Over the last few years I’ve noticed that there are shows that blow up, and everyone talks about them. Then there are shows that, despite being great, fall below the radar and get pushed aside without a second thought. But I kid you not, these shows below are some of my absolute faves! These series are totally worth the binge, even if they’re a tad bit underrated. So here are …
9 Underrated Series You Need To Binge Watch ASAP
Betty (binge on HBO Max)
Betty is all about a group of diverse young women navigating the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding in New York City. And when I say this thang is NEW YORK! Man! It instantly reminded me of high school here in NYC! And there are a few interesting topics in this one to discuss. Please watch this!
Sneakerheads (binge on Netflix)
Former sneakerhead-turned stay-at-home dad Devin gets back in the game only to find himself $5,000 in the hole after falling for a scheme; desperate, Devin enlists the help of his fellow shoe-loving friends on a global hunt for the elusive Zeroes.
If you’re a sneakerhead, or you grew up in the time where folks stood on crazy long lines to get sneakers, this one’s for you! I remember thinking people were absolutely CRAZY for standing on line just for some sneakers, but this show really put that life into perspective, and made me respect the hustle.
It’s also cool that Devin is basically in the same age group as millennials, so watching him try to juggle his new dad life, while dying to go back to his old sneakerhead life, which his wife does not approve of is hilarious and spot on! I’m not sure how folks slept on this one!
White Gold (binge on Netflix)
White Gold is a British comedy series set in Essex during the 1980s, starring Ed Westwick (`Gossip Girl’), James Buckley and Joe Thomas (`Inbetweeners’). The show follows the lives of the team at the double-glazing company, Cachet Windows, as they attempt to make some serious money from their frames, turning white into gold.
At the helm is Vincent, a confident smooth talker who will do whatever it takes to secure a sale. By his side are Fitzpatrick, a shameless charmer, and Lavender, a failed musician whose integrity frequently gets in the way of a potential sale.
While the title sounds boring, and possibly the description too, it’s anything but! And if you were a fan of Gossip Girl, you’re totally gonna love watching the grown up Chuck Bass!
Teenage Bounty Hunters (binge on Netflix)
Twin sisters Blair and Sterling balance teen life at an elite Southern high school with an unlikely new career as butt-kicking bounty hunters and it’s cool AF!
I already wrote about why you NEED to watch Teenage Bounty Hunters here, but if you’re too lazy to click over, five words: Method Man and Kadeem Hardison! That’s it!
Everything Sucks (binge on Netflix)
It’s the 1990s in Boring, Ore., and groups of outcasts in Boring High School’s AV and drama clubs are trying to brave the ups and downs of teenage life in a simpler world without smartphones and other 21st century technology.
The two crews of nerdy students are frustrated that no one is taking them seriously so they decide the best way to make it through high school is to join forces and make a movie — that’ll help them get noticed. And there’s also the usual teenage romance issues to deal with.
Luke, the de facto ringleader of the AV club, falls for Kate, the principal’s daughter, but she doesn’t necessarily reciprocate the romantic feelings Luke has for her and is dealing with her own issues.
If you’ve already seen Charm City Kings, then you’re familiar with Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who stars in Everything Sucks. And honestly, his performance in this series was the reason I watched CCK in the first place! So definitely check this out.
Man Like Mobeen (binge on Netflix)
Creator Guz Khan presents a comedic take on real life in inner-city Birmingham in this miniseries centred on the funny and complex life of Mobeen, a 28-year-old man from Small Heath, as he tries to follow his Muslim faith, look out for his hopeless friends, and fulfil the responsibility of providing for his younger sister, Aqsa.
Mobeen juggles all this while trying to escape his criminal reputation and murky past, acquired years ago due to some ill-advised drug dealing that he can’t quite manage to put behind him. And I kid you not this is one of the funniest British series I’ve ever watched!
I’ve been following Guz on Twitter ever since I saw part 1! He’s dope and more people NEED to watch this series!!!
Utopia Falls (binge on Hulu)
Amidst the charred ruins of Earth, a group of teens are chosen to compete in the prestigious Exemplar performing arts competition; when they stumble upon a hidden archive of cultural relics, they question everything they have been taught.
Okay so, Utopia Falls is the Arts version of the Hunger Games, and leans into music and dance heavily! Yup, every sector sends a talented kid to compete in the competition and yaddy yaddy yah, you know the drill! It’s dope!
I originally started watching this because Akiel Julien stars in this, and I loved him in The Next Step. But this show is REALLY good, and I can’t wait to see Season 2. I’m not here for this 90s music slander though! We not that old and they need to cut it out!
Upload (binge on Amazon Prime Video)
A man is able to choose his own afterlife after his untimely death.
I swear that logline doesn’t do this show any justice! Upload is about the afterlife, and how folks are able to upload their souls into a new digital world, where rich folks live in peace and harmony and amazing condos, while the poor barely survive! (And when I say barely survive, I mean … they literally stop moving!)
If you haven’t seen Upload yet, watch it, and then tell me if you’d be willing to eat food that was printed from a food printer! *cringes*
Homecoming (binge on Amazon Prime Video)
Last but not least … Homecoming Season 2 … is all about a woman (played by Janelle Monáe) who wakes up in a rowboat adrift on a river, but has no memory of how she got there — or even who she is. The search for her identity leads to the Geist Group, the mysterious wellness company behind the unorthodox Homecoming Initiative.
Walter Cruz (Stephan James), who is trying to build a new life after experiencing the traumas of war and the initiative, quickly realizes that there’s a new, even more insidious version of the program underway. With all of this going on, anonymous Geist underling Audrey is thrust into unexpected positions atop the corporate ladder.
It’s crazy, and it’s super dope to watch! I loved the idea and storyline about what happens to our veterans when they come back from war. Of course I love that there are strong Black leads in this series! But make sure you start from Season 1! There’s a lot of back story there you’ll ned for Season 2.
So yeah, that’s it!
Got an underrated series you think I should binge? Leave it in a comment below tweet me!