On March 1, 2007, TwoCentsTV started as the result of a night-school project of our Founder – KP. Now, in 2017, TwoCentsTV marks our Ten Year Anniversary of focusing on all things Television!
To celebrate, the Senior Editorial staff compiled a series of TEN “Top 10” lists showcasing our favorites things about Television in the ten years since TwoCentsTV began. We will unveil a new list every week for ten weeks, starting March 1st.
Last week we featured our favorite “One-Season Wonders” and this week we are focusing on our favorite “Underrated Shows” of the past decade. These shows are special in their own ways from having great storytelling, genuine heart or an interesting premise, but they never got the recognition or praise they deserved.
Going into its third season, iZombie shows a different and fun aspect of zombie life…being undead among the living (and solving crime). Seeing Liv Moore eating the brain of the week and becoming the victim of the hour has been a great way to spice up the procedural format and show us how she’s coping with her situation. With its wit (attributed to the Veronica Mars team of Rob Thomas and Dianne Ruggiero), solid characters, and wicked pop culture references, more people should definitely be watching!
Agent Carter (ABC)
Hayley Atwell’s two seasons as SSR co-founder Peggy Carter was entertaining and gave further insight into the agency that has become one of the central aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s been about a season since we’ve said goodbye to Carter and a few of our favorite SSR agents and I still miss seeing the strength, emotion, and vulnerability in the depths that Atwell brought to the character.
It was a show that was unique on a broadcast network in that it was a musical comedy. The entire cast had both the phenomenal comedic timing and the musical talent which makes me so sad to have seen it not get the attention it should have.
Graceland (USA Network)
For three seasons, Graceland gave USA Network a drama that went into the depths of undercover work for various law enforcement agencies in the United States. Unlike the usual cop dramas, this show’s focus on deception and intriguing plot twists showed the depths undercover agents will go to while on the job with standout performances by the entire main cast, including Aaron Tveit, Serinda Swan, Manny Montana, Brandon Jay McLaren, Vanessa Ferlito and Daniel Sunjata.
About A Boy (NBC)
Based on the movie of the same name, About A Boy was an adorable family comedy of a bond formed between an awkward pre-teen and his male adult neighbor. Marcus and Will made for a odd, but fun and enjoyable pair to watch. They helped each other through good and bad times as they navigated the world together surrounded by Marcus’ unusual mother Fiona and Will’s friends.
The Crazy Ones (CBS)
Robin Williams running an advertising agency. To watch Williams work in comedy is like watching Picasso work with paint. Williams was great in this. The cast around him may have been a little too ‘straight man’ and CBS may have reigned in Williams a bit too much for it to truly work. It deserved more than one year to show what it could have been.
Happy Endings (ABC)
With a mix of top notch actors, solid comedic timing, and a hint of neurosis, Happy Endings found its way into the hearts of many loyal fans (that still get on edge when revival rumors flutter around). Not only was it funny, with Jane and Brad’s freaky married couple’s synchronicity, but some of Penny’s sayings snuck into everyday conversations. How can you not think of “ah-mahzing” without hearing it in Penny’s voice?
Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
Many viewers, and critics alike, were amazed at the turn Ray Romano took for the lead character in this show that had a good little run from 2009 – 2011 on TNT. The show put a realistic light on the lives of men in their middle-aged years and how life isn’t as spry as it used to be, but surely isn’t over either. It was funny, witty and quite serious at times, too. With Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher giving performances of a lifetime, it was a show that many people just never got around to watching.
Pushing Daisies (ABC)
It was an off-beat comedy that was unusual for a network like ABC. But it was the comedy, quirkiness, and earnestness of these characters that made it a cult favorite. Every character was perfectly cast and brought something different from Kristin Chenoweth’s Olive and Chi McBride’s Emerson to Lee Pace’s Ned the Pie Maker. It was a unique show that I don’t think we’ll get on a broadcast network again…or at least for a while.
Who knew the Devil was so funny? One of the first strong shows on CW starred Ray Wise as the Devil. He signs a contract with a box store worker (Bret Harrison) to have him help capture escaped souls from Hell. Also, the world was gifted Tyler Labine’s “Sock” – a wonderfully funny character. Two years wasn’t enough!
How about you? Share your TwoCents about our list and what other Underrated Shows of the past ten years would have made your list.