11 TV Shows That Sound Dumb But Are Surprisingly Awesome

Since I am constantly watching TV shows, I am also always trying to get my friends to watch all of the weird and random shows I watch so that I will have someone to talk to about them. I don’t want to just watch something on my own and not talk about it! I need to rant about bad plot lines and awful character development to someone, right? So, I always try to get people in my life to watch the same shows as me. This also means that whenever I try to explain a sort of “out there” show to them, they give me this face:


And that’s understandable. I mean, “check out this show about cowboy robots who have sex” is a pretty weird thing to say, but that’s the basic premise of Westworld, and that show is pretty freakin’ cool, IMO. I hate to be that person who forces someone to watch a TV show and just excitedly waits for their reactions, but I actually have become that person. What can I say, I love the idea of somebody going into a show thinking it will be bad, and then actually ending up loving it. It’s kind of like my weird version of “I told you so.” Does that make sense?

I was recently scrolling through a Reddit thread with the same idea: shows that have the weirdest or most random concept, but are actually really good. You know, shows that make you think “why on EARTH would somebody make this into a TV show,” so you don’t really give them a chance, even when they are actually awesome shows. Sure, when you simply describe any TV show it can sound weird AF, but these Reddit users made some pretty good points, so I had to share them with you. Whether you’ve seen these shows or not, you better start watching, despite the unappealing plots, because I promise they are actually good.

Jane The Virgin

This show was mentioned SO many times in this thread, which makes total sense because, no offense, the plot sounds ridiculous. Just listen to how attached2phone described it: "In miami, jane villanueva is a hard-working, religious young latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until marriage to her boyfriend is complicated when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a supposed pap smear. in addition, the biological donor is a married man, former playboy and cancer survivor who is the new owner of the hotel where jane works, but also her former teenage crush."

Uh...what? I know how it sounds, but this show actually gained a cult-following because it is awesome. It's funny, it's surprising, everyone is pretty lovable, and it's heartwarming. It also features a cast of Latina men and women, which is super rare. You can watch this show on Netflix.


This is another show that doesn't get a lot of recognition beyond it's dedicated fanbase. User DreezyTaughtMe gave a pretty good plot description:" iZombie. Girl gets bitten and turned into a zombie. But wait! She can suppress her zombie-ness by eating brains. Which give her the memories and abilities of that person. With the help of her scientist friend at the morgue, she fights crime. Do give it a go."

It sounds a little bit like a show that would air on Nickelodeon, but it was actually created by the same guy who made Veronic Mars, so it's pretty amazing and smart. You can watch this show on The CW website.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Have you ever actually thought about the plot behind this show? It's hilarious, but nobody really knows that since the premise throws them off. Murder_kitty said, "I watched it purely because of Tina Fey. It's a great show but I hate describing to people what it's about bc they look at me like 'wtf, there's no way that's funny.'"

True, how can a girl who was kidnapped and held in a bunker for 15 years be funny or entertaining? Somehow, it really is, probably because of how innocent and naive Kimmy is. You can watch this show on Netflix.


As I was saying...this show idea is...weird? Is that the right word? Tonebox627 said, "Westworld. If you just simply said it will be a sci-fi western I would have told you that sounds absolutely idiotic. I started watching after the first episode started creating buzz and I was hooked. Absolutely fantastic show." They're right, it instantly created a lot of buzz and I have to admit I was super hooked on it as well, but every time I tell my friends to watch it they are not very enthused. It is about robot cowboys, but it's also so much more than that! I swear, it's actually good!!! You can watch this show on HBOGo.

Parks And Recreation

This show is one of my absolute faves, but I do admit that I didn't start watching it until waaay after it premiered, due to the fact that it sounded boring AF. As unnamednamesake said, "It's about an obscure government agency that develops parks in a backwater town and the lives of its employees." That doesn't really sound like the best show of all time, but trust me, it is. I highly doubt that working for the government is as fun as this show makes it seem, but if it was, I would love to work with the parks and recreation department in my town, TBH. You can watch this show on Netflix.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Okay, I haven't actually seen this show because of the exact reason that reddit user cheribella said: "A musical about a girl chasing an ex-boyfriend sounds like it could be cringe-worthy, but it's one of my favorite shows. I've tried to get other people to watch it but they're always turned off by the premise." I, too, was turned off by the premise, but considering the fact that this show is mentioned so many times in this thread, I think I have to start watching. You can watch this show on The CW website.

The Office

Again, I have no idea why somebody thought this was a good idea, but it turned out to be a super successful and hilarious show that lasted nine seasons. User EggsBaconGritsss said, "a documentary crew follows the daily routine of paper company and their sales team. With the main characters consisting of a zany sad sack of a boss, a modestly attractive secretary, A beet loving no-nonsense salesman, three accountants, Mindy Kaling, and a sarcastic devil may care man named Jim." That sounds....boring. But, this show helped launch the careers of some of the funniest people on TV right now (cough cough Mindy Kaling) and did something super different: they casted average-looking people to play average roles. And it worked. You can watch this show on Netflix.

The Good Place

I thought this concept for a show was a little...depressing? As PseudoRomulus says, "I thought The Good Place sounded absolutely horrible when someone read the description to me. This line is actually in the description of the show: 'When a tractor-trailer carrying erectile dysfunction products strikes and kills Eleanor Shellstrop, she's surprised to find herself in the 'good' area of the afterlife.' However, the show is actually pretty dang good. It's funny, charming, and the cast/characters are great. I'm glad I gave it a shot." I'm not sure how long this show can last, seeing as it takes place in the afterlife, but it's definitely incredibly unique and different. I will probably watch it, once I can get past the idea that every character is actually dead. You can watch this show on NBC.com.

The Golden Girls

Seeing this on the list made me laugh, but then I thought about it...this show actually does sound pretty bad. Do people actually want to watch a bunch of elderly women in Florida? As pjabrony said, "When everyone's clammering for the young male demographic, here's a show with men and no one under sixty." They were right: it was super a super random idea for a show that became a classic among women (and men) of every age.You can watch this show on iTunes.


TBH, I feel like I've been saying this for years. Pokemon is weird. As Ultron6142 said, "You literally capture and fight animals." That does not sound like a show that should be so big? It sounds like a bad example for kids, right? And yet it actually turned out to be a decent cartoon that turned into movies and video games and every time of media that you could ever think of. I mean, there's even an app. You can't escape it. You can watch this show on Netflix.


I actually like medical shows (shoutout to Grey's Anatomy) but the idea of a medical comedy was not something I expected to love so much. It's hard to mix something as serious as illness and death with comedy, but it works. As tense_or said, "Young doctors in residency laugh and learn." Sometimes I felt guilty laughing at these ridiculous moments on the show, but they actually perfectly balanced out with the serious and deep moments. You can watch this show on Netflix.

Have you seen any of these shows? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!

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  • creativecubez

    I watched iZombie with my mom in less than a week because it was so good!