32. Friday Night Lights
Sports dramas are more prone than most TV genres to falling into formula and cliché, but Friday Night Lights thrived on hitting familiar story and character beats in unexpected fashion.
Following the trails and tribulations of a high school football team in a small rural community for five seasons and managing to constantly keep it fresh is an impressive achievement, with the show generating a loyal following.
Friday Night Lights wasn’t a ratings juggernaut, but always had a reputation as one of the most little-seen and sorely underrated shows on the small screen the entire time it was on the air.