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The Best Underrated Shows on Netflix

Netflix, also known as the motivation killer, seems to have an endless supply of TV shows and movies to further throw people into the deep, dark pit of procrastination. With 4,335 movies and 1,197 shows available to watch at any time and anywhere, it is very easy to overlook some of the hidden gems that Netflix has to offer.


If you are looking for a fun show full of drama and dramatic teenagers trying to find their way through life, “The Get Down” may be the show for you. Set in South Bronx during the 1970s, Ezekiel and his friends go through many hardships during the “burning of the Bronx” crisis, but with the guidance of their friend and mentor, Shaolin Fantastic, they learn that they can overcome anything if they put their mind to it. The show heavily incorporates the arts into its plot, referencing the origin of hip-hop, along with the graffiti culture, that was taking place in the South Bronx during this time period. This Netflix original currently only has Season 1 out, but a renewal for Season 2 is still in question. Although everyone who has watched “The Get Down” has loved it, it only received 3.2 million views.


If you are looking for a show full of comedy, murder cases, and close family relationships, “Jane the Virgin” is an addicting series that will make you want to binge watch the two seasons that are available. The show begins with a young Venezuelan-American woman named Jane Villanueva getting artificially inseminated – by accident (also, yes, she is a virgin). The show follows the struggle of Jane learning to become a mom while also dealing with various murders in the hotel she works at and a very complicated, yet understandable, love triangle. “Jane the Virgin” emphasizes on the importance of family and friends throughout the show, especially providing an insight on the cultural aspects of Hispanic-Americans.


For anyone who is a fan of forbidden romance (the forbidden apple, anyone?), “Beauty and the Beast” is a thrilling series about the romance of two very different individuals – but with an unexpected twist. This show follows the lives of Catherine Chandler and Vincent Keller, two characters that will make even the most unromantic person root for them to end up together. Catherine, a detective, lives with the trauma of her mom being murdered right in front of her eyes, but she was mysteriously saved by someone that day. When she begins to work on a case that eventually leads her to Vincent, she starts to get suspicious about who Vincent really is. This show will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more about Catherine’s life, what happened to her mother, and who Vincent really is. Luckily for you, Netflix has all four seasons up – so you can easily watch this show from beginning til the end.


To those of you who are looking for a series that will help you destress from the heavy amount of work you have to do, “Baby Animals in the Wild” is something that you should consider watching. First of all, why would you not want to watch a whole entire season of baby animals being cute? Second of all, there are 20 episodes of baby animals doing their thing in the wild, that is 480 minutes of adorable animals to cheer up your day. Even if you use this show to procrastinate, you can argue that this show is educational, so therefore the time you wasted was valid to your school work.


Perhaps you’re still a kid at heart and want to watch a series about superheroes to relive your childhood. If you were a fan of “Teen Titans” and “Justice League”, then “Young Justice” is the show that you want to watch. This show is about a group of young teenage heroes who are mentored by the Justice League that consist of Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Artemis, Superboy, and Miss Martian. They go on missions to defeat supervillains, and every episode leads you closer to the main plot, defeating The Light. Even though the episodes revolve around missions, there are plenty of scenes that develop the characters and their personalities, which makes all of the characters even more likeable. These kids will make you root for them in everything they do, you find yourself hoping for their happiness after everything they go through. Although this show was cancelled after its second season, you can find both of them on Netflix. After you binge watch both seasons, you will definitely be left wondering why Cartoon Network would cancel a masterpiece of a show (it’s because it had too many female viewers – now you know).

Netflix is a slice of heaven to most people, especially with all of the shows that are available. Although only five underrated shows were listed above, there are still many discover. If you have any shows that you think are underrated and want the world to know about it, feel free to comment below!