Laura Dern delivers the powerhouse performance of the year in The Tale.
Laura Dern delivers the powerhouse performance of the year in The Tale.

The best TV shows you’ve never seen

LET'S be honest, we've all watched an awards show and scratched our heads as a presenter announces a well-deserved gong, and an absolute stranger trots up to the stage and bangs on about a show we've never heard of.

Fear not pop culture junkies, even the most devoted TV watcher misses a beat - or show, as it were - every now and then, but that doesn't mean you need to be totally left out in the cold come awards night.

Here's our top 10 list of underrated gems that have all scored buzz at this year Emmys. If you're not watching them, you really are missing out …

It's hard to top Laura Dern's performance in The Tale. It's that good!
It's hard to top Laura Dern's performance in The Tale. It's that good!

THE TALE

Stars: Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Frances Conroy, Ellen Burstyn and Jason Ritter

Synopsis: Jennifer Fox (Dern) faces a host of life-altering questions after a short story from her middle school days forces her to re-examine the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Expect extraordinary performances from a star-studded cast.

Where can I see it: Foxtel On Demand

Expect dark comedy and hilarious action in Barry.
Expect dark comedy and hilarious action in Barry.

BARRY

Stars: Bill Hader, Henry Winkler

Synopsis: Low-level hitman Barry (Hader) ventures to the City of Angels to kill a would-be actor and gets caught up in the city's theatre scene. Yep, you really can't make this madness up, and if you love offbeat comedy, you'll also love every minute of Barry!

Where can I see it: Foxtel On Demand

Expect a delicious tale of triumph and strength in the face of misfortune.
Expect a delicious tale of triumph and strength in the face of misfortune.

THE MARVELLOUS MRS MAISEL

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan

Synopsis: Chuckles ensue when a New York housewife named Miriam "Midge" Maisel (Brosnahan) strives to become a comedienne after her husband leaves her in 1950s New York. Yep, we know it sounds corny, but it's actually utterly heartwarming and hilarious!

Where can I see it: Amazon Prime Video

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Patrick's life might be in shambles but Benedict Cumberbatch remains in full control of the chaos.
Patrick's life might be in shambles but Benedict Cumberbatch remains in full control of the chaos.

PATRICK MELROSE

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Synopsis: This five-episode limited series charts the titular character's life through everything from childhood physical abuse to alcoholism, drug addiction, recovery, marriage and even fatherhood. It's not easy viewing, but Benedict Cumberbatch is superb. But when isn't he?

Where can I see it: Foxtel On Demand

She writes, she directs, she acts — Better Things star Pamela Adlon is seriously talented.
She writes, she directs, she acts — Better Things star Pamela Adlon is seriously talented.

BETTER THINGS

Stars: Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison and Hannah Allgood

Synopsis: The Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. co-created comedy series focuses on a single mother/actress (Adlon) raising her three children while juggling the pressure of working in Hollywood. Expect lots of laughs.

Where can I see it: Foxtel On Demand

The Americans is wildly underrated, and shouldn't be.
The Americans is wildly underrated, and shouldn't be.

THE AMERICANS

Stars: Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys

Synopsis: If you missed the headline-grabbing final season of this sensational spy saga that focuses on undercover Russian agents Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) you utterly missed out. If you never tuned in to The Americans to begin with, you've missed one of TV's best sleeper hits.

Where can I see it: Foxtel's BoxSets and Foxtel On Demand.

The boys from Atlanta enjoy a Georgia peach.
The boys from Atlanta enjoy a Georgia peach.

ATLANTA

Stars: Donald Glover and Brian Tyree Henry

Synopsis: Donald Glover and Brian Tyree Henry are sensational in this series about a Princeton drop-out who turns to music management when he discovers his cousin is on the verge of becoming the next big thing in rap.

Where can I see it: SBS On Demand

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer go head-to-head in the ultimate game of cat and mouse.
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer go head-to-head in the ultimate game of cat and mouse.

KILLING EVE

Stars: Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer

Synopsis: This cat-and-mouse chase between MI5 security officer Eve (Sandra Oh) and international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is funny, alarming, ridiculous - and completely addictive. Bring on season two!

Where can I see it: ABC iview

Black-ish has been called a
Black-ish has been called a "landmark show"

BLACK-ISH

Stars: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

Synopsis: A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighbourhood.

Where can I see it: iTunes.

Darren Criss shakes off the stench of Glee and proves his acting chops as serial killer Andrew Cunnanan.
Darren Criss shakes off the stench of Glee and proves his acting chops as serial killer Andrew Cunnanan.

THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

Star: Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez

Synopsis: The second instalment of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story anthology focuses on the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by Andrew Cunanan. Darren Criss shines as the tortured serial killer, who left a trail of devastation - and many unanswered questions - in his wake.

Where can I see it: Foxtel on Demand

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on Tuesday September 18 at 10am on Foxtel's FOX8. The telecast will also be available to stream on Foxtel Now.



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