3 underrated shows on Netflix you need to watch in May 2024

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One of Netflix’s premier TV shows returns this May in Bridgerton. The upcoming third season, which premieres May 16, will depict the courtship and romance between Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). Besides Bridgerton, John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in LASelling the OC season 3, and A Man in Full arrive on Netflix in May.

While Bridgerton season 3 will undoubtedly be one of the most popular series on Netflix, it’s not the only show on the streamer. There are many shows to watch this May, several of which are underrated gems. Consider streaming these three shows, which include a beloved fantasy series, an eye-opening documentary, and a delightful dramedy.

Outlander (2014-)

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One of the more underrated fanbases on the internet involves Outlander, the historical fantasy series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon. While it does not garner the same attention as Game of Thrones and the Harry Potter films, Outlander has consistently released critically acclaimed television seasons since its debut in 2014.

At the center of Outlander is Claire Randall (Caitríona Balfe), a former British nurse who served in the army during World War II. On her trip to Scotland with her husband, Frank (The Crown‘s Tobias Menzies), Claire touches one of the standing stones at Craigh na Dun, which transports her back to 1743. Forced to survive in a new era, Claire marries Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a charming Scottish warrior. Claire falls in love with Jamie despite her marriage to Frank, complicating her feelings about her past life. Outlander’s strength is its versatility as a show, combining elements of romance, fantasy, history, and war that make for a compelling drama.

Watch Outlander on Netflix.

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (2020)

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Aaron Hernandez was on top of the world in the late 2000s. The talented football player won the 2009 National Championship with the Florida Gators. The New England Patriots drafted Hernandez in the 2010 NFL Draft, and the tight end quickly became a vital contributor to their prolific offense. Then, Hernandez’s world came crashing down after his 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

In this three-part true crime docuseries, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez examines what went wrong for this NFL player with superstar potential. Killer Inside dives deep into Hernandez’s troubles and tries to pinpoint signs that could have led him to commit murder. As you’ll learn in the documentary, red flags emerged during Hernandez’s childhood, continued through his time in Florida, and reached their breaking point with the Patriots. It’s a gripping series that just about succeeds in telling the tragedy as fairly and accurately as possible.

Watch Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez on Netflix.

Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls.
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Cue Where You Lead by Carole King and Louise Goffin. Once that song hits your ears, it’s time to travel to the magical town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, for Gilmore Girls. The series centers around single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her teenage daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). The Gilmore women navigate love, friendship, and everything in between throughout the seven seasons.

From owning an inn and attending college to uncomfortable dinners and relationship drama, Gilmore Girls is a family-friendly show that makes you feel good. It’s the warm and cozy blanket of television shows. If you want to know what happens to Lorelai and Rory after Gilmore Girls, watch the four-part reunion series from 2016, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

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