With season 3 set to drop in late 2022, Apple+’s Mythic Quest has all the ingredients to make a popular show, including an extraordinary premise and a renowned production team while streaming on a prestigious service. However, Mythic Quest is a show that has flown under the radar despite its multiple seasons and critical acclaim.
Audience feedback and subjectivity set the template for what shows are popular among the masses, as viewers have the loudest voices, determining if a show is worth watching. Even if a show doesn’t hold proper elements such as spellbinding special effects or top-billed actors, a few underrated serials deserve much more popularity. Sadly, not many people know about these shows, and Redditors have addressed some that should gain more attention.
Better Off Ted (2009-2010)
Redditor ArchDucky feels that the short-lived ABC comedy Better Off Ted was “ahead of its time and so g*ddamn funny.” The two-season satirical series revolves around employees of an Amazon-esque company, specifically Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington), the conglomerate’s research and developmental department head.
Better Off Ted stands out for its uncommon locale within the workplace sitcom genre, along with comedic timing that is nuanced in its simplicity. Nonetheless, such humor might not have come across coherently to a broader audience at the time of airing.
Orphan Black (2013-2017)
This intense, complex show wasn’t as widespread during its original run because the show is rather intricate with the storyline and overall premise. Such details are appreciated artistically but may have translated into confusion for some audiences. However, Orphan Black is one of Tatiana Maslany’s best roles, eventually leading to her playing the titular role in the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Before American Horror Story: Freakshow, HBO’s Carnivàle centered around performers of a traveling circus carnival. Reddit User Nail_Biterr feels that if Carnivàle had debuted in 2006 instead of 2003 that “it would’ve been the biggest show of its time.”
Carnivàle‘s intricate setting and compelling characters weren’t enough to secure a third season, with HBO axing the series due to budget concerns (via ComicBook.com). Since the show was incredibly complex in its subject, that could have resulted in Carnivàle’s low viewer interest during its original run.
Los Espookys (2018-)
The HBO Max comedy Los Espookys is the definition of a great show most people don’t know about, with Redditor Gen_E_Awesome, saying, “nobody I’ve talked to has ever seen an episode.” The Spanish-language series centers on a group of friends that create a horror scenario reenactment business.
Similar to What We Do In The Shadows, Los Espookys seamlessly blends elements of horror and comedy. As the show is on a premium streaming service, that may be part of the reason why it isn’t as widespread. Despite Los Espookys’ limited audience, the show has been hailed as one of Fred Armisen’s best television roles.
Halt And Catch Fire (2014-2017)
AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire is an underrated little gem in its own right. The period drama series centers on the 80s rise of personal computers and the World Wide Web revolutionizing the 90s. Despite the immense praises for its concept, Reddit user, braskybear, doesn’t understand how such a fantastic show “wasn’t a bigger hit.”
The show’s exceptional premise and Technicolor tones make for a truly intriguing series, which could’ve been its downfall. Halt and Catch Fire is sophisticated, creating a niche in itself while also being set in a time period that might not have been appealing or understandable to a younger demographic.
The Mick (2017-2018)
It’s Always Sunny remains a rewatchable sitcom, but the same cannot be said for Fox’s 2017 comedy series The Mick, starring Kaitlin Olson. Redditor supeandstuff commends Olson for “being a classic with her true comedic chops.”
Similar to IASIP co-creator Glenn Howerton’s A.P. Bio, The Mick centers on a conceited and immature adult figure undergoing a moral metamorphosis upon being forced to raise her sister’s children. While the show had solid performances and good comedic timing, the lack of a cohesive story may have resulted in viewers losing interest.
Redditor MissAdikia feels that FXX’s Wilfred was “shockingly heartbreaking and wonderful.” A US adaptation of the same Australian comedy series, Wilfred revolves around a man (Elijah Wood) and his relationship with his neighbor’s dog Wilfred, whom he sees as an adult man and a dog costume.
Unlike Elijah Woods’ adventurous Lord of the Rings character Frodo Baggins, his character Ryan Newman is an introvert struggling with depression. Wilfred thrives in its quirky presentation while simultaneously incorporating poignancy surrounding mental health struggles. Nonetheless, a show with such complexities is appreciated in its niche but was not considered universally appealing.
The Last Man On Earth (2015-2018)
The Walking Dead is the most commonly associated show to the post-apocalyptic genre. With that being said, Fox’s The Last Man on Earth provides a much-needed comedic twist for the survivalist category. Redditor SeamusMcFlurry feels the show is “one of the most underrated TV comedies of all time.”
An impressive cast truly shines as the rag-tag team of survivors after the nuclear holocaust, supplying both humor and heart. The show’s comedic styling became goofier as the seasons went on, in addition to the story becoming a plot within a plot. But this concept may have deterred audiences, who were likely perplexed by the whole storytelling of it.
You’re The Worst (2014-2019)
The opposites attract story trope can be intriguing, especially when the show’s lovers are not only overall toxic people but also very self-sabotaging. Reddit user Uninteresting Human thinks the FXX series You’re The Worst is “hilarious and every episode hits.”
You’re The Worst follows the blossoming relationship between writer Jimmy (Chris Geere) and publicist Gretchen (Aya Cash) in Los Angeles. The series proves that even those doomed to be single can fall in love with the least likely match. Despite Geere and Cash’s natural chemistry and uproarious humor, the two lead characters being individually unlikable is unappealing to even the most open-minded audience.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit alum Christopher Meloni showcased his comedic chops in the live-action/animated hybrid dramedy Happy!. Adapted from the comic book of the same title, Redditor MrMcMole1 loved that the SyFy series was “funny, dark and very bizarre.”
The show chronicles the oddball friendship between a police detective/hitman (Meloni) and a flying blue mini unicorn named Happy (Patton Oswalt). Happy! gets major props for incorporating such an adorable anthropomorphic character into a very raunchy, black comedy world while applying darkness to its themes. Alas, the show’s dark and goofy premise was not a widespread draw.
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