Television Series: The Hidden Gems Among the Mainstream

There is arguably no better time to be a TV series addict. With hundreds of television shows airing every year, it could be difficult to keep track of them all. Many high-quality shows worthy of a large audience get swept up among the numerous unknowns.

To break the norm, we’ve compiled a few fantastic series that definitely deserve a watch. With incredible writing, talented actors, and addictive storylines, it is truly a wonder why they are not widely viewed.

1. Imposters

Starting off light, this is the story of a con artist who travels the country to con people. She seduces them, gets them to marry her, and then takes all their money. All of this is discovered within the first 15 minutes of the pilot. What follows is a dark comic adventure where three of her victims bond together to find her, take back their money, and fix their unresolved business. However, as the viewer and the characters later discover, retrieving their money and dignity will be the least of their problems.

One season, renewed for season two (15+).

2. Born to Kill

On a much darker note comes the story of a 16-year-old teenager who, to put it crudely, has “daddy issues.” Constantly tormented by the fact that he does not have a father or a father figure in his life, the character’s darker tendencies begin to come out and play. In this four-hour miniseries, viewers can enjoy the chilling feeling of quietly observing depraved psychopathy on screen become more and more evolved, leading to a showdown that can only be defined as poetic justice.

Four episodes (15+).

3. Good Behavior

From the British sophistication of the first half of the 20th century to the American grittiness of modern day reality, actress Michelle Dockery smoothly transitions from the wealthy, privileged Lady Mary to junkie, ex-felon Letty. Recently released from prison on probation, the series follows Letty Raines as she attempts to piece back her chaotic life. The story truly starts when, by illegal happenstance, she accidently becomes informed about a murder plot. Feeling morally obligated to try and save the victim, she willingly -and later unwillingly- comes face to face with the woman’s contract killer. What comes later is a thrilling, action-packed -and sometimes even humorous- set of events.

One season, renewed for season two (15+).

4. Outlander

Based on a best-selling period drama series, the plot centers on Claire Beauchomp/Randall, a World War II nurse who is magically transported back to 1743 Scotland while on her second honeymoon with her husband. Upon her arrival, she encounters the Scottish Highlanders amongst the red-haired outlaw Jamie. She tries to come to grips with reality as she strives to go back to her own time.

Two seasons, season three airs in September (18+, graphic nudity, non-consensual sexual intercourse in numerous episodes).

5. American Gods

They say it’s best to save the best for last, and here we are. Based on Neil Gaiman’s 2003 bestseller of the same name, the story is set in modern day America with a twist: all the “mythical” gods from older cultures around the world exist. The second twist is that they are only as powerful as people’s belief in them. The main actor, known as “Shadow Moon” (100 fans will remember his as Lincoln), is somehow roped into this world that exists in the corners and shadows of the human world. While the “television blurb” will not do this show any justice, the show is a unique genre of its own that serves for a special viewing experience.

One season, season two airing in 2018 (18 +, graphic nudity).

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