Most hipsters will say they don’t even own a TV, obviously, or perhaps they’ll concede that they have a Netflix account (they signed up in 2001, before it was cool). The truth is, though, that there are a few shows so close to hipsters’ hearts and so much a part of the hipster culture that for any member of this subculture worth their salt, it’d be shameful to admit not having seen them.
Of course, most of these shows feature hipster culture or prominent hipster characters. Unsurprisingly, many of these shows, although undeniably fantastic, are also incredibly niche and consequently remain outside of the general public consciousness. Further proof, if any were needed, that hipsters love to be contrary and hate the mainstream. That’s why you’ll never see The Big Bang Theory or Game of Thrones on a list like this. These 7 shows are just uncool enough to be hipster-friendly, but they’re all worth a watch.
7. Freaks and Geeks
Hipsters take pride in the fact that they knew about James Franco and Seth Rogen before they were big stars, back when they starred in this cult sitcom with a strong retro feel. The show exudes nostalgia and hipster fans just love retro, despite the fact that most who fall into this category didn’t actually grow up in the late 70s and early 80s. There’s nothing more hipster than fake nostalgia.
6. Flight of the Conchords
This show about a pair of bizarre, struggling New Zealander musicians and their highly strung manager appeals to a hipster’s interest in indie music and general unashamed kookiness. But then the show got popular and many hipsters lost interest. The show lasted only two seasons despite its growing popularity. If it had gone on any longer it would have completely lost all its hipster cred.
You only need to glance at the main character in this short-lived but beloved MTV cartoon to understand why it’s a hipster fave. Daria looked and acted like a hipster before anybody even knew what a hipster was. Her permanent sarcasm and ironic attitude made her the perfect role model for Gen Xers who would grow up to be insufferable hipsters. Daria was a spin off of Beavis and Butthead, but the show bore zero resemblance to its predecessor. While most 90s kids loved Beavis and Butthead, only those who hated anything popular (burgeoning hipsters) gravitated towards the often more cerebral Daria. Like Beavis and Butthead, there was talk of a recent revival, but hipsters were too busy shopping for ironic cat T-shirts to actually show much interest in the cartoon’s possible return.
4. Twin Peaks
Hipsters tend to adore any surrealist film that comes from the bizarre mind of David Lynch. This strange and confusing drama which aired on ABC for only two seasons is also adored by hipsters and today has built up a bit of a cult status. A true hipster will vehemently deny they only started watching this show when it came on Netflix and swear by the fact they watched this indie show way before it was cool, during its original TV run in 1990.
3. Adventure Time
Adults watch cartoons; there is no question about that. However, most adults watch cartoons like South Park and Family Guy. It takes a hardened hipster to latch on to a show that’s specifically meant for kids. This one has the crazy colours, the odd aesthetics and the saccharine cutesy thing – all stuff that hipsters love. Pendleton Ward, Adventure Time creator, even looks like a hipster mascot with his big bushy beard and apparent strong affinity with plaid shirts.
Hipster girls watching this show care little for its strong story telling and well-written dialogue. They really only watch it because they think Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is a dreamboat.
This show is so full of hipster that it has succeeded in blurring the lines between irony and downright self-deprecation. The show makes fun of the typical hipster trends, while (in a hipster-pleasing meta fashion) itself becoming a hipster trend. Not only is it about a city known as hipster central, but it’s on IFC, which is a network devoted almost entirely to hipster entertainment. Hipster mainstays like pickles, organic food, birds, independent music festivals, brunch and feminist bookstores are all targets of Portlandia’s wry ridicule.