11 underrated Netflix shows everyone should watch (2021)

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE and MARTIN HENDERSON as JACK SHERIDAN in episode 303 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021
VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE and MARTIN HENDERSON as JACK SHERIDAN in episode 303 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021 /
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MANIFEST — “Deadhead” Episode 302 — Pictured in this screengrab: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone — (Photo by: NBC) /

Manifest

For a series that had one of the objectively biggest years imaginable in 2021, Manifest probably shouldn’t be included on a list of underrated Netflix shows. In fact, the very concept of millions of new fans discovering the series and effectively saving the show from cancellation takes away from the very concept of being underrated.

However, Manifest perhaps started the year underrated and wound up severely underestimated. Who would have thought that a little NBC show about a missing plane would have such loud, passionate, and inescapable support behind it that had the power to convince the leading streaming service to pick up a fourth and final season?

It’s very much the Paul Rudd “look at us” meme in practice. Manifest has something so inherently special about it, from the storytelling all the way down to the community that champions it online. If there’s one underrated show that deserves to have its full celebration in 2022, it’s Manifest. All aboard Flight 828, people!

—Reed Gaudens, Associate Editor