We all have favorite shows, but occasionally the true gems of television go undiscovered by a massive amount of TV viewers. My hope in this article is that I can get some of you television fans interested in some new fun shows!
1. The Middle
This wonderful gem has been on the air for seven seasons but it was overshadowed in its original season by Modern Family. However The Middle is more of a traditional family sitcom about a family in the "middle" class living in Indiana the "middle" of the country. The show's creators, Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, were some of the writers behind iconic shows Roseanne and Murphy Brown.
The show's lead, Frankie, played by Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton, takes on the role of neurotic mother. Her husband Mike is played by everyone's favorite Scrubs-janitor actor Neil Flynn. Even though these two are the sitcom veterans, the true leads are their three children: Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus Shaffer). These three characters couldn't be more different but they play off of each other so incredibly well! They're each quirky in their own way, but to be honest the forever optimistic Sue is my favorite! She is the most positive character on television and yet nothing in her life ever goes correctly. She's completely innocent and yet full of love and understanding. However, my favorite ongoing gag is that her on-off-again high school boyfriend is completely, and obliviously, gay!
2. Last Man on Earth
The year is 2020 and Phil Miller, played by SNL's Will Forte, is apparently the last man on Earth after a virus has killed off the world's population a year prior. In the first episode, we witness Phil drive an RV across the country looking for other survivors, and leaving "Alive in Tuscon" spray-painted onto billboards in hopes to bring other survivors to meet up with him. In the second episode we meet Carol (Kristen Schaal), who believes she's the last woman on Earth and she deems their purpose together is to re-populate the human race. Phil is excited to finally have sex, but Carol refuses until they're married.
As the first season continues, we're introduced to a few other survivors both male and female, including the lovely January Jones. Craziness and jealousy ensue, but basically this show is a comedic version of the Walking Dead but without the zombies. The group struggles to survive, struggles with their morality, but mostly with Phil and his shenanigans.
3. 2 Broke Girls
Soon beginning its fifth season, 2 Broke Girls is a hilariously inappropriate comedy that will definitely surprise you! Initially the story started out as an unlikely friendship between the leading ladies Max (Kat Dennings from Thor and Thor: the Dark World) and Caroline (Beth Behrs). We first meet Max working in a dive of a New York diner begging the owner not to hire another waitress but to give her more hours. However he's already hired Caroline, a former multimillionaire who lost everything during her father's recent political scandal which landed him in jail. She's now forced to work, having never worked in her life.
Max has a true talent in baking and Caroline, with a degree in business, is constantly pushing Max to become more than she already is, pushing her to look to her dreams of her own bakery. Caroline may first come off as an annoying rich girl but she's the true heart of the show with how she cares and encourages Max to get out of the poverty rut they're both in. With a wild array of other colorful characters at the diner and their apartment complex it is one of my favorite shows! I can't wait for this one to come back in November!
4. Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh into its second season, Fresh Off the Boat has been hilariously original! The show follows a Chinese family living in Florida during the '90s and their family owned steakhouse restaurant. Even though the lead is the oldest of the three sons, my favorite characters are the parents played by Randall Park as (who you will remember from The Interview where he played Kim Jong-Un) and Constance Wu. Both characters play polar opposites of each other as the father is attempting to embrace the American dream while she struggles to keep her sons from being Americanized and forgetting their Chinese culture.
The show is an extremely charming family sitcom and the added nostalgia of being a child in the '90s really ups the humor! If you're a fan of the '90s you will be able to connect with it on a very fun level!
5. Difficult People
This Hulu original series was created by Julie Klausner who stars alongside Billy Eichner as two struggling bloggers and comedians who hate everything and anything except each other.
The show is full of cameos from people such as Kathy Lee Gifford, Seth Meyers, Gabourey Sidibe, Martin Short and Kate McKinnon, but the true beauty of the show is Eichner and Klausner and their amazing chemistry together on-screen. One thing they so vividly portray is our poor attention span and crude and judgmental culture, but spun in a very fun way. They really make you realize how much we hate on celebrities and television just for the purpose of hating on something. The ironic part is that even though they hate everything around them they're not well liked by others.
There are so many wonderful shows out there! We've all seen at least one episode of Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Friends and How I Met Your Mother, but there are so many other great shows out there that somehow get overlooked and underrated! Let's face it sitcoms are the best because we all need a good laugh now and then, hopefully these recommendations can do that for you!