Netflix is famous for shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." But if you have caught up with all the seasons on favorite shows like those two, you might be wondering what to watch next. Well, luckily, Netflix is home to thousands of TV show content from all over the world. There are dozens of less popular shows that are just as good that subscribers can enjoy on a lazy weekend. So without further ado, here is a list of some of the best underrated Netflix shows that you can start streaming right now:
1. One Day At A Time
"One Day At A Time" is a comedy. Some viewers may miss this considering the sort of weighty issues this show handles. If you want something different from the lighthearted comedy handled by shows like the "Big Bang Theory", then this would be a refreshing new show to watch. This hilarious show tackles a collection of tough issues like LGBTQ rights, racism, workplace harassment, the patriarchy, PTSD and even alcoholism. This show is tastefully done and is a must-watch for all comedy fans.
2. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
TV has a slew of crime dramas to the point of being nauseating. Miss Fisher’s is yet another crime drama, but one that is tastefully done. It’s like an Australian version of Sherlock Holmes where our favorite resident from Baker Street is a woman. It’s atmospheric and intriguing and doesn’t disappoint. It’s one of the rare Netflix shows available worldwide to all subscribers.
This is a gem of a Netflix Original. The show is about relationships. As clichéd as it sounds, this is no Friends. Easy takes a hard, sharp look at modern relationships and what makes them, or rather doesn't make them, work. The title is an ironic twist on just how complicated relationships can be. It's the perfect show for both romantics and commitment phobics.
4. The Get Down
If you like music and historical dramas, a la "Empire" style, this would appeal to you. This Baz Luhrmann show is about a teenage rapper-poet named Zeke trying to make music and get by in the harsh world that is the Bronx in the seventies. The show is very stylish and portrays the period in near perfect accurate detail. Even if you don't like some of the dangling plot threads, you will surely like the booming soundtrack.
5. Samurai Gourmet
This is a fantastic original adaptation of a Japanese manga. The story follows Takeshi Kasumi, a retired businessman who is going through a sort-of second teenage crisis worrying about what he is going to do with his life. In truly anime-style, he stumbles upon a bunch of restaurants. Thus begins his life as a “wandering samurai” whose purpose in life is to explore Japanese food. It’s a must-watch show for food lovers, anime fans, and Japanophiles alike. This “Rurouni Kenshin” but with food instead of swordfights.
6. Last Chance U
This is the documentary version of "Friday Night Lights." It follows the lives of high schoolers with lofty NBA ambitions. The show's got everything sports fans love. If you thought fictional shows about competitive sports were intense, wait till you see the real thing.
7. Santa Clarita Diet
This show is a unique (and rather disturbing) combination of the afterlife and zombies. And, no, it's not about actual dieting. The show follows a woman named Sheila who lives in a Los Angeles suburb. One day, she starts vomiting con. She concludes that she has died but is still lingering around on earth as a corporeal shade. Her new afterlife is quite the adventure. Her sex drive is back, and also an appetite for actual human flesh. This show is not for the faint of heart, obviously. Watch if you want to be truly wowed.
The “Frontier” is about how life was like in America back in the 1800s, but the show focuses on something that none of the other historical dramas set during this period touches—fur. Yes, "Frontier" is about the fur trade some centuries ago. It's also about how life was harsh and brutal at that time. It's like "Game of Thrones" without the dragons and the royal court drama. And it also boasts a "Game of Thrones" star, Jason Momoa, who plays a fur lord running his operation. If you are running out of historical dramas to watch, then this is a must.
9. The Paradise
This is a charming British show in the “Downton Abbey” style. There is no lordly estate, however. It’s about an English shop and all the people who work there. It’s a lovely slice-of-life show that’s perfect to get into on a rainy day.
Do we get a chance at redemption is real life? That's the hefty question "Rectify" tried to answer. The story follows an ex-con, Daniel Holden, who was convicted of rape and murder as a teenager. After about 20 years in jail, he gets out thanks to dubious DNA evidence. Holden is now back in his small, Georgia town, where everyone knows what he did. It’s a touching and moving story about a former prisoner trying to adjust to normal life. It's also never evident whether he committed the horrific crime he was jailed for. The show originally debuted on the Sundance Channel, and it's well made suiting the film festival.
This is the life of a dorama fan that all other dorama fans want to see on TV. If you don’t know what dorama is, it refers to Asian drama that some Westerners are obsessed about. In this show, a hardcore fan of a Korean show is magically transported into that show. Who doesn’t want that? Watch to find out the rest.
“Lovesick” brings a refreshing new premise to the overdone genre of millennials trying to find their purpose in life. The show is British, so you can expect the biting humor Brits are famous for. The story is about a 20-something man who discovers that he has an STD and now must inform all his former sexual partners. Not the most appealing premise, but if you like your dirty humor, then this is the show to watch.
13. The Fall
Starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, "The Fall" is a must-watch police procedural and crime solving drama. Set in Ireland, a gorgeous setting, the story follows a British police inspector who arrives in Dublin to address a series of gruesome serial murders. Don't expect your typical ‘good guys catch the bad guys' plot. In this show, the viewer is shown the perspective of the serial killer as well, not as a bloody psychopath, but as a father and a husband. It's full of drama and intrigue that mystery lovers simply cannot miss.
14. Chewing Gum
This is a comedy with a unique premise. Forget millennials in New York. “Chewing Gum” follows a young girl in London who lives with a very religious family. The show is all about how she tries to lose her virginity without the family finding out desperately. Most people would have been in this situation when young, but probably not a hilariously as the protagonist.
15. The Strange Calls
If you have never experienced an Australian comedy, then “Strange Calls” is the best Aussie show to get into. It’s bizarre, as most things about Australia are. It’s a mixture of comedy and sci-fi you probably have never experienced on American television.
If you still miss Lost, at least the early seasons, then “3%” is exactly the show you need to be streaming right now. It’s just as strange and addictive. There's no mystery island. However, the show is about a group of people stuck in a social experiment that mirrors real life class warfare. It is also eerily similar to the “Hunger Games” but without the actual fighting.
Do you love or loathe professional wrestling? Then this is the perfect anti-wrestling show that wrestling lovers can get into. Yes, there’s irony in that. This is a wrestling show that doesn’t hide the fact that it’s scripted. Also, the wrestlers are not playing at being superhero fighters; they are actual superheroes. There’s also some Aztec mysticism. Tune in to watch this unique, uh, plot, and you will never be the same.
What if these Netflix shows aren’t available in your country?
If you want to see new things on TV that breaks the typical mold, then try one of the above. All of the above shows are available to Netflix U.S. subscribers. Some of the shows may not be available if you are located outside the U.S., But you can still get access to any Netflix show you like using Smart DNS Proxy.
A Smart DNS Proxy is a perfectly legal tool that lets you unblock websites and content restricted based on location. Smart DNS Proxy is a highly affordable and secure service that will get you access to multiple streaming services, including Netflix, regardless of where you are located. You don’t need to download any software to use. The proxy is available for multiple devices including computers, smartphones, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and streaming boxes.
Don’t let the geo blocks get in the way of your entertainment. Get your proxy subscription and binge watch Netflix all weekend.
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