Top 5 underrated shows to watch on Netflix


Alyssa Fox, web staffer

While in the midst of spring break, what’s the point in being productive? It’s just not gonna happen, so TKC is here to help with the top five underrated shows to watch on Netflix.

1. Parenthood (2010). There is no going wrong with this one. Not only does this show have terrific actors such as Lauren Graham (Sarah) and Dax Shepard (Crosby), it has the perfect realistic drama that regular families deal with every day. This show highlights a family, starting with the grandparents Zeke (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnia Bedelia), then highlights their four kids: Adam (Peter Krause), Sarah (Lauren Graham), Julia (Erika Christensen) and Crosby (Dax Shepard), and their families. Parenthood shows all aspects of what families go through with a wide age range of kids, so everyone can relate to a character. If you’re going to put off math homework, you might as well do it with a family drama that will keep you entertained.

2. Malcolm in the Middle (2000). This show is also a family program, but has a completely different twist. Malcolm in the Middle features one family of five that can’t stay out of trouble. From the oldest child, Francis (Christopher Masterson), getting sent to military school to the second oldest, Reese (Justin Berfield), constantly tormenting his two little brothers, this show keeps you entertained with its constant shenanigans. The show focuses on Malcolm, who is pretty different than the rest of his crazy family, so it gives an interesting point of view on this dysfunctional family. If those aren’t reasons enough, Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Hal) is in it. This ’90s throwback is definitely worth a try.

3. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005). While this show might be a little more R-rated, it will definitely keep you laughing. This show walks you through the lives of “the gang” consisting of twins Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton), their (supposed) father Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito), their childhood friends Ronald McDonald (Rob McElhenney) and Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day) and some fun cameos along the way, such as the waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) and Rickety Cricket (David Hornsby). “The gang” is constantly getting into trouble even if they have no intentionWhether it’s wrestling for troops or setting Sweet Dee on fire, they always manage to get themselves into a huge mess. So grab your milksteak and head on over to this show on Netflix. While you may be disturbed at some points, you will get a laugh out of it, without a doubt.

4. Futurama (1999). This late ‘00s animated throwback is always an exceptional decision to procrastinate with. This show follows the adventures of Philip J. Fry (Billy West), who, while delivering pizzas to a lab, stumbles upon a time machine and is sent to the year 3000. While in the future, Fry makes friends Bender (John DiMaggio), Leela (Katey Sagal), Dr. Zoidberg (Billy West), Amy Wong (Lauren Tom), Professor Farnsworth (Billy West) and Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr). Together, they travel the universe and come-across some abnormal creatures and tasks. Many might have a faint memory of this show as a kid, but it’s definitely worth it to go back and catch some jokes you might not have gotten.

5. Better Call Saul (2015). You know this show has to be good if it’s a spinoff of one of the highest-rated shows of all time, Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan (creator of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) strikes again with the same storyline, only this time, the focus is on Walter White’s lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). Goodman is the primary source of comedy relief on Breaking Bad, so this show focuses more on his life and the comedic aspects of it. While there is comedy in it, there is also some drama to keep you on the edge of your seat. Spinoffs typically don’t work out, but Gilligan never ceases to amaze viewers with this show and its plotline. If all of this isn’t reason enough, the show stars Bob Odenkirk, who is one of the most famous faces in comedy of all time. So settle in during Missouri’s weird weather time and watch the crazy life of Saul Goodman.