2021 very well may go down in history as one of the most memorable years in the realm of new TV shows as not only did we get the first Marvel Cinematic Universe series, but a Korean drama by the name of Squid Game also took the world by storm. On top of that, acclaimed director Mike Flanagan gave us one of the most personal and haunting horror stories in Midnight Mass, and the trio of Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez kept us smiling throughout the entire first season of Only Murders in the Building.
There were so many great stories in the world of new TV in 2021, but these few rose to the top and we know they will be talked about for years and years to come. To further our case as to why we believe these shows need to be on the top of your must-watch list, read on for why we think these are the best new TV series of 2021.
When Loki died at the hands of Thanos, Marvel fans reeled in shock. How could the God of Mischief be dead? Thankfully the Avengers' time-meddling gave Loki (and Tom Hiddleston) an opportunity to avoid this fate in his own Disney+ series. Loki is vastly different from WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in tone, in time, in place, in everything. And yet it was just as satisfying to watch a character like Loki go on his own journey of self-discovery. Throughout the series he found friendship in Owen Wilson's fantastic Mobius and love (and self-love) in Sophia di Martino's Sylvie. Plus, with the introduction of the Time Bureau and the unleashing of Kang the Conquerer, who knows how this show will impact the MCU moving forward? "Glorious Purpose!" -Lauren Gallaway
Have you watched Loki?
For more, check out IGN's Loki review.
Mike Flanagan remains an unstoppable force when it comes to his limited series work. Midnight Mass is a perfect exploration of faith, grief, loss and the complicated relationship between all three. Rahul Kohli, Hamish Linklater and Kate Siegel stand out against an ensemble of impeccable performances, but don’t sleep on Samantha Sloyan’s devilish stint as the unbearable Bev Keane. -Amelia Emberwing
For more, check out IGN's Midnight Mass review.
Only Murders in the Building
The formula for making a great new television series could not be simpler: Take two of the best comedy performers of the last 40 years and satirize a media format that gained prevalence nearly 20 years ago. Sprinkle in a little murder and you've got a clear recipe for success. Only Murders in the Building took a proven format in the murder mystery whodunit and turned the tropes of the genre on their heads, most strikingly in the use of inconsistent, varying narrators from episode to episode, a choice which expertly paid off with the lack of narration in the series' superb seventh episode, "The Boy From 6B." While the mystery of the first season may have been resolved, the season's cliffhanger ending keeps us - and the rest of the Arconiacs - wondering what's in store next. -Ryan Duncan
For more, check out IGN's review of Only Murders in the Building.output">
If there is one TV show people will remember from 2021, whether they watched it or not, it's more than likely going to be Squid Game. This South Korean survival drama became a runaway hit since its worldwide release in mid-September with an interesting premise that explores real-world issues like capitalism and economic disparity through the lens of a violent survival game. Squid Game's legacy is likely to remain in pop culture for the foreseeable future. -Taylor Lyles
For more, check out IGN's review of Squid Game.
When the Disney+ MCU series began, there was a real danger of Marvel fatigue setting in. After such a long-running film series with the MCU proper, and such a satisfying conclusion to the Infinity Saga resting comfortably in our rearview mirror, it was hard to imagine how Marvel could build upon something with such an insurmountable scale. With WandaVision, we saw the heights that Marvel still has ahead of it - both in challenging our understanding of familiar characters (something they'd push further in Loki) and in giving us complex narratives that would not be possible in a self-contained film. WandaVision went beyond simply satirizing the television genres to which it lovingly paid homage, instead using the tropes of each era of television as unique tools to tell that specific part of the story in each episode. The result is an expertly crafted love letter to the medium of television which tells a complex story about love, morality and, ultimately, loss in a way only WandaVision could. -Ryan Duncan
For more, check out IGN's review of WandaVision.
All IGN Best of 2021 Entertainment Categories
- Best TV Series of 2021
- Best Performance in a TV Series in 2021
- Best Comic Book TV Series of 2021
- Best Animated TV Series of 2021
- Best New TV Series of 2021
- Best TV Episode of 2021
- Best Anime of 2021
Movie and Comics Nominees Revealed Dec. 8
IGN's Best of 2021 Awards were designed by:
Lead Design + Art Direction: Julia Rago
Motion Graphics: Will Batchelor
Source : https://www.ign.com/articles/best-new-tv-series-20211251