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Netflix Rescues Summer TV

BY RELEVANT CULTURE / ISSUE 57 / TV May 16, 2012

Summer is almost here–which means good TV is almost gone. But don’t fret. The summer months are a great time to catch up on some of the television you missed–on Netflix. You might have run out of time or DVR space, or they might have flown completely under your radar, but here are five underrated shows worth watching.

Sherlock

This series imagines what Sherlock Holmes would be like in modern-day London. The characters, settings and crimes are updated but with more detection and less fighting than the Robert Downey Jr. big-screen version.

Pushing Daisies

This under-seen show centers on a pie-maker who can bring the dead back to life with a single touch but will kill the person for good if he touches them again. It sounds macabre—and a little ridiculous—but the show’s emotional heart centers on a relationship where the characters can’t touch each other.

Sports Night

Before there was The Social Network or The West Wing, there was Sports Night, writer Aaron Sorkin’s first network TV show. Filled with the snappy dialogue, the crackling emotion and the “walk and talk” that are Sorkin’s trademarks, this is the show about a sports show you’ll like even if you hate sports.

Dollhouse

Geek god Joss Whedon’s most recent TV series tries to look at what it really means to be human and what it means to think for oneself. It also has Whedon’s awesomely nerdy dialogue and thoughtful take on sci-fi.

Downton Abbey

OK, this one isn’t really “underrated.” But since it aired on PBS, there’s a good chance you missed it while it was on— so get caught up on the trials and drama of the aristocracy in early 20th-century England. Trust us: You’ll be hooked.

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