15 underrated Netflix shows of 2020

VIRGIN RIVER - Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan; Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe of VIRGIN RIVER - NETFLIX (c) 2020
VIRGIN RIVER - Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan; Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe of VIRGIN RIVER - NETFLIX (c) 2020 /
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VIRGIN RIVER – Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe of VIRGIN RIVER – NETFLIX (c) 2020 /

1. Virgin River

Seasons: 2

Developed By: Sue Tenney

Starring: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Jenny Cooper, Lauren Hammersley, Annette O’Toole, Tim Matheson, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Grayson Gurnsey, Sarah Dugdale

Why It’s Underrated: If there’s any show on Netflix about which you should believe the hype, it’s Virgin River. It’s the easy viewing, ambient escape you need in your life — especially in a year like 2020. Like Sweet Magnolias, a fellow Hallmark-esque romantic dramedy, Virgin River asks very little of the viewer besides going along for the ride with a small town and its close-knit community. No doubt about it, Virgin River ranks as the top underrated Netflix show of the year.

Based on the series of books by Robyn Carr, Virgin River stars Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe, a midwife and nurse practitioner who leaves her life in Los Angeles behind for a fresh start in the titular Northern California town. She arrives in Virgin River shrouded in mystery, not yet ready to open up to her new community about the pain and loss she experience in her past. However, Mel quickly assimilates into the town and hits it off with bar owner Jack (Martin Henderson).

Since premiering on Netflix in December 2019, Virgin River has mostly flown under the radar. That is, until season 2 debuted in November 2020 and rose to the peak of the streamer’s top 10 most-viewed shows. The second season builds on all of the strengths of the first, going a little darker and a littler sexier than you might have anticipated. While it’s not the next great slice of Peak TV, the still underrated but cult favoriteVirgin River will surely hit big with the binge-watching crowd that loves romance, small towns and cliffhangers.

Virgin River is likely coming back for season 3 in 2021.

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