masse. I got sucked into many shows. I remember ER being particularly draining on me as a kid, especially when Dr. Gant died. By high school I began to watch shows that are now considered classics, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Because of Buffy, I discovered Angel. I fell in love with that show. There was something about being a weird outsider and brooding that really drew me. I still connect with Angel to this day and continually push my friends to watch it to understand why I think it is underrated.

What TV shows, dear readers, do you push on your friends to watch because you consider them underrated? And have your friends gotten annoyed yet like mine?

By Alyson

Queer Pop Culture Junkie in the Northwest. Addicted to Coffee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fantasy Sports, The Mountain Goats, and Tottenham Hotspur.

17 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Underrated TV Shows”

‘Sanctuary’. I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sanctuary. It’s done by a group of actors who were friends and decided to make some webisodes—-which were then picked up into a TV show. The main character is Doctor Helen Magnus, a 100+ year old Victorian lady scientist who’s functionally immortal, and (and!) she’s played by Amanda Tapping, who’s about forty. She’s intelligent and well-educated and she absolutely commands the show. She’s the PERFECT example of a well-done female character, and she sort of echoes Capt. Jack Harkness in her charm and Badass Bisexual qualities.

Other characters are vampire Nikola Tesla (who is fantastic), immortal teleporting John Druitt, and android Watson (who was actually Sherlock, but requested that their roles be switched when Conan Doyle wrote his story down)—-all of whom were injected with the same serum that made Dr. Magnus immortal, which gave them all different results. It was sadly cancelled after four seasons, although at a good leaving-off point, but I really think everybody should watch it for the lady characters alone. They are so well done. And the dialogue is brilliant!

“Justified.” I know a lot of people write it off as too ‘redneck/country’ or just another cop show but the writing is stellar – zippy, fast, clever – and the casting is extraordinary. There’s a reason they get Emmy nominations every year, and have won a couple.

Plus…Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins. Rawwrr.

One of my favorite TV shows is Pulling. It was a British sitcom and it’s hilarious. I also love this Canadian show called Being Erika. At the time, I maybe over-identified with the character a bit much, but it was just a really smart show that handled life issues realistically (though there is a major fantasy element to the show).

A friend of a friend got me hooked on Firefly. I was STRICTLY into vampires, thus Buffy and Angel. While I was wowed by Nathan Fillion’s performance on S7 Buffy and Gina Torres on S4 Angel, it still wasn’t enough for me to give Firefly a chance until said friend of friend put on the DVD. I ran out and bought my own and I believe I’ve watched the series 3 times in its entirety.

Hmmm…. To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I get this way with music though! Which never ends well, because I have a different taste in music than any of my friends/family.

Though I have been on the other end. It’s not that I even dislike a TV show my friends recommend- it’s that I never have the time/patience to really get into anything I have to concentrate on. It’s my lack of an ability to relax =)

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