Guilty pleasure TV shows -- everyone has a list of the shows they watch in secret. These series aren't always well acted and may not have high production values, but who cares? Embarrassing as some of them might be, these sometimes trashy, but always fun shows are a big part of the TV landscape. Here are five of them that you should be (discreetly) watching.
1. 'Inside Amy Schumer' (2013 - )
Inside Amy Schumer" takes big risks, all while playing to the silly humor she's best at.
2. 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' (2014 - )
"Mike Tyson Mysteries" is one of the weirdest, most surreal cartoons on Adult Swim -- which is really saying something, given the other shows on the network. The show finds the former boxing heavyweight champion leading a Scooby-Doo-style team -- complete with Hanna-Barbera-like animation -- to solve bizarre mysteries in 11-minute episodes. In the pilot, the gang -- which includes Jim Rash as a ghost, Norm MacDonald as a talking pigeon, and Rachel Ramras as Tyson's adopted daughter -- is charged with rescuing novelist Cormac McCarthy from the clutches of the fabled chupacabra. But despite practically nothing on the show making sense, "Mike Tyson Mysteries" is oddly addicting -- if only for the sake of trying to figure out if Tyson is being made fun of or not.
3. 'Lucifer' (2015 - )
It's almost hard to talk about the premise of "Lucifer" with a straight face: The devil appears in modern-day Los Angeles and decides to befriend a detective as she solves crimes. But surprisingly, "Lucifer" is a lot of fun: CSI" procedural fare. In addition, the longer term arcs are entertaining -- Hell naturally wants its leader back -- and it's fun to see the mix between the religious themes and the by-the-book police stories.
4. 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit' (1999 - )
The only surviving member of the "Law and Order" family, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" ("SVU" to fans) continues to thrive with its predictable plots about sexual predators in New York City. After 17 seasons, the show has inevitably lapsed into repetition, but that's not a bad thing -- viewers can count on unspeakable crimes being resolved by the intense Manhattan detective squad and its District Attorney colleagues in an hour. And who can resist watching an aging Ice-T keeping the streets safe from criminals?
5. 'The Mindy Project' (2012 - )
"The Mindy Project," The Office," is an indulgent rom-com that plays out like a teenage girl's diary -- which, in this case, is a good thing. While critics have balked at the show's lack of realism and narcissistic main character, fans have continued to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the wacky sitcom, even rallying to rescue the show after its initial cancellation. Mindy plays a New York gynecologist thwarted by her own selfishness as often as she is by how colleagues and friends underestimate her -- making "The Mindy Project" a "Sex in the City" for millennials.
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