‘Into the Badlands’: All the TV shows you’re not watching (but should be)
Look, we get it – you’re a busy person with a stacked schedule and you already have enough TV shows in your life to catch up on and waste time with. But we also know that you’re probably always on the lookout for a new TV discovery to be obsessed with.
There’s a lot of shows currently airing or available to stream not currently receiving the volumes of love they quite rightfully deserve and we think that’s a crime. All of these shows deserved to be discovered by more people but sadly they seem to continue to go under the radar. Here’s nine such TV shows that you’re probably not watching right now but probably should be.
S2 of this dark, witty female-driven dramedy has just started on TNT and if you’re not already an avid viewer you really need to be. Boasting a bodacious cast of fierce and funny women including Niecy Nash (Guess Who), Carrie Preston (True Blood), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), and Karrueche Tran (The Bay), the show is warm, tenacious, and fabulous as fuck.
Anyone who’s been keeping up with the second season of IFC’s dark comedy will likely agree that it offers one of the most subversive yet heartfelt comedies about being a fuck up ever seen on screen. Starring Hank Azaria (Mystery Men) as said fuck up – a self-proclaimed “emotionally manipulative narcissist” with an alcohol addiction – Brockmire is full of humanity while serving up some of the most savage humor on television.
Come on people! Do you need a written invitation to be obsessed with this show already? Ava DuVernay’s (A Wrinkle In Time) emotional drama is in the middle of its third season right now and is just as gripping and devastating as ever.
Showtime’s sexy drama is gloriously trashy but thanks to some spectacular writing and standout performances it also manages to be full of prestige, too. Examining the disintegration of a complex set of relationships from the different viewpoints of the characters involved, The Affair offers a shrewd take on the nature of truth, memory, and perspective alongside some bold statements about gender politics. Ruth Wilson (Locke), Dominic West (The Wire), Maura Tierney (Insomnia), and Joshua Jackson (Fringe) all pull career-best performances in the show which returns to screens for S4 on June 17th.
The Hulu Originals teen show is like the soapy hybrid love child of The Walking Dead and Lord of the Flies that fans of lightweight horror and trashy thrillers will go apeshit for – no matter how young or old they may be.
AMC’s visually arresting martial arts series is rollicking good fun and truly batshit insane fight scenes featuring some of the choreography ever seen on TV. S3 is currently airing but is just about to wrap up but if you’re lover of great action and blood soaked stories then you need to get with the program and binge watch the hell out of this Daniel Wu (Warcraft) and Emily Beecham (Dephne) starring series.
At this point, you’re hopefully sick of us recommending this show all the time and quite frankly, we’re glad. Terrace House offers a glimpse at what a genuinely good reality show could and should look like and is one of the most addictive TV shows currently available to stream on Netflix. The Japanese series has far more depth and intrigue to it than its genre may suggest and is brimming with wit and wisdom. The first two parts of the latest season – Terrace House: Opening New Doors – are currently available to stream with part three due to drop in the next few months.
Starring up and coming actors like Gregg Sulkin (Faking It), Lyrica Okano (Moca), and Virginia Gardner (Lab Rats), this Marvel young adult series is a little smarter and darker than it may appear. It’s full of self awareness and compelling plotting that make the Hulu Originals show worthy of a binge watch.
As a general rule we’re inclined to trust that most things starring J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) will be pretty terrific and this strange sci-fi Starz series is exactly that. Following a character facing some heavy existential dilemmas as he discovers a gateway to an alternate dimension and is forced to literally face his identity, the show is fresh, unique, and completely gripping. S1 has just finished but don’t let that put you off in this magnificent streaming age we live in.