11 under-the-radar series you should be watching

In the world of understatements, saying there’s a lot of television out there has to rank among the boldest. At last count, there were well over 500 scripted series. But don’t fret if you’re feeling overwhelmed. We’re here to help you the viewer and, yes, you the Television Academy voter discover some pleasures that may have slipped under your radar in the last couple of stress-filled years.

Here are 11 series — favorites of Envelope writers Randee Dawn, Gregory Ellwood, Gary Goldstein, Hugh Hart, Daron James, Michael Ordoña, Margy Rochlin and Bob Strauss — that could be worth your time.

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Immunocompromised mother, son allegedly refused service at ice cream shop for wearing masks

What transpired between them and the owner of the Kountry Kreamery ice cream shop in Pigeon Forge started as a refusal of service for anyone wearing masks, then escalated when Lindsay tweeted about the experience, and is still continuing days later, now that her tweet has gone viral.

So, here’s the short version, encapsulated in Fogarty’s tweet:

“A grown adult man who owns an ice cream shop in Tennessee made my 10 year old autistic son cry because he wouldn’t sell us ice cream because we wouldn’t take our masks off,” she tweeted. “We have rare disease, and are immune compromised. I don’t have words right now. This is the location.” She then included a photo of the shop’s name, address and phone number.

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Kendall Jenner tried to cut up a cucumber and found herself in a pickle

Dear Hulu,

We are writing in response to the latest episode of “The Kardashians,” in which one of your stars, a 26-year-old named Kendall Jenner, is struggling with basic kitchen skills.

To wit, she is unable to slice a cucumber.

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After 4 decades, Tears for Fears is still making music for a ‘Mad World’

“Shout.” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” “Head Over Heels.” If you grew up in the 1980s, Tears for Fears — the British duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith — were inescapable.

But even if you didn’t grow up in the 1980s, you’ve still probably heard them, because it seems like a tune from their 1982 album “The Hurting” has been about as inescapable as they once were: “Mad World.”

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TV ‘Law & Order’ showrunner teases Mariska Hargitay’s ‘exciting’ visit in finale

Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU” fans, brace yourselves: “SVU” veteran Capt. Olivia Benson is set to appear in the original series’s first new season finale!

“In the finale, Olivia Benson appears, which is exciting,” “L&O” showrunner Rick Eid told TODAY on Friday. “Benson crosses with Detectives Cosgrove and Bernard; they need to talk to her.”

And what will they be talking to her about? Could be the big killing at the center of the finale, which airs May 19: According to Eid, an off-duty police officer who’s a friend of Cosgrove’s is shot, and the simmering tension between the police department and the district attorney’s office comes to a head.

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See the ‘Law & Order’ reboot cast in exclusive new portraits

Law & Order” has been known for a stellar collection of characters, played by some of the best actors in the business, ever since it began airing in 1990. (We’ll leave aside that it was off the air from 2010 to 2022, when the reboot began airing.) And now that the series is back on NBC from a brief hiatus, we thought it was time to get to know the faces behind the cops and the lawyers a little better.

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Put the kettle on. You can now sip ‘Bridgerton’-inspired tea while binging season 2

Bridgerton” fans know that while coffee is not unheard of among the residents of the ‘ton, the smart set are addicted to a different sort of fragrant substance: Tea.

High tea, afternoon tea, tea with guests who happen to drop by … no matter what the occasion, tea is de rigueur among anyone who is anyone around town, especially in Season 2 of the popular Netflix series.

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BAFTAs, SAGs, Oscars — sure, those awards are exciting, but don’t miss these

Films that rise to the surface during the Academy Awards season are often considered the cream of the crop, the top of the line. But for every classy moment in a well-acted, well-written film, there are areas that fail to receive the accolades they deserve. The Envelope is here to change all that: As we do every year, we’ve winkled out the rare gems that belong in categories no awards committee would ever sanctify. Herewith, the 2022 Envy Awards!

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It takes just a moment for a performance to strike deep. We look at 10 nominees.

Thousands of hours go into shaping performances that go on to earn Academy Award nominations — but ultimately, it can boil down to one critical moment in a film that makes it or breaks it for actors. These scenes of great emotion or transition are the nexus of great directing, great writing and — of course — great acting. And when they land well, those scenes can be the very thing that brings home the Oscar. The Envelope spoke to directors and producers about what might be this “key scene” for the nominated lead actors and actresses of 2022.

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‘CODA’ star Troy Kotsur on being deaf in Hollywood, and his historic Oscar nomination

As actor Troy Kotsur remembers it, receiving his first Academy Award nomination in February — for his supporting role in Apple TV+’s “CODA,” was an utterly thrilling moment: He was with his wife on FaceTime, and they reacted together.

But as a now-veteran of the awards season (Kotsur has already won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his “CODA” performance and been nominated for a BAFTA award, too), he has learned to play it a bit cooler: “I jumped for joy,” he told TODAY, “but I controlled myself.”

Kotsur learned the hard way what happens when you get overenthusiastic in front of a camera. In early February, a video showing the moment when he learned he’d been nominated for that BAFTA award went viral — because the 53-year-old actor literally fell out of his chair.

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