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Buzz In: What's the Most Underappreciated Show on TV?

Buzz In: What's the Most Underappreciated Show on TV?

Each year, Salon gives a virtual award called the Buffy to the most underappreciated show currently airing on television. Past Buffy winners — and yes, it's named after you-know-what — have included The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and Veronica Mars, so it's an award I can generally get behind.

This year, rather than acknowledge a relatively new show, Salon gave the Buffy to a veteran: The Shield. As I'm sure BellaSugar would agree, Salon said it was a show that "gains momentum and complexity each year, reaching unforeseen heights over the past few seasons . . . Unlike so many shows that get more and more formulaic to the point of becoming parodies of themselves in their final few seasons, The Shield becomes more compelling and dynamic each year."

The Shield is certainly a deserving pick — but it also got me thinking about other underappreciated shows that have vocal fans out there right now. And so I'm wondering: If you could award your own personal Buffy, which show would get it? One ground rule: The show has to still be on the air, so don't bombard the comments with outcry over Jericho, Veronica Mars, or Moonlight, OK? Now go!

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lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 9 years
the shield is da bomb. i was a loyal watcher when i still lived in the states...i still don't get why it's so unrecognized. this is the last season too. boo.
jenniferg jenniferg 9 years
I agree with everyone about Friday Night Lights, it´s simply amazing...but I also have to give some love to Battlestar Galactica (thereby revealing my inner nerd) because although it has had its ups and downs (rather uneven seasons 2 and 3) it is still one of the best acted, scripted and directed shows out there, and it goes so far beyond being just another SciFi series, it´s gritty and intelligent and thoughtful, and so so much more...
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Allytta, I do see where you're coming from with SPN, but here's the thing. I think the fans it has are extremely loyal, more loyal than fans of shows the CW pushes a lot like Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. So ounce for ounce, SPN is very much appreciated. I don't know if the network sees it that way, though. I never see promos for it. The pictures of the Winchesters are always some of the smallest on CW promo posters. They get the least amount of time in network lineup commercials. If I didn't know better I'd swear the CW was trying to kill it. They're certainly not winning themselves more viewers.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
everyone seems to be so into FNL, i might even give it anohter go. i tried watching it (the pilot), but found it very tiring. i know, taht show must have got more interesting over the time, but i just couldn't wait.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
smart blonde, i think supernatural is plenty appreciated. i love it, but have to say my love is fading... but i'm gonna be loyal and watch it.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i'd have to say Journeyman, as others are appreciated enough :) i don't know if it's coming back this season though...
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Supernatural, without a doubt. It's full of fast-paced, witty dialogue and interesting relationships between the character. The fact that it's led by two incredibly hot men in a vintage Impala doesn't hurt, either. Thursday is now date night in the Smart Blonde household because Mr. Blonde loves it just as much as I do. I don't understand why the CW doesn't ever give this show any publicity. 90210 and Gossip Girl pale in comparison in terms of quality, pacing, and plot.
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
I'd say Battlestar Galactica. It gets great reviews but could have more viewers. I guess it is seen as Sci-Fi, but it is so much more.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Friday Night Lights deserves SO much more credit than it receives. What a great, great show!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well i have to agree that there are quite a few shows that people just don't get into that are great. i thought The Nine was one of them from last year since it was really great and i never got to find out what was happening.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
Omygod, I really love The Shield. It needs a better time slot.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
Reaper and Supernatural. They're actually pretty amazing but since they're on the CW11 they're kind of looked down on
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Ok, reaper, psych and Sunny. Those are our three favorite shows. Sunny just makes me mad how erratic their schedule seems to be.
k-squared k-squared 9 years
I totally agree with those who said "Reaper" and "Psych." I just love, love, love them!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Like Friends, but douchier!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
See, it's not just me! The Shield is the best! Embarrassingly, I changed my phone ringer to the theme song last night. Watch the show; you won't regret it.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
GS!!! :woohoo: for REAPER!!!! And meandbc, I watch Eli Stone. I love that show. It was the perfect follower to Lost in my opinion. It was the one good example of ABC doing a perfect programming schedule. You never follow an intense show with another intense show. It's one of the major reasons (at least in my opinion) why Invasion and The Nine became TV casualties.
meandbc meandbc 9 years
Eli Stone or anyone else watching these?
kittyhill kittyhill 9 years
I would say "Pushing Daisies" & "Psych" "Pushing Daisies" is so unlike anything else on TV that I was worried it wouldn't make it, but I'm excited there's a new season starting soon! "Psych" is just the most hilarious show on TV, but because it's on cable & it's on Friday nights I don't think it gets enough love.
psterling psterling 9 years
How I met your mother!! That show needs a lot more love so that I don't have to worry every season if its going to get cancelled :-(
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
tiabia! REAPER!! I love that show. It is so clever. Even my husband will sit and watch it with me.
emilita emilita 9 years
Friday Night Lights...LOVE that show!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I agree with Friday Night Lights! That show doesn't get near the credit it deserves.
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
I would say Saving Grace on TNT or In Treatment on HBO.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
The Wire was amazing and no one ever really seemed to talk about it. I usually don't go for the gangster type of show, but it is truly amazing. If we are going one that is still on-air I would say Reaper and Scrubs. Scrubs is not as good as it used to be, but it is still funny and got great ratings last year (comparatively). Yet it is still ignored and has been made a mid-season replacement yet again. Reaper is just really entertaining and I hope it survives!
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