2018 tv The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching  

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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 2018 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 2018 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.) Or maybe you can keep it light and watch some adorable current underrated shows on the CW, like iZombie or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. 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
Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action crime drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical criminal gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
voting closed at #3 Sense8 Aml Ameen, Bae Doona, Jamie Clayton Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
HabibRad added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen 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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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
oceanic815 added Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Stephanie Kuchinski added Poldark Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall 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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
ChrisBateman added The 100 Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell 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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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
LanaYoshii added Preacher Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga 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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies 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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Kathy Storey added Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro 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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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Jared Barrows added The Last Kingdom Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann 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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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
iZombie Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Abe Schippers added The Magicians Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley 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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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
clash1977 added Taboo Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. Following the death of his father, James Delaney (Tom Hardy) ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
12 Monkeys Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo 12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more

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The Brave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
KirstenSmee added The Brave Mike Vogel, Anne Heche, Demetrius Grosse The Brave (NBC, 2017) is an American drama series with showrunners Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) is Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency working with ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Creek0512 added The Expanse Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar 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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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
baggadonutzpj added Into the Badlands Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after a war that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more

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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
tia611 added The Shannara Chronicles Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero The Shannara Chronicles (MTV, 2016) is an American fantasy drama television series adapted from the fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, primarily The Elfstones of Shannara. As the series opens, ...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 Wentworth Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson 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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
deathslover added Mindhunter Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in 1979, the series ...more

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Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Designated Survivor Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto On the night of the State of the Union address, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom ...more

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson 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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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
The Last Man on Earth Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman The Last Man on Earth is an American post-apocalyptic comedy television series created by and starring Will Forte. The series premiered on the American broadcast network Fox on March 1, 2015. ...more

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The Ranch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
JVall14 added The Ranch Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger 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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
RichardBeecher added Atlanta Donald Glover 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 Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
EllieGore added The Exorcist Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is portrayed as a sequel to the 1973 film of the same name

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Sue Tramontana added Versailles George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV (George Blagden), decides to build ...more

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The Affair is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
ghostdragon added The Affair Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney The Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, 2014. A TV-14 version of the pilot episode was made ...more

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You're the Worst is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
You're the Worst Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Falk. Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Debbie Howard added Legion Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza 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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Marcus Reed added Altered Carbon Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy Altered Carbon (Netflix, 2018) 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 ...more

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Humans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Suzanne Alvarez added Humans Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - ...more

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Colony is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Colony Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay ...more

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Sneaky Pete is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Sneaky Pete Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae 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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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Shadowhunters Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...more

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The Librarians is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Julie Armour Gordon added The Librarians Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth The Librarians (TNT, 2014) is an American fantasy-adventure television series developed by John Rogers, and a spinoff of the film series. A group of librarians set off on adventures in an effort ...more

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
StefanieT added Travelers Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper 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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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
sarahmarendaz added Blindspot Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American crime drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no ...more

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
The MASSIVE added Fear the Walking Dead Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and a prequel to The Walking Dead. A dysfunctional, ...more

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UnREAL is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
UnREAL Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko, Freddie Stroma Unreal (Lifetime, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. A young reality television producer (Shiri Appleby) is pushed by her ...more

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
liplip added Killjoys Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Boris_j added Billions Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby ...more

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Alias Grace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
reemsid added Alias Grace Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcraft, Zachary Levi Alias Grace (Netflix, 2017) is a miniseries based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood. Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) is a convicted murderess who works in the home of the prison warden. Dr. Simon ...more

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The Young Pope is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Nancy Hall added The Young Pope Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando The Young Pope (2016, HBO) is an English-language Italian drama television series. Jude Law stars as .Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo), the newly elected Pope and former Archbishop of New ...more

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Outcast is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Wendy Smith Wilson added Outcast Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt Outcast (Cinemax, 2016) is an American horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman, based on his comic books. A young man (Patrick Fugit) searches for answers as to why he's been ...more

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Another Period is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Another Period Dave Koechner, Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome Another Period (Comedy Central, 2015) is an American period sitcom directed by Jeremy Konner. At the turn of the 20th century, sisters Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome) try ...more

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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
The MASSIVE added The Gifted Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more

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Power is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
MattGirard added Power Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more

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A Series of Unfortunate Events is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
CozminPetrila added A Series of Unfortunate Events Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (author Daniel Handler). When a ...more

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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching
Heather Moss added Big Mouth Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein 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