Top 5 lesser-known TV shows you should be watching

June 22, 2014
We've struggled to fill the Breaking Bad-sized void in our lives since the final episode aired in September last year. Game of Thrones has gone off the boil - it's a bit too Dungeons and Dragons for our liking anyway - and we have to wait until early 2015 for BB spin-off Better Call Saul to hit our screens. But with ages between us and Vince Gilligan's next dose of drama, we needed to find something to pass the time, so here's our round-up of the lesser-known TV programmes you need to watch.

Suits

suits This legal drama (stick with us, it's much better than it sounds!) focuses on the lives of high-flying New York lawyer Harvey Spence (Gabriel Macht) and his young protégé Michael Ross (Patrick J Adams). After bluffing his way into the top firm in the city, Ross starts ruffling feathers with some of the company big wigs, often with hilarious consequences. With dialogue snappier than a saltwater crocodile and some extremely cool inner-city locations, Suits is about as far away from a stuffy, old courtroom snoozefest as humanly possible. Throw in easy-on-the-eye paralegal Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) as the love interest, and before you know it you'll have sped through all four seasons.

Oz

Oz-augustus hill Perhaps one for the man who can 'work' from home over summer, Oz is a seriously addictive prison drama chronicling the lives of inmates at Oswald Maximum Security Correctional Facility over six pulsating seasons. Brilliantly narrated by disabled inmate Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau, pictured above), the series is not for the faint hearted, with scenes of extreme violence commonplace throughout. But it's not all blood and gore; the storyline comes with enough plot twists to keep you captivated until the end.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black The first scene of this dark drama is all you need to watch to be hooked. It shows troubled mother Sarah Manning (brilliantly portrayed by Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany, pictured above) on her way to make amends with her seven-year-old daughter, Kira. However, when she witnesses a woman who looks exactly like her throw herself in front of a train, her world is turned upside down. What follows is a mysterious yet captivating sci-fi treat that will keep you guessing throughout the two seasons and make you think a bit more than the average TV drama.

Rectify

Rectify-Daniel Holden With its second season having only just begun, the first series of Rectify garnered rave reviews. The story is based on Daniel Holden (Aden Young, pictured above) who, after being convicted of the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, spent 19 years on Death Row, only to be released in light of new DNA evidence. On his release, Holden faces the seemingly impossible task of reintegrating into society, and re-entering the lives of friends and family. The result is a powerful drama of cinematic proportions that examines complex, real-life issues at great length. Invest a bit of time in this one and it will bring great rewards.

Banshee

banshee If Rectify is a slow-burning candle of a series, building up over weeks and releasing snippets of information only sparingly, Banshee is a nuclear bomb. Starring Antony Starr (pictured above) as ex-con Lucas Hood, who assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff, the series follows the larger-than-life goings on in the small eponymous town in Pennsylvania Amish country. We'll be honest; packed with violence and sex, Banshee is not going to win much critical acclaim, but the straightforward, honest nature of this series is somewhat refreshing, and if you want to spend an hour not thinking very much and just enjoying the mindless fun, then fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.