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The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching 

Evan Lambert
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Updated May 25, 2020 317.4k votes 44.5k voters 736.4k views 47 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 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 2020 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

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 92%

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

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Action-adventure

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 93%

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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
deathslover added Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Psychological thriller

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 76%

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford ...more

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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
clash1977 added Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley

Premiered: 2018

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) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Marcus Reed added Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

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

Season 2 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 76%

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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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Jared Barrows added Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 8 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 7 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 92%

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Goobis Hubris added Jason Bateman, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 81%

 

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Astra K Tiger added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery

Season 7 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Kathy Storey added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

Season 4 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 87%

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Carly Kiel added Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 90%

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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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
sve818 added Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Season 1- Rotten Tomatoes Score 90%

Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. A socially awkward high school virgin (Asa Butterfield) living with his sex therapist ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Creek0512 added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 93%

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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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 15 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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 92%

Superstore (NBC, 2015) is an American single-camera sitcom television series created by Justin Spitzer. An oddball family of employees at supersized megastore Cloud 9 tackles the day-to-day ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Amanda Lindsay-Peaire added Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, Action

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score 88%

Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
sarahmarendaz added Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more

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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Heather Moss added Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adult, Comedy

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years in the New ...more

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
PetdengerSamuel added Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 7- Rotten Tomatoes Score 75%

Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more
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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
RichardBeecher added Donald Glover

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 97%

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
julie.a.durst added Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score 88%

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
The MASSIVE added Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score 73%

This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Luke Albright added Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Comedy, Police procedural

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score 68%

The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more

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Bosch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Luke Albright added Bosch Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Police procedural, Detective fiction

Season 6- Rotten Tomatoes Score 97%

Bosch (Amazon, 2014) is an American police procedural web television series developed by Eric Overmyer, based on the novels by Michael Connelly. An LAPD homicide detective (Titus Welliver) works ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Boris_j added Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score 89%

Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, loosely based on the legal battles between Preet Bharara and ...more

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