These are the most underrated TV shows of all time

Hundreds of new TV shows come out every year. Some resonate with audiences and are instant favorites, while others fall short and fail to live up to the hype. However, sometimes there are shows that are good but, for one reason or another, never got the attention they deserved.

Nothing is more frustrating than investing in a good show and looking forward to its next season only to hear that the show has been cancelled. Then you’re left with all your unanswered questions about the show and an unsatisfying ending. Recent reboots have attempted to capitalize on the cult fame of many of these shows, with everything from Development stopped for Firefly getting their own revivals through streaming services after their untimely demise on network television.

Unfortunately, many good shows remain underrated and still haven’t gotten the fame they deserved, resulting in unsatisfactory endings due to sudden cancellations and no reboots in sight. Either way, they’re still worth watching even though they never got their grand finale. Here are just a few of the many woefully underrated TV shows of all time.

6 Galavant

The cast of Galavant.

Galavant is an acquired taste, so it’s easy to see why this show wasn’t a huge hit. This medieval musical is filled with catchy songs from award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, and is both nerdy and delightfully wonderful. Join Galavant (Joshua Sasse) as he embarks on an epic musical quest to save his one true love, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), from the clutches of sinister King Richard (Timothy Omundson). However, when Galavant is heartbroken by Madalena, he rediscovers love when he least expects it. The series was an odd combination of fantasy, action, melodrama, and musical comedy that wasn’t easily embraced by audiences at the time, but remains a unique show to this day.

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5 The Frankenstein Chronicles

The cast of The Chronicles of Frankenstein.

As you probably guessed, The Frankenstein Chronicles is based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In this adaptation, Sean Bean plays the investigator John Marlott, who makes the macabre discovery of the body of a small child. Upon closer examination, he discovers that the body is actually various body parts grotesquely arranged to resemble a body. This discovery leads him on a quest to find the truth, a quest that could end in his life. As always, Sean Bean’s performance is top-notch in this period crime drama. The show is fast-paced and thrilling, and the sets and costumes immerse its viewers in the world of the 1800s. However, despite Le Chronicles of Frankenstein’ quality, he’s only had two seasons and almost no attention.

4 Young Riders

The Young Riders cast.

Join the epic adventures of six orphan express pony riders as they navigate life in the Wild West and brave life’s hardships. However, despite superb plots of actors and episodes, Young Riders only lasted three seasons. This could be because at the time of the show’s debut in 1989, Western shows hadn’t been popular on network television for over a decade. Therefore, the show may have struggled to resonate with audiences. Another reason could be that the show was sued for copyright infringement, due to its similarity to another Western show, Young Guns, which had just debuted the previous year in 1988.

3 Dark


Dark was Netflix’s first German original series and follows various characters as they attempt to uncover the truth behind the recent disappearance of a child in their hometown of Winden. The show aired on Netflix in 2017 and was advertised as a darker version of the hit American show strange things, but is undoubtedly more intellectually stimulating. Although the show was German, it was popular with non-German viewers as it was one of Netflix’s most watched non-English language shows as the show was critically acclaimed and has an impressive Rotten Tomatoes rating and audience score. by 95%. Despite all this, the series never really received the popularity it deserved and ended after just three seasons. Part of that could be due to the series’ intricate plot which deals with time travel in fascinating ways. At times, the concept of the show can be a little hard to grasp and downright dark at times. However, the show is still a masterpiece to watch.

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2 Case closed

Case closed

Case closed is the longest-running show on this list, with seven seasons running from 2003 to 2010. While there’s no shortage of cop and crime shows, cold case the plot structure was different, as the team solved cold cases that had lain dormant for years. The show would open with a flashback to the past, showing the chain of events that would lead to a crime, usually the murder of a victim, then return to the present when something happens that would make the Cold Case unit of Philadelphia reopen the case. Throughout the show, viewers would see looks of flashbacks from suspects in their youth, thus showing two timelines at once. The show was thrilling and suspenseful, and featured wonderful chemistry between its two leads, Kathryn Morris and Danny Pino. Case closed was unexpectedly canceled after seven seasons, and the show never got the ending it deserved. What’s even sadder is that fans can’t legitimately purchase the show as it was never released on DVD or Blu-ray due to copyright infringement for use songs by the show. It remains a hard-to-watch and underrated crime drama classic.

1 Frontier

Jason Mamoa wears fur in the freezing cold Frontier

Frontier comes in at the top spot because it’s probably the most underrated show on Netflix. On paper, the show should have been a big hit, featuring game of thrones star actor Jason Momoa and features a fast-paced, action-packed plot. The show follows the feud between Momoa’s character, Declan Harp, and Lord Archibald Benton (Alun Armstrong) of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). While the show’s first two seasons were great, season three faltered due to the absence of one of the main characters, Captain Chesterfield, played by Evan Jonigkeit. It’s a shame that Frontier only reached three seasons with a total of 18 episodes, because it’s quite thrilling. As of now, Netflix has not officially canceled the show. However, it’s been almost four years since season three was released, so that’s highly unlikely at this point.

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