We live in a diamond-encrusted golden age of Television right now. There are an abundance of quality choices when it comes how you spend 8+ hours staring at a screen. You probably already have a dozen or so shows that your friends say you need to watch. Well, let me make that Watchlist even longer and more intimidating. Here are 5 shows you should be streaming right now. To make this list each show must meet two very simple criteria: is it good? yes. does it get talked about very often? no. Congratulations! you just made the list. The shows are in no particular order.
Catastrophe is the story of an American business man that gets and Irish woman pregnant while on a business trip. The show is unique because it is written by it's two lead actors; Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney (everyone's favorite character from the new Deadpool film). The series is filled with big laughs but also poignant and heart-wrenching moments of introspective brilliance as you watch the couple struggle through decisions about their relationship and the future of their child. Catastrophe also has the distinct honor of being one of the late-great Carrie Fisher's final performances. There are 4 seasons and 24 episodes waiting for you on Amazon Prime.
Fleabag is the story about a young woman living in London and trying to cope with a recent tragedy all while being kind of a trainwreck. This series stars the suddenly everywhere all of the time Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Waller-Bridge has recently become a critical acclaim magnet for her writing on the BBC series Killing Eve and her work on the new Star Wars Story Solo. Before her time in space she wrote and starred in both Fleabag and Crashing, two of my favorite shows from 2016. There are 8 episodes spanning 2 seasons waiting for you on Amazon Prime. You can also check out the one season of Crashing on Netflix, you won't be disappointed by that either.
Ripper Street is much different from the first two picks. This is the story of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his team policing the streets of Whitechapel while they are terrorized by Jack the Ripper and other baddies. This series stars Matthew Macfayden who you may know from MI-5 or Russel Crowe's Robin Hood movie and Jerome Flynn, Bronn from Game of Thrones. Ripper Street is just a fun detective show that grabs you as soon as you see the first Ripper victim. The story isn't just about Jack the Ripper though Edmund Reid's team investigates a new strange murder every episode. The characters are well written and the mysteries are exciting. It's not quite Sherlock but it will help fill that void until you Cumberbatch and Freeman make their way back to Baker Street. There are 36 episodes in 5 seasons on both Amazon Prime and Netflix
Sneaky Pete is special. The show was created by Bryan Cranston (he also guest stars) and David Shore. Giovanni Ribisi plays a talented con man that decides to take over his cell-mate Pete's life after he gets out of prison. It's been so long since the family has seen cousin Pete that they immediately take him in and welcome him back to the family bail bond business. The show is episode after episode of shit hitting different fans as Ribisi struggles to keep up with all his lies and keep track of his ever-growing list of enemies. So far there are 20 episodes in 2 seasons on Amazon Prime
Ugly Delicious is Chef's Table's little brother. It's less refined, less artistic, but probably more likely to make your mouth water. I love food shows even if they are just used as a background noise. David Chang travels the world eating good food that may not be pretty but it's definitely tasty. This is the newest show on the list by a long shot, it hit Netflix a few weeks ago very quietly. This should hold you over until Anthony Bourdain makes some new content for one of his 5 million shows. 1season with 8 episodes on Netflix streaming right now.
What would you put on the list? Tell us all about your favorite under the radar shows that are available to stream now.