Best TV shows of 2021
In general, the restricted series functioned as the standout category of the year, producing more remarkable programs than any other — a minimum of, till those exact same networks attempt conjuring repetitions, which hardly ever work out also.
With that disclaimer, here in no particular order are Television highlights of 2021, broken where possible into categories that reflect, in a small way, the breadth of what was available:
New broadcast series
Winner’s circle: “The Big Leap” (Fox), “Ghosts” (CBS)
Winner’s circle: “Succession” (HBO)
Winner’s circle: “The White Lotus” (HBO), “Mare of Easttown” (HBO), “Dopesick” (Hulu), “The Underground Railroad” (Amazon), “WandaVision” (Disney+)
Stage to screen
Winner’s circle: “Come From Away” (Apple TV+), “Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself” (Hulu)
Winner’s circle: “Framing Britney Spears” (FX), “Muhammad Ali” (PBS), “Four Hours at the Capitol and Q: Into the Storm” (HBO)
“Four Hours at the Capitol,” meanwhile, delivered a visceral portrait of the events of Jan. 6, while “Q: Into the Storm” connected to those events as it traced the sketchy roots of that movement, along with the impact on those who have descended down its rabbit hole.
Winner’s circle: “Reservation Dogs” (FX), “The Sex Lives of College Girls” (HBO Max)
There were a lot of series that showcased brand-new talent but give the edge to these two, about Native-American youths coming of age in Oklahoma and college students at a privileged university, capturing two very different sides of young people struggling to find themselves.
Winner’s circle: Dexter: New Blood (Showtime), Cobra Kai (Netflix).
The Fab Four times two
Winner’s circle: The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+) and McCartney 3,2,1 (Hulu).
Peter Jackson’s epic Beatles documentary received all the ink, however it can be seen in tandem with Hulu’s journey down memory lane including Paul McCartney — twin valentines to those for whom “Yesterday” does not appear that far.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.