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Who or what in the field of entertainment would you say is/was UNDERrated?

Asked by Seek (34714points) October 15th, 2010

Bouncing off of @ucme’s question.

We all know who we’re sick of seeing and hearing about – the Kate Gosselins and the Disney/Nickelodeon pop-starlets and the nine billionth fat guy/hot wife sitcom…

But what isn’t getting the attention it deserves? A brilliant movie, an amazing actor, a voice that brings tears to your eyes?

Tell me!

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Vunessuh's avatar

Helena Bonham Carter, Miranda Richardson, Vera Farmiga and Laura Linney.

Seek's avatar

I am in love with Helena Bonham Carter. Good call.

cockswain's avatar

I saw a David Mamet movie called “Red Belt” that I thought was just excellent. It starred Chiwetal Ejiofor, who is also underrated.

fundevogel's avatar

I like to say Joseph Gordon Levitt. But I think that may be a side effect of him staying out of “hollywood style” movies for the most part.

After The Proposition I was thoroughly impressed by Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, and David Wenham. That movie had a really good cast, I didn’t mention the rest because they are already well recognized.

Blueroses's avatar

Laura Linney is fantastic. I always know I’ll enjoy her in anything she does.
I think Jennifer Garner is very likable and has nice comic timing.
John Cameron Mitchell’s performance in Hedwig really moved me. I wish he had more work.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Sigh’s “Scorn defeat”.
One of the most darkest albums I’ve ever listened to.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I would like to see someone bring back a variety show like The Carol Burnett show or the Dean Martin show. I just don’t know who among the current crop of celebrities could make it work.

muppetish's avatar

Richard Hunt. He is, quite simply, one of the greatest puppeteers to have ever lived. Although plenty of people are familiar with the characters he portrayed on screen, both Hunt’s characters and his talent are underrated in comparison to Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and even Kevin Clash (better known to the rest of the world as Elmo.) Not to mention his behind the scenes work (training puppeteers and directing) is unknown to most. Not long after Jim Henson passed away, we lost Richard Hunt to AIDS. The majority of his characters went into retirement, but I have never forgotten them.

A few of the characters on his resume: Don Music, Placido Flamingo, Gladys the Cow, one half of the Two-Headed Monster (Jerry Nelson performs the other half… in case anyone wanted to know), the Yip-Yips, Forgetful Jones, Leo the Party Monster, and Sully from Sesame Street; Scooter, Statler, Janice, Sweetums, and Beaker from The Muppet Show; and Junior Gorg and Gunge from Fraggle Rock.

(a few) Highlight Performances

- Scooter’s Six String Orchestra from The Muppet Show
– Scooter and Fozzie perform Simon Smith and His Dancing Bear
– Don Music rewrites The Sesame Street Theme Song
– a best of collection of Statler and Waldorf heckling
– Mudbunny singing Just A Dream Away to Wembley on Fraggle Rock (audio only)
– Placido Flamingo sings Peligro on Sesame Street
– this one isn’t a performance but his eulogy for Henson is beautiful.

ragingloli's avatar

jjabrahams is overated.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

One Republic
classical music is underrated

trailsillustrated's avatar

a show called breaking bad with bryan cranston

iamthemob's avatar

Futurama. Absolutely hilarious and stuck in the Simpsons’ shadow.

But in all honesty, that show has had some of the most touching, true emotional moments I’ve seen.

Seek's avatar

“I’m going to sing the Doom song now.

Doom, doom doomdoomdoomdoom…

OpryLeigh's avatar

Patti Russo. Her voice is so sexy in my opinon.

cazzie's avatar

‘Firefly’ was underrated and I mourn its demise. ‘Dollhouse’ was a stupid series…(sorry Josh, I know you gotta eat.)

Theatre is underrated and people should go more, and not to those stupid overpriced musicals in NY.

The actors that @Vunessuh mentioned are all good examples.

Webseries, like The Guild and the actor/writer behind it, Felicia Day. ( They struggle for funding, but have managed a 4th series this year, yea!

If I could think today, I could come up with more…. but I’ve had a shitty week and can’t seem to catch a break, so I’m going to stop there.

MeinTeil's avatar

Sifl & Ollie.

Aeon Flux (animated).

fundevogel's avatar

@MeinTeil Oh wow, a few of my friends swore by Sifl & Ollie, but I’ve only ever heard them talk about it. I’d totally forgotten about it.

xxii's avatar

All the animal trainers that work with films/shows like Free Willy, Babe, Frasier, etc. Having read up quite a bit on animal cognition, I can say that they work VERY hard and don’t always get the recognition they deserve!

Nerina Pallot, Metric and Stars are all musicians that are highly underrated, at least in the US.

seazen's avatar

Philip Seymour Hoffman for the longest time.
Montezuma’s Revenge from Holland (musical group)

Blueroses's avatar

Actually, most of the things I think are underrated, as far as lower appreciation than they deserve, are Brit shows like Doctor Who, Torchwood and Graham Norton. I’ve seen what happens to appreciated shows once we get a hold of them… so I’ll stick to liking the under appreciated.
saw an interview with John Cleese where he said the Americans brought him over for a consult on the US version of Fawlty Towers. They said they loved everything but they were going to do away with Basil.

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