I love to binge watch shows on a rainy day, and I’ve already run through all of the popular favorites, like “Mad Men,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “House of Cards.” Luckily, there are tons of great shows to stream online, many that aren’t or weren’t given their due on regular television. Here are my favorite underrated shows to watch online, in no particular order:
Freaks and Geeks
Available on Netflix
“Freaks and Geeks” only ran for a single season in the late 90s, but it’s a top notch show with an amazing cast. Before he directed hits like This is 40 and Knocked Up, Judd Apatow produced this hilarious and heartfelt show set in the 1980s. “Freaks and Geeks” is where many amazing actors got their start, including James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen.
I grew up in the 1980s, and “Freaks and Geeks” brings back so many memories for me. This is more than a nostalgia show, it has deep characters, real conflict, and plenty of laughs. I think it’s relatable for all generations, especially for those of us who didn’t quite fit in as teenagers.
Available on Netflix
Like “Freaks and Geeks,” “Undeclared” is another early Judd Apatow tv show worth watching. “Undeclared” aired only for a couple seasons in the early 2000s, and it’s an endearing look at college life during that time. I love it alone for the early 2000s nostalgia factor, and “Undeclared” is as funny and touching as you would expect from an Apatow show.
“Undeclared” features some great actors before they became superstars. Jason Segel has a recurring role, as well as Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, and Charlie Hunnam. Few shows capture college dorm life as well as “Undeclared,” and it makes me wish all of the characters had gone to college with me.
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
Available on Netflix
I was skeptical about trying “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” at first, but it kept coming up in my recommendations list. I’m glad I gave it a go, because I almost finished this whole quirky comedy in almost a week. “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” was a short lived comedy series a couple years ago, and it’s just as irreverent as it sounds. I highly recommend this dark comedy, which is a fun twist on the whole single in NYC genre.
“Don’t Trust the B—-” stars Krysten Ritter as the ‘b’ in question, Dreama Walker as her sweet midwestern roommate, and James Ven Der Beek as himself. It’s a strange scenario to be sure, but I appreciate a sitcom with a darker bend. “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” is full of fun dialog and pop culture references. Even if you’re not usually at sitcom fan, I still recommend checking this one out.
Available on Amazon Prime
“Bunheads” was only around for one season a couple years ago, but it’s still worth watching in full. Created by “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, this show features all of the plot twists, snappy dialog, and quirkiness that you would expect from Palladino. “Bunheads” stars Sutton Foster as a former Vegas showgirl who finds herself in a small Californian coastal town starting her life over. “Gilmore Girls” fans will immediately notice some similarities in “Bunheads,” including favorite actors Kelly Bishop, Liza Weil, and Sean Gunn.
“Bunheads” is sweet, sassy, and memorable. I fell in love with all the characters by the third episode, and the dancing is fantastic. My only complaint about the show is that it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so we’ll just have to imagine how it ended.
Available on Netflix (full series) and Amazon Prime (first season only)
Are you a fan of “Firefly” or The Avengers? If so, you’ll love “Dollhouse,” Joss Whedon’s underrated TV project from a few years ago. Like all Joss Whedon’s projects, there are many layers to this story, but it begins in a future where both men and women are sent out by an agency to complete tasks. These “dolls” are later deprogrammed before they are put away until their next assignment.
While “Dollhouse” has a creepy premise, its witty script and compelling characters make it very watchable. And unlike some shows that ended abruptly, “Dollhouse” comes full circle with its story. Whedon fans know that he tends to use the same great actors in multiple projects, and “Dollhouse” is no exception. The show features Whedon veterans Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Summer Glau, Reed Diamond, and Alexis Denisof.