Yesterday was about movies (click here, if you’ve missed the post), but today is all about my favorite shows of the year 2021 (or at least part 1). I thought that I’d have more trouble picking the shows or limiting it to only ten, but apparently I wasn’t as passionate about the things I’ve watched as I’ve been in previous years.
I feel like I need to clarify that I know the word “ongoing” is misleading. By that, I’ll be referring to shows that were released before 2021 and had a new or in some cases a final season airing/streaming last year. So, ongoing, in this particular case, doesn’t mean they’re still airing. I never quite know how to phrase it, but this is what I’ve established a while ago to call the ranking, so I’ll stick to it now. If you are interested in my favorite brand new 2021 shows, stick around for more posts in the upcoming days!
10. Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 2)
I’m not known to talk about this show a lot, but it’s actually one of my favorite animated shows. It’s a fun addition to the ever growing Star Trek universe and love the adventures they go on and the humor the show provides.
9. Outer Banks (Season 2)
How did this show make it into the top 10, you may ask? I really don’t know if I can answer that and I’m the one making this freaking list … Anyway, it’s getting ridiculous now and I don’t exactly love how they’re pairing up everyone to be in a couple, but there’s still something about it that I find utterly addicting. There’s a reason I drew half the cast on repeat last year.
8. The Witcher (Season 2)
Somehow, this season didn’t hit home with me as much as the previous one and I have no idea if they’re following the books still (I think I’ve heard there was some deviation), but I’m still curious about how it all continues. The one thing I took away from the season though was that Geralt is such a dad and that Yennefer and Jaskier make the best friendship duo.
7. Locke & Key (Season 2)
I keep surprising myself with how I’m ranking this stuff, but I really enjoyed the second season. I know that it’s a far departure from the comics, but … I didn’t enjoy those and the show is much more my fit? I thought the villain was excellent this past season and I can already see where they might go with the next one. Of course, this is targeted at teens, but I can still like it. I’m here for it!
6. Sex Education (Season 3)
Otis and Maeve are honestly the least interesting part of the whole show for me, but this series kept delivering once again. They keep adding really great cast members and I love that they managed to make me like tropes I’m usually not even a fan of.
5. Lost in Space (Season 3)
What a satisfying and neat finale to the show. Yes, parts of the story were rushed, but I got really emotional in the end and isn’t that what matters the most. I felt like I actually grew up with those kiddos now and I’m kind of proud they made it.
4. A Discovery of Witches (Season 2)
It’s almost too long ago that I’ve watched it to talk about it in detail, but with the new season coming up soon, I was reminded of my actual love for it. It’s by no means flawless, but I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed the show still, despite large parts of it being set in the past and the characters all being apart and with different storylines. Maybe it’s just the cast? (It definitely has to do with the cast.)
3. YOU (Season 3)
For something that is so utterly formulaic in its storytelling, YOU just kind of works? It’s not even that anything really surprises you anymore, but you keep watching the insanity. Still surprised they weren’t caught though. And still surprised people are lusting after Joe even after … well, everything.
2. Ted Lasso (Season 2)
This season was much heavier than the previous one and I know it wasn’t for everyone, but I loved it. This representation of mental health struggles in professional sports done within the confines of a show that is bringing so many people joy, it just warms my heart. I’m looking forward to more Ted Lasso in Season 3!
1. Mythic Quest (Season 2)
Is this a surprise? I think it might be for a couple of you? Mythic Quest has wormed its way into my heart and has become one of my all time favorite shows. I’m glad they got renewed for two more seasons, because I wouldn’t want to miss these characters. For a workplace comedy (much like Ted Lasso), it has so much more depth than you might expect. Also, the obligatory episode set in the past with a different cast each season? Genius!
I do realize there’s very little network television mentioned here, but what can you do? I definitely stream more shows than anything else. But I’ve at least got some for the honorable mentions list:
- Dickinson (Season 3)
- Nancy Drew (Season 3, which isn’t finished yet, so I didn’t want to add it to the list above)
- 9-1-1 (Season 5)
- Station 19 (Season 5, although I’m currently very pissed at them)
- Good Trouble (Season 3)
- Stargirl (Season 2)
- Love, Victor (Season 2)
- Never Have I Ever (Season 2)
- Saved by the Bell (Season 2)
- Roswell, New Mexico (Season 3)