Amid a TV landscape widened by streaming and ripe with complex storylines, it’s difficult for an individual show to stand out.

During the TV Auteurs panel at Variety‘s FYC Fest, co-editor-in-chief Cynthia Littleton was joined by Paul W. Downs from “Hacks,” John Hoffman from “Only Murders in the Building,” Sterlin Harjo from “Reservation Dogs,” Barry Jenkins from “The Underground Railroad” and Rafael Casal from “Blindspotting” to discuss what it takes to make it in today’s television world.

Hoffman pointed out that a show’s relatability factor can help it to resonate with audiences, as was the case with “Only Murders in the Building.”

“The show at its core, is a comedy about loneliness, isolation and connection,” Hoffman said. “And certainly with the year and a half we’ve all been through, it’s something of good medicine.”

Harjo spoke about finding a way to accurately represent Native American culture, while also allowing for new audiences to relate to the show.

“I really wanted to showcase Native humor, and show what had been missing, I think, from TV and media forever as far as Native voices were concerned,” Harjo said. “I just had this one opportunity, and we found this amazing cast that could deliver what I think is Native humor and do it in a way that could relate to non-Native people.”

Downs explained how “Hacks” highlighted not only female comedians, but also older actors who don’t often get recognition in a lead role.

“I think one of the things that drew [me] to this story was there are so few stories about female comedians,” Downs said. “We really came about the show from a place of talking about our favorite comedians — many of whom never had the same opportunities as their male counterparts enjoyed.”

Downs added, “We’ve been able to actually work with and cast so many amazing actors who are over 65. There are so many talented people that are underrepresented, I think in terms of lead roles, so that’s something I think helped set us apart a little bit.”

Jenkins, who created “The Underground Railroad,” spoke of what it meant to be able to recount American history from a perspective not always included in textbooks. “People were able to say ‘make America great again’ because they didn’t have to be confronted with what America was,” Jenkins said. “So this is a really great way to open up this moment of history and just dramatize the hell out of it.”

In addition, “Blindspotting’s” Casal understood that many viewers would resonate with the subject of the U.S. prison system.

“This country has a massive prison population that is absurd,” Casal said. “And unfortunately — but I guess to the benefit of the show — so many people are affected by this system that the show is widely relevant.”

Watch the full panel above.