TV programmes considered underrated

by johnno74 | created - 30 May 2013 | updated - 12 Sep 2013 | Public

When I say underrated, I kind of refer to the opposite of overrated. The way I observed the term 'underrated', TV programmes that fit in this category are usually among the least talked about, less obsess-able, not usually included in unpersonal top 10/100 lists, i.e. 100 Best Cartoons/Britain's Best Sitcom/100 best anything, or were given mild reviews. They are also the ones that ain't been remade as movies. The following programmes are what I believe fit in the underrated category.

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1. Angry Kid (1999– )

1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Angry Kid is a hilarious YouTube show about an annoying young boy wading his way through childhood, dealing with problems like Tourette's, shaving, hammer roulette, puberty, telepathy and dogs stealing his chips.

Stars: Darren Walsh, David Holt, Jo Allen, Kevin Eldon

Votes: 171

2. Being Human (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost try to live together and get along.

Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan

Votes: 23,129

3. Biker Mice from Mars (1993–1996)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When three alien motorcycle riding mice are forced to leave their home planet of Mars thanks to the evil mining Plutarkians, they rebel against their enemies on planet Earth and the city of Chicago.

Stars: Dorian Harewood, Rob Paulsen, Ian Ziering, William Morgan Sheppard

Votes: 3,658

4. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)

Not Rated | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

Stars: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell

Votes: 2,999

5. Byker Grove (1989–2006)

30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Byker Grove follows the lives and relationships of a group of young people who are members of a youth club.

Stars: Daymon Britton, Billy Fane, Chris Beattie, Declan Donnelly

Votes: 641

6. Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002)

TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The offbeat adventures of Courage, a cowardly dog who must overcome his own fears to heroically defend his unknowing farmer owners from all kinds of dangers, paranormal events and menaces that appear around their land.

Stars: Marty Grabstein, Thea White, Peter Fernandez, Simon Prebble

Votes: 34,435

7. The Crimson Petal and the White (2011– )

TV-MA | 274 min | Drama, Romance

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

Stars: Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 2,744

8. Crossroads (1964–1988)

30 min | Drama

The four or five times a week adventures of a motel owner, son, daughter and her staff. Drama was never far away from the ringing of the reception bell.

Stars: Noele Gordon, Susan Hanson, Ronald Allen, Paul Henry

Votes: 273

9. The Deputy Dawg Show (1959–1972)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A canine sheriff's deputy in a backwoods Southern town always manages to catch the bad guy, despite his own ineptitude.

Stars: Dayton Allen, Lionel Wilson

Votes: 212

10. Earthworm Jim (1995–1996)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

An average Earthworm stumbles upon a supersuit that makes him a superheroic worm!

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, Kath Soucie

Votes: 1,828

11. Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Maxwell, Sylvia Anderson, David Graham, John Bluthal

Votes: 444

12. Garfield and Friends (1988–1995)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Stories about Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, their owner Jon and the trouble they get into, and Orson the Pig and his adventures on a farm with fellow farm animals.

Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Howard Morris

Votes: 9,576

13. Gargoyles (1994–1996)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland one thousand years earlier.

Stars: Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker

Votes: 13,035

14. God, the Devil and Bob (2000)

30 min | Comedy, Animation

God has made a bet with the Devil: if one human of the Devil's choosing can't prove that humanity is decent, God will scrap all of creation and start over. The Devil chooses Detroit car ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Cumming, James Garner, French Stewart, Laurie Metcalf

Votes: 861

15. Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul (2007– )

30 min | Comedy

Sketches on the themes of class and gender, with the occasional spoof thrown in.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse, Sophie Winkleman, Laura Solon

Votes: 790

16. Joe 90 (1968–1981)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a preteen secret agent who can have any useful skills downloaded into his brain.

Stars: Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander, David Healy

Votes: 458

17. The Magic School Bus (1994–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell, Tara Meyer

Votes: 7,424

18. My Hero (2000–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Thermoman is a multiple-powered superhero who originates from the planet Ultron. In an attempt to do his best to fit in with life on earth, he creates the human alias of George Sunday.

Stars: Emily Joyce, Geraldine McNulty, Hugh Dennis, Lill Roughley

Votes: 1,585

19. On the Buses (1969–1973)

30 min | Comedy

Jack-the-lad bus driver and conductor Stan and Jack enjoy the female employees more than their work and Inspector Blake is relentless in his attempts to make their lives a misery.

Stars: Anna Karen, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Reg Varney

Votes: 1,772

20. The Protectors (1972–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt, Yasuko Nagazumi

Votes: 319

21. Psychoville (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A group of seemingly unrelated strangers all receive a mysterious note stating "I know what you did," which sends their lives into a downward spiral.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard

Votes: 5,852

22. Rex the Runt (1991–2001)

10 min | Animation, Comedy

A surreal claymation series about Rex, a flat purple dog, and his equally odd friends. Rex and co. realize that they are being watched on the telly, so they feel compelled to have ... See full summary »

Stars: Elisabeth Hadley, Steve Box, Andrew Franks, Colin Rote

Votes: 299

23. The Secret Squirrel Show (1965–2003)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family

A bucktoothed squirrel is the James Bond of the rodent world.

Stars: Mel Blanc, Paul Frees, Dick Beals, Daws Butler

Votes: 1,038

24. Serious and Organised (2003– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

Two brothers serve in a specialist unit fighting organised crime.

Stars: Martin Kemp, Joe Duttine, Danny Sapani, Emily Bruni

Votes: 18

25. Sharky & George (1990–1992)

26 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Two fish private detectives, big pink shark-like fedora-wearing Sharky as the muscles and small slick bluish-orange George as the brains, fight crime and mad villains in the noirish underwater city of Seacago, reminiscent of 30s Chicago.

Stars: Mark Camacho, Arthur Grosser, Dean Hagopian, Paul Hawkins

Votes: 349

26. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 18,335

27. Sonic the Hedgehog (1993–1994)

TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

In a post-apocalyptic and dystopian future, all life has been challenged by oppression and tyranny, as the evil Robotnik is on the wake of controlling Mobius.

Stars: Jaleel White, Bradley Pierce, Charlie Adler, Christine Cavanaugh

Votes: 4,263

28. Space Precinct (1994–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

The extraterrestrial adventures of former NYPD detective Patrick Brogan, now a lieutenant with the Demeter City police force on the planet Altor. Brogan and his partner Jack Haldane must ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Shackelford, Rob Youngblood, Simone Bendix, Nancy Paul

Votes: 695

29. Stressed Eric (1998–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Eric Feeble is a man living in London who strives to survive his divorce, angry boss, rival family, almost alien children, drunken housekeeper and even his own "achievements".

Stars: Mark Heap, Morwenna Banks, Rebecca Front, Gordon Kennedy

Votes: 395

30. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Mario Brothers, Princess Toadstool, and Toad go on various adventures while battling the evil King Koopa.

Stars: Lou Albano, Harvey Atkin, John Stocker, Danny Wells

Votes: 2,893

31. Supercar (1961–1962)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Supercar was a prototype vehicle that could travel in the air, on land or beneath the sea. Its test pilot was Mike Mercury, who traveled the world in search of adventure. Supercar was ... See full summary »

Stars: David Graham, Graydon Gould, Sylvia Anderson, George Murcell

Votes: 233

32. Survivors (2008–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world's population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order, hoping that the virus will not mutate.

Stars: Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoë Tapper

Votes: 8,102

33. Teenage Kicks (2008– )

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

During the last two decades, aging punk rocker Vernon, has spent much of his time in the pub whilst living off his high-flying wife! Now, following a particularly nasty divorce, middle-aged... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Ed Coleman, Laura Aikman, Jonathan Chan-Pensley

Votes: 171

34. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001–2011)

26 min | Comedy

The lives and loves of five friends in the Northern town of Runcorn.

Stars: Will Mellor, Natalie Casey, Sheridan Smith, Kathryn Drysdale

Votes: 3,450

35. 2 Stupid Dogs (1993–1995)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

"Two Stupid Dogs" follows the lives of two dogs: the overly excited Little Dog (the dachshund) and easy-paced Big Dog (the sheepdog). These crazy canines don't know how to fit in the world,... See full summary »

Stars: Brad Garrett, Mark Schiff, Jess Harnell, Jim Cummings

Votes: 3,440

36. What a Cartoon! (1995–2002)

TV-Y | Animation, Short, Action

Various original cartoons by some of today's top animators.

Stars: Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Charlie Adler, Dee Bradley Baker

Votes: 626

37. Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994–1999)

TV-Y | 21 min | Animation, Short, Action

The world famous thief, Carmen Sandiego, plays an intricate game of cat and mouse with teen ACME detectives, Zack and Ivy.

Stars: Rodger Bumpass, Jennifer Hale, Scott Menville, Eric Monette

Votes: 1,584

38. Wild West (2002–2004)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Mary Trewednack lives above her post office in the Cornish village of St. Gweep, with her neurotic partner Angela. Lesbians until something better comes along. Witchcraft and wife-swapping ... See full summary »

Stars: Dawn French, Catherine Tate, David Bradley, Sean Foley

Votes: 211

39. Wipeout (1994–2003)

30 min | Game-Show

General-knowledge quiz show.

Stars: Bob Monkhouse, Paul Daniels, Tom Edwards, Kara Noble

Votes: 45



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