With the festive period fast approaching and with the Covid lockdown no doubt meaning you’ve burned through the heavy hitters of the streaming services like Netflix / Amazon Prime like Ozak and The Boys. So allow us to present some hidden and overlooked gems worth binging.
Frustratingly axed after one season like several of the picks on the list, this post-apocalyptic comedy based on Brian Ralph’s comic in which a biological attack kills all the adults and those who survived were turned into mindless zombies known as Ghoulies. With the kids left to run society life has decended into a Mad Max style society with the high school clique becoming the gangs fighting for supremacy in this new world.
Following Josh a transfer student from Toronto who now along with a black samuari and a genius 10 year old with a love of starting fire set out to stake a claim in this new world while at the same time looking for Josh’s missing girlfriend Sam and especially avoiding the warlord Jocks and Glamazon cheerleaders.
Featuring a great cast which included a rare bad guy role for Matthew Broderick, the show has a great concept and does some fantastic world building over its run only to end on a killer cliffhanger that frustratingly looks set to unresolved. However while incomplete it’s a fun and action packed show throughout with some great twists along the way.
Hated by the Dominatrix community who felt that that the show was both problematic and Inauthentic this black comedy about Tiff a psychology student who moonlights as a dominatrix and recuits her best friend from high school best friend and aspiring stand up Pete to be her assistant.
What follows is a series of misadentures for the pair as Tiff attempts to balance her school life and job while Pete discovers through the often random jobs the pair taken on how to become more liberated.
While it might feel like we currently have a competion show for everything from baking to glass blowing this is one of the few competitions which not only has gotten harder with each season, but also a title which actually carries some real weight in the professional world.
Each season sees the competiting Tattoo artists having to prove themselves in a variety of diffrent tattoo art styles such as black and grey, american traditonal and japanese. Throw into the mix demanding clients, raging egos and tight time limits and you have one of the most engaging competitions on TV.
Even if your not a tattoo fan or havn’t the first clue about the diffrent styles it remains highly accessable with the contestants and judges often providing cut aways to explain things.
Spawning 13 seasons and three spin off shows this is a must see if your a fan of intense compeition and colourful competitors.
Like the foul mouth cousin to the classic comedy Groundhog Day as the acid tounged, wise ass Nadia finds herself caught in a time loop ending each time with her death as she attempts to find a way to break the cycle.
Having finally broken away from the shadow of American Pie playing Nicky in Orange is the New Black, Natasha Lyonne here takes that same energy and sarcastic outlook on life and applies it to Nadia which maintaing the control over her character by co-writing the show along side Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler to create a show which is so much more than another Groundhog Day clone.
Based on Ins Choi’s play of the same name this sitcom follows the Kim family who run a convenience store in the mos park area of Toronto. It’s a show which is both touching as it is funny with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee’s blundering Appa consistantly providing some of the shows best moments, while being supported by the saint like patience of his wife Umma (Jean Yoon).
At the same time thier kids Janet (Andrea Bang) and estranged son Jung (Andrew Phung) help give the show the scope to keep the format constantly fresh as the family face various issues from crazy customers to the ones often caused by thier equally problematic friends.
Another show frustratingly cancelled after one season, this British attempt at a Buffy esq show from Misfits creator Howard Overman which sees Seers Amy (Cara Theobold) and Raquel (Susan Wokoma) becoming demon hunters when their powers awaken enabling them to see that demons walk amongst us.
While the show might not have had chance to fully realise it’s potential it’s brief six episode run is still alot of fun as like Buffy it blends the laughs with the spooky thrills.
A pitch black crime drama set in the small town of Banshee in Pennsylvania armish country as Anthony Starr’s professional thief is released from prison after serving 15 years for a dimond heist for his former employeer the Ukrainian mob boss Rabbit.
Hiding out under the giese of being the new town sheriff he is soon slipping back into old habits as he reconnects with his former lover and acomplice Ana (Ivana Miličevic) and his transvestite hacker Job (Hoon Lee) all while dealing with the towns own seedy underbelly headed up by the Amish crime boss Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) whos henchman Clay (Matthew Rauch) is terrifying even just taking off his glasses.
Featuring nail biting heists and bone crunching action scenes this show is gripping throughout it’s four seasons while for a small backwater town there is certainly no shortage of problems for Hood to deal with from bikers, drug smugglers and an albino crime boss as Banshee constantly manages to find a way to add to it’s colourful rogues gallery.
Based on the Norwegian series of the same name, this adaptation directed by True Dectective‘s Cary Joji Fukunaga as a Netflix miniseries sees Emma Stone and Jonah Hill playing participants in a phamaceutical trial to test a drug which apparently can cure all disorders only to instead find themselves on a mindbending journey.
While perhaps not a show for all tastes this genre hoping drama sits just on the right side of the surreal as oddball characters play against the constantly changing situations our leads find themselves in with each round of the trial bringing with it a new personality for them to inhabit.
At only ten episodes the show never really outstayed it’s welcome especially with such an outthere concept, somthing that American Horror Story could learn from as it continue to create tedium at the halfway point of each season. Here Maniac constantly finds a way to keep the audience second guessing themselves, much less were the next personality shift will take the story.
Son of Zorn
Essentially He-man gets an office job as Zorn a cartoon barbarian warrior from Zephyria who also somehow also lives in the real world with the show following him as he travels to California to reconnect with his ex-wife Edie (Cheryl Hines) and akward nerdy son Alangulon aka Alan (Johnny Pemberton).
Giving up the battlefield for an office job at sanitation solutions as he attempts to win back his ex-wife and prove that he can be a good dad, this Who Framed Roger Rabbit style sitcom sadly only got one season and more frustatingly ended on a cliff hanger. However blending the He-man approach to everyday situations like the rival office stealing the hot sauce and played against Tim Meadow’s sensitive college professor and Edie’s fiance Craig the fish out of water antics of Zorn this was certainly a show which deserved more love than it got.
While Disney might have failed to have an original idea in years instead focusing on live action remakes of their classic animated features and buying up sucessful properties like Star Wars and Marvel to prop up the empire. They have however managed to put out several great tv shows like Star Vs. The Forces of Evil and this show especially.
Picking up the spooky small town mantle from Joe Dante’s much underappriciated Eerrie Indiana (a show still totally worth checking out) here brother and sister duo Dipper and Mabel arrive in the Oregon town of Gravity Falls to spend the summer working with thier great-uncle (or Grunkle) Stan in his tourist trap “Mystery Shack” which investigating the many mysterious hidden in this quiet town.
Using a monster of the week format as the pair team up with handyman Soos and lumberjack daughter Wendy to investigate the many strange occurances happening in the town and it’s surrounding woods from Gnomes and lake monsters to Time travel the show is never limited in it’s scope while the main mystery behind the town is engrossing to the suprisingly emotional climax. The humour in the show taking on the same multi-level style of the Simpsons constantly slipping past the kids and seemingly the Disney censors some suprisingly risque jokes which only adds to the fun.
So there you have our recommendations to get you through the festive period or perhaps just the next lockdown. But what shows did we miss off?
Let us know in the comments section below.