Similarly to the other list of 'great movies you probably havent seen', this is a list of the same purpose. Yes some of these shows might be more obvious to some but compared to the more acclaimed and commercial shows these are ones that deserve a mention. So you could also call this list underrated shows.
(2002 TV Series)
The lives and cases of a dirty LAPD cop and the police unit under his command. (47 mins.)
“ This show is not the normal police vs baddies kind of story and it is different it is approach to Police work. It is one of the shows that i can say never had a bad moment and the characters are so realistic and amazing in the way they are portrayed. Most of the time and tensed watching an episode of the shield and i know the photography (the way the series was filmed) gets lots of criticism but it makes it more real to me.
The show follows the escapades of the Strike team of the LAPD lead by Detective (Vic Mackey) who are corrupt in their dealings with major notoroius gangs of LA and have their own kind of rules regarding how the law works.
Interesting performances from main cast and a must watch for all lovers. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2009 TV Series)
A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman. (40 mins.)
“ The main leads played by Matt Bomer and Time Dekay are the best part. Alone or working together. There chemistry is amazing the way they play off each other. When Neal works alone his criminal mind is fascinating how he cracks the safe and knows all the tricks of the trade. The side characters are where more of the humor is and some more amazing acting. The story telling is only another great part of the show how they have multistep plans and how they have overcome obstacles. The feeling of New York is in the air and the FBI have never been so busy. I hope they never run out of jewel thieves to catch because I could watch this show forever. ” - tuanlekreuk
House of Cards
(2013 TV Series)
A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. (51 mins.)
“ A sharp, intelligent, witty drama. Not so overly political that this Englishman cannot understand it but enough to interest. Kevin Spacey's southern drawl is amazing, the whole cast is put together amazingly well, with Robin Wright putting in a great performance throughout. the plot is tantalising, the only problem i have is Spacey is so good that you miss him when he is not on screen.
Kevin Spacey always looks comfortable on screen and seems to enjoy playing Frank Underwood, who is basically a shark in a suit: hunting and maneuvering just for the right moment when he can bite and consume the weak. And unlike the original British version, his wife is a fully developed character and is just as much a shark as her husband. But Claire (Robin Wright) seems to be torn between despising the weak but wanting to be compassionate. She is the character that actually makes me nervous because I can see a point where her goals will bring her into conflict with Frank. Set deep in the politics of Washington . "House of Cards" also points out clearly the problems with the American political system (lobbyists, party politics over representation, and money). ” - tuanlekreuk
(2005 TV Series)
The cases of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again. (42 mins.)
“ I am really interested in this drama because it is very chilling and dark but yet so touching and really thought provoking.In my opinion it is one of the best shows dealing with criminal events.
Criminal Minds is not just based around crime events and criminal acts it also involves the personal lives of the characters and shows us a sensitive side to each.It's not a hard programme to understand and even though it's in it's third series you can easily catch up with the events as the series has a different main theme in each episode.I love the way the writers create such diverse personalities and yet they all get along so well and work great together.The plots are always so interesting and thrilling it's hard not to find yourself hooked on this programme. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2003 TV Series)
An irreverent look at what goes on behind-the-scenes in the city of Reno's police department. (22 mins.)
“ Following a team of Reno, Nevada law enforcement deputies and their lieutenant on their daily duties, an invisible team of camera operators chronicles the hilarious hijinks ensuing from protecting and serving the public (a la "Cops"). Morning briefings at headquarters begin each episode, during which almost every regular character inputs some comment that reveals their primary role. The viewer may chuckle around this time, but the real belly laughs show up by the time the officers hit the road on their patrols. Sting operations are usually the most hilarious scenarios. I found myself near tears just before the first commercial break of the first episode I saw. The same doesn't necessarily follow for every show, but there are a lot of good quotes and situations that will have you rolling (some of which I could exemplify here but I'll let you see for yourself).
A lot of biases and stereotypes are addressed on "Reno" that relate to (stop me if these sound familiar) race, class, sexuality, and mental health, but they're confronted so smoothly that most viewers will not be offended. Should you find offense to how any topic on this show is tackled, please hope to be reincarnated as something with a sense of humor after you die (when you're about to die, you'll probably believe in anything). The race issue comes up all the time here, and real cops would probably have to take tolerance classes or something if they got out of line and wanted to keep their jobs. In "Reno," the officers have confessional sessions where almost every derogatory comment comes off as laughable. To that effect, this show reminds me of watching "Chappelle's Show," another outstanding Comedy Central presentation. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2009 TV Series)
The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (42 mins.)
“ I discovered "Southland" only last year - you know, when it's low season and all your favorite shows are on hold, you gotta find something to watch, right? So I decided to catch up with this one. I simply loved it! There's a documentary feel to it, with the shaky camera, with such a rawness that reminds me of "The Shield" (one of the best cop shows of all time, in my opinion). The cast is great and the storylines are really good and emotional.
A very realistic show, interesting characters, good storylines, something most new copshows lacked. I've watched the first two seasons pretty much in one go, something I have difficulties with with most other new copshows.
The diversity in characters is a strength of this show: from the starting rookie (a tremendous performance from the former O.C.-lead) to the narco-detectives with their personal problems. All interesting characters. ” - tuanlekreuk
American Horror Story
(2011 TV Series)
An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse. (60 mins.)
“ This is one of the best made shows in a long time. I, personally, am so tired of "in your face" horror; you know, the kind where you can predict exactly what will happen and who it will happen to next. AHS is such a refreshing change, as it brilliantly makes use of the most primal and terrifying horror; pure, undeniable, but overwhelming fear! Just when we think we've figured out what evil is around the next corner, we are thrown a new twist, one we never saw coming, and is even more horrifying than the last. We didn't need to see nonstop blood, guts and gore. We got some, but even more horrific were the abuses we didn't see, but just pushed enough in the right direction to envision them. We certainly were taken on a bumpy ride, one we never expected, yet the greatest horror of all was more psychological, as it left enough for our imaginations to fill in the blanks with our own fears and personal horror! ” - tuanlekreuk
(2010 TV Series)
Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. (44 mins.)
“ The stories are always exciting, from start to finish with no lags. You'd expect this from creator Graham Yost, who excels at action plots.
The characters are interesting and quirky. These are not stock characters but complex people with complicated motives. For example, in the 2nd season, the crime boss is a mother who tortures one of her sons when he disobeys her - but then lets him hug her. A weird but believable moment that created genuine intrigue - who is this cruel woman with a soft spot?
Scott Olyphant as Raylon Givens is just so strong. You know he could carry the show all on his own episode after episode. But he doesn't need to because the rest of the cast is exceptional, too, especially the guy who plays Boyd Crowder. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2009 TV Series)
A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body. (22 mins.)
“ Community is a show that is completely character-driven. The setting of a community college in the middle of Colorado does not seem like it would be very captivating - and it wouldn't be if it wasn't for the incredible cast of characters that Community plays with. Each character of the main cast is profoundly different in almost every aspect; the only commonality between these characters is that they're all flawed. We come to care about each and every one of these characters because they care about each other. The show has a form of observational humour as good as the best stand-up comedians. It uses this not only to set up fantastic jokes, but also to portray a message through the way its characters deal with the situations that arise. It is probably one of the most intelligent shows I've seen. Community can be very down to earth and heart-felt, and well as whacky and hilarious. Everything it does, it does extremely well. A truly original show. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2013 TV Series)
A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. (43 mins.)
“ This is an amazing show! The plot twists are beautifully done, with Jacob releasing Megan, and them welcoming him back. You truly get to see into the minds of the insane, which is an amazing view point. These people are killers, and yet they accept this man back into their group, a man who ad never killed before. And the power of Poe's words are just amazing, you can see the influence his work had on this show, in the fact that it is very eery, dark and graphic. The acting may not be the best, but I expect the show to pick up, especially since Carroll keeps saying "This is just the beginning". I'm hooked not on the acting, but the plain and simple idea of the show, and the thought put behind it. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2013 TV Series)
Centers on a mother and son who come to a new town so that they can start over and set up a new business, but a lot of mysterious incidents happen, including the unanswered and horrible acts of the son. (45 mins.)
“ I compliment the writers, they have taken a famous Alfred Hitchcock movie and made it into a thriller. Very in genius.
I'm impressed. A truly tense, foreboding pilot, great atmosphere, real good actors, excellent visuals and a well concealed sense of humor even, i like, like, like it :) Hell this show is already standing on it's own feet even though it's based on Psycho. What a smart choice to put it into the here and now. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2008 TV Series)
An FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. (46 mins.)
“ Fringe started as a series of self contained episodes with a few long running stories to form an arc for the show but soon developed into something entirely different. The mythology of the show has drawn criticism but the emotional depth and quality of writing never dipped for me, you cared for these characters and it was just so well made, there was no other show to compare it too. Definately the best sci fi show of 2000s and deserves its comparisons to the x files. Walter was obviously the stand out character but anna torv and joshua jackson were fanatastic and showed good chemistry. I really am going to miss this show and I dont say that often, one of a kind..... ” - tuanlekreuk
(2012 TV Series)
A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future. (45 mins.)
“ First there is Rachel Nichols who has huge breasts and was the only reason I first watched this and she was quite good in GI Joe. Then she kind went off the radar except some small roles like in Charly Wilson's war. And I thought it was a waste. And at last she is given the lead. And she doesn't disappoint. She is really great as Kiera Cameron.
Second the predicament of the show is really interesting and as so much potential. It's just up to the writers to exploit it.
And lastly, the show questions the fundamentals of our society. And Kiera is right in the middle of this questioning with no clue about what is right or wrong. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2009 TV Series)
A special task force in the FBI investigates after every person on Earth simultaneously blacks out and awakens with a short vision of their future. (42 mins.)
“ ABC said that because ratings were low with both shows they were going to have to cancel one of them, they had to chose between the two and they chose V ,and they decided to cancel flashforward. i've watched some of V, and personally i think Flashforward is way better, and i liked the story line of Flashforward a lot more than the story line of V, i don't understand why they couldn't just let it run for another season to see if more people start watching it, and if after antoher season it still has really low ratings then they consider canceling it. The plot was uniuqe and interesting there has hardly been a film let alone tv show made about this plot.... americans too dumb to understand it! ” - tuanlekreuk
(2010 TV Series)
When a man goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself. (43 mins.)
“ This show has kept me very interested from the beginning, mixing ideas, action, romance and politics into one show. For example, I really liked the westwing because of its detailed look inside the white house. Well, this show has that too. Also, I liked 24 for its suspense and action. Again, here, we have constant action, and suspense. You cannot watch just one at a time. I wait for 5 or so to be ready on hulu, then watch them all, like a movie.
The show has far out possibilities, and creative ideas, but in a sense (with poetic license), they are possible, and present us with "what if...." and we get to see how the humans in power deal with the crises. We learn about our species, ourselves.
They should bring it back I was hoping for a lesbian scene with sarah roemer and taylor cole ” - tuanlekreuk
(2011 TV Series)
Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago. (56 mins.)
“ Indeed the Kelsey Grammar label was enough to make anyone sceptical, but what a relief and what a thoroughly entertaining performance and set of characters he puppeteers.
As mentioned in other reviews this is an epic tale, much like The Wire, but Boss is much more sinister and the moral degradation is not a slow burn, but a rapid haze.
Part of the genius is casting the iconic and likeable Frasier as the veteran mayor, who has forfeited all moral convictions to further his own gain. As he twists and turns in and out of political and personal hazards you are compelled to believe that he will eventually reach some sort cathartic pivot point - but he will keep you wanting. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2007 TV Series)
On his 21st birthday, Sam discovers his parents sold his soul to the devil before birth and he must now be a bounty hunter for the devil until he dies. (45 mins.)
“ I think Reaper was an amazing show and should be put back on the air. I never had much time to watch TV when the show was actually airing, but, I have recently watched every episode that did air, Season 1-2. It was an exciting story line and mix between reality and fiction, and the good vs. evil. The story is an interesting perspective into the biblical views and the questions regarding the same so many people have. It had the "Buffy" quality but also had comedy and fun. This was one of the CW's best shows, and it seems as though they cancel a lot of their best shows. The CW made a big mistake in cancelling this show and I hope that at some point the shows story will continue whether with a new network or not. But, I hope that it is not too late to have the same cast. The cast of Sam, Andi, Ben and Sock was a quality mix of characters. They each brought a wonderful addition and uniqueness to the show. Again, it is a shame that it was taken off the air. I was and still amintrigued to know what happens next and how it all ends. I did find an article where the writer's were interviewed after the cancellation on what "would have" happened if the show had continued to Season 3. The thoughts and secrets that would have been revealed in the 3rd season were great and I think they would have even drawn in new viewers. The writer's are amazing and I think they should not give up on Reaper as being a show. It was nominated for several awards and even won a Leo. If anything I would tell the writer's to keep writing and talk to different networks about continuing the show with them, it would be great revenue for any network to have such an awesome show airing on their network. All in all I am disappointed about the cancelling of the show Reaper, and I keep up hope that it will continue and air again continuing the story line someday soon. ” - tuanlekreuk
(2002 TV Series)
Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way. (47 mins.)
Based on the life of Salvatore Riina ('Totò u Curtu'), a mafioso boss from Corleone, Sicily. (100 mins.)