These are the best TV shows you may have never watched.
While you may be familiar that shows like Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead, get a lot of mainstream media attention. There are numerous hidden gems you may have missed that have flown under the radar.
So, we have come up with a list of 10 hidden gem TV shows often overlooked by most people, that are well worth watching.
10- Startup (2016 – )
It appears on the free Sony Crackle Streaming service and has a great cast, which includes Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, and Ron Perlman. Set in Miami, Florida, it follows an unlikely group of people behind an unregulated digital currency tech startup called Jen Coyne.
As they are building their business, they are also being followed by a crooked FBI financial crime agent played by Freeman, who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring them down.
This is one of those shows that takes a few episodes to set up it’s complicated plot. After which you will be rewarded with a gripping drama with terrific storytelling and stellar performances by the entire cast. There are three seasons of this tv series to watch right now on Sony Crackle.
9- Fortitude (2015 – 2018)
The story takes place on the Norwegian Arctic Islands, dealing with an increasing amount of strange deaths due to an exotic parasite that has survived for thousands of years in the eyes.
It features an excellent international ensemble cast, a few names you might recognize: Stanley Tucci, Dennis Quaid, and Richard Dormer.
Just a word of caution before you start watching the show, without giving away any spoilers, there is a scene in the latter half of season 2 that might be a difficult watch for most guys. All three seasons have already aired on Sky Atlantic, with the third being the last. The first two seasons are available now on Amazon Prime.
8- Animal Kingdom (2016 – )
American Crime Drama
Based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, the series on the TNT network is set in a surfing community in Southern California. It follows a 17-year-old boy who moves in with his estranged relatives known as The Cody’s after a heroin overdose kills his mother.
Ellen Barkin plays the matriarch of the family and Thor receives Cody’s criminal activities. Three seasons have already been broadcast on TNT and it has been renewed for a fourth. It’s also available to stream on Amazon Prime.
7- American Gods (2017 – )
American Fantasy Drama
Based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, American Fantasy Drama appears on the STARZ premium cable network with a convoluted plot. It will appeal to folks who enjoy shows like Preacher or Legion but will confuse those people who usually watch shows like NCIS or Matlock.
In short, American Gods is about a war brewing between the old gods and the new gods. While the old gods are defending their existence and rebuilding their influence, they feel threatened by the new gods like technology and media.
American Gods features a fantastic cast, which includes Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, and the always charismatic Ian McShane (who is having a busy year having just completed the long-awaited Deadwood movie). The first season of American Gods aired in 2017.
6-Bodyguard (2018 – )
British Political Thriller
Starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, it’s about a British Army war veteran now working as a police sergeant in the royalty and specialist protection branch. He is assigned the task of protecting a controversial politician whose beliefs he does not agree with.
It’s a well-crafted show with plenty of tension that will have you on the edge of your seat. All six binge-worthy episodes of the bodyguard are available right now on Netflix. The shows creator says it’s possible there could be a second season.
5- The Expanse (2015 – )
American Sci-fi Drama
Based on the books by James SA Corey, the series that’s been hiding out on the site network is based hundreds of years in the future where humanity has colonized the solar system.
It follows a group of anti-heroes who work to uncover the greatest conspiracy in human history. While rising tensions have Earth and Mars on the brink of war.
With its massive budget, the expanse was canceled by SYFY after three seasons. Amazon Prime video quickly picked up the series for a fourth season with the release date expected sometime before the end of 2019.
All three seasons are available right now on Amazon Prime.
4- The Sinner (2017 – )
American Anthology Crime Drama Mystery
It stars Bill Pullman in the first two seasons alongside Jessica Biel in the beginning. Set in New York state, the series follows detective Harry Ambrose who works to solve murders committed by seemingly ordinary people.
If you are looking for an intelligent whodunit with twists and turns, this is the show for you. The Sinner is available on Netflix.
3- Santa Clarita Diet (2017 – 2019)
American Horror Comedy
Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olive, this Netflix Original series is about a couple named Joel and Sheila, who are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California.
They deal with a series of obstacles when Sheila transforms into a zombie and begins craving human flesh, which makes her feel better than ever.
It’s a crazy premise and admittingly, like most people, I had trouble getting past the first couple of episodes. If you continue watching Santa Clarita Diet, it does get a lot better. The third season premieres on Netflix.
2- The Alienist (2018 – )
This psychological thriller is set in New York City during the mid-1890s. Its impressive cast includes Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning.
Their characters make up a team assembled to investigate a serial killer who is responsible for the murders of street children. While the pacing can be slow at times, it features excellent acting along with fantastic production values.
Most notably, the set designs are some of the best you will see on TV.
TNT has ordered a sequel series, which will be called The Angel of Darkness.
1- Humans (2015-2018)
Sci-Fi – Drama
This show is co-produced by channel four and Kudos tv network in the United Kingdom, along with AMC in the United States.
This series based in a parallel universe is about human interactions with their highly developed robot servants, known as the sense, which are very similar to real humans.
The show offers insightful storytelling and a possible glimpse into our future if robots were to exhibit human characteristics. Three seasons have already been broadcast.
Human is a true gem and available to stream on Amazon Prime.