Television made us laugh, cry, and offered us an escape during a time where it seemed we needed it more than ever. While the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to have passed, the world was still reeling; we worried about the Delta variant, the climate crisis, and the mental health epidemic. Things seemed just as complicated as ever in 2021, but at least we had the comforting glow of the small screen.
These shows are the best of the best, among them are those that debuted with first seasons and those that gave us fantastic sophomore efforts, as well as limited series on everything from the opioid crisis to one of the most iconic writers who ever lived. Comedies, dramas, documentaries, and animated series all made this diverse list.
Whether it’s the story of an unlikely group examining evil, a comeback series for a British actress who took a couple of decades off to join Parliament, or a show with 11 seasons that took place over 21 years, these shows kept us entertained during some very difficult times. Keep reading to see if your favorite series from 2021 made the cut.
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