24 Shows That Were Surprisingly Good But Never Popular

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"It deserved at least a cult following."

Do you ever think about those TV shows that were actually pretty good but they never gained the recognition they deserved?

Well, Reddit user /u/BluePinky asked the question, "What is a great TV show that never became popular?" The thread has thousands of responses filled with people talking about shows that got canceled too soon or ones that would have become popular if only they were on today's streaming services.

Here are some of the responses:

1. Travelers

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"Great characters, just the right mix of clever but not too serious/heavy, and the whole premise is of course extremely fucking relevant." —u/KidneyBeams

2. Party Down

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"Such a stellar cast, great premise, but got kneecapped when their eventual stars all got bigger gigs. Jane Lynch went on to do Glee, Adam Scott landed his gig on Parks and Rec. and the show ended after 2 seasons. Still one of my favorite comedy shows." —u/comeupoutdawatah

3. Happy Endings

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"Happy Endings. A great little comedy that deserved better." —u/ErraticVole

4. Reaper

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"Reaper was great, but was cancelled too early unfortunately!" —u/CosmicMothness

5. Don’t Trust The B---- In Apartment 23

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"I loved that show. The cast were great and it was actually funny. I still rewatch now and again, don’t know why it was never popular. It’s also a show I think could be genuinely rebooted without it being forced." —u/politetemper

6. Generation Kill

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"Generation Kill. Great show on HBO. Don't know too many people who've ever seen it but they all say it's great, including me." —u/Beaver21Beaver

7. Dead Like Me

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"It's a dark comedy that is profoundly deep at times. It also stars Mandy Patinkin in a supporting role. It was a great show." —u/Krishnath_Dragon

8. Counterpart

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"Counterpart. Amazing sci-fi/espionage series that lasted two seasons on Showtime a few years ago. JK Simmons plays a meek, gentle paper pusher at a mysterious company in Berlin who finds out that his organization is actually in charge of communicating with a twin organization in an alternate universe. He then meets HIS own twin who is an amoral, cynic, calculating assassin." —u/PhillipLlerenas

9. Pushing Daisies

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"Got canceled during the 2007 writer's strike. It's kinda old at this point but remains one of my favorite all time shows in all its unfinished glory." —u/electricdeathrats

10. Eureka

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"It was a travesty that it got stuck on SciFi/Syfy. If put on the right channel and slot so people knew it existed, I sincerely think it would have been HUGE." —u/SeattleTrashPanda

11. Carnivale

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"A wonderful and strange depression era story about the forces of good and evil as a bunch of carnies make their way through the dust bowl. It was tragically canceled after two seasons, but is an absolute must watch." —u/OneHundredChickens

13. Awake

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"It was a show starring Jason Isaacs where he simultaneously lived in two separate timelines. He was in a car accident with his wife and son. So in one timeline, his son dies and he still has his wife. But in the other timeline, it’s his wife who dies, while his son is still alive." —u/APartyInMyPants

14. Jericho

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"Loved Jericho so much. I'm glad they had a heads up that it was getting cancelled and cobbled together somewhat of a conclusion in the 2nd half of season 2. That hasty conclusion made me really want to see what they could have done with more time because although rushed, it was an interesting world they built." —u/RibMusic

16. News Radio

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"News Radio was a critical darling, but not a big following, but god damn that show was funny." —u/tickle_mittens

17. Patriot

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"Fantastic slowburn dark comedy spy show. Available on Amazon Prime, and a podcast just started to give some ancillary fun." —u/willostree

18. Limitless

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"Only got one season for such reason plus CBS wanting to put more room for other stuff." —u/fandomgirl33

19. Galavant

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"It was one of my favorite shows during its run. It was this light, quirky fantasy musical on network tv. It was a miracle it got to 2 seasons. It felt like Mel Brooks got tabbed to remix Princess Bride and Monty Python." —u/Bargeinthelane

20. Hell on Wheels

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"Hell on Wheels is a seriously slept on show. It was on AMC at the same time as Breaking Bad and when The Walking Dead was at its peak so it got shoved under the rug." —u/THExBEARxJEW

21. I Am Not Okay With This

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"Good vibes, nice songs, cool style, quite good cast. I liked the ending of the first season but Netflix has just cancelled the whole show (due to COVID as they said)." —u/zoltanson666

22. Trial & Error

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"It came out in 2017 and canceled in 2019. It's essentially a true-crime mockumentary sitcom. The first season was good, but not great, but then the 2nd season was absolutely fantastic. This show is for anyone who loves shows like Documentary Now! and Parks and Rec." —u/ihateworking20

23. Deadwood

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"It's a damn shame they canceled that masterpiece. Could've had a great ending if not for that." —u/Mortemulous

24. Man Seeking Woman

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"Such a hilarious show, it deserved at least a cult following." —u/HandLion

What shows do you feel are underrated? Let us know in the comments!

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