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The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching 

Evan Lambert
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Updated February 22, 2020 301.7k votes 42.9k voters 716.5k views 84 items

List Rules Only shows currently airing new episodes and have not received mainstream press or acclaim - no Emmy award-winning programs or shows with huge followings

Some of the best shows on TV right now in 2019 are criminally underrated and not watched by nearly enough people. Sure, you've heard of How to Get Away with Murder, Empire, Game of Thrones, and all those other great, popular shows. But have you heard of Wentworth? Better Things? Didn't think so. Here to solve this very pressing problem is this list of unknown or underrated TV shows you should be watching right now, if anything just to shake things up a bit. Be sure to also watch the best shows ending in 2019 before it's too late! 

Some of the shows on this list are fairly standard genre shows like crime thrillers and supernatural tween romcoms, but each of the television series listed here are uniquely memorable and entertaining. Why aren't people watching? The shows may have a bad time slot or maybe people feel these are shows where nothing happens. However, many of these shows are actually critically acclaimed and beloved by a small group of loyal viewers. It's truly amazing and baffling that these shows have managed to fly under the radar, but once you read about these underrated series you should be watching, maybe they'll gain at least one new fan.

Looking for some new TV show suggestions for this coming Saturday night? Maybe check out that Gillian Anderson thriller that everyone's been talking about over in Britain. (Hint: It's not The X-Files.) There are so many under the radar TV shows out there that deserve more viewers and more buzz. If you're looking for a good Netflix and chill show, why not try some of these underrated gems? 

Go on and celebrate underrated television by voting up your favorite shows with cult followings!

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

Season 4 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 96%

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
HabibRad added Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Genres (Tv): War film, Drama, Historical fiction, Action

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Kathy Storey added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: Netflix, Fox

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

Season 4 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Network: Starz

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Season 4 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 88%

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
deathslover added Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 98%

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more

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#183 of 217 The TV Shows with the Best Writing #223 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
voting closed at #5 LanaYoshii added Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Drama, Black Comedy, Supernatural, Horror, Action

Season 4 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 74%

Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more

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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
clash1977 added Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley

Premiered: 2018

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: BBC One, FX

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Season 1- Rotten Tomatoes Score 76%

Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Marcus Reed added Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

Season 1- Rotten Tomatoes Score 67%

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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#494 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #87 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time The Best Episodes of 'Altered Carbon'

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Abe Schippers added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 93%

The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
ChrisBateman added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

Season 6 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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#211 of 281 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time #12 of 265 The Best Female-Led TV Shows

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Jared Barrows added Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Action, History, Romance

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
voting closed at #13 Debbie Howard added Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Action, Horror, Drama, Superhero

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score 92%

Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Goobis Hubris added Jason Bateman, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 76%

 

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#29 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #156 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on Ozark, Ranked

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Astra K Tiger added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

Season 6- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Creek0512 added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
StefanieT added Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper

Premiered: 2016

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi

Season 1- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

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#621 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #148 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #1,006 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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The Ranch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
JVall14 added The Ranch Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 3&4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 67%

The Ranch (Netflix, 2016) is an American comedy web television series created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson. The son (Ashton Kutcher) of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football ...more

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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
km11 added Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a good-hearted, earnest ...more

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
voting closed at #14 The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Serial drama, Science fiction, Supernatural, Fantasy

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 92%

The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...more

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Carly Kiel added Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 93%

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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#315 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #43 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows The Best Characters On 'Killing Eve', Ranked

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Stephanie Kuchinski added Poldark Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 86%

Poldark (BBC One, 2015) is a British-American drama television series created by Debbie Horsfield, based on the novels by Winston Graham. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home after American ...more

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#1,219 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #209 of 260 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Carly Kiel added Schitt's Creek Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

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 ...more

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#385 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #360 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years The Best Characters On 'Schitt's Creek'

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The End of the F***ing W... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
sve818 added Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark comedy-drama television series, based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman. 17-year-old James (Alex ...more

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#536 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #295 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #340 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Guest_8422c734-d5bc-451f-9faf-48542787f091 added America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash

Premiered: 2015

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Superstore (NBC, 2015) is an American single-camera sitcom television series about a group of employees working at Cloud 9, a fictional big-box store in St. Louis, Missouri. The ensemble cast ...more

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Sneaky Pete is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Sneaky Pete Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Sneaky Pete is an American crime drama series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston. The series follows a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate in order to avoid his past ...more

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