The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s

The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s
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Here are some of the most criminally underrated TV series from the 2010s that you might've missed but should definitely add to your binge-watch list.

1. "Terriers" (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 1In the sunny seaside town of Ocean Beach, Hank Dolworth, an ex-cop with a past as spotty as my grandma's Dalmatian, teams up with his best friend, Britt Pollack, to start an unlicensed private investigation business.

Dolworth's charm and Pollack's street smarts make them an endearing duo, despite their lives being messier than a teenager's bedroom. They're often paid in tuna fish sandwiches rather than cash, but their caseload is as hearty as a Thanksgiving dinner.

They go after everything from adultery to arson, but the real kicker is when they stumble onto a conspiracy that's as thick as the plot of an Agatha Christie novel.

2. "Enlightened" (2011-2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 2Laura Dern plays Amy Jellicoe, a corporate exec who has a breakdown as epic as a Shakespearian tragedy, right in the middle of her office. After a little R&R at a holistic treatment center, she returns with a new outlook that's as fresh as a spring daisy. She's on a mission to pull her messy life together.

She tries to reconnect with her ex-husband Levi, and her mother. Amy's got the persistent optimism of a kid at Christmas. At work, she becomes entangled in a corporate scandal, and her quest for justice and self-improvement sends her down a rabbit hole that's as complicated as a Rube Goldberg machine.

3. "Bunheads" (2012-2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 3Michelle Simms, a Las Vegas showgirl whose career has had more ups and downs than a rollercoaster, impulsively marries a kind-hearted man, and winds up teaching alongside her mother-in-law, Fanny, at her ballet school. Now, Fanny is as traditional as Thanksgiving, but Michelle's teaching style is as refreshing as iced tea on a hot day. They clash like titans, but their love for dance and the kids creates a bond as strong as superglue.

The series pirouettes around the lives of four young ballet students, who deal with the drama of being a teenager while trying to master dance routines.

4. "The Hour" (2011-2012)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 4"The Hour" whisks us away to a 1950s BBC newsroom. Bel Rowley, leading the team as the producer, and got as much to prove as the first man on the moon. Freddie Lyon is the passionate journalist whose curiosity is as insatiable as a kid in a candy store, and Hector Madden, the charming frontman, can smooth-talk his way out of a paper bag.

Together, they create a current affairs program called "The Hour," but they find themselves in waters as murky as a swamp when they stumble upon a conspiracy that's as dense as London fog. There's espionage, romance, and betrayal.

5. "Halt and Catch Fire" (2014-2017)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 5The intoxicating early days of the computer revolution. Starting in the Silicon Prairie of Texas in the 1980s, we meet Joe MacMillan, a visionary former IBM executive, who recruits the rebellious but brilliant engineer Gordon Clark and the prodigy programmer Cameron Howe to reverse-engineer an IBM PC. Their goal? To storm the computing world with a machine that's as revolutionary as the first walk on the moon.

The team is mismatched, but their combined genius sparks innovation like a match on kindling. The series tracks the evolution of their company, Cardiff Electric, as they race against giants, facing internal struggles.

6. "Rectify" (2013-2016)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 6"Rectify" introduces us to Daniel Holden, who is released from death row after serving nearly two decades for a crime new DNA evidence suggests he may not have committed.

Returning to his small hometown in Georgia, Daniel's adjustment to freedom is as gentle as a leaf landing on a pond. His presence reignites controversy and alters the lives of his family, who have fragmented like a cracked mirror over the years.

7. "Rubicon" (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 7In the high-stakes world of national intelligence, "Rubicon" follows Will Travers, an analyst at a New York think tank who uncovers a pattern in crossword puzzles that leads him to a discovery with grave implications. As Will digs deeper, he uncovers a conspiracy with roots that spread like weeds into the highest echelons of power and control.

Will's journey is fraught with paranoia and intrigue, as he untangles a web of secrets that could have profound global consequences.

8. "Party Down" (2009-2010)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 8It's a comedy about a Los Angeles catering team, each member chasing Hollywood dreams that seem as distant as a mirage. Each episode centers on a different event, offering a new ensemble of guests and mishaps as varied as items on a menu.

The staff includes aspiring actor Henry, who becomes the reluctant leader of the group; Ron, the manager striving for his own business; and Casey, the comedian looking for her big break. They cater and intermingle with guests, leading to interactions as unpredictable as the weather.

9. "Survivor's Remorse" (2014-2017)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 9"Survivor's Remorse" takes us into the world of Cam Calloway, a basketball phenom who suddenly finds himself signing a multimillion-dollar NBA contract. Moving to Atlanta with his family, Cam's life changes as drastically as a caterpillar into a butterfly.

The series delves into the challenges Cam faces, from the pressure of success and wealth, to the tug-of-war between his public persona and private life.

10. "Happy Endings" (2011-2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%
The 10 Most Underrated TV Series of the 2010s - image 10An ensemble comedy about a group of friends in Chicago whose dynamics are thrown into disarray when the couple that brought them together breaks up at the altar.

The series stands out for its quick-witted banter and the genuine chemistry among its cast. From perpetually single Max to the perpetually perfect Jane, we witness the group navigating their 30s, dealing with life and love with a humor that's as sharp as a tack.