10 stellar shows that haven't received the ratings they
By Kenny Herzog
These days, it's not enough for a TV show to simply be well-liked by
audiences, championed by critics or revered come awards season. For a series to
truly stand apart from its myriad competitors, it has to achieve the virtually
unattainable hat trick and accomplish all three of the aforementioned accolades.
If a comedy, drama or even reality franchise falls short of that high-watermark,
it can spell doom in the form of premature cancelation or marginal recognition
from a comparatively tiny cult viewership.
This quandary becomes particularly relevant as the Primetime Emmy
Awards approach. Some nominated programs, like "Nurse
Jackie" and "Luther," also receive generally favorable reviews even if
millions of homes aren't tuning in. Then there are ill-fated cases like "Awake," which garnered optimistic endorsement from the press
but barely made it through one season intact, let alone up to the Emmy winners'
podium. And then, of course, there are little-seen reality hopefuls like
Princes" and "Undercover Princesses," which were a cut above their genre
peers but were never quite taken aboveboard by prime-time couch potatoes.
So, we thought it our duty to highlight 10 series that, whether nominated for
an Emmy or more wholly overlooked, haven't received -- or never will get
the chance to receive -- the widespread, massive ratings they deserve.
Bing: 'Nurse Jackie'
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