The 10 Shows You Probably Aren’t Watching, But Should Be

Recommendations are the only way I ever watch, read, or listen to anything new. I’m busy; I don’t always have the time or patience to search out new entertainment. Because of this, I try to make sure that I have enough friends or follow enough smart people (with good taste) who are constantly looking for the next great thing. I’m lucky, I have a lot of those people in my life, whether I know them or I follow them via the Internet. I am not above asking for recommendations. I want to know what you’re watching and why you love it. I want to expand my universe! I guess what I am saying is, if you share, I’ll share. There are so many great movies, series, books, and music that a lot of it gets lost in the minutia. I’m going to give you some recommendations on TV series today, because there is a lot of great, smart stuff out there that isn’t necessarily in the “normal” fangirl queue. Here are the 10 shows you probably aren’t watching, but should be:


  1. Orphan Black (BBC America) – The reason you aren’t watching this show is because it doesn’t get enough publicity. This is a British show. The first 2 seasons are available on Amazon Prime. The premise is a bit confusing at first, but the show is fantastic. Clones. Human clones and the government. Tatiana Maslany is an amazing actress who plays several different versions of the (genetically) same person. It’s strange, and smart, and rife with girl power. Plus, it has one of my favorite new characters: Felix. Do yourselves a favor and start watching this show. Join the Clone Club! Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Amazon.   orphan-black-feature
  1. True Detective (HBO) – This show may have been overlooked by fangirls. Season 2 is going to begin in June, but the premise for this show is that each season the cast and story completely changes. Season 1 was possibly the best season opener of any show, ever. If you are a deep-thinker who loves a crime drama, with a dash of mystery and a heaping dose of the occult, then this show is for you. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are amazing. You will find yourself tangled in the web of this show quickly. Pay attention! You can watch this on HBO Go. true-detective
  1. The X-Files – You may have seen this show already, but we’re going to get new episodes in January 2016! You had better go back and re-watch Mulder and Scully try to figure out if aliens really do exist. I’m hesitantly excited about the new episodes. (Please let them be good!!) The entire series is available on Netflix. -443cd0c4-2b26-4872-9f7f-2972e1adf873
  1. The Fall (Netflix) – Gillian Anderson is in this show as well, and the series was made exclusively for Netflix. One day it showed up on my feed, so I tried it. It is an amazing show. Jamie Dornan plays a crazy stalker. You will be happy to know that his portrayal in Fifty Shades of Grey was terrible at no fault of his own. This man can act. Gillian is perfection, as usual. It’s a smart, intense thriller. Watch it immediately.              MV5BMTQ0MDU4NTY0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjAyNzU0MjE@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_
  1. Penny Dreadful (Showtime) – This show is currently airing its second season. The premise is smart: It’s the late 1890’s London (Jack the Ripper style). The old, horror Gothic fiction classics are real. So, you have Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and other supernatural threats running amok. Enter in a gunslinger, an adventurer, and a medium who try to fight these very dark forces. This show is dark, scary, and smart. It’s even more fun if you’ve read the classics.    Penny Dreadful
  1. Broadchurch (BBC) – Set in the fictional town of Broadchurch, England, this show is a mystery. Season 1 revolves around detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) as they try to find the killer of an 11-year-old boy. Broadchurch is a small, coastal town. It has beautiful cinematography and the characters are rich and complex. It’s a great whodunit. Season 1 is currently on Netflix.


  1. Vikings (History) – I was reluctant to begin this series. I’m glad I did, though. Vikings is the story of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok and his fellow Norse brothers. It is set in medieval Scandinavia. Obviously, there isn’t solid proof of Lothbrok’s life, other than accounts from the past. However, I learned quite a bit about the life of a Viking while also being entertained. Scandinavian women of that time were much more equal to the men; they could fight in battles as shieldmaidens. It is incredible to watch the battle scenes. The actors are fantastic, and there is quite a bit of history to be seen. I have a review with minimal spoilers for Season 1 here. You can watch the first two seasons on Amazon.


  1. Black Mirror (Netflix) – This show is absolutely insane. It’s so dark it’s black. It is referred to as a modern Twilight Zone. I agree with that, but it pushes the boundaries and borders on insane at times. Each episode is a different story, too. Warning: If you are easily offended, annoyed, or just uptight in general, this show is not for you. You can find this series on Netflix.


  1. The Americans (FX) – This show is gritty, to say the least. Set during the Cold War (1980’s), two Soviet KGB Officers live in the Washington, DC suburbs as a married couple with children. This show isn’t just about spying for their government. It’s also about the complications of marriage. The show is surprisingly great. You can watch this series on Amazon.


  1. Call the Midwife (BBC) – This is a period drama about midwives who help deliver babies for a poorer area of London in the 1950’s and 60’s. It may sound like a boring premise, but birthing children is a complicated matter and the midwives are incredibly selfless. They face very human problems and manage to make the show incredibly interesting. This show is available on Netflix.   call-the-midwife What are some shows that you are watching, that I should be watching?

40 thoughts on “The 10 Shows You Probably Aren’t Watching, But Should Be

  1. I’ve watched more than a few of these. I was reluctant to try Orphan Black because it looked complicated but I’ll try it if its on Amazon. I will try Black Mirror. I’ve never heard of it.

    Syfy has a bunch of new stuff airing this summer that I’m going to give a try but really, there are only so many shows I can watch in a week. I try to stick to one hour a night but networks don’t often cooperate with my schedule and like to air them all at the same time.

    I do enjoy the Lizzie Borden series, which, so far, is flying under everyone’s radar, but its really good. it’s actually a pretty funny show..

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    • What Lizzie Borden series? Orphan Black takes a few episodes to get a handle, but it is one of my favorite shows. Black Mirror is fairly bleak, but it does make you ask questions. Let me know if you watch OB! -Leah


      • I think Lizzie Borden is on one of those women’s networks, which could explain why its not getting much attention. But its a really gorgeous and mildly funny retelling of the Lizzie Borden story and its aftermath. Probably because it stars Christina Ricci and I just love her.

        If you’re not watching Person of Interest, its worth a watch. You have to see it from the beginning because it has a terrifying premise about computers duking it out over control of the human race, without our knowledge it has and some great characters. (You’ll love Sarah Shahi. She’s awesome.)

        The original pilot (Lizzie Borden Took an Axe) is on Netflix.

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  2. Oh dear…. my TBW pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger…. Penny Dreadful, Vikings, The Americans already on it.Midwife, True Detective and Lizzie Borden are now going on it. Now I need a time turner to add a few hrs to my day..

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  3. So funnily, I haven’t seen a lot of these, but my husband has! I just don’t have time to invest in a lot of TV shows (but he does for some reason) so I stick to my Once Upon a Time and currently working through Parks and Rec right now.

    Anyway, point of this comment is, that he loves a lot of those shows you list. And I’ve heard amazing things about Orphan Black.

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  4. If you liked Vikings. You will also like
    Season 2 is out in the UK, coming soon to the US.
    I also really liked SPARTACUS and ROME
    Though Spartacus has lots of sex and violence it is based on historic events.
    It will have (you girls, and some guys ) dreaming about guys who have been dead for 2000 years.
    Great story line!


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