Let me just say this: 2016 was a good year for TV shows. Maybe it’s because we all needed a break from the real-life drama we were experiencing, so we had to escape to the fictional drama on our screens. That’s what’s so great about watching show: you get to momentarily forget about the stress of your life and focus on someone else’s life for an hour or so. That said, there were some reral winners this past year, and some stand out more than others: the much-hyped Netflix Gilmore Girls revival, the summer obsession that was Stranger Things, and the sad finale of Orange Is The New Black. While these shows were great, there were plenty of other awesome shows that didn’t get nearly as much love as they should have.
I watch a lot of television, and I can tell you with confidence that there were a lot of other TV shows out there that desevred more attention than they got. Maybe it’s because some were on smaller streaming services, maybe it’s because most people just watch what’s most popular – who knows! There were some hilarious and #relatable shows that I didn’t expect to like, but fell completely in love with, so I had to tell you guys about them. Trust me, you will want to binge all of these shows. Here are some of the most underrated TV shows of 2016 that you should watch before the year is up. Or, you know, whenever. Just make sure these get a spot in your Netflix queue!
Search PartyThis show might just be underrated because it's pretty new, it needs to get on your radar anyway. It's a must watch for anyone who has ever felt like they didn't ~belong~ like Alia Shawkat's character Dory does. It follows a college graduate who goes in search of a missing friend of hers. Honestly, it's hilarious and relatable and I don't know why more people aren't talking about it. You can watch all of the episodes now on TBS.
Better ThingsThis show really hits close to home for me, since it centers on a single mother raising three girls. Each daughter has their own unique personality and they all clash with their mother, which is frustrating and hilarious. I can definitely relate to my mom setting off the fire alarm while cooking and the entire house freaking out about it. Has that ever happened in your house? Even if not, you'll probably find the show funny anyway. You can watch it online at FX.
InsecureIn my opinion, everyone should be watching Insecure. It's based on the critically acclaimed web series Awkward Black Girl and follows Issa Rae as a young black woman who is trying to balance a love life, a career, and friends in California. Issa's character is real AF, and shows how you can be insecure but still tackle real issues like racism and sexism. You can check it out on HBOGo.
EasyEasy is another Netflix show that flew under the radar this year, but you need to watch it ASAP. It's an anthology series, which means every episode follows a different cast, so you don't have to watch them in order. The one common theme of the show is relationships, and how people handle their sexual partners and experiences. Trust me, you just need to watch it. You can find the first season on Netflix.
T@ggedI have to admit, I was hesitant about this show purely because of the name, but I actually became hooked. It's a spooky show that follows a group of teen girls who try to figure out who is stalking them after they get tagged in creepy messages on social media sites. It is creepy enough to make me NEVER want to open my Instagram app. But I know I still will. You can watch the entire first season on go90.
FleabagFleabag follows a young British woman who can't quite seem to figure out her life (sounds like us all, right?!). The show follows her as she narrates her thoughts out loud, which makes for a hilarious look into the mind of a girl who nicknamed herself "fleabag." It's funny and real, and there is a hilariously awkward scene of her boyfriend walking in on her masturbating to a picture of Barack Obama. If that doesn't make you want to watch, I don't know what will. You can watch all of season one on Amazon.
UnrealI don't know why this show isn't as popular as The Bachelor, since it's a similar premise but with even MORE drama. It follows the crew of producers and writers on a Bachelor-type TV show, and their dramatic lives. I know a behind-the-scenes look at a reality show doesn't sound promising, but trust me: this show is really good. You can watch season one on Hulu.
Did you watch any of these shows this year? What did you think? Tell us in the comments!