Another year of mostly staying at home=another year of consuming a ton of television!
Inspired by Emily VanDerWerff over at Vox, I wanted to compile a list of my favorite tv shows of 2021, although focusing more on why I loved them rather than the intense (self-imposed) pressure to put them in rank order.
“So in making my 2021 list, I opted not to try to have a comprehensive survey of “the best” because I’m increasingly convinced that no one person can watch enough television to reasonably say what the best even is. What I watched this year was completely arbitrary. I long ago gave up on trying to ‘keep up with’ TV as a medium, and I really only watched shows in 2021 if I thought I would find them interesting. So consider this list even more idiosyncratic and personal than it normally would be.”
VanDerWerff, Emily. 2021. “The Very Best TV Show of 2021”. Vox. Available here.
VanDerWerff and I share the same favorite show, which I’ll outline below, followed by the rest of the television I really enjoyed last year.
My Favorite Show of 2021: The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime)
12 Other Shows I Really Loved in Random Order:
High on the Hog (Netflix):
Station Eleven (HBO):
Reservation Dogs (Hulu):
Mare of Easttown (HBO):
Ted Lasso Season 2 (AppleTV+):
The Great Season 2 (Hulu):
Succession Season 3 (HBO):
The Other Two Season 2 (HBO):
Mythic Quest Season 2 (AppleTV+):
Special mention: Never Have I Ever Season 2 (Netflix), Why Are You Like This (Netflix), Only Murders in the Building (Hiulu), Landscapers (HBO), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+), Dopesick (Disney+), The Shrink Next Door (AppleTV+), and For All MankindSeason 2 (AppleTV+).
Currently: Reading: Recitatif (Toni Morrison) Watching: Pam & Tommy (Hulu) Listening: American Prodigies (Blue Wire)