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Misfit TV shows are finally getting the respect they deserve

Misfit TV shows are finally getting the respect they deserve

They are network and cable shows that were largely ignored in living rooms across America when they first aired but have since gone down as some of the best and most influential television programming in recent history. We're talking about productions such as "Twin Peaks," "The Wire" and "Freaks and Geeks," shows that stood out among their predictable sitcom and game-show brethren with quirky narratives, cutting-edge production, disturbing thematics and off-the-grid humor. They didn't inspire ratings landslides, but they did lay the groundwork for what we celebrate today — more original programming. Here's a list of our personal...

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