15 underrated Netflix shows of 2020

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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 26: Julissa Calderon, J.J. Soria, Karrie Martin, Charles D. King, Annie Gonzalez, Joaquín Cosío, and Carlos Santos attend as Netflix Celebrates The Premiere Of GENTEFIED In Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images for Netflix) /

9. Gentefied

Seasons: 1

Created By: Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez

Starring: Joaquín Cosío, J.J. Soria, Karrie Martin, Carlos Santos

Why It’s Underrated: In a year when we definitely needed a few laughs to offer at least a brief reprieve of levity, Netflix came through with a few comedy offerings. Shows like Never Have I Ever and Dead to Me allowed us to get hooked on someone else’s life for some five odd hours. But while those aforementioned comedies have large followings and captivated the pop culture conversation, certain comedies were left underrated. From executive producer America Ferrera, the comedy-drama Gentefied hands down ranks as one of the most underrated Netflix shows of the year.

Gentefied takes place in Los Angeles, California and follows Erik (J.J. Soria), Ana (Karrie Martin) and Chris Morales (Carlos Santos), three cousins going after the American Dream. However, the Morales cousins struggle to attain this dream that ultimately threatens their way of life, their neighborhood and their family’s taco shop. The series tackles themes such as identity, class and equality through a relatable Latinx point of view and with an excellent sense of humor.

Upon release on Netflix in February 2020, Gentefied earned positive reception from critics with its stellar 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews deemed the series frank but honest and relatable, a true breath of fresh air and a perspective we don’t often get to see in this format. Although Gentefied wasn’t one of the most popular series of the year, Netflix picked up a second season, making the first a definite must-watch before the new episodes start streaming next year. Gentefied will have a lot more to say, so don’t keep letting this one go underrated.