The Most Underrated TV Shows

If you’re bored with the crazy reality shows and want to watch a TV show with great writing, acting, and entertainment then check out these underrated TV shows.


There is not a TV show on the air that is as deserving of award recognition and ratings than the Starz TV show Spartacus. Steven S. DeKnight created the show and began airing on the Starz network in 2010. The historical drama stars Andy Whitfield who passed away and was replaced with Liam McIntyre as Spartacus. He’s a Thracian who was enslaved by the Roman army and trained as a gladiator. When he finds out his Dominus is responsible for killing his beloved wife, he and many of the other gladiators plan to escape. Four seasons star an ensemble cast including Manu Bennett as the historical gladiator Crixus, Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and John Hannah just to name a few. It has some of the best writing, acting, and cinematography ever to be seen on television. If you’re into historical, dramatic, action-packed TV, you will not be disappointed with Spartacus. The series came to a very climatic end in 2013, but all four seasons are available on Starz and Netflix.

The Leftovers

The HBO show The Leftovers is a great show that began in 2014 by creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. It stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, and Christopher Eccleston. The show starts off three years after the sudden departure, which is when 140 million people simultaneously disappeared leaving only 2% of the world’s population aka The Leftovers. The rest of the world deals with the major departure in their own way; some even join cults. The third and final season of the Leftovers started Sunday, April 16, 2017, on HBO. The first two seasons are available on Netflix. This is one of the most underrated TV shows mainly because it focuses on great storytelling and has fewer action scenes. However, if you enjoy psychological thrillers, then you’ll enjoy watching The Leftovers.

Bates Motel

The A&E TV show Bates Motel is a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano created it. It premiered in 2013 and just aired its last episode April 24, 2017. It stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates. They move to the small town of White Pine Valley where Norma buys a motel. As they realize not everyone in town is so friendly they are compelled to do whatever they have to to survive. Bates Motel is available on the A&E app as well as Netflix. It’s a must-watch if you’re a fan of horror and mystery.

Queen of the South

M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller created the USA network show Queen of the South. It stars Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza, a woman who grew up poor in Mexico but fell in love with a member of a successful drug cartel. After her boyfriend is murdered, she is forced to flee the country and ends up in America. She starts her own drug business and becomes very wealthy. Realizes that in the drug business she has more enemies than friends, and can only count on herself if she wants to survive. Queen of the South premiered June of last year and has been renewed for a second season. If you enjoy movies like The Godfather and Scarface, then you’ll like Queen of the South.


Another great show on Starz is Power. It was produced by rapper 50 cent and was created by Courtney A. Kemp. It stars Omar Hardwick as James St. Patrick nicknamed Ghost as an owner of a popular New York nightclub owner. He is also a leader of an illegal drug organization. Ghost struggles with wanting to live a legit or illegal life as he realizes he wants out of the drug business. He also tries to keep his marriage intact when he begins having an affair with his high school sweetheart who’s an AUSA agent. Power premieres its fourth season this summer. However, the previous seasons are available on Netflix.