50 Most Underrated TV Shows on Netflix Right Now

If you feel like you’ve maxed out all the good shows on Netflix, think again. Besides the big-name shows that have caught media attention, buried under the platform’s marketing algorithm is a treasure trove of shows you’ve probably never heard of.

And among them are plenty of spectacular gems that are certainly worth your time. We’ve curated the top 50 TV shows you might have overlooked, all currently streaming on Netflix.

M’entends-tu?

This 20-minute per episode comedy-drama is about three young friends from disadvantaged backgrounds who try to get their lives on track.

Some TV shows focus on well-off characters or a variety of “broke” characters who can magically afford to live in Williamsburg. Not Can You Hear Me (or M’entends tu in French). From singing at the Jesus songs in the subway to flashing a guy for free popcorn, the three friends really are struggling.

This means that they only have each other to face adversity and that as a show, it’s funny until it’s not. M’entends tu takes quick turns into deep drama, making it not only funny but rich with substance.

Genre: Comedy
Actor: Ève Landry, Eve Landry, Florence Longpré, Florence Longpre, Mélissa Bédard, Melissa Bedard
Feel Good

Lisa Kudrow and many other recognizable faces star in this sweet British comedy that feels like a Fleabag take on LGBTQ+ love.

Mae (played by Canadian comedian Mae Martin) is a stand-up comic in London who starts dating a fan, George (Charlotte Ritchie). Up to that point, George had only dated men.

Martin also co-wrote and co-created the show, with Skins’ Joe Hampson, making Feel Good a semi-autobiographical show.

Mae the character is self-destructive, but also funny and sharp. George is lost and unpredictable. Following them as they navigate their new relationship is sometimes funny, more times heartbreaking, but always charming.

Genre: Comedy
Actor: Adrian Lukis, Charlotte Ritchie, Lisa Kudrow, Mae Martin, Ophelia Lovibond, Phil Burgers, Ramon Tikaram, Ritu Arya, Sophie Thompson, Tobi Bamtefa, Tom Andrews
Director: Ally Pankiw
Rating: TV-MA
Easy
48.

There may not be a show or movie out there that the term “slice-of-life” applies to better than Easy. Don’t watch it expecting stuff to happen, it won’t. I mean it will, but don’t expect any big plot twists, and don’t anticipate the end of episodes: enjoy it as it happens.
With different stories in each 30-minute episode, Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) who created, wrote and directed will feel as the only constant throughout the series. Yet, as you move through it, you realize that other than being mini-cameos to each other, these characters share many of the same defining elements of modern-day culture. The ways they navigate relationships, sex, and technology is relevant and realistic.

Genre: Comedy
Actor: Andrew Bachelor, Aubrey Plaza, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Elizabeth Reaser, Emily Ratajkowski, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Jane Adams, Judy Greer, Kate Berlant, Kiersey Clemons, Malin Akerman, Marc Maron, Michael Chernus, Orlando Bloom, Zazie Beetz
Rating: TV-MA
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson, who was briefly a Saturday Night Live actor, writes and stars in this series of hilarious and absurd comedy sketches. Every episode is 20 minutes or less and has about five or six skits. Robinson is supported by an array of talented actors like Andy Samberg, Cecily Strong, Will Forte, and Steven Yeun. The show starts off strong with possibly one of its best sketches – a job candidate who snaps when confronted with the small mishap of not knowing how to open a door. Then it moves to more absurd territory, like a horrific encounter caused by a “honk if you’re horny” sticker, a baby peageant that goes wrong, and so on. The brand of comedy is unique, and you will probably know if you like it or not from the first sketch alone (if you don’t, there is probably no reason to keep watching). Fans of The Eric Andre Show and Key and Peele will love this.

Genre: Comedy
Actor: Andy Samberg, Cecily Strong, Conner O'Malley, Fred Willard, Kate Berlant, Melody Peng, Sam Richardson, Shawntay Dalon, Tim Heidecker, Tim Robinson, Will Forte
Rating: TV-MA
Love
46.

About love as much as it is about loneliness, romance as much as realism and the longing for a genuine connection as much as being tired of that longing – this is a smart and well nuanced series on building relationships. It follows Gus and Mickey, two damaged people trying to recover from bad breakups. They’re respectively played by writer/creater Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs (Britta from Community). Love portrays their love story as an example of relationships by default, chemistry that stems more from the need to be in a relationship than any physical or intellectual attraction. And it features many hilarious sequences, some are cleverly composed jokes but most of them are the painfully-real type.

Genre: Comedy
Actor: Chris Witaske, Claudia O'Doherty, Claudia O'Doherty, Gillian Jacobs, Iris Apatow, Mike Mitchell, Paul Rust
Director: Lyia Terki
Rating: TV-MA
The Break (La Treve)

The body of a footballer from Togo is found in a small Belgian village. Suicide is suspected, but things don’t quite add up. Recordings of Skype sessions with his family show him happy, excited and looking forward to sending money back to them. 

The seemingly quaint town where the incident takes places sees its secrets uncovered by a detective from Brussels. The farm where the body was found harbors Nazi symbols, 100-year-old weapons, and um.. a dominatrix. 

If you liked Broadchurch or Happy Valley, you will love The Break. It’s a true hidden gem that sports a production value rivaling the biggest U.S. hits. A good reward for anyone willing to turn on the subtitles (or the dub). 

Genre: Mystery
Actor: Anne Coesens, Anne-Cécile Vandalem, Anne-Cécile Vandalem, Aurélien Caeyman, Aurélien Caeyman, Catherine Salée, Guillaume Kerbush, Jasmina Douieb, Jean-Henri Compere, Lara Hubinont, Sam Louwyck, Tom Audenaert, Valérie Bauchau, Valérie Bauchau, Vincent Lecuyer, Yoann Blanc
Rating: N/A, Not Rated
Rise of Empires: Ottoman

This historical show with immaculate production value is about the fall of Constantinople in 1453. It’s fully in English, despite being a Turkish production, featuring a mix of entertaining interviews and dramatic reenactment. The way it’s narrated is reminiscent of History Channel documentaries (with frequent recaps), which is unfortunate. Still, the story and the production compensate well enough. The young 21-year-old Ottoman Sultan Mehmet risks everything in pursuit of Constantinople, a city twelve armies, including his father’s, have failed to take. This moment is pivotal for so many reasons: it marked the end of the Roman empire, it turned the Ottomans from local power to a global one, and the use of advanced military techniques (such as a new generation of cannons) changed warfare forever. But knowing that Mehmet will enter Constantinople (now Istanbul) changes nothing to the appeal of this show. The question is not will he win, but at what cost, and how.

Genre: Drama
Actor: İlayda Akdoğan, Birkan Sokullu, Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu, Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, Charles Dance, Damla Sönmez, Damla Sonmez, Ilayda Akdogan, Osman Sonant, Selim Bayraktar, Tolga Tekin, Tommaso Basili, Tuba Büyüküstün, Tuba Büyüküstün, Ushan Çakır, Ushan Cakir
Atypical

Keir Gilchrist who you may know from the movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story plays Sam, an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum trying to navigate the “typical” aspects of a teenager’s life: dating, independence, friendships, etc. Perhaps people dealing with autism can better attest to this, but the show feels genuine and realistic. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a comedy, but it’s a really heartfelt approach to the funny sitcom format. In a lot of ways, Atypical is the perfect 2017 Netflix-age coming-of-age sitcom: it’s funny and smart, but also keen to be realistic. And Atypical is about Sam’s family almost as much as it is about him, and how they adjust to his new quest for self-discovery. Look out for newcomer Brigette Lundy-Paine, who does an amazing job playing Sam’s siter Casey!

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Amy Okuda, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Casey Wilson, Fivel Stewart, Gino Montesinos, Graham Phillips, Graham Rogers, Jenna Boyd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Rapaport, Nik Dodani
Rating: TV-MA

Terrace House is the perfect show to binge on a lazy day, it will make you feel intimate not only with its cast, but also with the Japanese culture and lifestyle. The premise here is nothing that hasn’t been done before, and usually very terribly: Six strangers -three boys and three girls in their twenties – are given a beautiful home to live in for several months in Tokyo. We get to observe their interactions and the slow building of their friendships. What sets it apart from others in its genre is that it’s wholly unscripted and nothing is forced. The cast are normal people whose lives don’t revolve around the show: they have jobs, they’re free to come and leave the house whenever they want, they can travel, sleep all day, or date people not on the show. You might think this makes for bad TV, but it really doesn’t: Terrace House is really well-made and it knows how to make mundane life interesting and engaging. To round it up another cast of established japanese entertainers appear on interludes each episode to share their opinions on the happenings inside the house and to offer some comedic insight.

 

Genre: Drama, Romance
Actor: Azusa Babazono, Kentaro, Kentaro Ito, Reina Triendl, Ryota Yamasato, Yoshimi Tokui, You
Rating: Not Rated
Elite
41.

Three kids from a poor neighborhood win scholarships to the best high-school in Spain and later find themselves at the center of a murder. There is a lot that comes to the surface from the working-class kids clashing with the wealthy. Themes of money, power, religion, and even sexuality make this show so compelling that I never felt like I needed a murder to keep watching.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Álvaro Rico, Aron Piper, Claudia Salas, Danna Paola, Ester Exposito, Georgina Amorós, Itzan Escamilla, Jaime Lorente, Jorge López, Maria Pedraza, Miguel Bernardeau, Miguel Herran, Mina El Hammani, Omar Ayuso
Rating: TV-MA