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The best 5 shows STILL on TV that you probably never knew even existed

Words: Lena Kouyoumdjian
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These TV shows found their stride, racking up multiple seasons while you weren’t paying attention

There is a wondrous land of mystery that exists somewhere just out of reach, possibly through the back of your wardrobe. And somewhere, in that wondrous, mysterious land, the TV show Castle existed quietly for eight seasons. Eight. Seasons! It wasn’t until the show was finally facing a finale that its fans started appearing out of the woodwork, turning up at your family barbecue, your office, your dentist’s office, to lament the loss of their dear, treasured, Castle. And even with it (just barely) in the zeitgeist, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Wait. What’s Castle?”

There are a surprising number of shows that exist in this realm, flying under the radar and racking up multiple seasons and a quiet but loyal fanbase. And any show that can persevere through ratings scores, bottom lines and development execs must be doing something right. Right?

So, here are five shows that have found their stride, making it into multiple seasons while you weren’t paying attention.

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Once Upon A Time (ABC)

No, this actually isn’t a wallpaper they use to decorate bus stops. Once Upon A Time is a real life/fairy tale hybrid that mixes the world of Snow White with the world as we know it. With an impressive six seasons under its belt, the show has clearly found its niche - which isn’t surprising, given the veteran producers at its helm. This is for you if you’re a fantasy lover who is so over vampires.

Another Period (Comedy Central)

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You may have heard this show’s quippy title, assumed it was about menstrual cycles and moved on. But, it’s a perfect title for what this show is: clever, funny, and set in the Gilded Age - literally, another period. It all makes sense now, doesn’t it? Another Period is in its third season and going strong. This is for you if you’re a history nerd with a penchant for clever comedy.

Orphan Black (BBC)

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For five seasons, Orphan Black has woven a tale of conspiracies, danger and clones. Tatiana Maslany stars, playing not one, but five clones, and has received several awards for her work. The best part? With so many seasons you’ve already missed out on, you’ll never have to wait a week for another episode. This is for the sci-fi lover who wants something addictive to binge.

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Power (STARZ)

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Sometimes appearances are not what they seem, as is the case with both this show and its protagonist. For three seasons (and two more to come), Power has kept a quiet front while building a heavy fanbase - just as its protagonist, James “Ghost” St. Patrick, has led a double life as a New York City nightclub owner, all the while dabbling in something much more sinister. This is for you if you’ve ever been curious about life in the New York fast lane.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

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You’ve definitely heard of this show but if someone told you it’d been running for seven seasons and counting you’d call them purveyors of fake news. This show doesn’t beat around the bush. It’s fighting crime. In Hawaii. So, pretty much exactly what its title promises. But think about it: beaches, mischief, good-looking people - it’s got all the makings of a good time. Which is probably why it has run as long as The Walking Dead. This one’s for you if your other procedurals have left you in need of a vacation. A sexy, tropical vacation.

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