The 7 Most Underrated Works of Art in 7 Vastly Different Genres

By Jasmine Hanna-Funk

Here’s a list of recommendations for listening, reading, and watching, from me to you:

  1.  Bojack Horeseman: One of the OG Netflix Originals, a dark humor gold mine, a one for the books, a cartoon that will always have a special place in my heart. Former 90s-sitcom star Bojack Horseman and his group of friends, coworkers, and family only get better for each of their four seasons, and here are some quick GIFs to prove it:




2.  One More Thing by B.J. Novak: I almost feel like it’s unfair to judge short story collections against other, normal-length books, because they’re just so much better. So when it comes to my Favorite Book of All Time, I have it on good authority that B.J. Novak has written the best of the best.

3.  Jean-Michel Basquiat: his work was shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art this summer and I have yet to find another painter that makes me feel something the way Basquiat does. And it’s not even a pretentious-art-feeling, it’s a truly-wow-I-couldn’t-even-say-I-could-make-this kind of feeling and it’s both troubling and wonderful.

4.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The diversity! The comedy! The consistency! The well-addressed issues relevant to everyday lives! Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a show on Hulu about a police department in New York, the best way I can describe it is a healthy mix of The Office and Parks and Recreation without the mocumentary format. There’s no laugh track, just great content that speaks for itself.



5.  Oh, Hello! On Broadway with John Mulaney and Nick Kroll: Okay I’ll be honest with everyone and let you know the second half is not as good as the first, so set your expectations low after about the 45 minute mark, but the show is wonderful and definitely something new and different to check out if you’re into stand up comedy.


6.  Mike Birbiglia: speaking of stand up comedy! Mike Birbiglia tells stories about his life in a way that makes them funny without punchlines or explicit jokes. He just talks about things that have happened to him and its his presence and tone that make it so clever and funny. I’m not quite sure how to explain it, other than that I would pay an almost unreasonable amount of money to hear him talk about anything. Anything. Eggs, candles, doorknobs, quinoa, as long as Mike Birbiglia is there I am too. He has multiple one hour specials on Netflix and a movie he made called Sleepwalk With Me; this is him, the man, the myth, the legend:


7.  The Big Short: a movie about the 2008 housing crisis, and before you say that you already read CNN headlines so you’ve done enough thinking about the news and the economy for the day, let me tell you how this director changed the way I think about Wall Street, about money, and about the U.S. Government. It’s funny and sad and unbelievable but also way too believable because it all happened and it all could happen again, and it’s all told in a way that everyone can understand. Also, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt are cast in lead roles.