5 Best TV Shows You’ve Never Heard Of

TV can be overwhelming. Sometimes, the glitz and glamor of the big name TV programs overshadow some of our smaller favorites. These shows are often cancelled and than disappear into the ether (or youtube). But they are still great, entertaining shows. Here are some of the best TV shows you’ve never heard of.

The IT Crowd

This British series is frackin’ hilarious. It follows a team of IT workers as they slave away in the dungeons of a big company. The production value seems strange at first, but you’ll grow to love it as well as the groups crazy antics. It’s sometimes on American cable channel IFC (if you get it, more power to you). However, there are also lots of clips on youtube. More good news, several seasons are available on DVD. Even better news: more seasons are being made, so you have something to look forward to (in addition to your mom’s Christmas fruitcakes).

Campus Ladies

Poor Campus Ladies. They were doomed from the start. Relegated to women’s cable network Oxygen, this hilarious sitcom was never able to attract enough of a viewer base to make a go of it and was quickly cancelled. The show follows two middle-aged divorcees as they go to college. They live in the dorms, join extra-curricular activities, and make you laugh. Sadly, this show is not even available on DVD. Thankfully, youtube has your back.

Last One Standing

The first season of this show was made by the BBC and Discovery Channel. Subsequent seasons have never aired in the US, but the first season was enough to win our hearts. In this reality show, six men (three Brits, three Americans) travelled around the world competing in local sports. It was thrilling, hilarious, and informative. You can relive all the greatest moments with the DVD of this season.

The Mole

So maybe you’ve heard of this show. After all, it did air for five seasons. But really, the first two seasons are the ones we endorse. With Anderson Cooper hosting and hilarious contestants, this reality competition was smarter and funnier than most of its reality counterparts. For two glorious seasons (and then three more less impressive seasons), one contestants worked as a saboteur, secretly working against the other contestants. To win, contestants needed to figure out who this illusive character was. Season one and Celebrity Mole: Hawaii are both available on DVD for your viewing pleasure. However, we’re still hoping that one day season two will become available. Here’s a little first season Mole-y action to whet your appetite.


Possibly the freakiest show ever on television, this HBO series was cancelled several years ago (sadly, before there was any definitive conclusion). But it was a fun ride while it lasted. Set in the 1930s, this series followed a traveling carnival and some strange (and sometimes supernatural) characters associated with it. If you want to have nightmares for the next few weeks, check out the DVDs or watch some clips on youtube.

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  1. Meatrun says:

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  2. Bob says:

    Merideth, I don't know where to start on your wrongness. Here's a good place, stand up, go to a mirror, and say to yourself, "My opinion is for shit", and I wouldn't know a good tv show if it smacked me on the butt in friendly appreciation".

    Coed, what does one have to do to get a list published, simply submit one with a minimum of spelling errors.

    Aside from the pretentiousness of your imports from Great Britain (Did someone whisper Hipsters are coming, Hipsters are coming!), let me run down your errors.

    Carnivale was a freakish mess from start to finish, which thankfully was short. It tried to be Stephen King, but fell far short.

    The Mole. A backstabbing reality show, that was different from all other reality shows, which featured back stabbers, because it proudly proclaimed the show is about sabotage.

    Campus Ladies. I saw this show for the first time, and thought, I can see that they are trying to be funny, and the laugh track tells me that someone thinks this is funny, but it's not making me laugh. I thought maybe it's because I'm male, with a few brains, that I'm not getting the humor. I burned a dvd of a couple of episodes, and had a female colleague of mine review them. It's not funny. Thankfully Oxygen wised up that even stupid women weren't laughing at that show, and replaced it with reruns of Snapped.

    When a television show about women killing their men is funnier than a show about a couple of middle aged women going back to college, you know a show is not the bomb.

  3. Josh says:

    Sorry, but I have heard of the IT Crowd and Last Man Standing ^_~ I'm British.

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