Smart-Tube: The Top Three Underrated or Under Watched Scripted Television Dramas That Will Make You Smarter

by SKYLERIZED 9 days ago in tv

These three under appreciated scripted dramas will make you more intelligent if you let them.

Smart-Tube: The Top Three Underrated or Under Watched Scripted Television Dramas That Will Make You Smarter

During this pandemic, it has become a pastime to sit in front of our intelligence screens and consume some smart television. Yes, that’s right, the scores of assistant directors, best boys, grips, camera operators, writers, actors, producers, and directors, studio executives and everyone else involved in tv bliss have imbued into their TV storylines enough brain food to sate any appetite. These shows have presented the most thoughtful moments on the small(er) screen; relatively recent history has provided much consideration via the thinking tube. So grab your voice activated devices to cue up The Top Three Underrated or Under Watched Scripted Television Dramas That Will Make You Smarter.

3. Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017)

Nerds of the world unite...or don’t. “The Christophers” Cantwell and C. Rogers pulled together some of the best talent to present this stellar series. You don’t need to know the difference between a motherboard and a mothership to enjoy this AMC show. (But it helps.) The computer jargon flows through the mouths of the cast including Kerry Bishé (Donna Clark neé Emerson) Scoot McNairy (Gordon Clark) Mackenzie Davis (Cameron Howe) and Lee Pace (Joe MacMillan) like streaming video. At least they know what they’re talking about without leaving the viewer behind. This series, known affectionately as the “best show that nobody watched” according to The Guardian, dramatizes the emergence of the personal computer and the infancy of the World Wide Web. A sickness in one of the leads makes for compelling, touching television. The storylines and arcs are as powerful as the silicon chips that drive what these characters concern themselves with through every season.

Why is this show worth watching?

The whip smart scenarios and the alternating gender roles lend to this show’s strengths. References to Steve Jobs, the tech revolution, and the story behind the computing term “bug” are all here. The writing and direction display a sureness and an understanding (to an extent, of course) that the audience will be able to keep up with these uber-intelligent and good looking people. Like a friend that you could go to and try to explain about how your smartbook somehow went on the fritz and laughed at you for not knowing how to fix it and then proceeds to aid and make it run faster...well it’s like that.

2. Dispatches from Elsewhere (2020-)

Jason Segel brought every ounce of chutzpah to make sure that this other AMC series came to life. A mixture of a game and a drama wrapped around a riddle including an enigma with comedic moments, it is quite the trip. And it features legendary rapper and solid actor André Benjamin and legendary film actress who first came to fame on television herself, Miss Sally Field.

Why is this show worth watching?

The utter trust that the audience would be able to follow the small details and the imaginative plot twists make the show a diamond. Like a wise young woman leading you through a dark tunnel to discover blinding light, this could be Eve Lindley’s character Simone. The show holds you by the hand and guides you through a series of tantalizing ideas. Except that the ideas keep you still reaching for the satisfying conclusion. All of the cast and crew should be proud of themselves for taking an idea that actually occurred as a real life game that took place in San Francisco. In Philly it's just as satisfying.

1. The Sinner (2017-)

This bleak, potent, and disturbing show is not for those who gasp to catch their breath for those precious snatches of oxygen. Also, make sure the that you familiarize yourself with words like parricide, philosophers like Nietzsche, and a little knowledge about psychiatric facilities and personnel.

Why is this show worth watching?

This USA Network series puts the viewer in a place where he or she must pay attention to every word and motion like a sensor. The thrust of the show is the complete braininess of the lead in all three of the previous seasons, the excellent Bill Pullman. While it appears as another police procedural, it delves into the human psyche and presents a cornucopia of mental tidbits to chew. The show lets the audience think about what will happen next without browbeating the viewer with obvious plotlines. As a first rate drama, this series explores the depths of human evil, the sanctity of the law, and the power of empathy and knowledge. This particular show may have been the most viewed of the three of these shows but it still struggles to gain the widespread recognition that it deserves. As a critical spectacle, it has garnered praise from the press but not the audience that the producers and studio may wish to see. Regardless, its intelligence, dusty cinematography, and superb casting all contribute to an ongoing saga of intrigue and fuel for the mind.

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