They’re often overlooked and underappreciated. They can only be described as some pretty underrated TV shows. While some of these shows have/had quite the following, for whatever reason, they have either been cancelled, ignored, or ridiculed. On another note, this is all my opinion, so don’t hate if a show you feel should’ve made the list or if you really weren’t expecting a certain show.
Before I start this list, I have a story to tell you and no it’s not a very long one, so there’s no need to walk away. This story starts out with me and my not so reliable computer. Keep in mind this was a month ago and while I have a brand new notebook computer with some pretty cool features, I was stuck with the old slow poke one at that time. I managed to get online after about three tries and began to look up some interesting information about random things. Then I decided to look up words to sharpen my vocabulary.
As I was looking up words online, for what appeared to be no apparent reason, I came across the word “underrated.” The definition read: “to rate or evaluate too low.” After that I began thinking of all the great TV shows, past and present, that I thought were totally underrated. Relax, I’m not going to go through all of them in this one paragraph, that’s what this list is for. Speaking of this list, let’s get to that!
15. Super Girl
Superman has a cousin and her name is… Supergirl, well duh. So, anyway, like her cousin Superman, she fights evil doers and villains and is a true role model. At the age of 13, she was sent from Krypton to Earth and told by her mom, to protect her cousin (yes, Superman).
Years later, after being in the Phantom Zone for some time, she is aided by the now much older Superman, and while at first she feels that people don’t need a hero, she finally sees the light when danger strikes and thus, Supergirl is officially a crime fighting, butt-kicking super hero. What I like about this show is that Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) does not hide the fact that she is indeed Supergirl from the rest of the world, which, to me makes for a much more interesting story. Don’t get me wrong, hero’s like Spider-Man are still intriguing to me, but I like it better this way. Although this show originally aired on CBS, it now airs on The CW and is currently in its second season, with a third season scheduled sometime soon.
Based off the motion picture, Crash the TV series first aired in October 2008 and as anyone who watched the film can imagine, it dealt a lot with race. First things first, if you’re big fan of sex in movies and you want to see some rough softcore scenes, watch season one, but if you’re not into that and would rather see some softer scenes, skip to season 2. Now that we got that bit of info out of the way, let’s talk about the amazing story telling in season one. Absolutely fantastic! And for the characters, just marvelous! Axel was the scumbag who got his in the end, Kenny was the guy that I thought Axel was going to be, but turned out to be pretty cool, and to top it all off, my girl Bebe was the one to arrest Axel. On a side note, Axel’s expression when he is getting arrested: priceless. Now let’s get on to season two… Okay, so season two wasn’t all that hot, but while I think some of the plot lines were unnecessary and meh, this show overall was pretty awesome.
13. The Ren & Stimpy Show
If this was a top 15 list of most controversial cartoons ever, this would be a surefire top 5 entry. It isn’t, though. Instead it’s sitting at number 13 on a list about underrated shows. Honestly, as for as children go, this shouldn’t get a rating at all, because it’s really not much of a kids show to begin with. Yes, it did get some air time on Nickelodeon in the early 90s, but that didn’t last too long and it’s not hard to see why. I’d like to point out that there was somewhat of a revival of the show, with the adult-only “Ren & Stimpy ‘Adult Party Cartoon'” and it was… meh. While kids shouldn’t watch, I’d advise adults to. It’s pretty funny at times and there are a lot of jokes and innuendos that grown people might appreciate. Like when Stimpy suggests he and Ren should go skinny dipping and undresses. Ren looks down as if to stare at the water but well, you know.
12. Marvel Anime’s X-Men
Marvel Anime is actually four series in one, so technically, this entry is only about the third show in the series, which is the X- Men series. I will say that I was a huge fan of the animation and that, besides Beast, it was spot on perfect. I, however, was not a fan of cyclops, at least not in the anime version. In my opinion, he is portrayed as way too in love with Jean which equals a sappy cyclops and if you add a Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix form to that, you get a Scott Summers AKA Cyclops who doesn’t know what’s best for his team and is only worried about his beloved Jean Grey. Sure, one could look at it from Scott’s perspective and not give up hope. Maybe there was a different way. I’m not going to spoil what happens, I’m just saying that in a situation like that, it’s either your love or everyone else, including yourself. Anyway, despite its few flaws, overall, this show is pretty good and since not many people know about it, I guess that makes it underappreciated and underrated.
11. Yu Yu Hakusho
When you think about anime, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Naruto or Dragon Ball Z. Yu Yu Hakusho, on the other hand, may slip under your radar. This anime centers around a 14-year-old teenage boy named Yusuke Urameshi, who loses his life to save a much younger boy who was walking in the middle of the street about to get run over. Yusuke pushes the boy out of the way in just the nick of time, but as stated above, at the cost of his own life.
Yusuke doesn’t stay dead for long, however. After he meets his guide, Botan, he is taken to Koenma and given an egg that could potentially win him his life back. To sum it up: Yusuke gets his life back, becomes a spirit detective, kicks major ass with his friends Hiei, Kurama, and Kuwabara until he faces Yomi close to the end of the series where he is defeated. To add insult to injury, Yomi did not win the tournament. Damn, as the popular anime character Shikamaru would put it, “what a drag”.
If you haven’t seen this one, I’d recommend you do. It’s about 8 totally different people with completely different backgrounds. After they all have a vision of a women dying, they realize that they are sensates, hence the name of the show. The story revolves around why these 8 very different people are somehow mentally connected and as the story progresses they all try to find out the answer to that question. Mr. Whispers serves as the main antagonist in this series and for pretty good reason. His plan is to hunt the sensates down and torture them (go figure) until they give him the knowledge and info he so richly desires. Overall, a very creative show.
9. Z Nation
The story is set three years after a zombie apocalypse kills many people. The mission: find a vaccine, of course. This show has many intriguing characters like a former hacker turned handy man, Citizen Z, as well as Lt. Roberta Warren, who is an ex-National Guard member. Throw in a former hockey player, a former psychologist, and a few other key people and you have yourself quite the diverse group. If you couldn’t tell by this list, I like diversity, so that’s a plus for me.
8. Dragon Ball GT
A lot of people loved Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z is considered one the greatest anime television series of all time. However, not too long after Dragon Ball Z‘s season finale, Dragon Ball GT premiered and its reception was lukewarm, at best. To be honest, I don’t think the show is better than the Z series, but I do think it’s highly underrated. The Baby saga, for example had some pretty entertaining plots and story lines like when Baby takes over Vegeta’s body or when Cell and Frieza return and fight Goku in HFIL. With that being said, I think a lot of fans of the franchise didn’t seem to care simply because there wasn’t a good enough reason to. There was nothing super compelling about the GT series besides the fact that Goku was a kid. Most of the characters from this series are from Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, as well, so that’s another negative. With that being said, like some entries on this list, the series ended on a high note in my opinion, with a recap of the series as well as scenes from Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.
7. Breakout Kings
After only two seasons, Breakout Kings was cancelled and yes, as you can imagine, I’m not happy about it. This show has a pretty basic plot: some convicts escape jail, some marshals obviously want to capture them and send their asses back to jail, and if some of the cons help the US Marshals capture the prisoners that escaped, they’ll get a lighter sentence. Despite me taking a liking to it, the show has received some mixed reviews. Some don’t much care for the very basic plot, some like me, say that sometimes that’s all you really need to tell a good story.
6. Extreme Championship Wrestling
While in, the 90s ECW was pretty popular, a lesser known relaunch aired on Syfy between the 2006 – 2010. The show saw many great champions including Matt Hardy, Christian Cage, and William Regal, but failed to give old school ECW fans anything worthwhile. ECW or Extreme Championship Wrestling, if you prefer, was about blood, sex, and hardcore wrestling. With the WWE going PG around the end of 2008, there really was no reason to keep the relaunch around. The last champion was Ezekiel Jackson, who defeated Christian on the show’s last episode on February 16, 2010. While Jackson is recognized as the final ECW Champion, the title was no more after the show ended.
Psych was a cool show. Although the first time I read about it, I thought it would have something to do with getting played, it turns out that Shawn is psychic. Psych! Thing is, that has a hell of a lot to do with this show. Although it’s made obvious that Shawn really isn’t psychic, he is very intelligent and shows great observational skills. This is very much needed when he uses those great skills to avoid jail time for a crime he didn’t commit. Only instead of telling the police department he is a normal guy with great skills, he instead insists that he is in fact a psychic. They hire him as a psychic consultant. He then opens up a detective agency named, Psych, with his trusty best friend Gus, and thus the adventures of Shawn and Gus officially begin.
4. Invader Zim
It’s honestly a shame this show made the list, because it’s so creative. The main character, Zim, is sent to the planet Earth because no one in his own race really cares much for him (that’s a pretty good reason, I guess). It should be noted that Zim is a little on the short side and were he comes from, that’s not a good thing. The shorter you are, the more low class you are, that’s what they live by. Anyway, Zim is sent to earth and when he get’s there, he has one goal in mind: world domination! What’s stopping him from achieving this goal, you ask? Dib Membrane (yes, membrane) who is hell bent on proving that Zim is indeed an alien. Will Zim conquer Earth and take over the planet? There’s only one way to find out… yeah, there’s technically more than one way, but still.
3. WWE 205 Live
With the right booking, 205 Live could be epic. Sadly, I don’t think that’s going to happen and in the long run the show will probably get cancelled. Hopefully I’m wrong, because there are a lot of talented wrestlers in Raw‘s cruiserweight division. Neville’s new heel persona is great and his promos have gotten better, not to mention all the younger guys in the division putting on great performances as well. I just think that smaller guys in the WWE are automatically at a disadvantage. The writers are less likely to care and when that happens, it’s almost always a done deal, with the exception of the likes of Daniel Bryan or Chris Jericho, I guess.
2. WWE Velocity
One show you may not remember or for that matter have never even watched before, is WWE’s Velocity. The show not only featured wrestling matches, but also gave a recap of events that happened on SmackDown every week. Velocity managed to air for about three years on Spike TV before it was made into webcast show in 2005 shortly before being aired for the final time on June 10, 2006. While some may have seen Velocity as a show that was mainly just filler and some of the lesser known wrestlers got little shine, others may have thought of it as the perfect opportunity to catch up on something they missed from SmackDown. Either way, the show is no more and to some it’s missed very much. On the bright side, if you are someone who misses Velocity, there are still shows like WWE Main Event and 205 Live that you can watch.
1. The PJs
Ah, the short lived, but highly entertaining series, The PJs. If you wanted to see a family who had it hard, this was that show. Unfortunately, not many people did or at least not enough for The WB, anyway. The reason I say this is because the show was cancelled after only 3 seasons. Sucks too, because this was pretty funny. There’s one episode in particular, where Thurgood has to play maid for his wife Muriel. At one point he brings her a plate of “something” to eat. To this day I’m convinced that it was a plate of hot vomit or maybe even what diarrhea looks like after sitting out for too long. Although this show is no more, it will always have a special place in my heart because of that wonderful theme song. It was so soulful.