“All good things come to an end, and the pain of some endings isn’t worth the good things”, but few of these underrated television wonders ended way ahead of their time.
These shows have been cancelled on mere grounds of “limited audience” or “inappropriate content” despite having promising storylines which deserved further exploration.
Here’s a list of a few underrated but binge-worthy Television Shows that need to be brought back to allow generations to enjoy and appreciate it.
5. SPEECHLESS ( 2016)
If you’re looking for a perfect amalgamation of dark as well as humorous challenges faced by a random family, “Speechless” should be your ideal option!
Created by Scott Silveri, the Minnie Driver starrer sitcom revolves around the DiMeo family, who are in search of an ethical educational institute for their oldest son, who is suffering from Cerebral Palsy. While each family member inhibits unique personality, their contrast helps set up the perfect framework for this sitcom.
After airing 3 seasons (63 episodes in total), the series was cancelled by ABC, as it was termed “one of lowest rated ABC series” by its viewers.
4. Marvel’s The Defenders (2017)
Our favourite superheroes are not just confined to movies and they don’t just “Assemble” on big screens. Netflix’s own set of avengers (popularly known as “Netflix Avengers“) also assembled for a 8 episodes mini- crossover known as “The Defenders“. It interconnected the stories of Daredevil (2015); Jessica Jones(2015); Luke Cage(2016) and Iron Fist(2017).
Since Marvel’s major admirers prefer big screen movies over television series, the Defenders had a limited number of viewers to please, who found the story promising. But the events felt rushed, as the developers reduced the initial run-time of the series from 13 episodes (40 minutes per episode) to 8 episodes (43 minutes per episode). Soon after which, netflix cancelled the show.
3. CATCH-22 (2019)
War is a consequential subject/genre, dealing with destruction, gore and mental trauma; Catch-22’s chucklesome approach to war helps the series set new boundaries. This satirical dark comedy is based on the 1961 satire war novel by the same name by Joseph Heller.
Set during the events of World War -2, this action-packed drama revolves around John Yossarian, a USA- AF Bombardier, who is trapped in an endless loop of flying dangerous missions, until relieved from duty. Even though the drama portrays adversities of war and its effect of Human psyche, its comic approach glues the viewers to their seats.
Ideas of a second season were dropped, due to its limited/below average fan following. Yet another jewel lost.
2. Too Old to Die Young (2019)
In 2019, Amazon decided to give Danish film director, screenwriter and producer; Nicholas Winding Refn, a go at his own T.V show and “Too Old to Die Young” was the upshot.
Sharing a rather common genre (crime cop thriller) the series sets new bars with excellent cinematography, impeccable shots, and well choreographed set pieces, allowing the viewers to delve deep into the conscience of the protagonist.
Despite being a cinematic marvel with rather high potential, the series received mixed reviews for it’s slow paced (but interesting) storyline and unnecessary graphic content. On 27th July, 2019 Amazon announced that there were no further plans for a second season.
1. Marvel’s Daredevil (2015)
In the wake of the massive success of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, Netflix too fancied its fair share in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Soon enough, Netflix dropped “Marvel’s Daredevil’s“ first season on April 10, 2015. Set in the aftermath of 2012’s attack on New York City by the Chittauri (events of “The Avengers”), the story revolves around Matt Murdoch; played by Charlie Cox; a blind criminal defence attorney by day and crime fighting vigilante by night.
The down to earth characterization of a hero; with no super ability or skill set other than heightened listening senses and training in boxing, along with glamorous long shots, perfect colour variations, appealing locations and ravishing choreography beguiled viewers, but the fan following was slender as the admirers preferred the big screen movies over television series. Despite winning hearts, the series was cancelled after it’s third season on November 29, 2019.Regardless of the fact that there are chances to revive the series; with the rights of the character being passed on to Disney Plus from Netflix, nothing has been officially confirmed.