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Between newer platforms such as Facebook Watch and the sheer number of original shows (495 scripted, by FX Networks Research’s 2018 count) you could be forgiven for overlooking a few of television’s most worthy offerings. We’ve put together a list of shows you may have missed, which include both new series and underappreciated shows with a few seasons under their belt.

— ‘Sorry For Your Loss’

Elizabeth Olsen stars as Leigh, a young widow mourning the sudden loss of her husband in this thoughtful Facebook Watch drama. The show offers a stark depiction of messy, complicated and all-consuming grief, punctuated with poignant flashbacks of Leigh’s life with Matt (Mamoudou Athie).

As Leigh confronts newfound questions about the man she married — and herself — the well-paced series mirrors grief in a way, balancing the heart-wrenching consequences of loss with the hope and uncertainty of moving forward. “Sorry For Your Loss” can be surprisingly cathartic if you’ve lost a loved one, but it captures a wider range of the emotions that accompany tragedy through Leigh’s complicated relationships with her mother (Janet McTeer) and sister (Kelly Marie Tran).

Where to watch: Facebook

— ‘Elite’

This prep school drama, set at Las Encinas — an elite (and fictional) private school in Spain — drew comparisons to HBO’s well-received ‘Big Little Lies’ and teen TV treasures like ‘Gossip Girl.’ The series revolves around the mysterious murder of a popular student and the chaotic events that led up to it. The show has everything: lust, scandal, love triangles and class wars, not to mention a stunningly beautiful cast.

Where to watch: Netflix. (We highly recommend watching in the original Spanish audio, with English subtitles.)

— ‘Younger’

‘Younger’ returns for its sixth season next year, so it’s high time you familiarise yourself with this smart comedy about Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-something woman who pretends to be in her 20s to revive her long-stalled career in publishing.

Her inner circle grows to include interesting characters at both ends of the age spectrum: her friends, Maggie (Debbie Mazar) and Kelsey (Hilary Duff); and her competing love interests, Josh (Nico Tortorella), a millennial tattoo artist, and Charles (Peter Hermann), the head of the publishing company where Liza lands an entry-level job.

‘Younger’ gets better with every season. Powering through all of them would make for a fun binge, but make no mistake: The show also has a lot of thoughtful things to say about ageism, dating and, in a Season 5 highlight, the #MeToo era. The show also expertly utilises the talent of its supporting cast (Miriam Shor, ‘hello’).

Where to watch: OSN

— ‘Succession’

It probably doesn’t seem like the world needs another show about wealthy white people bumbling their way through the 21st century while trying to navigate a changing media landscape. But Jesse Armstrong’s show about a Murdoch-like family full of terrible (and terribly rich) people trying to screw each other over for financial gain is a feat of both writing and tone. Somehow, the show goes from being a dark satire about an awful family to a tragedy of greed and addiction — one that, by some trick of TV-making, has the audience compelled by the very people they first loathed.

Where to watch: OSN

— ‘One Day at a Time’

We’ve been fans from the start of this Netflix sitcom, a revival of Norman Lear’s 1975 series. Developed by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, the show reimagines Lear’s classic with a Cuban-American family at its centre. It’s an earnest and endearing comedy that has Lear’s full approval (he’s an executive producer) and boasts incredible talent: Justina Machado plays single mother Penelope Alvarez, an Army veteran raising her two children with the help of her mother, Lydia (played by the great Rita Moreno).

“One Day at a Time” honours Lear’s legacy by touching on a host of social issues (Penelope struggles with PTSD, for one), but they feel integral to the show’s DNA, never veering toward the Very Special Episode.

Where to watch: Netflix

— ‘Jane the Virgin’

If you haven’t seen “Jane the Virgin,” or dropped off in an earlier season, do yourself a favour and stream this CW gem, which ended its fantastic fourth season in April. Don’t let the ridiculous premise — Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) gets pregnant, despite never having had sex, following an accidental artificial insemination — deter you. The show’s many twists and turns are an ode to the genre that inspired it (telenovelas) and the show is adept at balancing wacky curveballs (surprise twins, faked deaths, devastating cliffhangers) with genuine stories about love and family.

Since it’s centred on three generations of Villanueva women — Jane, her free-spirit mother, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo), and her devout grandmother, Alba (Ivonne Coll) — the show organically weighs in on a range of social issues (abortion and immigration among them) without ever being heavy-handed. And even when things get emotional, the show bounces back to its comedic roots — often with quips from narrator Anthony Mendez or the delightful extra-ness of Jane’s telenovela star father, Rogelio (Jaime Camil).

Where to watch: Netflix

— ‘On My Block’

This coming-of-age dramedy, about a close-knit group of teenagers growing up in South Central Los Angeles, is charmingly funny and full of heart. The show’s shift between adolescent high jinks and the grim realities of the show’s gritty, gang-adjacent setting might throw off some viewers used to more monotonal projects. But that juxtaposition provided the authenticity that endeared many fans to the show.

The show, co-created by Lauren Iungerich (‘Awkward’), doesn’t dwell on the stereotypes of inner-city life, but rather balances its heaviest moments with the challenges (and adventures) of growing up. ‘On My Block’ is also full of newcomers — Jason Genao, who plays the smart, sweet Ruby is a standout — and it’s imbued with familiar cultural references that reflect the diversity of its cast.

Where to watch: Netflix