The Most Underrated Movies & TV Shows Now Streaming

You’ve finished season three of Orange is the New Black, re-watched Mean Girls for the thousandth time, and now you’re probably looking for something that you haven’t already seen. While streaming sites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have a decent amount of classic films available, there are also many hidden gems that aren’t as well known. Check out our list of underrated movies & TV shows that you can stream right now.


1. The Brass Teapot (Netflix and Amazon Prime)

The Brass Teapot is a romantic comedy with an eccentric feel. The film follows a young, financially struggling couple who comes across a strange teapot with mysterious powers. You’ll want to watch until the end to find out just how far the two will go to keep the magic going.

2. Lucky Number Slevin (Amazon Prime)

This crime drama is the perfect date night film. Your guy will love the action, and you get to look at Josh Hartnett for almost two hours. Even if you’re not a fan of traditional thrillers, Lucky Number Slevin has fantastic actors (including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Sir Ben Kingsley), and an engaging plot that will hold your attention.

3. Horns (Netflix)

Daniel Radcliffe may no longer play Harry Potter, but he hasn’t yet let go of the magic. In the supernatural thriller Horns, his character begins to grow horns, which he soon realizes come with a unique power. The suspenseful film combines aspects of fantasy, romance, and mystery to tell a captivating story.

4. The Spectacular Now (Amazon Prime)

Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller star in this coming-of-age drama with comedic elements. Based on a novel by the same name, The Spectacular Now will toy with your emotions from beginning to end. Grab the tissues and a couple of girlfriends, and get ready to experience a whole lot of feelings.

5. God Bless America (Netflix and Amazon Prime)

This bizarre movie will make you laugh out loud. In God Bless America, a teenage girl and a middle-aged man form an unlikely pair. Both fed up with society, the two decide to take matters into their own hands. The film isn’t for everybody, but if you do enjoy it, it could just become your new favorite comedy.

6. Charlie Bartlett (Netflix)

Charlie Bartlett is smart, funny, and filled with drama. The title character is a high school student with a whole lot of problems. Follow Charlie Bartlett on his journey as he attempts to get popular, get the girl (Kat Dennings), and get his life together.

7. The Others (Netflix)

Looking for a horror flick that you can actually get through? While many scary movies on Netflix are cheesy, tedious, or not at all scary, The Others stands out from the crowd. Nicole Kidman stars in this frightening thriller with a fantastic twist ending. Trust us, it’s creepy.

8. Adventureland (Netflix and Amazon Prime)

Adventureland is a star-studded dramedy from the director of Superbad. The cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Wiig. You might have seen this when it first came out, but you’ll appreciate it much more this time around.

9. The Woman In Black (Amazon Prime)

Another horror film that’s actually worth watching, The Woman In Black is terrifying. Once you get past the fact that Daniel Radcliffe is playing a father, the plot is actually quite interesting. The ending isn’t as satisfying as you might hope, but the overall movie will have you sleeping with the lights on.

10. Sleepwalk With Me (Netflix)

Comedian Mike Birbiglia stars in this based-on-a-true-story movie that he also wrote and directed. In it, his character suffers from a worsening sleep disorder that causes him to sleepwalk into some serious (and seriously funny!) trouble. Sleepwalk With Me is an honest, hilarious, and feel-good film.

TV Shows

1. Freaks and Geeks (Netflix)

This fantastic show stars young James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel (among others) as high school students in the early '80s. Unfortunately, it was canceled after one season, but it still has a strong cult following. Freaks and Geeks is funny, heartwarming, and relatable. What’s not to love?

2. Skins (UK) [Netflix]

Skins is a controversial show, but it is also addicting. The show features a different cast of characters every two seasons. You’ll fall in love with each group of friends, but you’ll definitely have a favorite set. Follow along as these British teens grow up, get in trouble, and fall in and out of love. You’ll be hooked after just a few episodes.

3. Angel (Netflix and Amazon Prime)

This Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff stars David Boreanaz as Angel. After leaving Sunnydale (and Buffy Summers), Angel heads to L.A. There, he teams up with characters new and old to fight evil, help out those suffering from supernatural problems, and redeem the crimes of his past. If you’re a Buffy fan, Angel is definitely worth checking out. Though the premise is similar to Buffy, Angel has a much darker feel.

4. Better Off Ted (Netflix and Amazon Prime)

If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, Better Off Ted is a witty show with a great cast of characters. Though there are only two seasons, you’ll enjoy watching this satirical office comedy and laughing at all of the crazy antics. Oh, and FYI, Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development, Scandal) is one of the show’s stars.

5. Sirens (Netflix)

Another comedic show that was axed too soon, Sirens follows three EMT paramedics in Chicago. The show is funny, smart, offbeat, and sometimes crude. It’s a great choice to watch with a group of friends. You’ll love the way the characters interact, and your guy (or girl!) friends will appreciate the raunchy jokes.

Pop some popcorn and turn on your computer. With this list, you won’t be bored for a long time.

Jamie is a senior Writing, Literature and Publishing major at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is the Her Campus Life Editor, a National Contributing Writer, and Campus Correspondent of the Emerson Her Campus chapter. Jamie plans to pursue a career in the magazine industry. See more of her work at:

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