Rutherford Falls, Girls5eva and the 8 best new shows you’re not watching

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RUTHERFORD FALLS — “Negotiations” Episode 106 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Leigh as Bobbie Yang, Ed Helms as Nathan Rutherford — (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/Peacock)

Eight best new shows that you’re probably not watching (but should be!).

We get it, there is a lot of new television to keep up with these days. Every week it seems like dozens of new series are dropping on streaming services, many of them complete seasons at once! It’s overwhelming. Sometimes you miss out on genuine gems because they get overlooked by the flashier programs on more popular streaming services. So we’re here to highlight eight of the best new shows that you probably haven’t seen yet.

8. Rutherford Falls

Peacock TV has been ridiculed and scoffed at by many as an unnecessary streaming service, but you can’t deny that they have some legitimately good original comedies. We’ve included three on this list because they’re actually fantastic and yet have almost completely flown under the radar. Rutherford Falls, Girls5eva and the Saved by the Bell reboot all received universal critical acclaim and yet they’re not being discussed much on social media.

Rutherford Falls is particularly special because it’s the rare series that is about indigenous people and their stories, while actually being written by indigenous writers! The show itself is very inclusive, featuring characters of all body types and genders. Plus, it’s really sweet and funny. It comes from the buy who created The Good Place and Parks & Recreation, so you should definitely consider checking it out.

The series follows two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads when their sleepy little town gets a serious cultural reckoning.

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Shrill — “will” – Episode 302 — Amadi sets Annie up on a disastrous blind date. Fran is sick of working from home and takes a job at a salon. Bill and Vera make a big announcement about their future. Nick (Anthony Oberbeck) and Annie (Aidy Bryant), shown. (Photo by: Allyson Riggs/Hulu)

7. Shrill

Okay, Shrill is not technically a new show since it just released its third season, but I’ve always felt like Shrill was criminally underrated. Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant stars, created, writes and executive produces this Hulu series. It’s a hilarious, easy-to-watch, short series based on the book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West.

And it’s one of the few shows out there that treats fat women like real people and confronts our stories head-on with realistic and sometimes moving storylines. The third and final season just dropped, so I’m using that as an excuse to include it here as one of the best new shows you’re not watching. It’s definitely worth giving a chance.

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