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Posted on May 24, 2020

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BY ELLA RIVERA

Here are five underrated miniseries that you can binge-watch in a short amount of time.

When we think of great shows, what usually comes to mind are award-winning series that has gained its recognition and credibility over the years. You have the top of the lists classics like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, 30 Rock, and then HBO gems, such as fan-favorite Game of Thrones, The Wire, and Veep. Of course, there are the Netflix hits — Stranger Things and beloved Bojack Horseman, not to mention British programs such as Sherlock and Doctor Who.

Most of these, while great, can take so much of our time. Some episodes of these shows could rival that of a feature-length film. Sitcoms, even with a reduced running time per episode, can still span up to several seasons, like The Office, which ran for an impressive nine years. So, for all the commitment woes, comes the case for the miniseries.

Miniseries are an excellent alternative — you get the satisfaction of enjoying a show sans the lengthy investment. Since the story’s also condensed, the payoff is just about right. We’ve been seeing incredible one-season winners as of late, with Sharp Objects, When They See Us, and Chernobyl, to name a few. If you want to delve deeper into the miniseries category though, then here’s a list of underrated shows that you can binge-watch for a good and short time.

Tripped (2015)

This sci-fi comedy miniseries takes you on an adventure with Danny and his stoner best friend, Milo, as they enter multiple, parallel universes to avoid the wrath of Callum, an assassin who’s determined to kill every version of them. More than the obvious thrill and bizarre misadventures, it’s also a story of friendship.  On top of avoiding a dangerous assassin, Danny and Milo face an even bigger issue: the decline of their friendship as Danny decides to finally grow up while Milo continues his life as a slacker. If you’re into weird, British humor then you watching these two protagonists would be a delight.

Watch it here.

And Then There Were None (2015)

If you’re a big fan of anything that falls under the crime genre, then this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s best-selling novel can hit the spot for you. The show revolves around ten strangers who get an unusual invitation to go to a remote island. Without immediate access to the mainland, tension immediately ensues as people start dying one by one. It’s a chilling adaptation with excellent casting, expansive backdrop, and a thrilling storyline.

Watch it here.

Sweetbitter (2018)

Sweetbitter, a series based on Stephanie Danler’s novel, is about 22-year-old Tess (Ella Purnell) who moves to New York City for a fresh start. Armed with no concrete plans but an English degree, she luckily lands an opportunity to train at a prestigious restaurant where chaos, romance, and, of course, drama awaits her. It’s your fun, typical big-city coming-of-age story with a curious protagonist that you still end up rooting for, and interesting characters that will leave you wanting more.

Watch it here.

Over the Garden Wall (2014)

Lost in a strange, magical forest known as The Unknown, Wirt (voiced by Elijah Wood) and his brother, Greg (voiced by Colin Dean), tries to find their home with the help of a talking bluebird named Beatrice (voiced by Melanie Lynskey). It’s a dreamlike show, with scenes that can seem profound and hauntingly beautiful. Its vintage style, amazing storytelling, use of pre-20th century music, and overall whimsicalness strikes the perfect balance that makes it watchable for both kids and adults.

Watch it here.

Devs (2020)

Ex Machina and Annihilation’s writer-director Alex Garland ventures to the small screen for a series that centers on Amaya, a tech giant run by a chief executive, Forrest (Nick Offerman). Serge, who finally gets a position within the company’s Devs department, never makes it back to his wife, Lily, after his first day, which prompts her to search for him on her own. Assisted with stunning set design, compelling storyline, and a great ensemble cast, Devs is an interesting take on technology and free will — it asks questions on what it means to be alive and how it helps us reassess the way we view things in the process.

Watch it here.

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