Each year thousands of TV shows air on multiple streaming platforms, out of which many go unnoticed and don’t receive the appreciation that they truly deserved. Imagine how many amazing TV shows you may have missed over the decade just because they never got popular. To narrow it down, a Reddit user, u/BluePinky asked, “What is a great TV show that never became popular?” and the Reddit community flooded the comments section with thousands of options. We have compiled the 15 most upvoted TV shows that never got the hype they truly deserved.
It was a show starring Jason Isaacs where he simultaneously lived in two separate timelines. He was in a car accident with his wife and son, so — in one timeline — his son dies but he still has his wife. Then — in the other timeline — it’s his wife who dies, while his son is still alive.
He swaps between the two timelines when he goes to sleep. He’s also a detective, and that comes into play as the worlds sort of run parallel, and he uses information from one world to solve crimes in the other.
The show only lasted 13 episodes but had some serious potential!
Posted by u/APartyInMyPants
2) Party Down
It had such a stellar cast and great premise, but it got kneecapped when the eventual stars all got bigger gigs. Jane Lynch left to do Glee, Adam Scott landed his gig on Parks and Recreation, etc. So the show ended after only two seasons. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite comedy shows!
Posted by u/comeupoutdawatah
3) Salvage 1
First, I want to point out that I am NOT making this up:
It was a show where Andy Griffith played the owner of a salvage yard who, in the first episode, managed to purchase a surplus of rocket engines from NASA. He used them to build his own rocket ship. Why? Because there was valuable salvage in space. He successfully launched the rocket from his salvage yard, collected a dead satellite, returned it to Earth, and melted it down just as the government agents arrived too late to catch him in the act!
After that, it was like The Incredible Hulk, with Salvage Guy flying while government agents tried to catch him. Trust me, when I was a kid, this was the BOMB!
Posted by u/LockjawTheOgre
4) Almost Human
A future cop (Karl Urban) doesn’t like that all detectives are assigned a robot partner. He gets stuck with a previous-generation model (Michael Ealy), and together they solve crimes and eventually become friends.
It was actually a really good show; they should have just waited four or five more years to make it because genre shows weren’t as mainstream or popular in 2013 as they are now!
Posted by u/Ron_Fuckin_Swanson
5) Generation Kill
It was this fantastic show on HBO. I don’t know too many people who’ve ever heard of it, never mind seen it, but it was truly great!
Posted by u/Beaver21Beaver
6) Happy Endings
A great little comedy that deserved better!
Posted by u/ErraticVole
7) Clone High
It only lasted 13 episodes and had a hilarious (but brief) run on MTV in the early 2000s. I’m still crossing my fingers that the rumors of a possible reboot come true!
Posted by u/misslemacintosh
8) Bored to Death
It starred Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, and Jason Schwartzman. They had great chemistry and some hilarious dialogue.
Posted by u/ISmellTerrific
9) The IT Crowd
I wish more people in the US watched this show. I hate laugh tracks, but I still loved it!
Posted by u/CivilCJ
10) Pushing Daisies
It got canceled during the writers’ strike. It’s kind of old at this point, but it remains one of my favorite shows of all time, even in all its unfinished glory.
Posted by u/electricdeathrats
It was a travesty that this one got stuck on the Syfy channel. If someone had put it on the right network and in the right time slot so people knew it even existed, I sincerely think it would have been HUGE.
Posted by u/SeattleTrashPanda
12) Dead Like Me
It was a VERY underrated show. If you’ve never heard of it, this is all you really need to know:
The main character — a young slacker — gets killed in the first 10 minutes by a toilet seat that fell from an abandoned space station. She gets recruited as a ‘reaper,’ so her job is to basically separate people’s souls from their bodies prior to their death so that they can transition into the afterlife without the trauma of experiencing their deaths weighing on their eternal souls.
It’s a dark comedy that is profoundly deep at times. It also stars Mandy Patinkin in a supporting role! It was a great show.
Posted by u/Krishnath_Dragon
13) Grounded for Life
I used to watch this show in middle school, and it was very funny. I haven’t seen it in well over a decade, but I still refer to the actors as ‘Uncle Eddie’ and ‘Sean Finnerty’ whenever I see them in anything else!
Posted by u/kwazykwoissants
14) Halt & Catch Fire
It’s been referred to as ‘the best show no one ever watched.
It’s a period of a prestige drama set in the early 1980s–’90s about the birth of personal computing, gaming, and the internet ages. The first season is not great, but the second is a little better, and the third and fourth seasons are about as good as TV gets.
It’s on Netflix now if anyone in the US wants to give it a go!
Posted by u/zazzlekdazzle
It’s a great show that’s basically just Monty Python meets a Broadway musical, and it’s so funny. It never got the love it deserved while it was on — it barely got a second season, and it ended on kind of a cliffhanger.
Posted by u/AlkalineSoul
Know about any other underrated TV show? Let us know in the comment section below!