How many times have you heard something to the tune of: "Trust me, you'll love this show. Just give it a couple of episodes (or seasons). It starts off slow"? In truth, some if not all of our favorite shows are slow-burning; they are intricate and unique, requiring substantial buildup before they finally take off. And boy do they.

When we put forth the effort required to get past a show's sometimes excruciatingly slow start, we're often blessed with some of the greatest television ever made.

Here, then, are seven slow-burning shows that are totally worth your time (and patience).