We’re as addicted to end-of-year list-making as your average bloggers. But after a while, we get sick of seeing the same names over and over again. Hey, did you hear about that Kanye album? How about The Social Network — pretty great, huh? That’s why Flavorpill is launching a new yearly tradition: The Underrated Awards, honoring our favorite people and things from the cultural universe that we feel have been criminally under-appreciated. We kick things off with ten TV actors who didn’t get their due in 2010, from overlooked cast members of highly praised shows to great performers on series critics (and Emmy voters) shun.
Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce — Glee
While thanks to a lack of narrative, we think that Glee is experiencing a bit of a sophomore slump in its second season, there has been one cast member who has really blossomed this year: Heather Morris. Her absurd asides (”I was pretty sure Dr. Pepper was a dentist.” “Can I be honest? I don’t understand the difference between an elf and a slave.” “Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?” ) are usually the best part of each episode, plus, as of late, we’ve gotten to see more of her dancing and singing talents put to good use. As Brittany herself would say, we think she’s the most talented of the New Directions — at least when it comes to making us want to tune in each week.