A round-up of the brilliant TV comedies and dramas that you may have missed out on
With relatively unknown series Transparent and The Affair winning the top prizes at the 2015 Golden Globes, NME rounds up the brilliant recent TV dramas, comedies and thrillers that you may have missed out on. If you’re in need of a new show to binge-watch this weekend, look no further.
Our gallery of great TV shows you've probably never watched begins with Transparent, which recently won two Golden Globes including Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy. Exclusive to Amazon Prime, it's a sensitive and sophisticated series following a father of three who comes out as transgender relatively late in life.
This acclaimed US series also collected two prizes at the 2015 Golden Globes, including a surprise win in the competitive Best TV Series – Drama category. Starring Brits Dominic West and Ruth Wilson, it offers an intelligent and compelling examination of the effects of an extramarital affair, and will surely find a UK broadcaster now it has major awards to its name.
Produced by Amy Poehler, this sitcom began online before being picked up by Comedy Central in the US. Creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer play a brash Brooklyn duo - one a massive slacker, the other more sensible - as they smoke weed and sleep around in NYC. Even when the humour's as subtle as a head-butt, Broad City remains fun and completely endearing.
The Good Wife
Now on season six, this classy legal drama is huge in the US but curiously unloved in the UK. Boasting a brilliantly layered lead performance from Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a lawyer who's cold at first but gradually wins us over, The Good Wife has maintained its high standards for far longer than many cooler shows. Catch it on More4 in the UK.
This political drama is less hip than another acclaimed Danish series, The Killing, but just as addictive. It follows the plight of Birgitte Nyborg, the charismatic leader of a minority party who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's first female PM, but faces a constant struggle to retain her power. All three seasons aired on BBC4 but sadly aren't currently on iPlayer.
This US legal thriller changed networks not once but twice over its five-season run, but thankfully clung on long enough to sign off properly in 2012. Initially Glenn Close's ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes dominates protégée Ellen Parsons (Bridesmaids' Rose Byrne), but then the younger woman learns to fight back... Definitely worth investing in the box set.
American Horror Story
This spooky US series introduces a new setting and characters each season, though many of the same actors return to play different roles. The latest incarnation, Freak Show, is now airing on FOX in the UK and could be the most demented yet: characters including a three-breasted hermaphrodite and an ageing German cabaret star who covers Lana Del Rey.
Courteney Cox's sitcom was a bit rubbish to begin with, but found its feet when it morphed from a "zeitgeisty" show about predatory middle-aged women into a more straightforward ensemble comedy. The final season began on US network TBS earlier this month and it'll be sad to see it go - not least because it features more wine-drinking scenes than any other show on TV.
This political sitcom, exclusive to Amazon, follows four Republican Senators who share the same house in Washington DC. Its brand of satire isn't quite as biting as HBO's Veep, but Alpha House is consistently funny and has an excellent ensemble cast led by John Goodman - plus a memorable two-episode guest spot from a foul-mouthed Bill Murray.
Lisa Kudrow's cult sitcom has recently been revived by HBO after nearly a decade. It's a welcome revival for a series that was underrated to begin with and actually gets better second time around: as desperate actress Valerie Cherish, Kudrow will make you cringe, giggle and sometimes even feel sorry for her as she struggles to keep her sinking career afloat.