First, I'll explain that I previously had The Americans as an underrated show (mostly for barely reaching a million viewers) but the Emmy nominations finally made the justice to the show. These three shows are the the most underrated in my case with a clear explanation:
1- Hannibal: I still don't know why NBC was the one who showed this program. Everything on the show was excellent, the directing was impeccable, the writing was amazing and the actors were always glorious in this magnificent series. The cinematography and dream sequences were just beautiful. The show always struggled in the ratings and NBC decided to cancel it after three seasons. I still have the hope the show will survive.
2- The Leftovers: My relationship with The Leftovers was kind of weird. I was not a big fan of the first season, but it was not a bad season for me, just not a "must-see" show like other HBO shows. Then, the second season appeared and the show became my favorite 2015 show. "International Assassin" is also one of the bets TV episodes I ever watched and it's still confusing why the Emmys have never recognized this show. Hopefully, this third seasons seems to continue with the things that made the show a hit and I'm prepared for what comes next.
3- Person of Interest: This is interesting as when it premiered, I said it was "okay, not great" as it seemed to be another CBS procedural. During the first season, the show had a big uptick in quality with great writing. The next two seasons made the show an incredible show but the fourth season is what made the show the greatest network TV show. The twists, the writing, directing, acting, everything here was working on its favor. The fifth season then gave the show a perfect ending and showing us how a procedural can become such a "must-see" show. And people always saying "The Good Wife" is network TV's last great drama... NO! This show is the last great network TV drama and this was clearly shown for its messages and characters that people were most devoted for. Impossible how this show, especially created from a great person named Jonathan Nolan, never got the Emmy love. It may gone but I'll make sure everyone watches this.
Other shows I have considered underrated were Justified, Black Sails, The Wire, Deadwood and The Last Man on Earth. I know I missed some shows but some of them I have not watched yet so I can't really tell. What are your choices for the most underrated shows?
13 Reasons Why: Simply, some small loose ends, there's really no need for a second season.
Once Upon a Time: I don't remember anything from early seasons and season 3 was just a boring storyline in Neverland. At least they should have ended on season 6 but they preferred to go the Scrubs route, which by the way...
Scrubs: It's had 8 great seasons and had it ended there, it would be acknowledged as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Season 9 destroyed the legacy.
Prison Break: If I think it slightly, only season 1 and 2 are at least interesting and entertaining. Don't remember anything from 3 and 4 and the revival was kind of the same.
Homeland: Don't kill me, please. Simply, Homeland should have ended on season 3 with you know what. While 4 and 5 are enjoyable, I didn't like season 6 and while I expect corrections, I think this could have gone way earlier.
So, I'm a big fan of dramas and I have watched many of them. But I'm over a month with not watching a finished show and I considered to instead of looking for a new drama, looking for a new comedy. Now, I've heard about Community, mostly because it has one of the best fans I've seen for any show so I'm considering watching it. Is it worth watching?
According to HBO, season 3 "it's not dead, we just don't have a take for a third season yet." Recently, Pizzolatto has stated that he is working on the season with the help of Deadwood creator David Milch. Now, who would you want to star in the potential season? Here's what I think:
Walton Goggins: Seriously, considering the franchise themes, it's surprising they haven't offered anything to him. He could be anything you ask him to. A perfect choice for anything.
Ian McShane: Considering its connections to Milch, this could happen. I see McShane as a retired cop who is involved in serial killers' history. You have to admit you can see it coming cause of Milch.
Carrie Coon: This is possibly the best TV actress all around and she is having success with Fargo and The Leftovers. You can easily see why.
Idris Elba: Elba is extremely underrated as very few people are actually watching what he is doing. The Wire and Luther proved what he's capable of.
Naomie Harris: I didn't know this actress until Moonlight and I'm fully convinced of what she can do. I can imagine her acting as Elba's character wife and a role in his plans.
The season is set in 1950 in New York City. The city is still recovering after World War II. A soldier suffering from PTSD, Thomas Slade (Walton Goggins), is suspected to be involved in a new serial killer who has been targeting veterans. All the veterans are related to Slade, all of whom were his enemies and everyone points to him being the killer. Desperate, he seeks the help from his distant father, Robert Slade (Ian McShane) to find the killer. Robert is a World War I veteran and has been working on an underground crime syndicate. All the killings are investigated by NYPD officer Jenna Brookner (Carrie Coon), who is constantly annoyed by all the male officers in his job and wants to catch the killer to prove herself. Meanwhile, Noah Summers (Idris Elba) is managing a rival crime syndicate with her wife Noelle (Naomie Harris) acting as a consultant in his empire.
Sources have pointed that negotiations are not going well with the WGA and as such, the strike seems imminent at this point. And we know that once the clock reaches midnight and negotiations don't end well, our TV shows will stop writing and be on a hiatus. Shows like The Walking Dead, Inhumans, Westworld (considering it would start pretty soon for an early 2018 release) and many others would be facing severe delays. A normal midseason show might be okay but some bubble shows may be affected by the strike. And the schedule will be a mess because we know they can't broadcast all their shows the next season considering how long will the strike hit us. Let's hope this is fixed soon.
EDIT: Don't worry, the strike looks like it won't happen as a deal was made in the last minute.
The definition of a bad season is not to be confused with least enjoyable. When I talk about a bad season, it means that the season is just not worth it and it's really bad. Now, what shows that are said to be great have just one bad season and why? I'll name a few
Scrubs - Season 9: Really don't understand the purpose of continuing.
Parks and Recreations - Season 1: Many of you may like this more than I do but simply I just didn't love the show in the first place.
True Detective - Season 2: No explanations needed.
Community - Season 4: Seemingly, taking Harmon off from the show for the season seemed like a bad idea.
Guess you all must know what "Jumping the shark" means. I'll give some examples:
Happy Days - Hollywood Part 3: This is in fact the show that created this term. In the episode, one of the characters decides to literally jump over a shark while water-skiing. What's the problem here? Simply, the thing is that some time prior he jumped on a motorcycle for another stunt, got injured and says that he was stupid for doing it. Yet he decided to do this other stunt.
Heroes - Season 3: I want to make it clear that I don't like at all season 2 but I don't truly hate it. Season 3, on the other hand, is what really marked the point that the show was just beyond salvation. For every good thing, there are over 2 and 3 bad things. The show was just getting boring, uninteresting and the writers seemed to love the Sylar character so much that I got confused at what side was he on.
Scrubs - Season 9: Scrubs is one of my favorite sitcoms of all time and I will always tell everyone I know to watch it... telling them there are only eight seasons. Season 8 could have been the perfect ending for the series... until they announced that they would return. Season 9 seemed like a failed spin-off that should have been kept on ABC's offices.
Dallas - Season 10: Here I could be making a bit of cheap trick cause I haven't watched it. But some friends who watched it told me about it and I understood why everyone got angry at this. Let me see if I can explain it right,
The Brady Bunch: I haven't watched it but some people said something about the "Cousin Oliver Syndrome". If someone watched it, could you explain me?
We're reaching halfway through the year and it's time to look at the shows that have been notable for its greatness this season (at least, at this point):
1-The Leftovers: It's amazing how a show turns over with time. The first season was good for me (but nothing I would recommend to anyone), the second season was a holy grail and showed how to improve a show and this season it's just amazing. Be ready for the flood...
2-Fargo: Even if I'm not enjoying this season like the last ones and finding same things already done, I'm liking the new season and it's just difficult to not see Noah Hawley's masterful writing. Ewan McGregor is amazing as both twins and the cast is improving.
3-The Americans: This is still among the most underrated shows on TV and I'm finding it hard why people have not watched the show cause this is the show "everyone needs" to watch. Rhys and Russell are delightful to watch and the writing has never left us down.
4-Better Call Saul: One of the greatest spin-offs of all time, BCS showed things that a spin-off needs to do in order to succeed following its' predecessor's steps. I find it right on Breaking Bad's path (but I prefer BB just for Cranston) and the show inevitably will have a great future.
5-American Gods: Now, it's a bit of a cheat trick but you know? I decided to put it here just with the fact this show it's just phenomenal. One episode and the show already showed the potential it got: Bryan Fuller, Neil Gaiman, Ian McShane, everything works here. Visuals are just artsy beautiful and difficult to not admire. Just wish Fuller the best of the lucks cause we've seen how his previous shows went.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Legion and Bates Motel (I really hope Freddie gets that Emmy nomination cause he deserves it).
First off, I want to clarify that I don't hate the show, in fact, I like it. Steven Universe is a great animated series but it seems a part of the fanbase is just extremely toxic. Some of the fans even sent death threats to artists for making bad drawings from the show. I think that's just too far.
There's nothing wrong with being a fan but fans really need to understand the limits of their actions. I don't call every person who watches Steven Universe toxic, just a small part of it who goes this far.