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Get Ready To Root For The Greatest TV Shows About Underdogs

Updated August 14, 2020 106 votes 31 voters27 items

List RulesVote up the best scripted shows with the central theme around underdogs.

What does it mean to be an underdog? When the chips are down and everyone doesn't think you can make it, sometimes you end up surprising everyone, including yourself. Many shows have captured this phenomenon focusing on a person or team who has everything going against them. In truth, that what makes you as the audience want to root for them. You want to see them overcome the odds and come out victorious. The best shows about underdogs fill you with hope and inspire you to achieve great things. 

Barry encapsulates this idea perfectly. He's an assassin who wants to become an actor, and for the most part, he's not very good at it. But that doesn't mean you don't hope for him to succeed every time he goes onto that stage. A similar principle is at play with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Throughout the series, you're pretty sure Rebecca isn't going to end up with Josh, but you still hope she finds a way to attain happiness. 

Vote for your favorite underdog TV shows. And remember, just become a show is at the bottom of the list doesn't mean it can't make its way to the top. 

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  • Kidding is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Get Ready To Root For The Greatest TV Shows About Underdogs
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    Kidding (Showtime, 2018) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dave Holstein. A children's television icon (Jim Carrey), who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire, has his life turned upside down when his family begins to implode.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella, Judy Greer
    • Premiered: 2018
    • Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama
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  • Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Get Ready To Root For The Greatest TV Shows About Underdogs
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    Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig. A gifted high schooler (Linda Cardellini) starts hanging out with a group of burnouts, while her younger brother (John Francis Daley) navigates his freshman year.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco
    • Premiered: 1999
    • Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Comedy-drama
    • Characters: Lindsay Weir, Daniel Desario, Nick Andopolis, Bill Haverchuck, Kim Kelly
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  • Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Get Ready To Root For The Greatest TV Shows About Underdogs
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    Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. After losing their fortune, a family is forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt's Creek which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift years before.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott
    • Premiered: 2015
    • Genres (Tv): Sitcom
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  • Atypical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Get Ready To Root For The Greatest TV Shows About Underdogs
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    Atypical

    Atypical (Netflix, 2017) is a coming-of-age dark comedy television series created and written by Robia Rashid. Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, looks for a girlfriend, while his mom (Jennifer Jason Leigh) goes on her own life-changing path.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, Michael Rapaport
    • Premiered: 2017
    • Genres (Tv): Teen, Comedy-drama
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