Frankly speaking, not every streaming platform is worth keeping. That’s why I still have Spectrum cable with a convenient monthly Spectrum billing that doesn’t hurt my wallet. However, upon exploring content on YouTube Premium, I noticed that it hosts some underrated shows. It’s a whole suite of services and it’s ad-free!
The best thing about YouTube Premium is that you can even download videos while streaming in the back. There is a 30-day free trial too to help you decide if you want to keep the service or let it go. It’s priced at $11.99 per month and $6.99 per month for students.
YouTube Premium has a highly curated collection of dope Hollywood shows (original). So let’s check out the best original series that are worth watching:
1: Cobra Kai
I really don’t need to tell you that Cobra Kai is well worth your time and money. The show has won 11 award nominations (including one Emmy), the Golden Tomato Award for Best TV Drama.
Cobra Kai is a feast of brutal sentimentality, awkward puppy love, heartbreakingly scruffy nostalgia, and, of course, killer karate set-pieces, bringing William Zabka and Ralph Macchio back to reignite their 80s-era Karate Kid rivalry.
2: Step Up: High Water
This slick coming-of-age teen drama takes us to the story of twins Tal and Janelle moving in with their Atlanta-based Uncle Al. Along with settling in, they have to fight their way into the elite High Water arts academy which is for low-income youth founded by hip-hop legend Sage Odom.
As the show progresses and you move to season 2, the series makes a transition from coming of age to drama. The cast is immensely talented and there is some dancing involved too.
Wayne, is basically John Wick meets John Hughes. Here, Wayne the main character (Mark McKenna of Sing Street) playing a sort of magnetically angsty mix between Ferris Bueller and Cameron Frye.
The is about an endearing teenage boy, who’s dead father’s car was stolen a long time ago and is now in Florida. Wayne, with a heart of gold sets on a dirt bike to go all the way to Florida to make things right. He takes his new friend Del along to get back his dad’s Trans Am. Did I mention Wayne is socially awkward but a bully of bullies!
3: Liza on Demand
This show is basically a sitcom in the I Love Lucy vein following Liza, a professional gigger in her 20s racing around L.A. with her roommates Harlow and Oliver in an increasingly frantic attempt to achieve Elite Tasker.
What I like about this show is that it stars a true YouTuber (Liza Koshy). Her dedication to perfecting her comedic timing and on-camera presence really shows.
4: Mind Field
This science show explores interesting aspects of human behavior. If you have always been curious about how and the brain works and wanted to understand the influences of consciousness, this one is for you!
Mind Field, unlike the rest of the other shows on this list, is an educational reality show. If it were to air on broadcast TV, it would probably be on Discovery.
5: Best Shot
Best Shot is a docuseries produced in collaboration with the NBA. Before you skip it thinking it’s probably for isn’t just for basketball fans, or fans of LeBron James and Jay Williams, look again.
This docuseries is for aficionados of human stories, as it compassionately chronicles the lives of the boys on the 2017 to 2018 Newark Central High School basketball team. It’s going to make you care more profoundly about the world we live in and the people we share it with. Trust me, it’s worth your time!
Why not include an animated show on the list!
Sherwood may look like Clone Wars, but it is a unique animated series that seems to have taken inspiration from Robin Hood. In fact, it’s a remake of Robin Hood starring a teen girl in a dystopic kingdom of Sherwood in the flooded aftermath of the climate crisis. The scenes are so compellingly layered and the dystopic world is distressingly believable.
The sci-fi drama is based on Steven Gould’s book of the same name. Henrietta, a 16-year-old girl, is the show’s main character. Without giving too much away, Henrietta possesses the ability to teleport whenever she is experiencing mental distress. Of course, she discovers her abilities through a traumatic experience. The show is intense and worth your time.
8: Youth and Consequences
The show has all the elements of a typical high school teen drama. This one might not be everyone’s cup of tea, which is why I have chosen to mention it at the end of my list.