The internet has changed the way we watch our favourite shows. Netflix has given us the luxury of TV without the annoying advertisements. Scores of shows or programs are accessible day and night to keep us binge watching until the end of time. It’s likewise given us a way to watch series we might never have the time to see on regular television.
Here are 5 Underrated Shows Streaming On Netflix that will have you glued to your television until the last episode.
To a certain kind of viewer, SundanceTV’s Red Road is the best show on television. If you like your obsessions to possess the lived-in, culturally specific detail of The Sopranos, The Wire’s nuts and bolts look at criminal life and more of Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa than you know what to do with, then it’s time to hop aboard the Red Road bandwagon.
Momoa, doing the best work of his career, plays a small time drug dealer on a Native American reservation, who enters into a Faustian bargain with a local cop (Martin Henderson) after witnessing a crime. Spearheading a movement towards realistic crime shows (Rectify and Bloodline are other stellar examples), Red Road is a brilliant piece of work, a portrait of a believable community that balances incredible tension with a realistic depiction of this community and the people in it.
There’s nothing quite as engrossing or powerful on Netflix or American television at the moment.
The lead actors of BBC’s Ripper Street Matthew MacFadyen and Jerome Flynn were coaxed from their work in historical romances and HBO’s Game of Thrones to star in Ripper Street, but they don’t far from the tone of either.
The style suggests a serialization of the Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies, with hyperactive editing that renders the detecting prowess of its sleuthing heroes. Fans of the BBC’s usual stock in trade, highbrow soap operas like Downton Abbey, are also catered to by the show’s focus on its detective’s personal lives.
All this is to say that Ripper Street is riveting from the get-go, a sharply paced weekly mystery with top-notch performances, delectably intricate writing, and incredibly satisfying delivery of all its disparate elements.
Hit & Miss
Chloë Sevigny has made a career out of fearlessly treading where few actresses would ever dare. She proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt when she signed on for Sky Atlantic’s Hit & Miss, created by Shameless’s Paul Abbott.
Sevigny stars as a pre-op transgender assassin who is put in charge of three orphaned children. Given that premise, you won’t be shocked to hear that Abbott condensed a few different show ideas into one, but the plot overkill actually works in the show’s favor.
For one excellent season Hit & Miss was the most fascinating thing on TV, making the most of a host of great performances and a beautiful, moody Yorkshire setting.
Sure, the idea that there were actually witches in Salem is baldly ahistorical and more than a little tasteless, but aren’t those virtues you want from your late night binge-watching?
Feeling very much like the product of a meeting where the bosses at WGN asked for their own American Horror Story, Salem is even more ribald and fun than its better-known precedent. Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) is the most important woman and the most powerful witch in 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts. When witchhunters come to town, she must outmaneuver them while appearing to be an innocent, upstanding citizen.
Brazenly grotesque gore and deliciously crazy performances set Salem apart from even the craziest horror TV. By the time the flawless Lucy Lawless shows up in Season 2, it’s too late to stop watching. You’ll be unable to look away, and after you settle into this insane version of Salem, you won’t want to.
As one of the most electrifying and unique screen actors in the world, Idris Elba still isn’t quite as famous as he should be. He proved his bonafides as detective John Luther on the BBC detective show Luther from 2010-2013 (with a new special to air in the near future).
Elba plays a cop with a Hulk-sized anger problem who’s a fan of letting situations get out of hand and dealing with the fallout later. It’s dodgy police work, but it’s riveting TV. There’s a brute grace to everything Elba’s Luther does, and wondering how close to the edge of control he’ll walk will keep you glued to your chair.